A Manchester University art history graduate with extensive relevant work experience, my objective is a career in the arts sector, for example art dealing, curation and art sales. I want to develop my existing skills in sales and marketing. Following my Christies work experience and an internship with Michael Hoppen gallery I am excited by the prospect of working in a commercial environment and feel this will utilise my strengths and stimulate my artistic imagination. Along with a strong work ethic I am very confident, personable and friendly. I have excellent communication skills, digital (Windows and Mac) and written abilities but also creativity and enthusiasm. I enjoy working with people and would like to combine this with my passion for art as a career in a creative-based environment. I have a solid base of artistic practical skills and historical knowledge. I regularly attend art fairs, exhibitions and private openings and browse art blogs to keep up with current trends and the market. I have always had a passion for aesthetics. This varies from painting, design and photography to antiques, interiors and property. In addition to my long standing adoration for the arts, I enjoy fashion, film and food. I appreciate productions from all periods and genres especially documentaries, comedy and psychological thrillers. I relax by engulfing in the iconic productions of recent directors such as Tarantino, Luhrmann and Coppola and older auteur directors such as Hitchcock and Kubrick. Before starting at Manchester University I spent a month traveling through Thailand independently and found it to be an inspirational and culturally thrilling experience. This made me eager live and travel abroad to enrich my intellectual expertise.
Christie’s in their Interior’s Department work placement. During this time I was given a vast variety of different tasks that not only gave me an insight into the daily workings of one of the world’s biggest auction houses but also assured me of my capabilities in the auction environment. My responsibilities included aiding the set-up and stock check of their First Open/LDN sale, cataloguing, learning and working with all their software (such as JDE, COS and their Image programmes), creating spreadsheets of sale and client data, helping in the photography studio and mail room, aiding the set-up of their Interiors sale, creating sale item description lists, photographing sale items for clients, helping create presentations for sale reviews as well as working with all members of the department.
Ewbank’s auction house work placement immediately after graduating in June 2014. I undertook wand worked with their Entertainment and Memorabilia specialist in cataloguing, visiting potential sellers, meeting dealers and preparing for their summer auction in fine art, jewellery and furniture.
Three month internship at the internationally renowned contemporary photography Michael Hoppen Gallery. I showed the gallery director and learned skills involving organisation, management and software (such as filemaker and google drive). I composed a new reference library system for the gallery, helped in their annual stock check and produced exhibition catalogues for Chloe Sells and Gunnar Smoliansky’s shows. I was heavily involved in organising and establishing the gallery’s latest exhibition of the Japanese contemporary photographer Miyako Ishiuchi’s work. I prepared art works for shipping and personally delivered them to clients around London. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and especially relished interacting with clients, hosting events and working directly with artists and their prints. The work I was exposed to there inspired me to write my dissertation on the theme of adolescence in contemporary photography.
Strettons chartered surveyors and property auctions work placement. I shadowed the director on surveys, assisted in house valuations, produced spreadsheets and administrative work. I was invited back to participate in an auction in Central London. I have since recently returned for further paid work.
Ba Hons Degree in Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Manchester University Societies and Responsibilities: Paid work as an open day helper for prospective students where I spoke to large audiences about Manchester and hosted a Q&A session where I got encouraging feedback. Active committee member of the student run art collective The Manchester Art Group. We installed art exhibitions to promote the talented young artists and held an event at the Whitworth art gallery celebrating its exhibition history. I won an illustration competition to have my image depicting student life in Manchester projected onto the new building The Albert Gilbert Learning Commons. Contributing writer for The Mancunion newspaper (Britain’s biggest student newspaper), reviewing exhibitions, theatre productions and restaurants.
School Responsibilities: I was involved in setting up the successful charitable Latymer Arts Festival that consisted of workshops, performances and stalls promoting the creative arts. Additionally I co-hosted the sixth form Talent Show and became a classroom assistant for the Latymer Sunday School program helping children from the ages of 8-12 in a variety of artistic subjects.