Erin Lee

Freelance photographer's assistant, writer, curator, artist

Level
Junior
Location
London, United Kingdom
Availability
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Professions
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About me

As a History of Art graduate and a practicing artist I have developed a portfolio career working across the editorial, gallery and photography industries, most notably at the Royal Academy of Arts, SHOWstudio and assisting on photography campaigns for BBC Good Food & Good Housekeeping. My skills include writing, research and working with visual material, and I am hoping to utilise my intuitive nature, creative-eye and knowledge of contemporary issues, debates and trends.

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Skills

  • Art
  • Writing
  • Research
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Photography
  • European Travel
  • Fashion
  • Film
  • Editorial Copy
  • Curating

Companies I’ve worked with

  • F

    Freelance

    • Camden Arts Centre

      Camden Arts Centre

      • Arts and Culture
    • T

      The Mall Galleries

      • N

        National Trust

        Work history

        Currently

        Curator for 'Youth Collective Curates'

        Camden Arts Centre

        Feb 2020
        • London, United Kingdom
        • Freelance
        • • Working as part of a team of youth collective curators for the Youth Collective Curates exhibition, presenting the work created by the artists of Youth Collective education programme across Camden Arts Centre’s main galleries and Swiss Cottage Library. • Thinking creatively about how to present a varying body of work incorporating video, performance, sound, photography, sculpture and paint, as well as producing workshops and a publication, keeping themes of collaboration, shared voices and equality at the core. • Receiving support, advice and feedback from the programme team at Camden Arts Centre on arts marketing, creating work collectively and curating contemporary art exhibitions.

        Currently

        Research Assistant for a YUP Publication

        Yale University Press

        Nov 2019
        • London, United Kingdom
        • Freelance
        • • Assisting in researching for the North Riding of Yorkshire volume of Nikolaus Pevsner’s national survey The Buildings of England (Yale University Press), involving independent research using archival material. This role requires strong organisation and communication skills when sifting through vast amounts of information and relaying my findings to various other members of the team.

        Currently

        Photographer's Assistant

        Mike English Photography

        Oct 2019
        • London, United Kingdom
        • Freelance
        • • Providing support for the photographer in setting up equipment and thinking creatively regarding visual material, requiring the ability to work well independently and as part of a team. • Working with clients including BBC Good Food magazine, Café Nero, Good Housekeeping magazine and Lidl and overseeing the conversations had between publishing teams and designers. • Thinking resourcefully and creatively to suit the varying briefs and budgets within a specific timeframe.

        2020

        Copy Editor

        Freelance

        Jan 2020 - Feb 2020
        • Sweden
        • Freelance
        • • Editing, proofreading and fact checking Volume II of a translated book, requiring strong attention to detail and excellent English writing skills.

        2019

        Jun 2019 - Sep 2019
        • London, United Kingdom
        • Internship
        • Editorial Intern • Working closely with the Editor and Deputy Editor in the delivery of RA Magazine (Autumn 2019), carrying out administrative tasks including processing invoices, mailing out copies to contributors and managing the exhibitions and events diary. • Researching and preparing ideas for printed and online articles on a variety of subjects, including underrepresented female artists of the twentieth century and gallery attendance in under 25s. • Transcribing interviews and coming up with article ideas in correspondence with the academy's upcoming exhibition and events schedule, including 'Antony Gormley' (21 September - 3 December) and 'Lucian Freud: The Self-Portraits' (27 October 2019 - 26 January 2020). • Liaising with contributors, proofreading, fact checking and copy editing articles for the magazine in accordance with house style, in conversation with the Editors and Sub-Editor, as well as overseeing the design and proofing stages before print. • Developing my IT skills by assisting the digital team with building pages for the website using a CMS, as well as working on InDesign. • Writing editorials for print, as well as the monthly ‘RA Recommends’ blog, involving picture research, obtaining copyright permissions, responding to edits from the editors. The editorial can be found in the autumn issue and the blog can be found here https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/articles/category/ra-recommends • Sharing upcoming nationwide exhibitions and events on the magazine's Twitter page, involving contacting PR agencies and galleries across the UK, obtaining copyright permissions and using Photoshop to format images. Work experience with the Digital Team • Work experience with the Digital team, involving me learning how to upload information on to the website using a CMS. • Subtitling and editing a video for uploading on to the gallery website. • Carrying out research on the academy's collection for possible inclusion on their social media platforms. • Transcribing an interview with Antony Gormley for inclusion on all publicity surrounding the upcoming exhibition 'Antony Gormley' (21 September - 3 December 2019) Volunteer for InTouch • Work experience with the Programming team on the InTouch initiative at the Royal Academy of Arts, providing access for blind and partially sighted visitors to the exhibitions and collection.

        2019

        Photographer's Assistant

        David Charbit Photography

        Apr 2019 - Apr 2019
        • London, United Kingdom
        • Freelance
        • • Providing support for the photographer on a Neptune Cafe project, involving responding to the practical needs of the photographer and acting as a point of contact between marketing teams and the photographer.

        2019

        Graduate Intern

        Phillip Mould Gallery

        Apr 2019 - May 2019
        • London, United Kingdom
        • Internship
        • • Administrative and public-facing position in a renown commercial gallery involving managing the general email inbox, answering the telephone and greeting clients at the gallery, as well as assisting with projects such as upcoming exhibitions and art fairs. • Writing gallery labels and catalogue entries for the gallery’s collection, involving conceptual and provenance research and excellent IT skills. • Acting as a point of contact and managing relationships with internal and external partners, including directors, art restorers, specialist couriers, photographers and buyers. • Collating and in-putting information into the gallery's ArtScene database.

        2019

        Copy Editor

        Freelance

        Jan 2019 - Mar 2019
        • Sweden
        • Freelance
        • • Editing, proofreading and fact checking a translated book (Volume I) taking into account the idioms and nuances of the English language. • Organising meetings with the author to discuss progress.

        2019

        Sep 2018 - Dec 2019
        • London, United Kingdom
        • Freelance
        • • One of twenty-four artists selected to take part in discussions with renowned artists, industry experts and marketing teams with the aim of introducing us to the art-world. • Organising and taking part in events, including exhibitions and meetings, in order to expand the contemporary art world to include young and emerging artists regardless of background. • Research for gallery-based artworks and exhibitions including the exhibition 'In the Studio' as part of FBA Futures 2019, and a conclusive exhibition in August 2019. These projects involved thinking conceptually about the topic of 'the studio'; creating artworks, including photography, paintings and installation work; writing, editing and proofreading object labels and wall texts; and speaking to the public and undertaking interviews regarding my work. • Selected to contribute to the Mall Galleries' website and blog on topics ranging from Self-Portraiture to the importance of programmes such as these for young and underrepresented artists.

        2019

        Interior Design Trainee

        Cotton Mills Design House

        Jul 2018 - Jan 2019
        • United Kingdom
        • Internship
        • • Providing administrative support for the director and a team of designers including minute taking, diary organisation and processing invoices. • Writing editorials for a renowned local lifestyle magazine, website and digital newspaper, Cornwall Living. This involved picture research and researching trends in the interior design industry, collecting press releases and high-resolution images, and taking in edits from editors. • Co-ordinating and designing our participation in interior design shows, involving managing orders of samples and materials, writing press releases, curating the display, and creating a catalogue outlining all the fabrics and design elements included. • Maintaining strong relationships and acting as a point of contact with members of the public, interior designers, sales representatives and press teams. • Compiling all company accounts pertaining to past and ongoing jobs, including sales, materials costs and outstanding payments, to then present this data to the company accountant. • Creating company manuals outlining all processes of the business, including how to process payments and make quotes.

        2017

        Jul 2017 - Jul 2017
        • United Kingdom
        • Internship
        • • Working with and observing a renowned portrait and food photographer. • Set design in preparation of an animation project. • Production of a short animation, shot on a hand-made Film Camera, developed in a dark room and edited in Photoshop. • Basic level of Photoshop knowledge. • Developing skills with film photography, through the use of a Hasselblad camera and a hand-made devise, such as the thought process involved in the composition at the start of the process. A skill that is essential when working with film processes, but should be applied when working with digital photography so as to produce a carefully thought-through image. • Ability to process film in a dark room, as well as using unusual printing techniques such as the Victorian Salt Print established by Henry Fox-Talbot.

        2017

        Conservator & Cleaner

        National Trust

        Jan 2017 - May 2017
        • Bristol, United Kingdom
        • Part Time
        • • Cleaning and assuring the conservation of the property and the belongings within it. • Approaching the job with accuracy and care under a time pressure.

        2018

        Dec 2016 - Jun 2018
        • Bristol, United Kingdom
        • Part Time
        • • Organising inter-disciplinary meetings, events and exhibitions. • In charge of all publicity design (including both print and online) and in-charge of social media platforms. • Working in a team to pull together different strands of interest and expertise.

        2016

        Prop Stylist's Assistant

        Polly Webb-Wilson

        Aug 2016 - Aug 2016
        • London, United Kingdom
        • Freelance
        • • Visiting prop houses and selecting the right objects to suit the brief and within budget. • Working to tight time deadlines.

        2016

        Photographer's Assistant

        Clare Winfield Photography

        Aug 2016 - Aug 2016
        • London, United Kingdom
        • Freelance
        • • Assisting with Darina Allen of Ballymaloe's cookery book. • Learning the art of composition and placing objects in a captivating way. • Working in a studio environment and seeing how it is different from a location shoot. • Gaining an understanding of attention to detail and choosing the final image accordingly.

        2016

        Photoshoot Assistant

        Deliciously Ella

        May 2016 - Jul 2016
        • London, United Kingdom
        • Internship
        • • Overseeing the publishing process of an illustrated book, including taking part in meetings with the team at Hodder & Stoughton and looking at how ideas are generated. • Learning the protocols involved in setting up and being involved in a location photographic shoot. • Using my intuition as well as listening carefully to instructions and acting upon them quickly and efficiently under time restrictions. • Working as part of a team with a food stylist, prop stylist, photographer and Art Director.

        2016

        Exhibitions Assistant

        Arnolfini Gallery

        Jan 2016 - Dec 2016
        • Bristol, United Kingdom
        • Part Time
        • • Overlooking and maintaining the safety of the public and supervising artworks in a popular Bristol attraction. • Presenting an open environment and preserving a high level of customer service, offering information or readings to visitors in accordance with statements produced by the artist. • Dealing with situations such as warning young families of difficult content amongst the displays, but maintaining an open access for all approach. Exhibitions include: - John Akomfrah's 'Vertigo Sea' - Daphne Wright's 'Emotional Archeology'

        2015

        Exhibitions Assistant

        Heseltine Gallery

        Sep 2013 - May 2015
        • United Kingdom
        • Part Time
        • • Invigilating gallery exhibitions, ensuring the safety of the public and artworks were maintained. • Offering information and readings regarding the exhibition.

        Education

        2018

        History of Art

        University of Bristol

        Sep 2015 - Jul 2018
        • Bristol, United Kingdom
        • • Excellent communication and organisational skills, developed through both written and verbal assessments, including critical essays exploring contemporary visual culture, exhibition reviews and group curatorial projects. • Analytical skills involving the ability to problem-solve and think creatively yet critically.

        2015

        A Levels

        Truro School

        Sep 2008 - Jul 2015
        • United Kingdom
        • Art and Design (A), Spanish (B), Psychology (A), German (AS-Level) 11 GCSEs A*-B Art Prefect, Sixth Form Prefect & ACHE peer mentor