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Fabrizio Funari

Arts Administrator and Entrepreneur

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  • LevelJunior
  • LocationRome, Italy
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  • ProfessionsCEO - Founder / Executive - Marketing Administrator

About me

I have learnt to dance to the 'You Can't Make Money from Art and Culture' song. Surreptitiously, I have always found a way to dovetail my responsibilities (mostly established by others) with COUNTLESS collaborations, projects and volunteering work for companies and NGOs that work in the Creative Industries and/or Human Rights. I looked for interesting opportunities all over the world, which is why I have lived and worked in Rome, London, Beijing, Madrid and Seville. These experiences fed my Aristotelian soul and gave me an understanding of the world that I will always be grateful for. In each of these beautiful cities, I was lucky enough to make acquaintances and friends within the local artistic movements and districts that helped me build an inspiring network of artists and art lovers from all over the world. Finally, after a first degree (BA) in Communication and Oriental Studies (Roma Tre University and University College of London), I decided to study an MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy (Goldsmiths University of London) which made me love the role of entrepreneurship in the arts so much that I launched ARTIDEST, my very own not-for-profit virtual contemporary art gallery. With ARTIDEST (and through my side projects), I am looking to start conversations around art and politics, I want people to feel included and, most of all, inspired. Everyday, I feel inspired by wonderful human beings who have dedicated their lives to helping others and so many more who continue to work hard to make the world a more inclusive and better place. Contact info (recruiters): hello@artidest.com/ffuna001@gold.ac.uk

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Skills

  • Marketing
  • Brand Communication Planning
  • Arts Business
  • Business Planning
  • Social Content Strategy
  • Art Events
  • Charity Event
  • NGO
  • Admin Assistant
  • Creative Arts

Work history

Currently

Founder / Executive

Artidest LTD

Jan 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • ARTIDEST is a not-for-profit virtual contemporary art gallery, magazine and exhibition space. We offer original artworks (both 2D and 3D) and exclusive series whilst representing inspiring and talented emerging political artists from all over the world. ARTIDEST actively seeks to showcase artists who come from a social or cultural minority background or just artists whose work is politically and intellectually engaging and who we believe to have the talent and determination to make a statement in the contemporary art world through their activism and aesthetics. We choose to work with different people who make political statements through their art, journalism and activism in order to create awareness, not only for what we are exposed to day-to-day by the mainstream media, but also for those unspoken and unrecognised acts of discrimination and exclusion towards minority groups as well as amongst them. ARTIDEST works in partnership with a range of charities that share the ethos of the gallery and our concerns for social, political and cultural issues all over the world. For each sale gone through, we donate 10% to one of these charities selected by you, the art lover and collector. You can pick the charity you want to donate to from a list before the checkout (make sure you take a look at our Charities page to know more about these wonderful initiatives).

2017

English Professor

Coucke's English Academy

Dec 2016 - Jun 2017
  • Seville, Spain
  • Full Time
  • Prepared English language lectures and class activities for A2 and B2 groups. Created and graded course assessments to ensure students understood material and stayed on track. Prepared students for their Cambridge and Trinity exams. Developed an outstanding reputation amongst the students and management.

2016

Marketing Communications

Flamenco Agency

Sep 2016 - Dec 2016
  • Seville, Spain
  • Internship
  • Liaised with local artists and performing arts companies. Collated marketing data and put together a marketing strategy for the company's new season. Contacted with customers and led sales through 1) email 2) telephone 3) face-to-face meeting. Created newsletter, ads and customer notifications with MailChimp and Google Ads. Led marketing campaigns targeted at Italy, US and Spain. Organised expeditions on cruise-ships, tours and, on some occasions, implemented and managed flamenco shows (e.g. Casa Guardiola event in Seville). Exceeded my boss' expectations after my Italian campaign on MailChimp was extremely successful. Thoroughly acquainted with the marketing and communication duties and dynamics within a small-scale company.

2016

Marketing Communications

You Me Bum Bum Train

May 2016 - Aug 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • Managed post production budgets, schedule and resources to meet the targets of the 2015 show. Assisted the production team with the de-rig and relocation of the show/scenes. Assisted with the relocation of the new offices in central London from the Old Foyle's building. Supported the company in the pre-implementation and implementation of the marketing and communication strategy (including but not limited to past and present market research and social media). Assisted the team with day-to-day operations and developed a strong and confidential relation with everyone. Proven ability to operate spreadsheets and use calculating functions in Excel to report on market research for the organisation. Proven ability to use and update Google Sheets and Docs to report communications and inform on task assigned. Analysed published material and redacted research documents on the presence of You Me Bum Bum Train in the press over the years. Liaising on a daily basis with suppliers, volunteers and senior staff.

2016

Customer Service and Sales

Royal Opera House

Jan 2016 - Aug 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Liaised with the management and senior staff as well as artists and clients. Participated in the pre-implementation of the new shop by actively suggesting ideas and brainstorm with the team. Praised by senior staff for delivering an outstanding customer service and tailored service to our customers. Thoroughly acquainted with Royal Opera House programme and productions and with Opera and ballet in general. Very knowledgeable on Royal Opera House’s merchandise and programming, in particular I am well acquainted with ROH’s distribution company Opus Arte and its products (from DVDs to recordings). Efficient in handling all point of sale transactions, either cash or card payments, and reconciliations, working to the Royal Opera House Shop service standards for all orders and transactions. Confident, I have helpful manner and consistent high level of customer care and service. Proved to be an asset to the team while knowing how to work on my own and meet deadlines. Showed a great ability to communicate with a broad range of people employing a high standard of verbal and written English as well as Italian, Spanish and Mandarin.

2015

Assistant Production Coordinator

International Alert

Sep 2015 - Sep 2015
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • Assisted with the pre-implementation and marketing of AI's annual art exhibition (Art4Peace). Assisted with the implementation of the exhibition. Worked as a copywriter for the Italian version of the exhibit’s press release. Assisted clientele with silent and live auctions.

2015

Assistant Production Coordinator

Freedom From Torture

Jul 2015 - Nov 2015
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • Helped the Production Manager with contacting the artists and prompting them to donate artworks. As an artist representative in my spare time I managed to collect works by more than 6 artists from Buenos Aires to Rome and London. Worked with an experienced curator and team of art handlers to help safely and efficiently install the art works across the floors of the industrial gallery space ahead of the public opening. Assisted the art director and Event Manager to install visuals and exhibition branding as well as ensuring all artwork labels are correct and the exhibition is ready for the public opening. Once open to the public, I acted as an invigilator, checking the space, liaising with the public on the works on display and providing a welcoming and informative experience for visitors, whilst maintaining security of the art work and safety of visitors. Assisted clientele in the silent and live auctions during gala night.

2015

Learning and Development Consultant

Mind Your Language

Apr 2015 - Jun 2015
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • Assisted with Art events/language workshops for children. Outlined marketing strategy for the following year. Participated in the pre-implementation of the new business plan. Managed the marketing and communication department. Assisted with pre-event planning for French Musical Theatre night in North London. Assisted with pre-event planning for a play taking place at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston in July. Designed scenography, costumes and set stage for the play “Kiriku and the Sorceress” at the Arcola Theatre.

2016

Customer Service and Sales

Victoria and Albert Museum

Feb 2015 - Jan 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Developed a reputation for great sales as well as excellent customer service by greeting our international clientele in a friendly and respectful manner and giving them full attention. Great team-player and already part of the jewellery team. Thoroughly acquainted with the managing of the stock both in the Main Shop and Bookshop. Trained to sell memberships. Very much used to working in a fast-paced and environment (especially after having worked through the McQueen exhibition which attracted more 450000 people in a few months). Praised and awarded (twice) by my manager for excellent customer service.

2015

Event Marketing Manager

Almost Corner Bookshop

Oct 2013 - Jan 2015
  • Rome, Italy
  • Freelance
  • Hosted, at least twice a month, important and prestigious events at the shop: book-launches, poetry and international literature readings. I personally organised the book-launch of the book “From Pompeii” by accredited historian Ingrid Rowland. Organised external events for the following institutions: John Cabot University, University of Rome, American Academy, International Schools’ book-fares, Irish Embassy, Mexican Embassy. Worked in collaboration with international organisations and institutions. Dedicated, with a track record of dependability and productivity. Sales increased after a Visual Merchandising Strategy I promoted. Served as product expert on sophisticated item, directing international customers to Italian novels, non-mainstream books, Art books and encyclopaedias. Planned and arranged regular staff meetings: transcribed and distributed minutes.

2013

Assistant Event Coordinator

British Chinese Project

Nov 2012 - Jun 2013
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • Developed and managed communications strategies, plans and budgets. Pre-event planning for the Chinese New Year Celebration at Trafalgar Square. Supported back office production and administration work in preparation for the event. Games producer: designed and implemented games for the members of the public to raise funds for charity at the event. Stage MC: supported the stage production during the event and taking on one of the stage host slots.

Education

2017

Arts Administration and Cultural Policy

Goldsmiths University of London

Sep 2015 - Aug 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • This MA from the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship enabled me to develop an awareness of and a critical approach to the administration of arts and culture, by studying arts policy and practice in Europe, audience development, fundraising, arts education, cultural tourism, regeneration through arts, arts diversity and social inclusion, copyright and the role of the arts in relations and diplomacy as well as national and cultural identity.

2013

Erasmus Scholarship: Arts and Humanities

University College of London (UCL)

Sep 2012 - Jun 2013
  • London, United Kingdom
  • I could easily say that this has been my most fruitful and significant academic experience. I met beuatiful people, learnt so much and discovered so many amazing and interesting ideas, concepts and notions at UCL it would be reductive to list them on here. Being then a major in Communication and Oriental Studies, I expanded my horizons and took courses in Aesthetics, Art History: Renaissance in London and Geography as well as the usual subjects such as Mandarin: Advanced Level, Translation, English Linguistics. All exams were completed with the highest marks.

2014

BA Language and Cultural Mediation: Chinese Studies

Università degli Studi di Roma Tre

Sep 2010 - Mar 2014
  • Rome, Italy
  • Thesis'​ title: "La Questione dell'Identità Cinese nella Poesia di Haizi". Research thesis on Chinese contemporary cultural identity and the way it was affected by 19th and 20th century colonialism, communism and then capitalism. Followed up by a collection of short poems translated from Chinese into Italian by Chinese poet Haizi. The chosen poems had never been translated into Italian before.