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I have begun my professional career with a 2:1 degree in History, and have worked as an art gallery assistant in a high end commercial art gallery in Mayfair . I have also attended an Arts & Finance course at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, which I believe has presented me with the best educational and professional experience possible to work for an arts/humanities based role in London.
Over the past year I have worked as an art gallery assistant and have had the opportunity to learn about the inner workings of a high end, commercial art gallery. During this time, I have assisted the managing director of the gallery with the running of over 9 different exhibitions in the past 9 months. My duties consist of assisting the managing director with various aspects of the day-to-day running of the gallery. This involves assisting the managing director with the smooth running and execution of all new art exhibitions at the gallery. This would involve guaranteeing the safe transportation and displaying of all artworks, and making sure all artwork information is accurately displayed. I also attend and assist in the organization of evening and weekend exhibition events. My day-to-day duties involve assisting with all administrative tasks and correspondence at the gallery. I am personally responsible for dealing with all incoming artist enquiries and submissions, which involves in-depth research into appropriate candidates. A large aspect of my role is greeting all members of the public, and giving well-informed, charismatic tours of the exhibitions. I have found this role has given me very strong verbal, communicative skills I have a large role in maintaining the online presence of the gallery. It is my role to regularly keep our website updated with all incoming artwork, artist and exhibition information. I am also responsible for our online retail platform, Artsy. Which allows us to publicize our exhibitions and sell our artwork to a large, international market. These roles have given me extensive inventory management experience. I also maintain our social media presence, and have found great success in utilizing Instagram as a key marketing tool for the gallery, having gained extensive knowledge from a social media marketing course I attended at the University Of The Arts in London. Working at such a competitive gallery has greatly expanded my administrational skills, and developed my contemporary art knowledge, having worked not only as an individual, but also as part of a team. I am applying to this role as I wish to develop my skills, and contribute towards the progression of one of London’s most respected institutions, by ensuring the utmost support in the smooth running of each of the museums exhibitions, providing information, guidance, as well as administrative support, and ensuring a diverse range of visitors can enjoy the prestigious exhibitions on display.
During my summer at University I worked as a personal assistant to Dr.Mary Sheppard, a Cardiac Pathologist and Professor at St.George’s Hospital in London. My duties involved the composing and drafting of outgoing correspondence. I also maintained the management of her diary, which involved arranging meetings and collaborating with her student groups. This also involved booking reservations and international travel. I was also tasked with taking clear, concise minutes for meetings.
Studying Modern History at Leeds Metropolitan has nurtured my understanding of social, cultural and political developments in Britain, Europe and the wider world from 1700 onwards. Throughout my three years of study I analysed documentation such as film, official records, personal narratives and letters and studied global events and movements, from wars and revolutions to urbanisation, race, class, environmentalism, youth culture and gender issues. I graduated from my time at University with a 2:1 Honours degree.