For the last two years I have been running Channel Magazine, a photography magazine aimed at students and recent graduates. Since its conception, Channel has taken a lot of time and energy to keep it going. I have learnt how to keep on top of the work and be pro-active in communicating with artists, buyers and stockists. This role has helped me to hone my attention to detail and I have had to teach myself many skills, such as basic typography and design. Throughout my time working on Channel Magazine I have had to be self-motivated and focused.
During the Guerrilla Zoo Exhibition at the Apiary Studios in Hackney I assisted with invigilation of the space, making sure that visitors did not damage various fragile pieces. I also worked on the door, requesting the entry fee from all visitors and keeping count of the footfall.
During the first week of Fringe! I helped with various aspects of the festival. I worked during two private views, helping to ensure smooth running and guarantee the safety of the art on display. I also helped run the bar on these occasions. After the private views, I spent a few days invigilating the space. I greeted visitors and answered any questions they had about both the exhibitions and the festival.
In mid-October I volunteered at the four-day long Kinetica Art Fair in the Truman Brewery, London. I spent most of this time working in their shop, selling both limited edition art works and souvenirs to the visitors as well as spending some time invigilating parts of the exhibition. In these roles I had to present myself in a professional manner and be a representative for Kinetica and the artists they were working with.
For two weeks in July I ran a workshop program with year eight and nine girls at Mulberry School for Girls. I had to plan sessions and deliver workshops on Family Photography, working with girls both as a group and one to one. This experience helped me to develop my public speaking and confidence as well as honing the communication skills needed to work with teenagers.
In this role I was tasked with scanning and compiling 40 years worth of diaries kept by the director of the Tallis Scholars as well as scanning a large number of photographic negatives. Whilst working on this project I had to be creative in finding the best and most efficient way to create the documents and compile a comprehensive digital archive.
During my internship at the Michael Hoppen Gallery I gained invaluable experience in the day to day running of a busy London gallery. My role gave me various opportunities to expand my knowledge; I was involved, among other things, in design work, interaction with clients and artists, print handling, and the organisation of private views and other events. Working closely with the gallery director, I learnt a wide range of administrative and organisational skills, helping to improve gallery productivity though the creation of various spreadsheets and coding systems.