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I have a degree and Masters in the History of Art and experience of a number of fields within art galleries and museums. My full time employment over the past five years has been working in events teams, the past year and a half of this has been working at a national newspaper. Before I moved to London I volunteered at many galleries in the Kent area, including the Turner Contemporary and Museum of Canterbury.
I project manage events across our team’s schedule, including awards receptions, seminars, roundtables and competitions. I also assist on larger scale projects, including the Guardian’s Sustainable Business Awards and various conferences. My position means I work with editorial staff as well as the commercial side of the Guardian, always maintaining the balance between the upkeep of the organisation’s values whilst also keeping to strict budgets and financial targets. I have enjoyed working on many arts and literary events including marketing partnerships with the Turner Prize and Wellcome Trust. I also project managed the Children’s Fiction Prize, one of the publication’s longest running competitions. My position involves venue research, devising advertising schedules, booking catering, managing online sales of competition entries, delegate and speaker management as well as many administrative tasks. I also input on creative assets and aid with the dressing of venues in exciting and up to date styles.
I undertook a variety of administrative tasks involving taking and processing bookings for our conferences and awards dinners. I also liaised with all speakers, which could be up to 80 for one event, to arrange their sessions, logistics and material for the event programmes. I worked extensively with our events database which I was responsible for keeping up to date and using to produce various reports for my colleagues. I produced post event analysis reports and helped draft marketing material. This position gave me the opportunity to travel to Asia, the US and Europe to work at our international events. This company’s clients demand a high level of professionalism which helped me to develop the right attitude to deal with difficult situations quickly and effectively. I arranged logistics with our exhibitors for conferences of up to 1000 delegates. I also handled the company's social media presence and tracked our response/success rate whilst using various websites.
I helped out with a variety of activities, which gave me the opportunity to experience working behind the scenes in a museum. The tasks I undertook included cataloguing, auditing the art collection, installing exhibitions and scanning the photographic archive. I assisted the museum staff at events and exhibitions, interacting with the public. With the refurbishment of a neighbouring museum taking place, I have had the chance to view and handle the items of the collection which are not on public view.
This was a taught course focussing on a number of periods in the history of art. My dissertation examined on the work of Paul Nash and his contemporaries, examining the role of the war artist and effect of war on the landscape artist.
My degree covered a wide selection of topics and periods of history, from the Italian Baroque to the contemporary art world. I took a practical module in my second year which involved devising, researching, marketing and producing an exhibition of prints and drawings. My dissertation examined the British artist John Waterhouse.