James Elwes

Director and Co-founder

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  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom

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About me

 

A driven, creative arts professional with a successful track record in acquiring, developing, managing and delivering custom-made projects and programs for commercial and private clients. I love developing and scaling great ideas and solving problems.

Skills

 

  • Visual Arts
  • Copywriting
  • Recruitment
  • Marketing
  • Pitching
  • PR
  • Project Management
  • Creative Direction
  • Production
  • Visualisation
  • Creative Management
  • Briefing
  • Artist Management
  • Proposals
  • Curation and Programming
  • Artist Sourcing

Work history

Currently

Director & Co-founder

ELX Art

Jan 2013
  • ELX is a consultancy that unlocks the art world for commercial and private patrons. We source, brief and manage the perfect artist for each client’s specific need. As co-founder and director, my ideas and graft have seen ELX grow from a unique concept into a financially thriving, award-winning enterprise in just two years of trading and I have since been called upon to write art-fair reviews for Country Life.

2014

Creative Marketing Consultant

Freelance

Jan 2013 - Jul 2014
  • While developing ELX’s business plan & infrastructure, I provided freelance consulting to businesses, predominantly in the luxury, art and creative sectors. These included: Apollo magazine, Dunsborough Park, Christie’s, EnergyQuoteJHA, Environment Films, Socrates Communications, MEPF, Pool Art, Dinkel & Sweerts

2012

Creative Executive

MEC

Aug 2011 - Dec 2012
  • I was headhunted and made MEC’s first ever Creative Executive and reported to the Creative Director and the Head of Programming. My task was to inject creative thinking into the company’s processes and staff ethos.

2011

Account Executive

WPP

Dec 2010 - Aug 2011
  • Clients included BT Worldwide, KFC and British American Tobacco. In this role, I benefitted from the mentorship of luminaries like Jon Steel, Martin Sorrell and Jeremy Bullmore and cut my teeth in experiential advertising.

2009

Junior Curator & Gallery Assistant

The Talbot Rice Gallery

Aug 2008 - Apr 2009
  • I curated a show of Robert Adam drawings on loan from Sir John Soane’s Museum, handling all elements of the organisation, from negotiating loans to hanging and managing the opening event. I also ran the gallery day to day.

2008

Head Curator’s Assistant

SIR John Soane’s Museum

Apr 2008 - Aug 2008
  • I helped to produce a show of Adam Brothers drawings. This was my first experience in the sector and I developed a strong understanding of the workings of a publicly funded museum and its relationship to the art world at large, which has been invaluable.

Education

2010

History of Art

University of Edinburgh

Aug 2006 - Apr 2010
  • 2:1 Masters Degree with Hons

2006

Fine art Diploma

Slade School of Fine Art

Apr 2006 - Jun 2006
  • Fine art diploma

Awards

2014

The Convocational Trust Award

  • We were awarded the 2014 Convocational Trust Award but the University of London. As part of this award we received a grant of