Lauren Holmes

Gallery and Sales Assistant at Chappell Contemporary

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  • LocationHerne Bay, United Kingdom

About me

 

Well presented, organised, computer literate curating student with excellent telephone manner and extensive customer service experience interested in a career within a gallery. Experienced in working as part of a team in a fast paced environment with strong attention to detail and good customer service skills. Currently seeking a suitable position that makes best use of existing experience with the opportunity to develop skills.

Skills

 

  • Events
  • Marketing PR
  • Art Direction
  • Exhibition
  • Creative
  • Office
  • Powerpoint
  • Word
  • Customer Service
  • Research and Planning
  • Art Sales
  • Knowledge of Contemporary art

Work history

Currently

Gallery & Sales Assistant

Chappell Contemporary, Whitstable

Mar 2015
  • Work for the Director of Chappell Contemporary in running commercial gallery duties and maximising sales. Work includes: Sourcing artists to be represented by the gallery, data-input, events assistance, researching artists and the art market, responsible for the keys and opening and closing, ensuring visitor satisfaction, maximising sales, making sure the gallery is clean, processing invoices and taking payment, answering inquiries via phone, email and social networking, packaging artworks.

2016

Freelance Gallery & Admin Assistnat

Xross-polynation Art Gallery

Nov 2015 - Jan 2016
  • Work for the Director of Xross-Polynation Art Gallery in the running of gallery duties and pushing for the recognition of international artists. Work included: Data-input, events assistance, researching artists and the art market, answering inquiries via phone, email and social networking, packaging artworks, handling artworks, storage, providing press releases, liaising with clients, the press and VIPs, handling artworks, storage, curating.

2015

Host & Tour Guide

Folkestone Triennial

Jul 2014 - Nov 2015
  • Working on behalf of the Creative Foundation, for the duration of the Folkestone Triennial. Work included: being a representative for the Creative Foundation, ensuring visitor satisfaction, looking after artworks in terms of environmentally and security, opening and locking up works, researching, providing information on the Creative Foundation, the Folkestone Triennial and the artworks, liaising with artists and curators, cleaning, providing three-hour long tours of the artworks for groups of twenty people which involved extensive research and confidence in my knowledge of the artworks and history of Folkestone.

2015

Invigilator

Studio 3 Gallery, University of Kent

Aug 2012 - Sep 2015
  • Act as invigilator in the gallery at least four hours per week as part of a rota. Work included: looking after the art works, encouraging visitors to read and purchase an exhibition catalogue, answering any questions the visitors may have about the works, the studio or any general enquiries that they may have.

2015

Housekeeping

Canterbury Christ Church University

May 2011 - Sep 2015

2015

Gallery & Exhibitions Intern

Studio 3 Gallery, University of Kent

Aug 2013 - Sep 2015
  • Assistant to the curator of Studio 3 (as part of MA). Work includes: researching, writing articles, data entry, processing invoices, updating records using computer databases, answering enquiries by phone or email, providing or sending out information, booking artists and speakers for events, giving vast creative input with regard to future exhibitions , welcoming artists and the public into the gallery, being a representative for Studio 3 at events, working with a real budget, making purchases, fundraising, creating marketing material such as posters, working with a variety of people, contacting artists and dealers, creating an education programme for schools and colleges, designing the published catalogue, providing hospitality at opening nights, providing material for newspaper, magazine and radio features on exhibitions and the gallery, providing tours.

2015

Curator, Gallery and Sales Assistant

Horsebridge Centre, Whitstable

Jul 2015 - Sep 2015
  • Curating a solo show for the work of David and Lili Mari Williamson, hanging works,, engaging visitors with the work, maximising sales, providing security, and hosting the opening night.

2015

Life Model

Art Society, University of Kent

Aug 2013 - Sep 2015
  • Posed in variety of positions, classic to contemporary, for up to 20 minutes for the UKC Art Society.

2015

Art Sales Work Experience

Lilford Gallery, Canterbury

Jun 2015 - Aug 2015
  • Attended Lilford Gallery to receive training in maximising art sales. Whilst there, I also helped clients with purchases, updated social media and databases.

2015

Co-curator of Exhibition

Canterbury Homeless Outreach

Dec 2014 - Mar 2015
  • Work on behalf of Canterbury Homeless Outreach in curating an art exhibition to raise awareness of homelessness in Canterbury as part of Canterbury Homeless Week. Work included: Sourcing artists to be included in the exhibition, budgeting and finance, curating, events management, researching and gaining knowledge of homelessness in Canterbury, creating marketing material.

2014

Exhibitions Work Experience

Strange Cargo

Mar 2014 - Dec 2014
  • Assistant to the artistic director of Strange Cargo. Work included: researching, data entry and updating records using computer databases, answering enquiries by email, providing or sending out information, giving creative input, welcoming the public into the gallery, being a representative for Strange Cargo, liaising with artists, working on exhibitions. For Strange Cargo I have also volunteered for their festivals including Cheriton Light Festival, Charivari Day and helped to orchestrate the public participatory elements of their Spencer Tunick solo exhibition.

2014

Night Shift Assistant

Sainsbury’s

Dec 2011 - Jun 2014

2013

Assistant to Exhibitions Curator Intern

Institute of Contemporary Arts

Aug 2013 - Dec 2013
  • Acted as a personal assistant to the Exhibitions Curator and the Creative Team. Work included: researching, writing articles, data entry, processing invoices, updating records using computer databases, dealing with post and hand-delivering post to other institutions, answering enquiries by phone or email, providing or sending out information, booking artists and speakers for events, giving creative input with regard to future exhibitions, welcoming artists and the public into the institution, being a representative for the ICA at events and fairs.

2013

Shop Assistant

The Children’s Trust Charity Shop, Canterbury

Aug 2011 - Sep 2013

2013

Marketing Assistant for Two-faced Fame

Studio 3 Gallery, University of Kent

Jan 2013 - Jun 2013
  • Acted as marketing assistant to manage and promote an art exhibition. Work included: researching extensively, working with a real budget, making purchases, fundraising, creating marketing material such as posters, working with a variety of people, contacting artists and dealers, creating an education programme for schools and colleges, designing the published catalogue, organizing a promotion night, providing drinks and hospitality at the opening night, providing material for newspaper, magazine and radio features on the exhibition, providing tours for local MPs, figures in the art world and school children.

2012

Shop Assistant & Sorter

Feather’s Framers, Print Gallery and Shop

May 2012 - Dec 2012
  • Acted as shop assistant and print sorter to gain knowledge in this area, volunteering one afternoon per week. Work included: sorting through series of historical prints and placing them in order due to time and genre, assisting customers, general cleaning of the shop.

2012

Shop Assistant

Frocks N Stock, Pilgrims Hospices

Jul 2012 - Nov 2012

2012

Assistant Curator & Host of The Zine Library

Strange Cargo

May 2012 - Jul 2012
  • Acted as assistant curator, deciding the placement of the works and hosted the exhibition over two days in the Georges House Gallery in Folkestone. Work included: opening and closing the gallery, managing a small team of volunteers, selling zines, taking photographs, answering any questions the visitors had, managing the musicians that played over the weekend, helping manage a team of year 6 students called The Zine Team.

2011

Waitress

New Appointments Group

Jan 2011 - Dec 2011

2011

Tele Marketer

Anglian Home Improvements

Mar 2011 - Nov 2011

2011

Production

Wahl Clipper Cooperation

Aug 2009 - May 2011

2009

Shop Assistant

New Look

Nov 2008 - Jan 2009

2007

Waitress

Greensteds, Herne Bay

May 2007 - Sep 2007

Education

2015

MA in Curating

University of Kent

Nov 2015 - Nov 2015
  • I achieved a Distinction.

2013

BA in History and Philosophy of Art

University of Kent

Aug 2010 - Aug 2013
  • i achieved a First Class Honors.