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Lauren Martinson

Production, Events, Curation & Design

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  • LevelJunior
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsEvent Organiser - Assistant Producer - Visual Merchandiser

About me

Whilst I was attending secondary school and college I gained a reputation for being successful in organising music events for local bands in my hometown, Southend, Essex. From a young age I have been driven and excited whilst beginning to learn basic management from these self driven events that I was in charge of, and was able to direct staff and allocate roles and tasks clearly from then. I then went on to study a Fine Art degree at Goldsmiths College. I found that my art became performance and film based, and it often reflected my interest in cognitive science subjects such as sociology, psychology and neurology and politics. My art is inspired by work environments and work ethic, so therefore I became more interested in the business side of the art industry. Whilst studying I had part time jobs with roles such as events organising and being part of production and design teams, and so since graduating I have had work freelancing as an assistant to directors, producers and artists for a variety of projects. Since graduating from my art degree I have been working in a secondary school and working as a receptionist. The role at the school requires me to be calm, compassionate and understanding of challenges these young adults face within their school, home and social life. Having worked with disabled artists and activists I have am educated and mindful with working with disabled people including children, including how to approach and calm down people during moments of panic and anxiety using grounding and breathing techniques. Working in a school with teenagers I have also been an available listener and a person to trust mainly from students of all teenage ages and genders, who have approached me with problems regarding friendships, home life, mental health, identity and relationships. I’m a very good and careful listener with interests in cognitive sciences and subjects such as Neuro Linguistic Programming meaning I am approachable particularly as a person to turn to for help regarding any issues. I can also provide a DBS.

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Skills

  • Fashion
  • Film
  • Theatre
  • Fine Art
  • Exhibition
  • Design
  • Project Management
  • Event Organisation
  • Set Decorator
  • Excel
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop
  • Word
  • Photographer Assistant

Work history

Currently

Receptionist

The Royal Society

Feb 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • My role at The Royal Society mainly consists of administrative based work but also interacting with members and the public and providing information in regards to events for science and engineering. A few tasks: - Assisting and welcoming both staff, fellows, public and outside parties. - Providing information on events. - Working alongside conferencing and events to book bedrooms and conference rooms using KX Conferencing. - Operating the phone and main email. - Authorising passes for visitors, contractors, staff and fellows as well as making new access passes/keys when need be. - Collecting data and recording information from bookings using Excel. - Organising weekly spreadsheet for facilities. - Putting up signage for events. And other administrative tasks.

2017

Supervisor and Film

The Deanes School

Apr 2017 - Sep 2017
  • United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • My role at The Deanes School was to be supervising the behaviour unit whilst also directing and filming a promotional video for an open day event. This role meant I had to build a lot of trust with teenagers to work with them on their behaviour as well as a creative project. Using SIMs and Excel to record data.

2016

Designer

Cheltenham Literature Festival

Oct 2016 - Oct 2016
  • Cheltenham, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • At the Cheltenham Literature Festival I was given a small budget and a team of volunteers and was directing the team to create an outdoor reading area. I was given a budget to work with and a design brief.

2016

Assistant Producer/PA

The Liberty Festival

Jun 2016 - Jul 2016
  • Freelance
  • For the Liberty Festival 2016 Rowan James created a spoken word and dance performance challenging social stigma around disabilities. During the rehearsals I was assistant producer as well as Rowans PA. I did research into the different models of disability which he used in his spoken word. I also worked editing the written versions of his spoken word.

2017

Assistant Producer

ICA

May 2016 - Feb 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • 10,000 BC (Short Film) is a comedic short art film directed by artist Marianne Murray supported by the Stop Play Record project for The Institute of Contemporary Art. Marianne hired me as her assistant producer where I also was involved in some of the prop/set design. My tasks included logistics and organising schedules as well as assisting Marianne with directing when she needed a second opinion.

2014

Construction Designer/Visual Merch

LK Bennett

Dec 2014 - Dec 2014
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • For Tenn Design LTD I was hired as a Designer to install the window displays for LK Bennett's London stores. I was either working independently or with the Visual Merchandise team in-store to install chandeliers, shelves and decorations. I was given much more responsibility with this project as working independently meant making final decisions.

2014

Construction Designer for Visual Merchandising

Dior

Sep 2014 - Sep 2014
  • 87-135 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL, UK
  • Freelance
  • For Tenn Design LTD I installed the displays for Dior on the walls that were designed by MPA Architects.

2013

Construction Designer for Visual Merchandising

TOPSHOP TOPMAN

Dec 2013 - Dec 2013
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • Freelancing for a company called 'Tenn Design LTD' I installed Topshop and Topmans 2013 Christmas window display and instore displays working along side a construction team and with the Visual Merchandise team.

2014

Photographers Assistant

James Rudland Photography

Apr 2012 - May 2014
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • I assisted photographer James Rudland for two of his shoots for The Clothes Show Live, and Wella Hair Italia. For these shoots I was taught about setting up the cameras, lighting and editing on set.

Education

2016

B.A (hons) Fine Art 2.1

Goldsmiths University of London

Sep 2013 - Jun 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Whilst studying at Goldsmiths my practice was heavily involved around power dynamics and cognitive sciences. My critical studies seminars revolved around gender studies and politics.