Working as a Host at the Museum of London, my main responsibility is assisting visitors to the museum in the galleries and at various information points. When working at the information desk, I also have to assist visitors via the phone and e-mail, whilst also selling tickets for exhibitions and events. As part of my role I also have to deliver short talks about museum objects and tours of the galleries. These have to be well researched and written, exploring important topics in London’s history, whilst also linking them to contemporary issues. Thus far I have looked at photographer Tom Hunter’s piece ‘The Ghetto’ and explored the late 20th century protest movements in London. In my role, I also assist schools with their visits to the museum, showing them around and assisting them with information about the collections and their worksheets.
During my three-month position as a programming intern at Photoville, I worked mainly on the daytime programming consisting of talks, workshops and education. Next to offering general assistance to my manager, I researched ideas for interesting and engaging talks and workshops, as well as photographers, artists, scholars and other professionals to participate in the program. I worked on organizing a series of book signings to accompany the program, liaising with photographers and publishers. I also developed an outreach strategy for this program and contacted possible sources for promotion. Working with a team from United Photo Industries and teachers, I helped develop an education day aimed at teaching middle school children about narratives in photography, acting as an assistant teacher during the day. Helping more generally in the run-up to the festival, I assisted with the website, writing blurbs and updating photoville.com using WordPress coding, and any day-to-day administrational tasks. During the festival, I assisted with the set-up of the general exhibition area as well as the talks and workshops space, acting as a point of call for photographers, visitors and volunteers.
As a press manager for Oodee, I arranged the press coverage for Viviane Sassen’s ‘Etan & Me’ and Charlotte Dumas’ ‘The Widest Prairies.’ I had to research different press outlets that were appropriate for the photographers and their work and also Oodee Publishing. In run up to the release date of the photobooks, I had to contact press outlets to promote the photobooks and gain press coverage. Once initial contact was made, I had to negotiate the terms of the coverage including image choice, text and possible payment, liaising between the press outlets, the photographers and their agents. This coverage had to be timed in accordance with the photobook launches at Paris Photo 2013. I was able to acquire press coverage for the photobooks in media outlets internationally, both in print and online, including The Guardian, IMA Japan and American Suburb X. After the launch of the photobooks I had to keep in constant dialogue with my contacts in the various press outlets and inform them of any updates and new publications.
Working as a visitor assistant, my main duty is assisting visitors with their enquiries, directing them through the museum and answering any questions they may have about the history of the museum, whilst invigilating the galleries. When working at the main information desk, I also have to assist visitors with their enquiries over the phone and via e-mail. I also work behind the ticketing desk selling tickets to the various exhibitions and different retail items such as guide books. When working this position, at the end of the day I help with cashing up the till.
As a gallery assistant, my main responsibility was helping with the daily running of the gallery which included answering phone calls, responding to e-mails, assisting and talking to visitors, opening and closing the gallery, processing sales, updating the social media sites (e.g. facebook and twitter) and updating the website. I also assisted during evening events such as private views, talks, movie screenings and seminars, where I would help with the organization in the run up of the event and on the day, and manage the interns and volunteers. During some of these events I would be the sole manager of the gallery, which is a role I also upheld during the Saturday opening hours. Foto8 also has an education program aimed at teaching photography to Key Stage 2 primary school students, on which I assisted and also taught on some occasions, giving me the ability to clearly communicate with visitors and young children.
Modules include: Photography in Context 1st; Contemporary Photographic Practices 1st; Photography Dissertation 2:1; Major Project 2:1.
Subjects include: Higher Level Visual Arts 6/7; Higher Level History 5/7;Higher Level A2 English 6/7; Standard Level Dutch 5/7; Standard Level Math 6/7; Advanced Placement Journalism B; Advanced Placement Photography A-.