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My name is Maxine Noth, I am 28 years old and have been living in Berlin for the last five years, relocating back to London at the end of the month. I am an extremely motivated and enthusiastic individual. I am highly adaptable and thrive in fast paced environments with great organisational skills. I have natural leadership qualities while building strong relationships with team members and maintain a positive attitude in all situations, easing pressure in challenging situations. I am socially confident with a good sense of humour.Locked Pro Plan feature
I moved to Berlin immediately after I had finished my Masters in History of Art back in London where I am originally from. I came with the wish to create a more immersive way of engaging with art that breaks down the boundaries of the traditional white cube aesthetic. Throughout the course of my studies, I was met with statements such as ‘I don’t understand art’ then people would shut down, which I found to be a depressing sentiment. I don’t personally think art exists to be understood, it is to be enjoyed or provide relief in some way, so my grand idea was to inject some fun into the world of art through different media that would entice a larger and more mixed audience. It was important to me to provide a platform for emerging artists. It’s hard to get a foot in without personal connections in the industry and a lot of talent is dismissed as a result. Every Michelangelo, Picasso & Warhol were unknown emerging artists at some point. It excites me to back the potential for the unknown to become known. The heart and soul of Haute Presents was getting art out to people who are intimidated by the traditional white cube aesthetic. Everything we do is completely tailor-made to each event, making each one unique and very personal as we work directly with the artists and artisans. The element of fun is crucial to Haute Presents, offering a opulent yet warm environment where everyone is welcome. Over the past four years, Haute Presents hosted four large scale, site-specific, (from churches, historic silent theatres to old coin factories) themed events in addition to running a gallery space in Berlin Mitte. Through day to day running of the gallery that saw exhibition openings as frequent as once a week to every six weeks in addition to free-lance jobs of book launches and bespoke office parties and partaking annually in international art fairs, the most recent Hong Kong, I have experience in handling large-scale and small-scale events. Events often overlap with production time and a short turnaround getting ready for each event, you learn how to multi-task and juggle effectively. You learn that to have a seamless event, not only do you have to be meticulous in planning, you also have to have a calm yet productive approach to potential mishaps that can happen in the lead-up and even throughout the course of the event. It is about keeping a level head and positive attitude to steer these obstacles away from potential catastrophes all while not allowing stress factors to trickle down to the guests. The large-scale exhibitions often hosted a number of international artists to which I was responsible for flights, hotels, and transportation where comfort was key, yet budgets also had to be held into account. Having worked in creative environments that have acted as a mere shell, I have orchestrated bringing in external factors; from electricity and heating to construction of walls, lighting, and set design to entertainment such as themes, food, and music. There is no fixed equation to a successful event, but working to the brief and clientele. Having worked with artists closely has given me a sensitivity in drawing out people’s engagement and having the motto that one should encourage comfort and enjoyment through an essence of fun and merriment. My experience with Haute Presents has been a rollercoaster and while, dear to my heart, I feel it is time to put it aside and join an esteemed institution, one that I have admired throughout my life. The V&A is first, my mother's favourite museum (she loves vases), so many of my childhood memories are traipsing through your exhibitions and being enraptured by the sheer volume of artefacts. To be a part of your team would be an honour and a challenge I am excited to tackle. I am confident I would be a great asset to you back in London, the peak of culture of entertainment.
My studies focused on contemporary art and globalisation, art & communal living, the circulation of imagery & the construct of a museum and the boundary between man & animal. For my dissertation: 'The Trace of a Post-Animal World,' I followed 'naturphilosophie' that surrounds the impending environmental crisis, especially regarding our entrance into the new geological era, the Anthropocene. I explored how artists are engaging with the notion of both past and present extinctions through case studies of 3 different artists, those being Mark Dion, Allora & Calzadilla and Ravi Agarwal. My BA was on contemporary art, 'Cindy Sherman' and her Clown series exploring a feminstic and psychoanalytic view of the carvivalesque. I received high merits for both.
2006-2008 Wimbledon High School, London 4 AS/A Levels: Psychology AS (A), History of Art (B), German (B), English Literature (A) 2001- 2006 Wimbledon High School, London 10 GCSEs: Including Maths, English, German, Science & Art