My most current role sat within the Artistic Programming department of the world's largest single-run arts centre. Drawing on over five years of PA experience, I provided hands-on support to the Creative Producer and her team. It was my job to ensure her department ran like clockwork; that fellow colleagues kept to schedule; and that projects were delivered within deadline. The projects were incredibly varied; one day we could be organising a big Indian wedding and the next creating an immersive installation of giant flowers that glow with people’s heartbeats. As well as complex diary control, inbox management and other essential PA duties, I was responsible for planning large internal events, such as the annual ‘Festival of Us’ where I devised a way of providing lunch for the entire organisation (of over 300 people) within a budget of £200. I also supported the development of Southbank Centre’s national and international touring strategy and did so by directly liaising with high profile artists, Foreign Ambassadors, High Commissioners, and Directors of partner companies.
I was appointed for this position after being personally recommended by my former employer, Chris Bracey of Gods Own Junkyard. It consisted of working in a target driven sales environment, meeting tight deadlines and making independent sales to a growing list of high net worth clients. I regularly participated within national and international art fairs as well as organised internal and external events, including assistance with mail outs and marketing campaigns.
This position saw me successfully manage a temporary exhibition in Soho for internationally renowned neon light artist Chris Bracey, who approached me for the role whilst I was still living and working in Suffolk. Originally planned as a month long show, its instant success meant the exhibition could be extended to three months, in which time I alone sold in excess of £90,000 worth of artworks.
Prior to being headhunted by Gods Own Junkyard, I project managed the development of an interdisciplinary arts venue in Suffolk, which comprised of twelve artists’ studios, two exhibition spaces, a cafe and a small office. The role required regular and effective communication and negotiation with artists, contractors, suppliers and local authorities. I was also responsible for designing and maintaining the website and online social media profiles, as well as managing budgets and compiling performance reports for board members.
Shortly after graduating with a First Class degree (BA Hons), the Head of School asked our tutors to suggest one student who could successfully undertake a newly opened post of PA and Research Assistant. The tutors put me forward. The role consisted of providing day to day PA support, as well as assistance with writing a 100,000 word PHD thesis.