Melanie Hough

Gallery Development Manager


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  • LevelSenior
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsCurator - Production & Project Manager


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About me

Specialising in photography theory, curation and gallery production, I have an academic background in art history. I have recently joined Candlestar as Gallery Development Manager for the second edition of Photo London, the city's largest ever photography art fair, taking place in May 2016. Overseeing the exhibitor recruitment, application and curatorial review process, I work with acclaimed and emerging galleries from across the world, advising on their Fair proposals and managing their participation and production requirements.


  • Digital Media
  • Events
  • Marketing PR
  • Visual Arts
  • Copywriting
  • Exhibition
  • Client Services
  • Exhibition Design
  • Problem Solving
  • Production Management
  • Project Management
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Public Exhibitions
  • Office
  • Content and Media Writing

Work history


Gallery Development Manager

Photo London

Aug 2015
  • As Gallery Development Manager for Photo London, the city's largest ever photography art fair, I oversee the exhibitor recruitment, application and curatorial review process. Working with acclaimed and emerging galleries, agencies and publishers from across the world, I advise on their Fair proposals, participation and production requirements. This involves ambassadorial duties; meeting potential exhibitors and promoting the Photo London ethos, and ensuring we can deliver a successful Fair for the exhibitors, their clients and our 35,000 visitors. A small team, the role involves working closely with the Communications, Public Programme and VIP managers, developing the Fair, its design, structure and overall programme. Its ultimate aim - to establish London, alongside New York and Paris, as the third pillar in the photography market, and a thriving centre for photographic practice. I am fortunate enough to work with exceptional gallerists and their artists, also organising the Fair's John Kobal Residency Award, and industry experts as part of the Curatorial Committee. Alongside this, I manage relations with our many contractors who make the biggest takeover of Somerset House, our venue, possible.


Gallery Specialist & Production Manager

Getty Images Gallery

Apr 2007 - Sep 2015
  • Creating all content for the gallery's social media profiles and blog, I have been able to use these platforms to support emerging photographers and engage with outside organisations, initiatives and a wider audience. I curate and design headline exhibitions, and collaborate with partners and sponsors on exhibition development, fund-raising projects and consignments. Playing an integral role in all aspects of gallery services, including venue hire and trade fair presence, I also manage print sale production and distribution, alongside touring exhibitions.



MA Contemporary Art Theory

Goldsmiths College, University of London

Aug 2008 - Aug 2011
  • MA Contemporary Art Theory (Pass with Merit) – Modules included Judgement and Creation, a philosophy-driven analysis of how we interrogate art and aesthetics, and Laboratory, a collaborative research project concerned with issues of participation and the critical encounter, culminating in a group presentation. My dissertation proposal was assessed in a symposium setting before writing, eventually titled ‘The Transformation of Immanence in the Photographic Portrait’.


BA History of Art

Goldsmiths College, University of London

Aug 2002 - Aug 2006
  • BA (Hons) History of Art (First) – Focusing on critical theory rather than a chronological survey of art history, modules included: The Truth in Painting, Modernities, Postmodernities, Techniques & Technology and The Moving Image. I focused on curatorial studies in Museums and Galleries, and the course's multi-disciplinary approach encouraged meaningfully engagement with a vast range of visual cultures. I received the Departmental Award for Academic Excellence in 2005.