Olivia Oancea

Gallery Assistant/ Visitor Experience Host/Art Administration

  • LevelMid Level
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
  • AvailabilityLocked Pro Plan feature
  • ProfessionsWriter - Operations Manager - Producer


About me

I would like to express my interest in applying and developing my individual and professional skills in collaboration with an employer in the arts field who looks for a versatile, highly motivated, creative and friendly individual with strong work ethic reflected on a relevant experience in the arts PR - Communication & Administrative - Project Management areas. I am highly motivated to work in the arts sector in London, to build my career step by step, surrounded by a large spectrum of people. According to my work experience presented in my profile, I am multi-tasking, being able to control a whole process, from administrative to creative and managerial duties, as my previous positions were extremely various, placing me in different situation and breeding my empathy and inquisitive mind. As my career path has been shaped so far, communication skill plays a vital role along my professional experience, encouraging my ability to empathize with various categories of people. I am a customer-oriented person, valuing dialogue and natural openness to people; I am capable to transmit the information in an accurate, personal, creative and pleasant manner. I have accumulated a dynamic administrative experience, working in fast paced, deadline-orientated offices.


  • Marketing PR
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts
  • Administration
  • Project Management
  • Wordpress
  • Press Release
  • Office
  • Powerpoint
  • Word
  • Square Space
  • Social Meda
  • Editorial Content
  • Mail Chimp
  • Newsletter Content

Work history


Cultural Manager & Playwright

Scrie Despre Tine Link Center Association, Bucharest

Jan 2016 - Mar 2014
  • Prospecting the funding possibilities, attracting non-refundable grants on cultural-educational field, drafting the projects developed through AFCN (the Romanian funding allocated to cultural events) and EEA (Norwegian grants) and implementing the first edition of the Write Your Self - Independent Theatre Festival, May-June 2013; Playwright: the author of the autobiographical play "Camera unde plou?" – The Raining Room (public readings were performed in Bucharest, in 2013 and 2014, by very appreciated Romanian actors - among them the Cannes Film Festival's winner actress Cosmina Stratan as a protagonist); The management job involved an administrative dimension (organizing the events during the festival, providing the logistics, management team's coordination, reports, presentations, partnership communication).; Trainer of drama courses within the project.


Relationship Manager

Eastwards Prospectus Contemporary Art Gallery

Mar 2014 - Dec 2014
  • Maintaining the relationship (via e-mail, telephone or face-to-face interaction) with the gallery's artists, collaborators, curators, partners, visitors, guests; writing all the informative materials (press releases, newsletters, website articles, invitations, presentations, portfolios, artists' CVs, projects and other necessary texts; copywriting & proofreading; updating the gallery' websites; research on the national and international art market & well established, cutting-edge and emerging artists; administrative duties (exhibitions' settings, artworks handling, minute taking, maintaining databases – artists, available artworks for sale, clients, press, guests, administrative assistance on financial duties – invoices, reports etc.), Front of House / Receptionist duties (welcoming visitors, guiding exhibition tours), occasional departures to other art centres in order to identify new artists to represent, studio visits; assistance in organizing art events, private views, exhibition openings, artist talks; research on fundraising perspectives.


Senior Editor & PR

Artmark Galleries Auction House

Nov 2012 - Feb 2014
  • PR, Marketing & Communication activities within the most important auction house in Romania. Elaborating all the informative materials (press releases, newsletters, website articles, online and printed invitations, presentations, projects, advertisements and other necessary texts); copywriting & proofreading on all the content generated by the company; updating the galleries' websites; creating and maintaining the galleries' accounts on social media, updating the databases, maintaining the communication with the press representatives, visitors, customers (via email, telephone or face-to-face interaction); research on the national and international art market platforms & on established and emerging artists; monitoring the Galleries' presence in the media; administrative duties (exhibitions' settings, artworks handling, minute taking, databases - clients, press, guests).



DRH School of Norway One World Institute International School for Cooperation and Development

Sep 2010 - Mar 2011
  • Volunteering within one of the most popular European programmes for developing the poor countries. Fundraising activity for projects whose objective was supporting the third world countries of Africa and India.


European Funding Consultant & PR

Centrul Roman de Initiative The Romanian Center for Initiative

Apr 2009 - Aug 2012
  • I acquired a considerable experience within the administrative field - as I assisted/coordinated the drafting of over 30 financial requests for the Operational Programme for Developing Human Resources Sector with a total value of over 50 million Euro. The applications had to be completed online, working against the clock. Furthermore, the projects' implementation involved keeping a close communication with the public sector representatives, whose language is translated into a large amount of documents (drafting different types of documents and reports related to the projects implementation, monitoring all the national and transnational partners involved in the projects, tracking the progress of the projects' implementation and the indicators reached, archiving the folders properly and administrating the electronic account of each project, taking part to various project meetings, conferences, seminars or informative sessions for the target groups, coordinating the promotional campaigns and the drafting of the tender offers concerning the projects' national promotion). Working at the Romanian Center or Initiatives, I was also a PA and an assistant manager, accompanying (and supplying the NGO's President when necessary) at: meetings, seminars, conferences, monitoring all the platforms on EU programmes topics, writing reports, minutes, daily diaries, presentations, keeping evidence of all the projects databases and the correspondence (private and confidential data inclusively), printing, faxing, scanning, e-mailing, writing press releases, writing the content for different brochures, flyers or banners, searching for new grants and new clients etc.


Web Editor

Adevarul Holding

May 2008 - Apr 2009
  • Writing and editing the articles and news for the online edition (Web Division) of one of the most popular Romanian newspapers of the time – news, health & beauty, lifestyle columns; website maintanance.


Multimedia Editor

ERC Press Publishing House

Nov 2007 - May 2008
  • Editor within the multimedia department of a small publishing house producing materials for children (educational DVDs, books, magazines, CDs, video games, Discovery and BBC documentaries).


Teacher Assistant

British School of Bucharest

Jul 2007 - Nov 2007
  • Assisting and supplying the English native speaking teacher in all the teaching activities, at the Preschool group (children of the age of 3-5) within one of the most appreciated private schools in Bucharest.



Ziua de Iasi” Local Newspaper

Sep 2006 - May 2007
  • Romanian-English translator (part-time) for the online edition of the local investigation newspaper



Bachelor’s Degree in Philology

Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi

Sep 2003 - May 2007
  • Faculty of Letters Specialization: Comparative Literature – English Language and Literature Valedictorian of Comparative Literature class 2007 (the four years' average grade was 9,32 out of 10; the diploma's grade: 9,75 out of 10) ? Among the subjects I studied, I mention: Comparative Literature, Literary hermeneutics, Aesthetics, Cultural anthropology, The History of religions, Literary theory, English literature, Germanic, South European, Romance, Slavic, Anglo-Saxon literary periods, Linguistics, British culture and civilization and many others; ? BA Dissertation Paper: "Beauty in Dostoyevsky's novels"


High School Diploma

Dimitrie Cantemir” College, Onesti

Aug 1999 - Jun 2003
  • Philology, English bilingual specialization Average grade (four years' study): 9.78 out of 10 Diploma grade: 9.15 out of 10