I graduated in July 2014 with First Class honours in History of Art and Italian from the University of Leeds and am keen to pursue a career in the arts. I am passionate about writing and genuinely enjoy, and feel that I excel at, networking and liaising with clients. I am personable and confident when meeting new people, which are important qualities when forging professional relationships. I spent a year of my degree living in Turin where I used my Italian on a daily basis and consequently am now fluent in both spoken and written Italian. I feel that this fluency in Italian will be an asset to any team as not only has it enabled me to readily communicate with Italians but it has also given me a comprehensive understanding of an entirely new culture, which I think is particularly important given the global nature of business these days.
This opportunity has offered me an invaluable insight into how an art PR agency works. The internship programme has afforded me a great deal of autonomy over my work and I have chosen to assist regularly with creating content for social media. We are launching a new section of the blog for which I am solely responsible. I had to brainstorm content ideas and once we had decided upon one I was charged with contacting gallery press offices to request quotes and press releases and then to write the pieces and formulate them into an appealing format.
I interned for five months last year at the newly established Darren Baker Gallery, which has given me an invaluable insight into marketing and sales strategies in a commercial art gallery. I was part of a team of three and therefore had the opportunity to take on much of the responsibility for the promotion of the gallery via social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. In addition I played a key role in creating the gallery’s brand image as a hyperrealist gallery with a focus on promoting emerging British artists on the international art scene. My role involved both a front of house position in liaising with the artists and representing the gallery at exhibition previews, as well as administrative responsibilities, such as writing and sending out press releases, creating labels on InDesign and updating and formatting the databases so that we had a clear idea of the stock in the gallery for each exhibition.
I spent a year studying at the Università degli Studi di Torino where I took courses on Italian Linguistics, Italian Cinema, Cultural Geography, Italian Literature and History of Art all of which were taught and examined in Italian.
I graduated with First Class hons in History of Art and Italian. I was awarded the Diane Douglas prize for best dissertation in the year and was invited to submit my work to the Association of Art Historian's Dissertation prize.
Diana Douglas prize for best overall performance by a joint honours student