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I am an ambitious individual looking to progress within the events sector. My strengths include a creative skill-set of design and illustration combined with a mind for business. I particularly enjoy solving problems and rapid development of ideas and concepts. I am a highly resourceful, flexible,innovative, organised and enthusiastic individual.
The Poundshop began as a platform for designers to gain experience within the retail market and has since grown to include various projects, installations, talks and workshops. The aim of The Poundshop is to spread design to a wider audience by making it accessible through price and engagement. To make this happen we build and create pop up shops in various locations both in UK and outside, where designers can sell their product at the prices of £1,£3 and £5, (please read more about our concept on www.thepoundshop.org) Past collaborators and hosts includes: Somerset House, Selfridges, Mother London, The Architecture Foundation, Wieden+Kennedy, Chinese Arts Centre, KK Outlet, Loft& -Japan, British Council , Au Pont Rouge-Russia and Institute of Contemporary Arts. At this point we have organised 13 different shops. As one of the founders I have the overall responsibility for the planning and execution of the projects. Main duties include: Curate a bespoke collection of products / design and build the interior of shop / managing interns and involved designers / developing budgets / handling press and social media /
Working in collaboration with Paintings in Hospitals, I curated a product range of affordable design items to be sold on their new web shop. The products has been carefully chosen to make the perfect gifts for a loved one in care. 100% of profits made on sold items goes to the charity and help fund putting arts in hospitals around the UK. To coincide with their new online shop I also designed a pop up shop that was open for three days allowing customers to view and buy the new range first hand. Painting in Hospitals help health and social care providers introduce art into their environment, using a loan schemes and partnering with national collections such as the Arts Council Collection and the V&A, to make health and social care sites more stimulating, comforting and supportive spaces. www.paintingsinhospitals.org.uk
My role as the Co-Coordinator was to visit each individual projects and provide advice and support to enable them to deliver they’re chosen ‘final event’ activities. Ensuring that all projects funded by High Street 2012 Heritage, Culture and Community Grants Program appropriately publicise the support of High Street 2012 funding. Provide input into the wider marketing and promotion of the event, producing materials and raising the profile of the project. To produce an event plan and help produce an agenda for the project itself. Provide information and updates to wider High Street 2012 project partners. Ensure the final event help over two days in June ran smoothly and to all participants satisfaction.
I stepped in to cover a annual leave. As the office manager I had to organise and supervise all of the administrative activities that facilitate the smooth running of the office, cover a busy reception, organising the office layout and maintaining supplies of stationery and equipment, maintaining the condition of the office and arranging for necessary repairs; organising meetings, ordering stationary etc.
Duties included: Oversee and manage all studio activities,financial administration/bookkeeping, maintaining website and social media, answering to complaints and solving them, arranging viewing and advertising of the space making sure all desk spaces where filled.
In May 2013 The Poundshop was picked as one of Selfridges’ ‘Bright Young Things’ – the pioneering project that seeks out and champions the most exciting young creators in the UK.
The Poundshop was awarded as one of the top five creative entrepreneurs on the h.Club 100 list. The h.Club100 list is an annual campaign to identify the 100 most influential and innovative people working across arts, culture and the creative industries.