For the past four years I have been working in various positions in the creative industry, including private galleries, online magazines and, most recently, in an independent publishing house, all of which focused on contemporary art and photographic practices. One of the vital skills attainted and practiced in all of my previous positions is efficient and concise administrative knowledge. This includes backstage management of a publishing house, consisting of the organisation and continuous maintenance of extensive databases of writers and photographers, management of monthly invoices, books distribution to world-wide clients and management of daily office tasks. Most importantly, I have learned how to orientate through the various administrative tasks whilst working in a highly pressured environment with the tight dead lines innate to the publishing sphere Working as a gallery assistant in two private galleries has taught me about the backstage management of such environments and the importance of keeping data and administrative tasks up to date and intuitively organised. As a recent graduate from Central Saint Martins in criticism, communication and curation, my interest and skill set span across a variety of fields. Although publishing is my most experienced skill, I am eager to work in public art institutions, creative journals and platforms, magazines and digital content websites. I currently study one day a week at Goldsmiths university, where I am doing a part-time masters in contemporary art theory. Whether its popular culture and academic ideas, my focus is always surrounding the art industry and its many outlets.
For over a year now I have been assisting the production of a new biannual magazine. My involvement as assistant publisher ran from sketching out ideas, commissioning content, advising on design and overlooking production, including working with overseas manufacturers. Alongside publishing tasks I was assisting online editorial content, including writing, copywriting and commissioning new work, both written and visual. I was also assisting on the marketing aspects of the magazines, including the production of travelling exhibitions and magazine launches, a successful online Kickstarter campaign, successful coverage by established platforms (including the British Journal of Photography, The Guardian, So It Goes and Dazed and Confused) online promotion including weekly newsletters and social media coverage. One of my main duties was to maintain the project's social networks, consisting of over 500K followers on Tumblr alone. Throughout this year, the project’s social media platforms, such as Twitter and Instagram, have more than doubled in followers (for example on Instagram: from 6K followers in May 2014 - to 19K followers in May 2015).
Working as a gallery assistant at L'Atelier KSR has taught me about the backstage management of such environments and the importance of keeping data and administrative tasks up to date and intuitively organised. I was assigned with tasks ranging from artist liaison, event production, cataloguing of works as well as front of house for the gallery during opening hours and events.
I decided to continue my academic endeavour with a part-time Master’s degree in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths University. My decision to divide the course throughout two years was predominantly to allow substantial time to immerse myself in the creative industry alongside studying, which I believe to be crucial for my professional development and experience.
I have recently graduated from a BA (hons) Degree in Art Criticism, Communication and Curation at Central Saint Martins college of Art and Design. The course contained a strong focus on the art market, curatorial practices, and exhibition planning and marketing. I took particular interest in the sphere of the art market and the many ways in which it can be communicated. Another crucial aspect of the course, for me, was its specific attention to art theory and the philosophical branches inherent to its practices.