Simon David

Director/Curator

Level
Mid Level
Location
Lugano, Switzerland
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About me

Simon David (b. 1989, Lugano) was was educated at School of Visual Arts in New York and Falmouth University, where he obtained a Bachelor Degree in Press and Editorial Photography in 2012 and Node Center in Berlin where he holds a certificate in Exhibition Design. In the last years, David gained varied experience within the international art world, working with artists, curators and gallerists, having worked at Works Projects during Artissima 12, Flowers Gallery, Christie’s, The Photographers’ Gallery, Ncontemporary and Buchmann Galerie. He is currently involved with numerous projects including freelance representation of artists. He is also the founder of a new contemporary art gallery focusing on emerging artists, Galleria Ramo.

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Skills

  • Exhibition Design
  • Writing
  • Photography
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Indesign
  • Sketchup
  • Microsoft Office
  • Mac OS
  • Website Development
  • Social Media Management

Companies I’ve worked with

  • Christie's

    Christie's

    • Arts and Culture
  • Flowers Gallery

    Flowers Gallery

    • Arts and Culture
  • The Photographers' Gallery

    The Photographers' Gallery

    • Arts and Culture
  • Galleria Ramo

    Galleria Ramo

    • Arts and Culture

Work history

Currently

Founder - Director

Galleria Ramo

Oct 2016
  • Como, Italy
  • Full Time
  • Founded by Simon David, Galleria Ramo opened with 'pop-up' projects in the small town of Lugano (Switzerland). As an initiative and by its founder, the gallery does not represent any of the artists but rather works on uniquely curated exhibitions. Galleria Ramo’s philosophy is a total commitment to artists and their creative endeavour through a curatorial programme of exhibitions and events that engage with the local community and with the changing language of the contemporary art world. Galleria Ramo specialises in contemporary art, photography, installation and video. In 2018 in Via Natta 31, opens as the project /exhibition space of Galleria Ramo in Como, Italy.

2018

Assistant to the director

Buchmann Galerie

May 2017 - Nov 2018
  • Lugano, Switzerland
  • Full Time
  • Assisting the director with every-day commercial gallery tasks. Curating exhibitions, corresponding with artists, museums, critics and collectors on a daily basis. Taking care of every collectors needs such as, invoicing, transport and correspondence. Worked with Wolfgang Laib, Lawrecne Carroll, Tony Cragg, Tatsuo Miyajima and Alberto Garutti. Fairs worked, WopArt17, Art Basel18 and WopArt18.

2016

Assistant Development Officer

The Photographers' Gallery

Jan 2016 - Aug 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Assisted with the fundraising and administration of the gallery’s development department. Assisted the Head of Individual Giving in the production of the Patrons and Members programme. Organised, delivered and hosted Patrons and Trustees events (openings, studio visits, talks etc) and identified potential donors. Writing and design of funding and sponsorship proposals. Communication with Patrons and Members (updates, queries) and generation of newsletters. Maintenance of the database, production of the annual patrons report, guest lists and mailings. Art fairs worked: Photo London 16.

2015

Marketing consultant

The Fitzrovia Gallery

Jul 2015 - Oct 2015
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • Created a social media marketing plan for the gallery, researching relevant themes/ objects, audience development, liaising with curatorial staff and artists. Advising on how to expand the gallery to a wider audience.

2017

Curator - Project assistant

Ncontemporary

Jun 2015 - Jan 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • Supported the director in the delivery of projects for the gallery such as exhibitions, book launches and other events aimed at reaching a wider audience and to promote established and upcoming artists internationally. Art fairs worked: Unseen Amsterdam, START16, MIA Image 16 and London Art Fair 16.

2016

Founder - Editor

The Art Window

Jan 2015 - Jan 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • Created and developed an online platform that aims to archive and discuss contemporary art exhibited in current temporary shows around Europe. Guest speaker at a panel discussion #makebespoke - ‘Looking after Art’.

2016

Art handler

Christie's

May 2014 - Jun 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Assisted with the installation and de-installation of each show. Administration and coordination of transport packaging, storage, client collection. Coordination of a team of part/time art handlers and interns. Organised the event ‘Multiplied Art Fair’ by allocating stands for galleries, liaising with galleries and handling technical and logistical problems. Art fairs worked: Multiplied 14/15.

2014

Gallery assistant - Intern

Flowers Gallery

Jan 2014 - Apr 2014
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Administration duties and front of house dealing with queries in person and on the phone, email and clients. Assisted the curators with the design and setting up of the exhibitions. Assisted with the writing of the press-releases and created lists of artworks and prices for clients. Art fairs worked: London Art Fair 14 and Art14.

2013

PA to director

Must Gallery

Jan 2013 - Dec 2013
  • Lugano, Switzerland
  • Full Time
  • Assisted with the creation of the gallery space by liaising with the interior designer and negotiating with builders. Assisted with the curation of the first exhibition and launch of the gallery.

2012

Art fair assistant - Translator

Artissima Art Fair

Nov 2012 - Nov 2012
  • Italy
  • Freelance
  • Assisted with the creation of the gallery space by liaising with the interior designer and negotiating with builders. Assisted with the curation of the first exhibition and launch of the gallery.

Education

2012

BA (Hons) Press & Editorial Photography

University College Falmouth

Sep 2010 - Jun 2012
  • Falmouth, United Kingdom

2007

Jun 2007 - Aug 2007
  • New York, United States

2008

Sep 2004 - Jun 2008
  • Lugano, Switzerland

2004

Sep 2000 - Jun 2004
  • Lugano, Switzerland

2000

Sep 1998 - Jun 2000
  • Cape Town, South Africa
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