I have currently finished a BA (Hons) at Arts University Bournemouth studying Fine Art, where I specialised in set and exhibition design. During my studies I was interested in becoming a curator. I quickly learnt I was more interested in working to a brief, producing work for someone rather than making my own. Thus after University I jumped straight into working with some London based artists I met during my studies. Helping to problem solve or curate a show such as my experience at 180 Strand working with amazing photographers from around the world. From this I became interested in starting a brand so began working for Tate Modern to gain skills from a large institution in the art market. I have been able to get involved with events receiving knowledge that has helped me progress within my own work. Whilst the Tate has been fantastic in teaching me how to run a show I have missed working more with my hands to produce something creative again. So I am now looking to continue on in the practical side which is what I really thrived at during my studies.
I am currently working part time at Tate Modern. Where I am mainly involved with events, food and individuating. It is a great environment and has provided me with a lot of experience in the art market.
Jupiter Woods is a gallery based south-east London where I help out with the production of their events/shows. It is a small team but I love working with them when I can as I can learn new skills whilst there. My previous roles included front of house work, setting up e.g. production, installing light and sound, media and finally logistics. I enjoy doing this as it keeps me involved in local art and means I can help out fellow new curators.
A fellow artist I was tutored by during my studies needed help to make an artwork for the Whitstable Biennale. I offered my assistants for 4 days to help her ideas come to life. I helped her strategise her ideas and work out how to make them physical in the best way possible as her work was being placed on a beach. It took a trial and error based method but I was able to help her in areas she needed thus managed to create a perfect piece of art work for the Biennale!
For my role at 180 Strand I was approached by an Italian photographer to help curate his exhibition booth 'A shade of pale' at 180 strand ran by American curator Carrie Scott. I had several meetings with the photographer in order to come up with an idea and vision he wanted for his show. We designed what we wanted sourced the materials then the weeks leading up to the exhibition installed an installation idea I had came up with for his show. This was an amazing experience as it was a collaboration with two artists, myself and a photographer to create a show which complimented his images.
'Works on paper fair' is a Hodgson event based in The Royal Geographical London. Hodgson are based in Petworth but get involved in this art fair every year. I was asked to participate as an Events co-ordinator meaning I would help set up the fair in the coming weeks to it's opening then later run the 5 day opening until closing and taking down the fair. This role taught me alot alot about design and how to run an exhibition as it was one of the first jobs I did like it. I was able to meet fantastic exhibitors, deal expensive artworks and meet famous customers such as Grayson Perry and David Attenborough. It really exposed me to the higher art market and not only deal with how the show ran and looked but how to deal with high profile customers.
Working at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich was my first Museum job, I mainly invigilated and worked in the gift shop. This was my first full time job in London and I enjoyed working there as the observatory, Maritime museum and Cutty Sark were all such interesting places to learn about and go visit. Although I found the history and my surroundings interesting I left this role as I quickly learnt I was far more interested in modern art rather than more historical elements. This was an interesting learning curve for me as it helped me realise where I fit in and would like to be in the art world.
I was fortunate enough to work with the Hales gallery team as an artist who I was tutored by during my time at University was doing a show there and needed help finishing off her pieces and setting up the show. I helped the artist finish her pieces that needed to be produced and lent a hand to build, paint and install the space.
Deptford X is a ten day free art festival which showcases new talent. I was involved in there programme for a few days where I was an invigilator. I took care of artworks, promoted the event to new audiences that maybe wouldn't of heard about it and helped install some of the locations.
I worked with a team to help design an installation for their 3 day festival. it required planning, health and safety courses and resourcing materials.