Hello! I'm Victoria (Vic) Aquino. I'm a Filipino, London born artist with experience in traditional hand-drawn animation, photography, film, and curation. I've worked with establishments such as Tate Galleries, Battersea Arts Centre, and Somerset House. Currently working on a range of different and eclectic projects with other creatives. I create work with the word 'Sonder' in mind (n. the realisation that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own) - my empathetic and deep sense of understanding emotions comes through my work. I shoot candidly, capturing people's truer essence. I'm continuously exploring my talents, expanding and merging them to come up with something new and refreshing. I want to collaborate with other creatives to create pieces of work that will contribute to social change and to be able to tell a story.Locked Pro Plan feature
Teaching an after school club, around 20 six to nine year olds. Assisting them with free drawing, encouraging them to explore their imagination and narrative.
Working at Tate Britain as a Producer to help set and create events (primarily Late at Tate Britain) which takes place once every month run by the Tate Collective London who organise free events and festivals for young people aged 15–25 to experiment, create and innovate through art and ideas. Delivered workshops, for young people aimed for those from disadvantageous backgrounds to encourage them to engage in the art world, in which they may not have had the opportunity to do so before. Attended meetings, brainstormed ideas with my peers, honest discussions what would work and what wouldn’t for the events, communicated with potential performers on Skype, and assisted the media and press team to help promote the event. Achieved successful events, going over estimated number of attendees of the public. Ensured smooth events, and assisted with any help that was needed from me. I've worked on many other projects with the Tate as a Collective Producer - including TATExTent - a collaboration of Tate Gallery and TENT gallery in Rotterdam. Working on the question: ‘What is Culture’ – I attended monthly meetings, planning how we can undertake research to answer the questions. We scouted for ‘provocateurs’ who has created work relating to the theme. Produced two events both at the Tate Exchange (runtime: 4 days) and at TENT Rotterdam (Runtime: 1 day). As well as working as a Producer, I created a visual and audio installation representing the similarities of Rotterdam and London.
After graduating from Camberwell College of the Arts, in Illustration, I've discovered my skills do not stick to just one medium. Compared to other practising Illustrators, my style can morph, adapt and fit to answer the brief whilst operating confidently enough to ensure that the outcome will still have my artistic flare and ultimately satisfy the client's requirements. Although graduating from Illustration, my work tends to be more photography based. I shoot on Fujifilm X100F and a range of 35mm film cameras. My work has been described as street photography, but my main focus is capturing the natural essence of people during their daily life.
Coming from a low income background, I've had to make sure I can financially support myself alongside my freelance jobs in the creative industry. I have worked as a barista/bartender and in the hospitality world since it was legal for me to work. I have acquired skills that come into play in my creative roles. I can work in high pressure environments, work as an efficient team member, as well as using my own initiative to carry out tasks individually. I'am a Musetti Coffee award winning barista (August 2015) and have met other creatives through the world of hospitality. Working in a different condition compared to working in the arts, I have learnt a great deal balancing two different jobs, whilst adding my own artistic flare and passion to making coffees and cocktails. I have worked in various restaurants, coffee shops and events. But currently working part time at the Members Bar at Tate Modern as a Barista.
Working with on a recurring theme in 2018’s Turner Prize, I worked on the theme of ‘visibility’. Created a publication available and free for the public to take home, using my photographs I have shot on my 35mm camera, creating a narrative that fits the theme and brief given. Worked alongside the Interpretation Producer and lead Graphic Designer at the Tate, staying in correspondent via email, text and phone calls. Stuck to a 5 day deadline, working both on site and at home. Talked on a panel at Late at Tate Britain on December 7th, discussing the work created and the theme of the event; ‘Truth’
Volunteered for a week to help with El Nido’s Arts and Music festival in Palawan, Philippines. Ran a photography workshop with the youths of El Nido. Taught how to shoot manual on SLR camera, how to frame and composite a photo. Ran through the basics of photography eg depth of field, lighting, ISO, colour, contrast etc. Was awarded a certificate of participation for my efforts in my volunteer work
Advising on colour schemes and colour symbolism. Undertaking research for the film ‘I am’ relating to the films theme of childhood, home, and growing up. Advisor to the director and the rest of the production team. Worked on costumes, set design and hair/make-up.
Working on Battersea Arts Centre’s yearly event ‘Homegrown Festival’ with a group of Young Producers. Had full control of one whole evening dedicated for the closing night of the festival – later named by the Producers ‘Off the Track’ – the event celebrating underground artists, musicians, performers showcasing work about London. Attended weekly meetings from January till April, planning according to budget, our own chosen theme and target audience. Scouted for underground artists, and produced/handled artist, corresponding and discussing them to meet needed requirements. Corresponded with the permanent team at BAC, set up for the event – lighting, seating, sound, projection etc. Created my own video/installation piece that was shown on the night, showing my exploration between the similarities of my Motherland (The Philippines) and my Homeland (London, UK). I collaborated with another Young Producer from the team - having him create a new piece of music for my video.
Selected as a content creator for Vodafone’s new data plan (VOXI) for under 25 year olds, sent monthly briefs via Bulbshare app. With only one paragraph brief, I’d respond to the current theme, responding in the style VOXI desired (unique, upbeat, quirky) . Created a selection of rotoscope animations, live videos and worked mainly by myself and directing within a production team
Working as a creative for 3months in the innovation and insight team at a data science company, I created icons, animations and designs for projects the team worked on. I played the role of the creative eye, overlooking each project before it was shown to the clients, ensuring it was visually pleasing and presentable.
Food photography for an independent restaurant in East Dulwich.
‘Democracy by Design’ In association with Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts of London, and the Houses of Parliament, given a brief to create an A1 screen printed piece, which was displayed and hung in public entrance at the Houses of Parliament. The piece had to be a suitable image, which was not controversial but had to relate to the topics of working class. Hand printed roughs and ideas, and made the final piece which was exhibited in the entrance of the Houses of Parliament
Working at Tate Britain as a student ambassador/young curator to help set and create an event which takes place once every month run by the Tate Collective London who organise free events and festivals for young people aged 15–25 to experiment, create and innovate through art and ideas. As a young curator, I had to attend meetings every week, take down minutes, brainstorm ideas which was suitable to the brief, but also stick to the budget
Resulting from Animating Art History, I have now joined the Courtauld Youth Council, in which it helps assist with the youth department, public programmes, also running public events and some school workshops. I will be advising the Courtauld gallery’s on its youth engagement, getting this generations youth into art and coming up with new ideas for them to visit the gallery.
Working with Central Saint Martins and the Courtauld Gallery (Somerset House) – I was set a brief to create an animation, including a whole story to the animation, to showcase and to be inspired by one piece from a resident artwork in the Courtauld Gallery. The animation was then shown on the Courtauld’s online website.
2 Year Intensive course, trained in answering briefs in similar light to the creative industry, and exploring my illustrative style.
A Levels in Fine Art, Graphic Design, Sociology, and Photography.