Victoria Shearing

Victoria Shearing

Curator / DirectorLondon, United Kingdom
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Victoria Shearing

Victoria Shearing

Curator / DirectorLondon, United Kingdom
About me
A creative and proactive gallery professional with nineteen years’ experience in the arts sector. Recently completed an Interim Director role at the New Ashgate Gallery with responsibility for the overall operation and development of the artistic, educational and financial strategies. Four years’ ensuring the smooth running of logistics for gallery attendance at national and international art fairs including Palm Beach3, Fiac, London Art Fair and the Arts and Antiques fair.
  • Hothouse | Selected
    Hothouse | SelectedThis exhibition celebrates fresh, innovative and bespoke craft and is part of our programme to exhibit some of the most exciting makers to art lovers and collectors. The makers in this exhibition have previously been selected for the Crafts Council's prestigious Hothouse programme that offers support and mentoring for new makers wishing to break into the sector. This is an opportunity to invest in the future of British crafts and to celebrate past Hothouse participants who have turned th
  • Rising Stars 2018
    Rising Stars 2018With more than 200 makers showcasing their work at the Rising Stars exhibition over 8 years, the New Ashgate Gallery continues to be a great platform to view and collect exciting new works by talented makers from crafts and applied arts programmes across the UK. The makers in this year's shortlist are Ruth Brown, Emily Jane Bruce, Ellie Burton, Anne-Laure Cano, Ella Fearon-Low, Tony Howard, Polly Middleton-Heatley, Valerie Muddyman, Teresa Munn, Alex O'Connor, Anna Peake, Rebecca Rowland-ch
  • Craft Town England - Series of Events at the New Ashgate Gallery
    Craft Town England - Series of Events at the New Ashgate Gallery13 October 2018 Mary Branson Mary Branson is a fascinating speaker who tells a compelling story of her work as an artist and creator of fine art light installation New Dawn which is on permanent display in the Houses of Parliament. Mary created the work to reflect the passionate, and at times scandalously bloody, historic campaign for women's suffrage. Mary's creation reflects the fact that she is an ardent narrator for the forgotten voices of women and men who laboured tirelessly for women's
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Projects credited in
  • Repurposed: Trash to treasure
    Repurposed: Trash to treasureRepurposed brings together artists who work with either recycled, reused or found materials, making beautiful and compelling works. Breathing new life into discarded objects and offering a platform for discussion on the subject of sustainability and recycling. The exhibition will feature the work by Rachel Eardley, Clare Hillerby, Alison Stockmarr, Zoe Hillyard, Frances Bloomfield, Dylan Shields, Cleo Mussi, Bee Jasko (Rehash Panache), Claire Newman Williams and Julie Alice Chappell. Workshops
  • Diaspora
    Diaspora15 June to 27 July 2019
Work history
    Interim DirectorThe New Ashgate Gallery Trust Ltd
     - Farnham, United KingdomFull Time
    Led a team of 3 staff and 5 volunteers with a turnover of £210,000 per annum. Reporting to a board of 8 trustees for the New Ashgate Gallery, a non-profit making trust, cultivating the pursuit of excellence in a marketplace environment, with support to emerging artists, by exhibiting work and through professional development. Maintained partnerships including liaising with the Crafts Council for the Hothouse | Selected exhibition, 2018 Hothouse programme mediation and sitting on the steering group for Craft Town England. Led in the direction, curation and coordination of Rising Stars 2018, Hothouse | Selected, Surrey Artist of the Year 2018 and the 2019-20 exhibitions programme including Prize| A celebration of painting and the Diaspora Series. Developed a learning and participation programme during October Craft month. Responsible for evaluation of past budgets to ensure accuracy in current overall annual budget and monitoring of restricted budgets, cash position and bookkeeping to present, in conjunction with the treasurer, quarterly management accounts, cashflow forecasts and gallery performance. Developed and managed a sales and marketing strategy for the gallery, to engage existing and new audiences at local and national level. Identifying commercial opportunities to maximise income through smaller sales items including an increase in sales of merchandise over 11 months by 39%. Led in the development and coordination of a digital marketing strategy and PR to ensure promotion and publicity for the gallery whilst monitoring the gallery’s customer service. Implemented a thorough data audit to ensure an effective GDPR compliant policy. Wrote applications for, coordinated, successfully delivered and evaluated projects funded by the Patricia Baines Trust, The Billmeir Charitable Trust and the South Street Trust. Updated evaluation plans to the Trust to ensure effective and accurate data analysis and reporting of the impact and success of each project. Overall responsibility for the recruitment, retention and development of paid staff and volunteers. Implemented a positive, open and collaborative working environment and restructure of responsibilities to enable team members to fulfil their potential and realise successful delivery of plans.
  • Curation
  • Art Curation
  • Creative Direction
  • Mentoring
  • Problem Solving
  • Diversity
  • Team Coordination
  • Exhibition Coordinating
  • Contemporary Craft
  • Contemporary art