I have been working as a visual artist for 6 years, initially training in illustration but further establishing my fine art practice by gaining a distinction in a MA Fine Art Course in 2015. In order to financially support my practice, I am looking for a role as a creative assistant/studio manager/office assistant/administrative assistant role in the arts and creative industries. I am interested to work in galleries, museums, art fairs and arts publishing, as well as design, multimedia and creative companies. A part time role of 2/3 days a week would be ideal but I am also looking for full time positions. I have proven experience as both a personal assistant and studio assistant to freelance individuals working across the arts, food and events. As Private Personal Assistant to a chef and author, my responsibilities have included event planning and diary management, minute-taking in meetings, keeping up to date with correspondence while building and maintaining contact databases. This role has often required using initiative, creative thinking, organisation, common sense and communication to assist the development of an ambitious small, personal brand. My work as Studio Assistant for an emerging artist has most recently involved writing and editing detailed applications for artist residencies, proposals for exhibitions and research and development, working closely with the artist to achieve this. As well as considerable critical writing and research on my Masters course last year, this has proven that I am articulate and confident communicating orally and in written form. Further work as a private PA supporting the director of a London gallery with personal home and family affairs shows trust and experience handling sensitive information, requiring attention to detail and prioritisation on multiple administrative projects. These supporting assistant roles have also allowed me to develop experience in managing the schedules of my employers. Working for freelance individuals and managing my own time as a freelancer has often meant splitting hours across the week which requires flexibility, adaptability, organisation, patience and initiative. This fractured nature can be demanding and requires detailed planning and communication across long and short term projects. Other personal interests include food, arts, philosophy and travel. I am currently researching Japanese calligraphy painting and writing, psycho-geography and reading into subjects around aesthetics and nature. I am planning travel trips and my upcoming exhibition schedule for 2016. My personal website for my fine art practice is: www.zannymellor.com
Responsibilities have included event planning and diary management, developing a communications strategy across contact databases, sourcing contacts and minute-taking in meetings. Further duties have included editing copy for the website, e-newsletters, assisting in writing for columns in food publications, press releases and developing content for public demonstrations and talks. I have also collaborated with other freelance PR for events, meals and projects, liaising with the publishers, graphic designers, book and television agents, food suppliers, restaurants, event managers and journalists, maintaining social profiles, managing and updating websites, graphic design projects, developing visual pdf presentations, and research and development within the context of a small brand or creative individual. Working for freelance chef and author, splitting hours across the week requires flexibility, adaptability, patience, creative thinking and initiative. It is demanding in it’s fractured nature and requires planning across long and short term projects.
Strong research skills developed building professional relationships with curators, collectors, interior designers, framers and galleries to build an awareness of the art market and source relevant opportunities. Development of personal marketing and promotion strategy across digital platforms, maintenance of contact database, writing e-newsletters, sending invoices. Critical writing developed through essays, presentations, artist statements, applications for residencies, exhibition proposals, prizes, detailed image preparation and portfolio management. Personal self drive, diary management and learning to efficiently structure my time, multi-tasking, working across multiple projects simultaneously and an ability to work on my own. Resourceful, proactive, ‘future thinking’, problem solving.
I have assisted in the digital, practical and administrative aspect of the art making and exhibition schedule of emerging artist Tamsin Relly. Responsibilities include photographic documentation of artwork, image editing, digital archiving, portfolio management, maintaining database of the status and location of artworks. More recently I have assisted in writing and editing detailed applications for artist residencies, proposals for exhibitions, venue research, research and development, liaisons with couriers, framers, clients and gallerists while working closely with the artist to achieve this.
Assisting the director of a London gallery with personal home and family affairs. This role required handling sensitive information including medical and financial documents, showing a high level of organisation, attention to detail and prioritisation on multiple administrative projects, paying invoices, running errands, organising the personal home computer and image archive.
Distinction achieved in MA Fine Art
BA Illustration degree 2:1 Modules taken in screenprinting, lithography, ethching, book binding, typography