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Exhibition & Content Director, Art Gallery

Posted: 23.06.2022
Contract Type: Full-time
Job Type: Permanent
Pay: Dependent on experience
Location: London, UK
Tenure: Permanent
Job description:

A small, contemporary gallery in London focusing on emerging and mid career artists is looking for an Exhibitions and Content Director to join their team.

Responsibilities include:

CONTENT and PRESS

  • Manage and develop all aspects of the organisations external communications, to include; exhibition press releases and texts, in-house publications, art fair applications and proposals, and publicising external exhibitions and projects for the gallery’s artists.
  • Create a signature style that is both identifiable and on brand, and at the same time reflective of the right candidates own unique creativity and feel.
  • In collaboration with the wider team, plan, produce and share digital content across online and social media
  • Collate and edit (with assistance of gallery manager) quarterly newsletter, regular announcements and other digital marketing
  • Manage press archive (with assistance of Gallery Manager)

PR

  • Initiate and develop positive relationships with local, national and international media
  • Actively increase press engagement with the gallery with demonstrable results
  • Liaise with external galleries and museums about artist press and activities

INSTITUTIONAL EXHIBITIONS

  • Networking with museums and public institutions in UK and internationally to secure exhibitions for all artists on the roster
  • Actively assisting in the promotion of sales and placements of artworks to museums and foundations for full roster of artists.

EXHIBITIONS

  • Work with senior management team on exhibition scheduling and planning and project managing exhibitions.
  • To include; collaboration on the conception, organisation and installation of exhibitions, liaising with the gallery’s technical team/ assistants, and either overseeing or taking direct responsibility for its successful delivery.
  • Working with Founding director and sales director on researching and signing up new artists to the gallery programme.

ARTIST LIAISON

  • Liaison and support for 6-8 artists in the gallery program:
  • Managing budgets for artist production/fabrication and exhibitions and submit them for review by the Owner/Founder and the Gallery Manager
  • Working with Gallery Manager/ accountant to review and produce streamlined and clear artist accounts
  • Communicating with each artist regularly, providing value-added “client service” for each artist
  • Maximising opportunities for works to be consigned from artists for sale by the gallery, working in conjunction with Sales director
  • Attending regular meetings with the gallery teams, communicating latest information on exhibition schedules and provide them with inventory update including new works available or consigned to other galleries by each artist
  • Helping artists to seek funding for major projects
  • Communicate with registrar to make sure inventory database is updated with new works and ensuring new works are catalogued & photographed
  • Responsible for ensuring that internal archive and catalogue raisonneìe of the artists in your charge are satisfactorily maintained
  • Travelling when required, to represent the gallery at key events such as fairs and artist’s exhibition openings
  • Such other duties and responsibilities as shall from time to time be required of you.

Key skills/attributes include:

  • Project management skills.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects consecutively
  • Ability to focus on personal workload with personal benefits (museum and press liaison) without losing focus of the ‘bigger picture’ work that needs to be attended to
  • Attention to detail, while seeing the ‘big picture’. Clearly meeting the objectives set out for each project.
  • Business management skills: the ability to manage budgets, to prioritize projects, to organize and multi-task.
  • People skills: good communication skills, the ability to negotiate and persuade others, confident presentational ability, outstanding networking skills
  • Commitment to artists, while maintaining an understanding of the commercial aspect of the gallery
  • Keen grasp of financial issues, and a good understanding of artists statements
  • Proficient in IT and database skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Experience in a similar position in the field of contemporary art, with duties comparable in scope and responsibilities
  • MA in at history or comparable art subjects
  • Broad and in-depth knowledge of art history and the most recent developments in contemporary industry
  • Strong museum and press connections