D.R.A.W. Recruitment

Press Officer, Contemporary Gallery


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

A widely respected international contemporary gallery is looking for a Press Officer to join their team.

The position is based in London and reports into the Global Director of Communications, Press and Marketing. The ideal candidate will have related experience in arts communications, ideally with a focus on PR.

Press and Media Relations:

  • Work closely with the Global Director of Communications and press and marketing colleagues on global communication strategies.
  • Plan and implement strategic international press campaigns with the Global Director of Communications to promote the gallery’s London exhibition programme, related events, artist and gallery announcements and involvement in international art fairs.
  • A creative and informed approach to pitching for reviews, art market coverage, features and listings to support the London gallery’s exhibition programme – including for media collaborations relating to gallery events, leveraging the gallery’s marketing assets with the media (videos, photography, live streams, artist interview content), and also news and profiling opportunities for the gallery’s artists unrelated to the London gallery’s exhibition programme.
  • Nurturing and developing relationships with press contacts in local, national and international media, spanning print, online and broadcast, and including regular contact and meetings with media contacts.
  • Significantly contributing to communication materials related to the gallery, including writing press releases, media alerts and invites.
  • Responding to varied media requests including images, as well as monitoring media coverage, updating the team and managing press clippings database for London.
  • Work closely with artist studios via their gallery liaison to develop press material and content.
  • Overseeing the press database, including proactively gathering new press contacts and coordinating press mailing data.
  • Sourcing and clearing images from artist studios and photographers for communications use across digital platforms including the website, e-news and social media.
  • Manage journalist briefings, photo calls/ press breakfasts, press trips and working with Events to support the galleries events programme, projects and dinners etc.
  • Maintain communications planner/ event calendar updated with deadlines of materials to be issued and ensuring communications deadlines are met.
  • Identifying profiling opportunities for the gallery
  • Liaise with museum press offices and PR agencies as required.
  • Coordinate press trips as required.
  • Represent the gallery at UK and European events, as required.

Digital Communications and Content:

Contribute to content strategies over the gallery’s platforms, including but not limited to the gallery website, social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), e-blasts and third-party partners (i.e. advertisers, distributors, Artsy, Artnet, etc.)

  • Writing clear and concise copy for Heads of Digital, for use across digital platforms including the website, e-news, social media.
  • Writing and formatting press e-mail communications via Mailchimp (press releases, preview invitations, event invitations, general news announcements).
  • Working closely with Head of Digital and Marketing for London to coordinate communications and social media efforts.

The successful candidate will have the following attributes:

  • Educated to degree level, preferably in arts or humanities subject (BA required).
  • Excellent written and communication skills, as well as analytical organisational and interpersonal skills.
  • Interest and excellent knowledge of the visual arts with an awareness of current art world trends.
  • Working knowledge of Photoshop and InDesign, Microsoft Office and Mac OS X.
  • Experience of working in an international company is preferred.