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Press Officer, Contemporary Gallery

Posted: 11.01.2023
Contract Type: Full-time
Job Type: Permanent
Pay: Dependent on experience
Location: London, UK
Tenure: Permanent
Job description:

An internationally renowned contemporary gallery is looking for a Press Officer to join their team.

Responsibilities include the following:


  • Acting as the main press liaison for a selection of artists represented by the gallery.
  • Devising and delivering strategic press campaigns for a range of gallery artists, exhibitions and art fairs
  • Identifying news and feature opportunities for gallery artists, Art Fairs and the exhibition programme
  • Pitching stories and features on the gallery’s programme and activities, including using Mailchimp for press release distribution
  • Work alongside and help manage the PR agencies outside of UK
  • Providing press support on selected external exhibitions as necessary, via PR agencies or galleries/museums
  • Understanding how the media operates, and how to supply journalists with what they need
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with journalists through regular phone and email contact, special events and 1-2-1 meetings
  • Managing the press inbox: includes fielding press queries and liaising with artists’ studios and representatives alongside the Communications Assistant
  • Monitoring, filing and circulating press coverage internally alongside the Communications Assistant
  • Attending external press views and launch events where necessary
  • Overseeing the press database, including proactively gathering new press contacts and coordinating press mailing data
  • Regular maintenance of selected artist press coverage packs
  • Responding to requests for photography and filming, supervising where needed


  • Keeping communications planner updated with deadlines of materials to be issued
  • Ensuring communications deadlines are met
  • Assisting Director of Communications with managing the Advertising Schedule and booking adverts
  • Assist Digital Officers as required in their absence/over busy periods with social media and digital communications including:
    • Sourcing and clearing images from Artist Liaisons, artists and studios for use across digital platforms including the website, e-news and social media
    • Designing selected e-mail communications via Mailchimp (such as preview invitations, event invitations, general news announcements)
    • Drafting clear and concise copy for use across digital platforms including the website, e-news, social media and proofreading