Communications Trainee, South London Gallery

Sometimes I think it would be nice to just do something new.

To develop new skills that would be of use in my main career as a photographer.

Something interesting for 6 months, that will let you develop new skills that would be really helpful in promoting your own work. All photographers need to be able to communicate their ideas and projects but it is something that we do not learn properly, we pick it up as we go along and some of us are better at it than others. Some photographers have a flair for the promotion of their work and they succeed and others really struggle with communications to others about their work. This is often why people fail as photographers when their work is no better or worse than others but they just do not know how to get it out to an audience. I could be better at this myself. I am trying with the blogging and social media set up that I am implementing these days. I have for a long time not done it for myself. I did it with the Street Photography workshops website last year and realised that I can do it and I am now applying the lessons learn their to my own website and that is why you are seeing and hearing from me more on my own website these days. I have a few targets this year one is to actually do two major projects by the end of July 2014, the other is to be proactive on my social media profile.

Yet I think something like the job below would be highly informative and interesting for someone to do for a while.

Communications Trainee, South London Gallery

London Closes Tuesday 29 October 2013 Paid (£15k-20k) Full time Artform: combined arts, interdisciplinary arts, museums, photography, visual arts   Contact: Please visit www.southlondongallery.org/page/jobs-opportunities for an application pack recruitment@southlondongallery.org

Description

Reports to: Marketing and Communications Manager
Contract Type: 6 month contract with the possibility of extension for up to a further 6 months
Hours: Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm
Salary:  £15,561 pro rata (tied to London living wage) 
Deadline: 10am Tuesday 29 October 2013 

The South London Gallery has an international reputation for its programme of contemporary art exhibitions and live art events, with integrated education projects for children, young people and adults. Five exhibitions each year profile the work of established international figures such as Tom Friedman, Mark Dion, Rivane Neuenschwander, Alfredo Jaar and Rashid Johnson; as well as that by younger and mid-career British artists such as Eva Rothschild, Ryan Gander and Oscar Murillo. Group shows bring together works by established and lesser known British and international artists. The gallery’s live art and film programme has included presentations by Rachel Gomme, Nathaniel Mellors, Gail Pickering, OMSK and Gisele Vienne.

The South London Gallery (SLG) seeks a Communications Trainee with an interest in contemporary visual art and arts marketing and press. You’ll need good IT skills, excellent organisational abilities, attention to detail and a professional telephone manner. You’ll be working with the Marketing and Communications Manager to maintain the SLG’s online presence, manage press cuttings, collate statistics, assist at private views and special events, conduct research and give general administrative support. A good knowledge of Microsoft Office, Photoshop and video editing software is desirable. As a trainee, you’ll receive support with professional development.

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