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Ksenya Blokhina



I am a gallery administrator  and arts writer, combining my interest in the art world with admin experience and Masters level research in Art History. Currently seeking new opportunities


Languages: English, French, Russian. Basic German.

IT/Software: Good typing speed. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign. PC and Mac literate.

Other: Writing, proofreading, research, administration (phone manner, front of house duties, etc.), organization and multitasking, knowledge of art. Well traveled around Europe and the rest of the world.

Professional Experience

  • Ben Elwes Fine Art, Sept 2013 – March 2014, office manager/gallery administrator

Supporting specialist art dealers in Old Master and British paintings.

Greeting visitors and showing them around the gallery 

Managing the gallery diary and all telephone and email correspondence

Preparing emails/ letters of offers to private clients and museum curators

Preparing sales packs for clients

Coordinating art viewings in London and abroad

Generating catalogue notes for works

Managing and coordinating insurance, shipping, storage, photography, conservation and framing

Coordinating travel arrangements, itineraries, etc.

Generating documents such as consignment agreements and sales invoices.

Filing and organise invoices, keep track of expenses and petty cash.

Assisting with art fair preparation: set up and managed the gallery’s stand for Frieze Masters 2013 – managing deadlines, shipping, hanging, etc.

  • BlainSouthern Gallery, April – July 2013, Front of house/Gallery assistant

Admin support to sales and exhibition team

writing/editing texts and artist bios

Meeting and greeting clients in absence of sales team

Communicating with clients in French, showing them around the exhibition and answering sales/price related queries

Updating stationary and exhibition catalogue stock

Assistance during press events

Interdepartmental correspondence between the gallery’s two offices

Specific exhibition related research

Catalogue sales

  • Calvert22 Foundation, Oct 2011-Oct 2013, Exhibitions Intern and Assistant

Invigilation of exhibition during opening hours and occasional weekends

Assistance during events and private views

Internship in the gallery's exhibitions department

Provide research and admin support to exhibitions coordinator, and exhibitions assistant

Liaising with visitors and visitor queries, particularly Russian speakers

Exhibition research

Condition checking of art works

  • March 2012 – Present, Freelance writer and translator

Writing reviews of various art exhibitions for online arts platform FAD

Wrote and translated into Russian an artist essay for an exhibition in Cyprus by Alexander Seroff to feature in the exhibition catalogue. 


2012 – 2013

Goldsmiths College, London, MA in Contemporary Art Theory

2009 - 2012

University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins College, BA (Hons) in Criticism, Communication and Curation

2002 - 2009

Ecole Internationale de Genève, International Baccalaureate Diploma, 33 points

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