Freelance Curator and Exhibitions Programmer based in York. Interests include promoting young, emerging printmakers. Also with significant experience of and research in the display of contemporary art in English Country and Historic Houses.
CV - Lotte Inch
A motivated, enthusiastic, sociable and creative individual with an inherent concern for contemporary British Art practice, particularly printmaking. An interest in makers and their promotion and professional development and the processes of commissioning and realising art projects. Sociable and effective in all work situations, I am a good initiator of projects, a reliable and involved team member and intuitive individual. Also, an effective communicator with a creative, artistic and driven personality and a proven track record in following through projects to completion with success.
Skills and Attributes:
· Experience of planning, marketing and hanging art and photography exhibitions; also care of collections, handling and documenting works of art.
· Exceptional levels of motivation, both in quiet and busy working environments.
· Excellent team-working skills; a good listener and contributor of ideas.
· Practiced in working politely, calmly and effectively under pressure, often to tight deadlines.
· Great ability to use foresight and planning to avoid mishap or error.
· Diligent and creative approach to a variety of issues arising in the workplace.
· Confident communicating and liaising with a wide spectrum of people, particularly with artists and members of the art and creative industries, including the Press.
· An organised and focused administrator.
· A passion for research both historical and contemporary.
· Computer literate – competent using a range of programmes including Microsoft Office, Word and Excel, as well as using the internet and various databases for individual businesses. Experience in using AdLib, updating website content and maintaining mailing lists. Also with managing social media and networking sites.
· Full clean driving licence.
Education and Qualifications:
2009–2010: University of Leicester
MA Art Museum and Gallery Studies (Distinction)
Dissertation Topic – Contemporary Art in English Country Houses
2005 – 2007: University of Leeds
BA History of Art and Museum Studies (Class: 1)
2004-2005: York College of Further and Higher Education
Art Foundation course (Distinction)
2002 – 2004: Edinburgh University
MA Honours in History of Art and Architectural History
(Transferred to Leeds University in 2005 to complete undergraduate studies)
Present: Part - Time Freelance Art Consultant and Curator and Artist’s Agent;
Working on behalf of artists and makers in need of curatorial and sales advice, writing proposals on behalf of artists and exploring the possibility of grants and funding opportunities.
Sept-Dec 2011 The Mind’s Eye Temporary Art Gallery Project, York; Owner/Manager
A self-initiated project organised and run by myself as a pop-up space, with aims of trialling methods of energising the art scene in York; showcasing the work of emerging illustrators, book artist’s and printmakers, whilst providing a place for inspiration and advice for creative individuals from York and beyond. A successful initiative with great potential for a larger scale, successive project.
Oct 2010 –
July 2011: Mottisfont Abbey and Gardens, The National Trust, Romsey, Hampshire;
Exhibitions Programmer (Full-time)
This position has comprised co-ordinating the creation and launch of a new art gallery; Planning entirely, and within a very tight time-scale, an exhibition programme for the 2011 season and assisting with the installation and curation of these exhibitions; Commissioning work from contemporary artists; assisting artists with the development of ideas, liaising with artists’ agents and arranging the relevant legal contracts. Also, completing condition reports, arranging fine art transport, technicians and insurance for loans from a variety of sources, completing facilities reports and ensuring the achievement of suitable environmental levels within the gallery. Throughout my time at Mottisfont I have worked to develop a portfolio of contacts, potential partners and future artists on behalf of the gallery; I have also written press releases, conducted interviews, organised and held volunteer recruitment drives whilst keeping up to date with daily administration requirements.
July-Sept 2010: The National Trust, Trust New Art; Contemporary Art Programme Assistant
During this period I helped to set up and create content for the project’s blog and social networking pages. I was also required to research and compile a database of information relating to artist’s associated with the National Trust, retrospectively and currently
Jan – Sept 2009: Newby Hall and Gardens, Ripon and Hornsey’s Gallery, Ripon – Manager, The Shop at Newby Hall (encompassing the roles of Curator and Assistant Buyer) (Full Time)
I was responsible here for setting up a new art and design shop and gallery at Newby Hall and Gardens. I subsequently managed this shop/gallery, sourcing and organising new suppliers and artists, and curating and promoting a programme of photography and print exhibitions in the shop space.
Oct – Dec 2008: Rose Bakery, Paris –Trainee Manager (Full Time)
Aug-Oct 2008: Bootham School Archives, York – Researcher (freelance)
April – June 2008: City of York Council: Training and Development Unit - Team Administrator (Temp)
June-Sept 2007: Bohemia Galleries, York: Gallery Manager ( Full Time, Temp.)
July 2011 The House of Fairy Tales at Camp Bestival 2011 – Art Assistant/ Facilitator
May 2011 York City Art Gallery – Volunteer for installation of Cornelia Parker’s ‘30 Pieces of Silver’
Jan-April 2009 York City Art Gallery – Volunteer - Cataloguing works on paper (using AdLib)
Sept-Oct 2008 ‘The Big Draw East’ London – Art Assistant/Facilitator
September 2009: AHRC Studentship Award (with University of Leicester)
These include art, design, photography and architecture, literature and fashion, visiting historic houses, travel and mastering the art of making the perfect cake - these I sell to a number of venues in York. When time allows I pursue my own making of art work. I am an avid collector of art, photography and design pieces. I am involved in various art and cultural events and associations in and around York, and am currently pursuing the idea of establishing a network for young creative individuals within York. I have also recently been elected onto the board of York’s Young Professionals organisation ‘Make York’ and have been approached by One&Other York to write about the city’s art scene.
References are available upon request