Artist Research Intern

Job description


ABOUT AVANT ARTE


Avant Arte wants to make art radically more accessible for a new generation.

The company began as a cult blog of contemporary artists, initially inspired through rap lyrics and hip-hop album covers. That blog grew organically into the world’s largest and most engaged online art community, with more than 2 million of their followers under the age of 35.

The company collaborates with iconic contemporary artists like Jenny Holzer, Cai Guo-Qiang, Claire Tabouret and the Chapman brothers, making their work more accessible to younger collectors through sculpture editions, print editions and unique works on paper. And they have built a highly engaged community of next-generation art collectors, which means Avant Arte’s artist launches are heavily oversubscribed, with many behaving more like fashion drops, selling out in under 30 seconds.

The company’s vision is to inspire a generation of millions of young people who love art like they love music and who collect works like they build their wardrobe.

We’re currently a team of 40, split between London and Amsterdam, looking to scale to 60+ over the next 6 months. This is a great opportunity to join a highly successful early stage business at a pivotal moment in our growth, where you will have impact from day one. 


OUR CULTURE


We’re a small team with really big ambitions, both for what we want to achieve and also the environment we’re building. We want to create a company that remains thoughtful as we scale and tries to be genuinely progressive in how we operate; we want people to really own what they do and be given the autonomy and freedom to make mistakes, learn, and create something meaningful. We all work incredibly hard because we really care about what Avant Arte is here to do – we’re looking for exceptional people who are proactive, hungry to learn, and want to put their pride in our collective achievements.

We know that creating an inclusive environment that promotes and values diversity is critical if we want to build something with impact and meaning. We believe that having diversity in age, background, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, ethnicity, and perspective will make us an infinitely better company. And it is particularly vital if we are going to build a roster of artists and a community of collectors that are representative of contemporary art and of the wider world today.

Requirements

WHAT WE NEED 

We’re looking for a proactive, detail-oriented and highly organised Artist Research Intern to join our London team. Working closely with our Artist team you’ll be responsible for deep dive research into artists to support our outreach process to support upcoming collaborations. This is a great opportunity to learn and develop your skill set, with exposure to a wide range of projects, artists, curators and creative concepts. We really do encourage everyone to proactively step outside of their job description if they see something that could be improved but the core of your role will involve:

  • Exposure to and supporting on elements of our artist research process, including our artist and curator qualification process

  • Creation of pitch and presentation decks

  • Ongoing database management - ownership of large research projects to assist with the development and growth of our artist databases that support and inform our artist outreach efforts

  • Reporting and assisting in data collection including updating and categorising artist information and targets

  • Additional research tasks and projects as required by wider team


 The main skills we’re looking for are:

  • Strong research skills with the ability to process and present information

  • A creative, confident and innovative self starter who is able to work both autonomously and as part of a team

  • Social media savvy

  • Ability to multi-task to a high level and to operate in an organised and detail focussed manner

  • Can keep themselves motivated and work to a high level independently


We think you’ll probably have: 

  • A demonstrated passion and interest for art
  • Excitement to work in a fast pace and quick changing environment

  • Initiative and lots of new ideas to bring to the table

 

BENEFITS

  • You’ll get to be part of building one of the fastest growing tech companies in culture, backed by early investors in companies like Skype, Farfetch, Glossier and Facebook.

  • Generous equity allowance

  • 25 days of holiday plus two extra company wide days on Kings Day (national holiday in the Netherlands which falls in April) and Christmas Eve

  • L&D budget of €1000 per year per employee

  • Company Laptop (MacBook) + any other equipment for your at-home set up

  • Cycle to work scheme (UK)

  • Regular socials & team events including end of year events between all offices and staff (incl. remote)

  • Generous parental leave policies

  • Offices in both London and Amsterdam and supportive of flexible/remote working

  • Office perks in our London office include membership discounts for restaurants, wellness services and hotels in the area as well as free fitness classes and drinks on Fridays