Creative Producer (Fine Art)

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 and 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 Hank Willis Thomas, making their work more accessible to younger collectors through sculpture editions, print editions and unique works on paper of exceptional quality. 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 are currently a team of 50, split between London and Amsterdam, looking to scale to more than 100 over the next 6 months. This is a great opportunity to join a highly successful, profitable, early-stage business at a pivotal moment in our growth, where you will have a big 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 an extremely organised Creative Producer with a great eye and proven experience working with artists, printing and production houses. Our Creative Producer will be at the heart of translating the idea of an artist collaboration into the reality of a project. Reporting into our Head of Production & Logistics and working as part of our creative production team, you will be critical to helping drive each of our projects from ideation into a successfully launched collaboration.


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:

  • Collaborating with artists and their studios to help drive projects forward from the very early stages of a positive response to work together into a fully scoped project

  • Effective project management, leadership and operational oversight of multiple, overlapping projects with different stakeholders, deadlines and timeframes from beginning to end

  • Sourcing the best printing and production houses to make sculpture and print editions using any material, coordinating between them and artist studios to ensure a seamless creative process

  • Negotiating with producers to achieve advantageous rates and service levels to ensure project budget guidelines are adhered to

  • Working closely with our operations & sales teams, ensuring flawless and efficient handover of the production process at the right moment and clear communication of project and artwork details


The main skills we’re looking for are:

  • Exceptional organisation: with proven experience in simultaneously coordinating multiple projects and conversations, all moving at different speeds to stay one step ahead

  • Strong communication and relationship building skills: with the ability to work sensitively with a diverse range of artists and their studios, adjusting your approach to suit each way of working

  • Passionate about art: with good knowledge of the art world and current international landscape of contemporary artists

  • Process driven: with proven experience in managing production processes, such as print, design, fabrication and installation of art commissions

  • Collaborative: with a network of producers and fabricators across fine art printing, mixed media and sculptural mediums

  • Confident in using various systems/softwares: with proficiency in Word, Excel and general database management systems

  • Excellent creative eye: with an eye for strong design and are uncompromising about quality. You care maniacally about every last detail, whether on a production schedule or work of art


We think you’ll probably have:

  • 3-5 years in a similar role with line management experience

  • Extensive experience in managing high volumes of overlapping projects and conflicting priorities at once


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

  • Private healthcare

  • 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