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. Avant Arte'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.
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.
More recently, we've loved witnessing the new wave of artists that have been empowered by web3 and NFTs. The technology has enormous potential to create new and rich art & collecting experiences that contribute to our mission. As such, we've recently added the ability to launch works on-chain to our offering, allowing us to collaborate with leading creators from traditional contemporary and digitally-native backgrounds across any medium, be it digital or physical.
We’re currently a team of 85, 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.
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.
WHAT WE NEED
We’re looking for a highly motivated NFT Artist Lead to help the business curate and develop an outstanding programme of on-chain works. The Artist Lead role will be responsible for outreaching to new artists and producing new releases in collaboration with our artists, in line with our wider curatorial strategy.
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:
Act as the first point of contact for artists releasing works on chain
Research and identify new artists for collaborations with Avant Arte
Manage relationships with our community of artists, co-ordinating outreach efforts and introduction calls
Collaborate closely with artists and their teams to scope an exciting programme of projects which include digital and/or IRL components
Liaising with our in-house production team to bring scoped projects to life
Creating and managing a diverse calendar of Avant Arte on-chain releases, taking into consideration different artist practices, mediums, geographies, ethnicities and gender identity amongst many other things
Build strong relationships with our artist community and stay on top of emerging on-chain art trends and themes, acting as an in-house thought leader for artist programming
Use artist knowledge the help the Avant Arte content team generate and publish original, creative content across social platforms that speaks to Avant Arte’s mission, artist approach and on-chain programme
Translate artist curation and programming into meaningful themes for the marketing and content themes to align around
The main skills we’re looking for are:
Strong passion for on-chain art and an understanding of key trends within the space.
Very strong understanding of the on-chain artist and community landscape.
Collaborative and thrives in a fast-paced, unpredictable environment and works autonomously with minimal direction.
A keen eye for detail with a high bar for quality
A critical thinker that is able to switch quickly between creative, analytical and strategic as appropriate
Experience in managing key relationships on behalf of the business and demonstrable experience in pitching and securing artist collaborations or partnerships
Excited to engage in dialogue around artist practice and wider contemporary culture
Adaptability and ability to communicate with stakeholders from different cultures and backgrounds across the globe
Flexibility with a proven ability to multitask and work under tight deadlines
Excellent negotiating skills
Nice to haves:
Curation or production experience, working closely with artists.
1+ years of demonstrable curatorial or production experience with on-chain art
Experience in relationship management within a fast paced environment
Established network in the Web3 space and strong natural presence on social community platforms: Twitter, Discord, Instagram, Reddit, etc.
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
Private Healthcare (UK)
Enhanced pension contributions
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