Senior Artist Liaison

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 highly motivated and dynamic Senior Artist Liaison. 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:

  • Being a leader of and driving force behind Avant Arte’s artist acquisition funnel

  • Being an integral part of the artist and curatorial team bringing new ideas to the table and collaborating with the wider team.

  • Identifying new artists outside of Avant Arte’s current network as potential acquisition targets

  • Approaching selected artists to achieve high quality, credible and profitable collaborations between them and Avant Arte - agreeing first and repeat collaborations with leading artists from across the globe to build Avant Arte’s artist pipeline

  • Particular focus on artists with long term potential who are able to drive significant long term value for the business

  • Promotion of the Avant Arte brand within the art world and artist community - visiting artist studios and attending art world events across the globe


The main skills we’re looking for are:


  • Experience in managing key relationships on behalf of the business and demonstrable experience in pitching and securing artist collaborations

  • 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 and embrace change in fast-paced work environment

  • Well respected within the artist community

  • Excellent negotiating skills

  • World class network of contacts across the art world and contemporary culture

  • Good knowledge of contemporary art, the market and ability to identify trends.

  • Willing to commit to regular global travel for significant periods of time\


We think you’ll probably be:

  • Extensive experience in the art world e.g. worked as Associate Director / Director in a small commercial gallery or worked as an artist liaison in a bigger commercial gallery / or spent time working in an artist studio (We imagine for 5+ years here but we'd still love to hear from you if you have less)

  • Good relationship management and working in a fast paced environment

  • Experience working in a target driven environment - you thrive with ambitious goals


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


Please note this role can be based in London, Amsterdam or Remote