Senior Artist Liaison (Hype) - London, Amsterdam or Remote

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 Hebru Brantley, Paul Insect, Jen Stark, David Rudnick and Cali Thornhill Dewitt, 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 85, split between London and Amsterdam, looking to scale to 120+ 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 Hype 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:

  • Artist & partner identification and research: identifying and building relationships with new artists outside of Avant Arte’s current network as potential acquisition targets, including:
    • Working closely with our research team to support the identification and research into new artists

    • Building relationships, promoting the Avant Arte brand and initiating conversations with artists and communities across the globe - both remotely & in real life

    • Developing tailored approaches and collaboration proposals per artist - reflective of their career stage, practice & potential impact on our programme

  • New artist relationships: approaching and building relationships with selected artists to achieve high quality, credible and profitable collaborations for both the artists and Avant Arte, with a particular focus on:
    • Artists who we believe will have strong existing interest amongst our collectors, and demand that can help bring many new people into our collector community

    • Maintaining & improving the diversity of our artist roster & programme

  • Artist relationship management: prioritising a five star artist experience from initial outreach through to launch and aftercare:
    • Building authentic, collaborative & meaningful relationships with every artist you interact with - always leaving a positive impression of yourself and Avant Arte

    • Working with colleagues across the business to facilitate effective handovers (e.g. to our creative production team) and help to maintain the smooth running of a project as required

  • Partner relationship management: working with selected external partners and collaborators to facilitate introductions to, and acquisition of new artists


The main skills we’re looking for are:
  • Strong knowledge of contemporary art and well respected within the artist community with a strong network of contacts in arts and contemporary culture

  • Significant experience with relationship management and demonstrable experience in conceiving, proposing and and building new artist collaborations

  • Adaptability and the ability to communicate with stakeholders from different cultures and backgrounds across the globe, and to engage in dialogue around artist practice and wider contemporary culture

  • Flexibility with a proven ability to multitask and work under tight deadlines and embrace change in fast-paced work environment

  • Willing to commit to regular global travel


We think you’ll probably have:

  • 5+ years of experience working in relevant creative industries e.g. fashion, art, collectibles

  • 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

  • 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