Profile

A Culture and Creative Enterprise postgraduate with art gallery and service sector experience seeking a position in arts and culture sector.

Key Skills and Experience

  • Communication – experienced in delivering gallery tours and inductions
  • Team player — worked with others to organise art events as part of Softbox Photography Collective
  • Leadership skills — managed a group of 6 staff members during the delivery process at Decathlon
  • Organisation – developed an exhibition concept and produced a photography show for the Official Opening of Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation new building.
  • Administration – experienced in filing, updating records, working with database, managing bookings
  • IT Proficiency and Social Media – PC/Mac, Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Lightroom, Blurb, Constant Contact, Wix, Tumblr. Developed a social media strategy for Stills Gallery.
  • Photography skills – wide professional knowledge of digital and analogue photo cameras, scanners, printers, photographic studio equipment, digital, analogue lab and postproduction
  • Languages – Fluent in English and Latvian; Semi-fluent in Estonian (level B 2.1); Intermediate in Russian; Basic knowledge of French (level A 1.2).

Education

Education
Sep 2013 - Aug 2014

M.A in Culture and Creative Enterprise

Queen Margaret University
  • Strategic management, fundraising and development for Arts Organisations
  • Marketing cultural organisations and festivals
  • Accounting and finance
  • Social research methods
  • Business planning

Achievements: Solo Exhibition 'Beyond Boundaries: Portraying Cross-Cultural Couples', Tent Gallery

Sep 2010 - Jun 2013

B.A

University of Edinburgh

Achievements:

  • 1st Class Degree
  • Selected for the Andrew Grant Bequest Scholarship
  • Co-founder of Softbox Photography Collective; organised exhibitions in Edinburgh and London

Work History

Work History
Apr 2014 - Jun 2014

Gallery Assistant (Facilities & Education)

Stills, Scotland's Centre for Photography
  • Reception duties, costumer enquiries(in person and by phone), inputting data and making bookings.
  • Assisting and supporting artists and users of the facilities, and providing technical advice
  • Preparing the darkroom and digital lab resource for users arrival, supporting the maintenance of technical facilities and procedures for the equipment for hire service.
  • Supporting the Engagement Producer with production of in-house learning materials.
  • Assistance with preparation for education projects and courses.
  • Developing a Social Media Strategy by implementing The Digital Engagement Framework.
  • Maintaining Social Media Accounts, providing a vibrant and engaging content. 
Feb 2014 - Jun 2014

Creative and Marketing Intern

Pop Up! Edinburgh
  • Pop Up! Contributed ideas to organisation's future programme development, and event production
  • Researched for funding opportunities and developed a database of funders
  • Prepared an effective and tailored funding application and sponsorship pack for art events
  • Gained an understanding of the creative and culture sector and insight into marketing strategies
May 2012 - Oct 2013

Artist/curator

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation

Produced a Photography Project and exhibition for the internationally recognised project of High School Yards transformation. Role included: Arranging photo shoots and producing a body of work. Organising, framing and printing art works to ensure high quality and ready for the opening event in October 2013.

Aug 2013 - Oct 2013

Assistant/Invigilator

Talbot Rice Gallery
  • Assistant/Invigilator Receptionist duties: email and phone enquires, event and talk bookings
  • Exhibition administration and audience data collection
  • Sales of present and past posters and catalogues
  • Assisted in delivery and photographed LEAPS Workshop
Oct 2011 - Sep 2013

Sales Assistant

Decathlon UK Ltd
  • Giving advice to customers, dealing with customer refunds and complaints
  • Stock control and management
  • Processing cash and card payments, reporting discrepancies to the manager
  • Managed a group of 6 staff as a delivery manager, responsible for administration and safety
  • Worked as a team leader, responsible for overseeing department’s layout for new season

Other Achievements

  • 14th Moët-Hennesy – Louis Vuitton Young Artists Award 2007, which provided the opportunity to study one semester French and Fine Arts at Beaux-Arts de Paris l’école Nationale Supérieure
  • Cooperating with and have a photo published in LVMH Eye Fashion Magazine in 2008
  • Participation in 'The Vicinity of Narrative: People and Spaces' led by American artist Todd Hido, International Summer School of Photography. Artwork exhibited at the ISSP 2013 Final Exhibition.