Press Officer

Press Officer
Employer: Gillian McVey
Salary: £25 - £30k
Location: London

Gillian McVey is a central London PR agency that specialises in visual arts, design and culture.

Job Description

Seeking an enthusiastic and motivated arts PR expert to work directly with internationally acclaimed artists and to manage communications activities for a range of national and international contemporary visual arts exhibitions, artists, publications, and projects.

Clients include Philippe Parreno, Douglas Gordon, Tim Walker, Studio Voltaire, Cork Street Galleries and Booth-Clibborn Editions.

The ideal candidate will have a keen interest and knowledge across the arts and contemporary culture as well as a wide interest in and understanding of the current media landscape in print and online. A proven track-record delivering arts PR campaigns is essential.

Responsibilities include: 

• Devising, implementing and overseeing strategic PR (international and national campaigns)
• Managing campaign and account administration
• Creating and editing press releases, media lists and publicity plans
• Securing meaningful and far-reaching press coverage across all media platforms

• Preparing and distributing communications documents and activity reports to clients
• Organising and managing PR events, photocalls, private views and launches 

• Developing and maintaining a close working relationship with clients and artists’ studios, liaising with institutions, art spaces and galleries on their behalf regarding all press and marketing-related enquiries, both nationally and internationally
• Liaising with clients to maintain excellent working relationships
• Building and maintaining great working relationships with UK and international media
• Training and line-managing interns and assistants as required
• Managing press trips and budgets
• Travelling to international cultural events to manage on-site press office and press trips as required

Essential qualifications: 

• Educated to degree level 

• Minimum of 5 years’ experience working as arts & cultural PR
• A genuine and demonstrable passion for arts and culture
• Outstanding communications and interpersonal skills

• Strong contacts and long-lasting relationships in both the UK and international media
• Ability to construct and implement ambitious press campaigns, integrating digital and social media strategy
• Proven experience in managing high end client relationships
• Superb written and verbal communication skills
• Excellent organisation and time management
• Experience in project management
• Attention to detail, with strong copywriting and editing skills
• Determined, proactive, and works well under pressure in a fast-paced environment
• Experience of working with external stakeholders and partners
• Flexible approach to work with ability to attend evening and weekend events where necessary

Periodic overseas travel will also be involved in this role. 

Qualified candidates should submit their current CV and a brief cover letter describing your experience related to this position and its requirements to

Equal opportunity employer.

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