Gallery Sales and Administration Co-ordinator
Primavera Gallery - Cambridge
£22,000 per year
An opportunity to join the oldest British Contemporary Art and Jewellery Gallery in the country, with pay dependent on your experience and skills, and what activities you are able to undertake.
The role is permanent, five days per week usually Tuesdays to Fridays 9 am to 6 pm and Saturdays 9.30 am to 6 pm; with the occasional requirement to work on Sundays 10.30 am to 5.30 pm and Mondays 9 am to 6 pm, and to have the flexibility to adapt your participation and presence to cover staff holidays, public holidays and absences, and Christmas trading.
Founded in 1945, the gallery is part of British art and craft history, and is based opposite the entrance to King's College, Cambridge. There is a further studio gallery in Magdalene Street.
Surrounded by the work of renowned British jewellers, artists, sculptors, ceramists and glass makers your role will be to help find, support and purchase, or have on consignment interesting new artist/makers jewellery and artwork, that can be sold at prices which are affordable to the customer. You will be happy engaging with many different people, and negotiating prices and sales.
You will help shape the direction of the Gallery's presentation of art, making its three floors on King's Parade visually appealing.
Through social media and the new website you will contribute in creating a virtual representation of the work we display, not only at King's Parade, but also at Magdalene Street and College Farm.
You will join a team who have over 50 years' experience in the retail, art and jewellery industry.
Day to day activities will include:
- Putting out the jewellery, ensuring it is clean and doing a count, and preparing the gallery ready for opening, and at the end of the day being responsible for putting away the jewellery and closing the gallery.
- Handling the front desk and sales, and being welcoming and informative to visitors, always being aware of Health & Safety.
- Supervising stock administration, VAT exempt forms and financial systems.
- Liaising with the director and other members of the Primavera team, as well as jewellers, and artists and makers.
- Working and forming partnerships with Universities, Councils and art organisations like Cambridge Open Studios, in order to set up and participate in exciting exhibitions, and support the artists and makers we represent, for example the Cambridge Art Fair - http://www.cambridgeartfair.com/exhibitor-list-2017.html.
- Being available to set up and present exhibitions sometimes in the evenings or at weekends.
- Being ready and wiling to travel to visit fairs and exhibitions occasionally on days off or in the evening
- Making Primavera more digitally visible, and expanding its social media targeted output.
- Helping create, develop, update and manage a new website in order to drive the growth of on-line sales, and increase public awareness of the Gallery and its uniqueness.
- Upbeat and happy, able to communicate quickly and easily face to face and on the phone, and an effective and pleasant team player even under pressure.
- On occasions and in all weathers able to help lift and move heavy artwork and hang paintings, and willing and able to get quickly on foot, or cycle, to and from King's Parade and Magdalene Street, Cambridge.
- An interest in handmade British jewellery making, artwork, paintings, ceramics, furniture design, silver and glass making.
- Education to A Level or preferably Degree, with at least GCSE level Maths, and an ability and willingness to remember and distinguish between different forms of artwork and jewellery, and remember their prices and be aware of margins; all the time keeping the collection safe.
- Proven ability to liaise confidently by email and through social media, and ability to update the website and handle marketing through the internet.
- Financially confident to meet visitors, and negotiate sales.
- You should live in Cambridge or nearby (parking could be made available in the heart of Cambridge)
- Be ready to be involved throughout the year and long-term.
- Ability to make your own jewellery, and/or undertake simple jewellery repairs, or be an artist who wants to exhibit his or her artwork.
- Ambitions to become the co-Director.
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: £22,000 or 8.00 to £9.50 /hour
- Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
- Administrative/retail/school: 1 year
Required licence or certification:
- driving licence