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About the Role

 

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a part-time Studio Assistant/ Studio Manager to work in a bespoke furniture practice at the forefront of British furniture design.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and organised all-rounder to help improve the day to day running of the studio; someone with excellent communication and presentation skills. This role would suit an individual who is happy working autonomously and in a small team, with experience in studio management and/or marketing.

Gareth Neal is a progressive and innovative London-based design studio established in 2006. We design for production and site-specific projects and have a reputation for redefining traditional crafts for a contemporary audience, whether that ‘s collaborating with the UK’s best craftsmen and women, or challenging the perceptions of digital fabrication techniques within craftsmanship. The studio has a broad and exciting spectrum of design outputs across three key areas. Collectables, Commissions and Collaborations.

Job Description – Key Responsibilities

 

Communication – email correspondence with clients, galleries, museums and retailers.

Studio assistance – diary management, scheduling meeting,  booking transport and travel arrangements, keeping project folders up to date, ordering supplies, general paperwork (e.g. contracts) and administration.

Project assistance – document and monitor key project milestones and deadlines in the 24-month planner.

Promotion & Marketing – responding to press enquiries, resizing images, writing copy for interviews, copy for newsletters and website, social media updates (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), updating the website with new projects and events (Can provide training if lacking)

Presentations –  creating sales catalogues, client presentations & proposals, image touch up.

Applications  – funding, competitions etc.

Research – occasional project research (materials, historical).

Sales – research and assist the director in following up new enquiries, monitor interest shown in a project.

HR -recruitment, contracts.

Finance/ Bookkeeping -writing & paying invoices, quarterly VAT return, logging sales and purchases (Can provide training if lacking, or can be outsourced).

Candidate Key Criteria

 

Excellent Communication – clear verbal and written communication.

Highly Organisatised – able to prioritise tasks and bring a systemised and logical structure to work.

Numerate – able to record financial information clearly and accurately.

Computer literate

Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator

Microsoft Office –Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Knowledge of WordPress, Googledrive and Gmail, Campaign Monitor, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Promotion and Sales – a keen interest in social media, customer relationship management, and online marketing.

Resourceful and Pro-active – able to take on tasks in unknown territories, learn on the go.

Relevant experience in office or studio management.

Interest in design, furniture and craft.

Important Information

 

Permanent (with a 3-month probation period)

Part -Time (2 days a week)

Salary Pro Rota £33,150 – £22,150 dependant on experience.

Application Process

 

Please submit your CV and cover letter to info@garethneal.co.uk

Please include your availability, and any notice periods you may subject too.

Please also include employment references in your CV.

The application deadline is Sunday 30th June.

Interviews to be held the week commencing 8th July.

The start date is flexible, but assume the beginning of September.

LIVE PODCAST FOR CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK

Material Matters is the new podcast from the British design writer and critic Grant Gibson. Over the course of 30 minutes, the former Blueprint and Crafts editor interviews different designers, artists and makers about their relationship to a particular material or technique with which they’re intrinsically linked. Join Gareth and Grant talk timber, traditional crafts and digital crafting techniques for the first ever live recording of a Material Matters episode as part of Clerkenwell Design Week.

Wednesday 22nd May, 12 – 1 pm

Spa Fields Park, London, EC1R 0JX

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COAL DROPS YARD

With collaboration a core stream of our practice, it was a pleasure to create these monumental red cedar blocks with MUTT Studio for the new Universal Works Store at Coal Drops Yard. As this Heatherwick designed complex was constructed, we had a long lead time allowing us to do something special, milling and drying these huge sections of English Cedar. Photo credit: FRENCH+TYE.

 

SCORCHED: HACK CHAIR II AT LONDON CRAFT WEEKS DEBUT EXHIBITION

We are delighted that Hack Chair II will be in Scorched London Craft Weeks debut exhibition of wood pieces by leading contemporary artists and designers, guest curated by Sarah Myerscough. Located in the beautiful Fitzrovia Chapel, Scorched will showcase contemporary crafts that explore the traditional Japanese charring process of shou-sugi-ban, or yakisugi, from a western perspective.

The exhibition runs from Wednesday 8th May – Sunday 12th May,  open 11 am – 5 pm. No booking necessary.

Fitzrovia Chapel, 2 Pearson Square, London, W1T 3BF

SCORCHED: GARETH IN CONVERSATION WITH SARAH MYERSCOUGH LCW

Gareth will be in Conversation with Sarah Myerscough for a series of artists talks associated with the Scorched exhibition.  

Fitzrovia Chapel, 2 Pearson Square, London, W1T 3BF

Wednesday 8th May
3 pm – 4 pm

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GARETH CONTRIBUTES TO HOLE & CORNER’S LATEST BOOK

‘The use of tools is one of the earliest defining moments in the history of humankind. In fact, it is arguably the very thing that makes us human.’ It was a pleasure to be invited to reflect on our tool kit and what is vital to our making process for Hole & Corner’s beautiful new book, The Story of Tools. 

TASHKEEL: Tanween Design Programme 2019

 

We are delighted to mentor on the brilliant Tanween Design Programme again this weekend with a 3 day Lab session. Each year, over 9 months, four practitioners are selected to embark on a journey of experimentation and learning, guided by experts from the industry to develop products that marry their distinctive style with a UAE design aesthetic. The final pieces will receive a worldwide limited-edition release at Dubai Design Week 2019.

 

HACK CHAIR FILM

 

We are very excited to share this film that delves into the making processes behind the Hack Chair and reveals Gareths conceptually rigorous research into digital crafting techniques. The film will also be shown in full for the first time at Collect 2019.

IN CONVERSATION WITH JOHN MAKEPEACE – COLLECT 2019

As ever,  Collect Talks has a great line up and we thrilled to be part of it this year.  Sarah Myerscough will be mediating a cross-generational dialogue between Gareth and John Makepeace, discussing how design can be enhanced by the partnership between the traditional chisel, and contemporary robotics. Scheduled for Friday 1st March, 3 pm, at the Saatchi Gallery.

NEW FILM – COLLECT 2019

Revealing the thinking and making processes behind the second hack chair, Gareth furthers the discourse on the boundaries between the hand and machine-made, considering the evolution of Craft in a digital age. The insightful short film will be shown alongside the chair for the first time during Collect.