Part-Time Art Guides located in New York, Washington D.C., London, Paris, Marfa, and Miami
Artful (artfuljaunts.com) is looking for part-time guides to help it launch its trips in Spring 2020.
Artful is a new startup company (launched in Fall 2019) whose mission is to create the best art travel experiences. Artful creates intimate trips (8-10 people) that are generally 3-4 day, luxury, contemporary art-focused experiences taking place all over the world—in major art cities, during major art “moments” (such as fairs and biennials), and in “wish list” destinations. Trips will consist of behind-the-scenes visits to museums, galleries, artist studios, and collector’s homes, accompanied by exciting dining experiences (with featured speakers and attendees).
Artful is currently seeking experienced art guides, who we refer to as our “Art Educators,” and who live in New York and Washington, D.C., to lead tours in those cities. We are also seeking guides for upcoming trips in London, Paris, Marfa, Miami, and Santa Fe.
Artful will compensate its guides on a per-trip basis. As the company grows and expands, we hope to be able to work with guides on multiple trips a year in their home cities.
-Be the primary leader of 3-4 day “intensive” art trips—usually taking place over long weekends and necessitating leadership from roughly 9 AM-11 PM each day
-Present a strong, exciting and charismatic spoken narrative for the trip, consisting of an introductory talk, brief introductions to each piece of programming, walking and talking points, and a concluding talk for the trip. The guide should also be able to easily handle any Q&A and casual interactions with guests.
-While Artful’s corporate team will take the lead on the specific programming of each trip, guides should be able to provide feedback on what has been chosen and be able to call on their contacts to provide special/further programming opportunities—ideally studio visit and collection visit opportunities.
Importantly, Artful’s Art Educators will have assistants who will manage the logistical tasks (scheduling transportation, hotels, dining, making sure the group stays on time, etc.) so they can fully focus on the art content.
-5-7 years working in the contemporary art world
-Passionate and excited about art and educating others
-Strong research skills; fidelity to being exact and reliable in the information you present
-Great public speaking skills
-Strong relationships in the city or cities you work
-Able to arrange your own programming and behind-the-scenes access when possible
-While possible backgrounds could be art advisors, curators, art historians, or writers—candidates should be completely comfortable with (and interested in) integrating the commercial and non-profit art worlds.
-Patience when managing groups, i.e. “calm under pressure”
-Open to diverse attitudes and ways of living; will not prejudge people but treat everyone like their best client
-Flexibility with—and interested in—being part of a startup business that will develop over time
More About Artful
Artful was founded in 2019 in response to the realization that there was a significant lack of luxury, contemporary art-focused travel for small groups. Artful experiences aim to be educational, enriching, and entertaining and provide its customers with an in-depth view of contemporary art and artists as well as the greater art world.
Accompanying its behind-the-scenes art programming, luxury lodging, high-end dining, and no-hassle transportation, Artful will also help facilitate the ability to purchase art. 20% of proceeds from all purchased works will benefit the Artful Institute, which provides charitable donations related to art, such as supporting young artists, art education and public art institutions in need.
Please submit your resumé and a cover letter (explaining, in 2-3 paragraphs, why you should be considered for this specific position) to firstname.lastname@example.org. As we are looking to fill this position immediately, applications will be considered as soon as they are submitted. We regret that due to the high volume of applications we are unable to acknowledge every application. Please bear in mind that if you are selected for an interview we will contact you within 7 days of submitting your materials