Fine Art Consultant in Leeds, West Yorkshire
Learned invaluable skills but depends on your management
I was personally lucky enough to have 2 dedicated, understanding and driven managers who pushed me and taught me a lot during my time. However, not a role for the faint hearted and the company doesn't look after their employees enough in my eyes.
Art Consultant in Liverpool, Merseyside
Productive and interesting workplace
A relaxed yet competitive environment. If you are interested in working with art and sales, then this might be the perfect role for you. It is crucial to be a good salesperson
Gallery Manager in London, Greater London
Do not work here if you have a family and value a work life balance
I gave just over 3 year of my life to the galleries. You are severly underpaid unless you hit targets and then it's just about comfortable. There is no support for managers if staff are off sick or on holiday, you are expected to cover this despite maybe already working 11 days straight with two children at home. You find a lot of staff are single or have no children as they do not understand the basic rules of a work life balance.
Artwork is mass produced and the company trains you for the hard sell on items that are truely worth zero investment.
£1000+ sculptures are mould made in the Far East and as a 'art consultant' you are trained to advise it's the artists own work. It's really not. Higher management will hen peck you down and offer you support once you're at target. If your face fits and you're given a good client list from a previous leaver then you'll do ok for 12-18 months. If not you'll be gone within 6 months. A very high turn over of staff.
ART CONSULTANT in London,UK
This is a sales only role
There are definitely a few gems in this company. I was lucky to have a wonderful manager and co-workers, but that is where it ended. If you like art and want to be in the art world, this is NOT the job for you. This is a 100% Sales and Target driven role. They will teach you everything to say about the artists (whether its really true or not is a different story), and how to sell, you just need to be bubbly and cut-throat and you will succeed.
Also, keep in mind I don't know anyone who was there and got a weekend off in their first year unless you requested it off or took holiday. Also, hard to take holiday when you have targets hanging over your should. Not a great work like balance.
They have an insane turn over of employees, which I think says a lot, and pay is not good no matter what they tell you in the interviews. Until you make the commission the base pay is awful.
Gallery Manager in Leicester
Potential to be a great place to work!
The CEO is fantastic! The senior Management team are not the best but seem to think they are above every one!
The job is very sales focused with large targets but they are usually fair and achievable.
I did find most of the job to be almost fake and pretend if im honest! Its just a bunch of sales people pretending to be Art experts ! In fact, the Art professionals are almost singled out as being "to arty".
Staff churn is a huge problem due to poor wok life balance, poor basic salaries and lack of progression.
If you enjoy meeting new people then this is a plus but the novelty soon wears off when all you are doing is selling to them!