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Jessica's Internship Story: Gallery Assistant in Berlin

This is Jessica!

She is a graduate of The University of Manchester, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and a Master of Arts degree in Gender, Sexuality, and Culture. Jessica did a gallery assistant internship at BBA Gallery, a contemporary art gallery located in the center of Berlin.

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Can you tell us about your responsibilities at BBA Gallery as a Gallery Assistant Intern?

I was placed at BBA Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Berlin. They represent a range of contemporary artists, host exhibitions, and run two international prizes.

During my gallery assistant internship, I was responsible for producing written content for newsletters, collaborating with another colleague to write press releases and exhibition texts, and running the gallery's Twitter account. I was also the project manager for a big exhibition which we held in an external venue. I headed up artist communications and organized shipping, equipment, etc., for the entire exhibition. It was a lot of work and wasn't always easy or entirely appreciated, but I am grateful for the experience.

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A sneak peek into BBA Gallery's exhibition room

What do you believe will be the influence of your art gallery internship on your career?

I got a huge amount of experience in such a short space of time, and I hope that the range of tasks and high level of responsibility I dealt with will look great on my CV going forward. I like the fact that I got both project management and writing experience, as I feel like it has kept my options wide open in terms of the direction I want to go in.

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BBA Gallery exhibitions that happened during Jessica's internship

In what manner did ArtBound Initiative provide the most significant assistance to you?

ArtBound Initiative provided a sense of security, as I knew I could reach out to them regarding any bureaucratic or logistical issues. They set me up with accommodation, which if you know Berlin is a very, very useful thing! They also ran events through which I met some amazing people and had great experiences.

My experience with Artbound Initiative was incredible, the company provided me with a sense of reassurance, knowing that I could rely on them with the entire process down to finding me the proper accommodation.


Gallery Assistant Internship | BBA Gallery


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