Communications Assistant - The Armory Show 2024

Frieze is the world’s leading platform for modern and contemporary art, dedicated to artists, galleries, collectors and art lovers alike. Frieze comprises three magazines – frieze, Frieze Masters Magazine and Frieze Week – and seven international art fairs – Frieze London, Frieze Masters, Frieze New York, Frieze Los Angeles, Frieze Seoul, The Armory Show and EXPO Chicago. Legacy art fair brands The Armory Show and EXPO Chicago were acquired by Frieze in September 2023. In October 2021, Frieze also launched No.9 Cork Street, a permanent space for visiting international galleries in the heart of Mayfair, London. Frieze is part of the IMG network.

A cornerstone of New York's cultural landscape since its founding in 1994, The Armory Show brings the world's leading international contemporary and modern art galleries to New York each year. The fair plays a leading role in the city's position as an important cultural capital through elevated presentations, thoughtful programming, curatorial leadership, meaningful institutional partnerships, and engaging public art activations.

The Armory Show, taking place September 6-8, 2024 with a VIP Preview September 5 at the Javits Center in New York City, and we are seeking enthusiastic and self-motivated candidates for several positions. Starting part-time in lJuly and transitioning into full-time leading up to and during the fair, the position will end after the fair in mid-September. The roles each offer a diverse set of responsibilities, and valuable insights into the inner workings of one of the world’s largest and most prominent international art fairs.

Communications Assistant:

Communications Administrative Support

  • Work collaboratively with Director of Communications and Programming, as well as the outside PR firm.
  • Assist in producing newsletters, website text, interviews, and copy-editing outgoing communications.
  • Assist in managing social media accounts with the external PR firm. Manage the press inbox and respond to media queries
  • Manage, update, and distribute press materials, including making press image caption sheets for all galleries press images submissions
  • Execute the processing of press and media accreditation. Liaise with galleries for press materials and media requests.
  • Assist in planning press events including the organizing of press materials, guest list, etc. and being on-site for the event
  • Maintain press database and update contacts

On-site Support

  • Operate the on-site Press Desk, maintaining an organized space and a professional demeanor
  • Liaise directly with press to check-in, answer questions, and provide assistance throughout run of show
  • Assist PR team in processing on-site requests at the desk including press packs, press accreditation, Wi-Fi information, and accessing image galleries
  • Manage on-site photographers Requirements

Required skills include:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficient knowledge of the art world and press contacts within the industry
  • Prior experience in a marketing or communications role with an arts-related company desirable
  • Proficiency with various social media tools such as Figma, Hootsuite, and Mailchimp a plus

Salary: $27 per hour

Contract dates: June to mid-September 2024 

Please attach a combined PDF of your resume and cover letter outlining your experience and interest and submit to info@thearmoryshow.com, with the subject line “Communications Assistant.” Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.  

All applicants must have the right to work in the US and be available for a hybrid of in-person and remote work from New York. 

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Frieze unites people in our love of the arts. We understand this can only be accomplished when we harness the entirety of our company and lead with a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion in everything we do. As a global company that drives culture, we are committed to practicing anti-discrimination including race, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability, together with artists, writers, and cultural practitioners from all backgrounds. There is still much work to be done to address systemic inequality and discrimination within the arts and culture industry, and we are dedicated to making progress to both within our own organization and the art world at large.