Join our team! We’re looking for a Head of VIP



Photo London are seeking to appoint a dynamic individual as Head of VIP Relations, a key ambassadorial role that will help us to ensure the future development of the Fair. The Head of VIP Relations will be responsible for growing the existing Photo London VIP network and overseeing all aspects of the programmes that Photo London creates for collectors at all levels.

Reporting to Director

Contract Type: Full-time


VIP Strategy

  • Support strategic goals for Photo London’s global activities
  • VIP Cultivation: Cultivate specific relations; support year-round cultivation planning and putting together programmes
  • Manage VIP Programming including Special Visits + Experiences for top tier VIPs
  • Relations Management: Lead relations with museums & institutions in UK & other countries
  • Database Management: Work closely with Director on processes and data capture
  • Attend Gallery and Institution openings in London and abroad when applicable
  • Support special projects that promote audience development + delivery of VIPs
  • Oversee nomination outreach (confirm lists, draft copy, liaise with data on issuing links/allocations)
  • Patron groups – liaise with Partnerships, Events, Fair Director and other departments to accommodate groups requiring tours, gatherings, special itineraries etc. at the fair

 VIP Communications

  • Oversee VIP Communications
  • Create and manage Comms timeline for the fair
  • Attend communication/marketing/content related meetings

Team Management

  • Line management of a small team
  • Management of weekly team meetings
  • Assist project management and timelines regarding VIP invitations
  • Create strategy and cultivation plans on VIP audience experience

Finance & Timeline

  • Oversee VIP budget
  • Devise and maintain VIP timeline

Please note:

  • Travel to fairs if required
  • Extra working hours may be needed pre fair and during fair
  • Expected to network and therefore manage time in/outside of office


Preferable Experience

  • Sound knowledge of the international art and photography world
  • Evidence of experience of commercial aspect of the international art world
  • Proven experience of working with HNWIs with discretion
  • Experience with and contacts within UK & international museum patrons’ groups
  • Understanding of managing a large contact database (CRM)
  • Understanding of managing large mailings

Personal Attributes

  • Excellent communication and diplomatic skills; both verbal and written
  • Excellent personal and social media network
  • Proven ability to work under own initiative
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills
  • Approachable, flexible and professional manner
  • Strong team player


  • Languages: French, Italian or German


Please send your CV and cover letter outlining how you meet the criteria to solange.prata@candlestar.co.uk

About Photo London

Photo London is the leading international Fair in showcasing the very best of the past, present and future of photography. From emerging contemporary artists to historic and iconic masters, Photo London brings together exhibitors from across the globe and celebrates the medium in all its forms. Each edition sees a unique Public Programme including special exhibitions and installations; a Talks Programme and several Awards announced, headlined by the Photo London Master of Photography Award. Beyond the Fair, Photo London regularly hosts Pre-Fair Talks, a Book Club and publishes a digital magazine through our Academy programme. We are proud to support our exhibitors year-round and to work together to build the UK photography market. Photo London is produced by Candlestar, an internationally renowned cultural consultancy with an outstanding reputation within the field of photography and the arts. Candlestar produces the Prix Pictet on behalf of the Pictet Group.