Francesco Imola
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Francesco Imola

Maker and Organiser in Folkestone, UK, He/Him

You've reached my portfolio – welcome! I'm looking for work and hope to find a brilliant company to call home soon, but also open to freelance work.

I build bridges across the murky waters of marketing, operations, design, events and communications. I love supporting socially responsible organisations, launching innovative products, championing creatives, planning intimate events and crafting community-building content. Think my skills could come in handy? Drop me a message at my email below.

17 days ago

About

Multi-hyphenate creative, maker and organiser interested in sustainability and sparking positive change. I bridge the undefined gap between operations, design, marketing and communications. Operating worldwide on GMT.

Substack

Work Experience

2022 — 2023

I helped Blueberry quadruple their email open rate and accelerate their social media engagement. I've also overseen a soft rebrand and produced many custom designs. I'm glad that my efforts here have contributed to the continued success of independent editors, designers and visual artists.

2020 — 2021

I co-designed a major online hub and covid-safe protocol for Film & TV students that allowed them to keep making films during Covid. I also handled social media and set up some great remote classes with industry experts. It was pretty cool to work with some of the same people who taught me when I studied at Greenwich.

2018 — 2020

I helped organise, install, promote and host over 50 exhibitions and events over two years while coordinating the galleries' digital marketing activities and assisting the curator with charity initiatives and more. Truly one of the best student jobs I could have asked for!

Projects

2021

Contributed to a practice‑led research project, capturing behind-the-scenes shots, designing promotional content, and co-developing a social media campaign. Our efforts increased awareness of Virtual Production, emphasizing the need for standardized workflows to support emerging filmmakers.

2021

Helped produce a hybrid live/recorded TEDx event. I built and wrote copy for a user-friendly website targeted at attendees, designed a TEDx sign, and coordinated with external contractors to build set elements.

2020
Lockdown Cinema at University of Greenwich

Coordinated a series of Covid-safe film screenings and designed posters for each. Each film was followed by a Q&A to discuss the highlights and learnings. I loved working on these events because they mixed education and entertainment to capture students' interest at a time during the pandemic when engagement was at its lowest.

2017 — 2020
Digital Arts, BA Hons at University of Greenwich
London

Side Projects

2023

I edited and translated an interview between Nicoletta De Santoli & Domenico De Leo. This is featured in the 3rd edition of Passing Notes. *Cover art: Tim McFarlane, Seen and Heard Today Tomorrow Forever, 2022*

2023

Take my breath away. I mean it, now you can. I will email you the time I start inhaling and the time I exhale. Ongoing.

2022

A micro invitation to lose yourself in the unspoken, this expanded poem encourages reflection on the intangible nature of time.

2020

Web-based work incorporating poetry, photographs, and semi-generative audio-visual elements. These fragments reveal themselves as the user interacts - almost by instinct - with the browser's canvas. The work articulates personal sentiments about "home", what (and who) makes one, and how to find meaning living between homes.

[Audio works only on desktop]

2019

Can re-framing social media content as a stream of consciousness tell the story of how it came to be?

Three Years contains all my tweets from April 2016 to February 2019 – more than a thousand entries. I presented the book at the opening of "528" (an exhibition I co-curated) where I performed an uninterrupted 2:30 hrs live reading.

2018
Exhibition Title Bot

A semi-autonomous program that generated and tweeted 500+ exhibition titles for fictional art exhibitions, from the hilarious to the grotesque. It tweeted daily for two years between 2018 - 2021.

2018

Interactive web-work based on Clemens Meyer's homonymous story. The site guides you through extracts from the story, accompanied by corrupted sketches and a forklift spun in space. The whole is soundtracked by a music piece I composed to enrich the experience.

2017

As a concert photographer for the webzine Getintothis, I captured shots of concerts in Liverpool and the Merseyside area. My gig photography portfolio includes artists like Nas, Idles, Real Estates, Tom Grennan, Nathan Fake, and Stealing Sheep.

2015

I made, released and performed music under my own name and the aliases Mountain King and Young Offices. I played in cover bands, dj'd and performed my own music at informal gigs in Italy and England. I also studied and practiced guitar, composition and music technology for several years until 2017, when my creative practice expanded into other areas.

Certifications

2023
Mailchimp Foundations from Mailchimp

Yay – I'm Mailchimp Certified! I love using Mailchimp to create engaging, targeted marketing campaigns and dive deep into data analysis to ensure they resonate perfectly.

2023
Inbound Marketing from HubSpot Academy

Gained a better grasp of content marketing, lead generation, automation, inbound marketing, performance analysis, and reporting.

2021
Creating Digital Content from Institute of Coding & University of Leeds

Learned best practices for content creation, critical examination, messaging, tone, language, and effective online communication.

2019
Curating on the Web from Node Center for Curatorial Studies

Gained some really cool and sometimes useful skills to help plan and deliver online exhibitions, and promote them through digital channels.

Exhibitions

2020
Feed Your Demons and Meet the Ally

Cross-referencing mythology, pop culture, the supernatural, and digital selfhood, the works in this ZIP-compressed exhibition explore fears, desires, and obstacles artists face in times of crisis and isolation.

Curated by Magda Żołędź (of ONE Project) and I, the exhibition opened with an online event featuring artwork walkthroughs, studio visits, and Q&As.

2020

This online exhibition and accompanying catalogue explore the impact of the internet and contemporary digital culture on the practice of emerging artists and curators. This was my major graduate project while at the University of Greenwich.

The exhibition featured works by Enes Alba, Atom Chen, Dario Bucheli, and Perce Jerrom. The catalogue includes an essay I wrote alongside Q&As with Lisa Barnard, Pita Arreola-Burns, Elliott Burns, Valentina Peri, Ghislaine Boddington, and Walter Corneli.

2019
London

Co-curated with David Waterworth, this exhibition focused on four University of Greenwich graduates—John Joseph Watters, Grace Diggens, Marilia Lezou, and Rhiannon Ashley—working in cross-disciplinary fields that impact our environment and community.

Features

2023
Everything You See Is In The Past on read.cv
2023
How to Feel More at Home on read.cv
2021

Feature on "How to Feel More at Home" by Banyi Huang on Issue 25 of Show and Tell.

2021

My BTS photographs were featured in News Articles by Story Futures as well as a series of articles on Virtual Production written by Dr. Jodi Nelson Tabor and scholars at the University of Greenwich.

2020

Image “Untitled(2)” published in Issue 04: Self of Harbor Review, an independent online space and publication for poetry and art.

2016

Review of the EP "Feels" that I released as Mountain King in 2016 by the Italian music magazine Rockit.

Volunteering

2021 — 2022
London

I actively participated in regular meetings with the CPP committee, assisting with writing an open call, reviewing submissions for an upcoming exhibition, and providing input on future projects.

Writing

2023
The Marlowe: A Copywriting Challenge

I challenged myself to condense The Marlowe's Summer 2023 Season brochure from 56 pages to a 700-word press release, using only my editing skills and a metaphorical highlighter. It was an excellent opportunity to hone my writing skills in a new area.

2020

Exhibition catalogue, Q&As, and the opening essay "Playing to the Net".

2020

Exhibition essay for "Feed Your Demons and Meet the Ally".