The chronicle of an event coordinator

By Helen Abbott

In 2018, when I saw that ISTA was looking to take on two new event coordinators (ECs), I immediately knew I wanted to apply. Having moved to several different cities and countries, and only recently having made the move to Brussels, I was looking for something stable in my life, something that, once the inevitable move came again, I could take with me, something that was mine and that I was proud of. Having worked as an artist for ISTA for nearly ten years, I knew it was an organisation that I greatly respected and had a sense that working on staff would be a perfect role for me.

It just felt right so I applied, was interviewed and was absolutely thrilled to get the job. It allows me to be part of such a great, supportive, hard-working and creative team. It gives me the stability that I was struggling to find as a nomadic freelance artist. I am also able to continue my freelance work, and the two jobs – artist and EC – complement each other perfectly. Even though much of my EC work is admin based, there are so many areas where I am looked to for an artist perspective and am also given creative projects to work on.

My work as an EC definitely appeals to the organised and ordered side of me: I enjoy coordinating information, colour coding and arranging files or emails to best complete or streamline the work I do. I finally have an office which I love! It is my space and I have tried to make it calm but inspiring, a place I enjoy retreating to and listening to podcasts or music as I work. I also love people so communicating with artists and teachers from around the world is a joy. Even though I and the other staff at ISTA live in different countries, I feel very much part of a team – we meet virtually every Monday and I know that if I need anything, time will always be made for me.

Welcome to The ISTA Chronicles

by Dinos Aristidou, Curator

The chronicle of the ISTA family

by Joachim Matschoss

The chronicle of a website

by Tommy Tonkins

The chronicle of partnerships

By Michael Ludwick

The chronicle of an ISTA book

By Emmy Abrahamson

The chronicle of TaPS

By Helen Szymcak

The chronicle of ISTA Connect

By Michael Westberg

The chronicle of Eden

By Jess Thorpe

The chronicle of an ISTA host

By Georgina Christou

The chronicle of an ISTA alumni

By Valeria Riquelme
The ISTA Chronicles were supported by funding from The Zich Trust.