Art beat

Raymond Christinson, Manager, Intermedia Entertainment Group Ltd.
Maki Nibayashi

Maki Nibayashi talks to Raymond Christinson of InterMedia Entertainment Group Ltd about opportunities in the art world

Tell us a bit about your company.
InterMedia Entertainment has been operating in Japan for two years. Our head office is located in Shibuya and our business is mainly involved with promoting the artwork of Ashleigh Manley, a prominent Australian artist. We have been representing Ashleigh for a number of years now and are very keen to expand the network of distributors in Japan. He regularly tours Japan and the world to promote his work and the Japanese have a word that exactly captures the soul of his painting: Kensei, meaning the perfect merging of form and function, bringing both contentment and excitement to the onlooker at the same time. We are also involved in developing a number of career based human resource websites. The main focus of these sites is to provide information for the niche in the current market for recruitment specialists, outplacement consultants, career counselors and other functions associated with job search and choice. InterMedia Entertainment is an equal opportunity employer and stresses the need for having a positive mental attitude at work.

What positions are available?
We are looking for enthusiastic people to join our team promoting Ashleigh' work here in Japan. In expanding our coverage of activities, we are looking for candidates throughout Japan, particularly those who may have some connection with the art world or art galleries. The main responsibilities of this position involve continuing relations with existing clients and establishing new clients, attending art shows, visiting galleries and also more unconventional channels such as placing Ashleigh's work in hotels, restaurants [and] travel agencies, where Australian art has proven to be very popular... these are areas that we wish to examine as part of our new sales strategy here in Japan. We offer a versatile position that will allow freedom to develop existing skills and use past experience to the best advantage. The position will also involve keeping track of inventory and distribution via our computer system and online sites and requires a lot of computer work.

What makes the right candidate?
The ideal candidate would be someone who has already shown the ability to excel in the area of sales and distribution, as well as being someone who can appreciate Ashleigh's work. We are seeking someone with initiative and enthusiasm to be able to develop the potential Ashleigh's work has shown so far. Ideally, a person with a knowledge of Australia and its culture would be able to communicate the originality of Ashleigh's work effectively but we do not consider this a necessity. Of course the right candidate would have sound communication skills in English and Japanese. We are accepting applications from Japanese nationals and non-Japanese and expect non-Japanese candidates to be well versed in all aspects of Japanese business and culture.

What are the salary, benefits, etc.?
We are looking at starting people off on a salary and incentive package that would vary from JY180,000 to JY350,000 per month with bonuses on top. The work hours are flexible, with encouragement given to anyone who wanted to help organize private exhibitions for the artwork.

Contact details
Please send your resume to or phone 03-3463-3971. This position is also listed at 

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