Catherine Gaffney

Catherine Gaffney - Editor

London, UK

I'm an award-winning editor, typesetter and layout designer, having shaped texts for the RA, Yale University Press and Penguin Random House.

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Overview

I'm an award-winning editor, typesetter and layout designer, with a particular focus on art, design and scholarly publishing. I have an excellent eye for detail and am experienced in managing complex illustrated projects from manuscript to completion.
Languages
English
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Anthologies
Classics
Literary Fiction
Young Adult
Non-Fiction
Architecture
Art
Design
Fashion & Textiles

Certifications

  • B.A. English Literature and History of Art & Architecture, First-Class Honours, Trinity College Dublin
  • Foundation Diploma in Graphic Design, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design

Awards

  • "The Russian Canvas", Winner of the 2017 Pushkin House Prize
  • "Art and Optics in the Hereford Map", Winner of the 2017 Historians of British Art Book Prize

Work experience

Editor (freelance)

Royal Academy of Arts
August, 2018 – Present (over 1 year)

Editor on exhibition texts for Klimt Schiele: Drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna

Book Designer

Self-employed
September, 2017 – Present (over 2 years)

• Typesetting, layout design and jacket design of illustrated academic and children’s books

Production Editor

Yale University Press
September, 2015 – June, 2017 (over 1 year)

• Managed a wide range of scholarly art books through editorial, design, and production processes
• Typeset text and designed page layouts and jackets using InDesign, in close consultation with authors and the publisher
• Project-managed titles, collaborating with authors and freelancers to ensure timely supply and collation of content
• Updated InDesign files with text and layout corrections supplied by author and proofreader; proofread final layouts
• Responsible for final checks and supply of final files to printer; responsible for sign-off on printer’s proofs
• Titles include "The Russian Canvas" (winner of the 2017 Pushkin Prize), and "Albrecht Dürer: Documentary Biography"

Staff Editor

Hayward Gallery, London
November, 2013 – June, 2015 (over 1 year)

• Supported a variety of illustrated art publications through editorial, design and production processes
• Managed and monitored schedule; proofread, edited and fact-checked texts; worked through amends with designers
• Researched and wrote texts for publication; collaborated with curatorial teams as per evolving lists of works
• Conducted picture research to obtain high-res files and crediting info; cleared copyright permissions with rights holders
• Commissioned, supervised and assisted with installation photography; edited and retouched images
• Titles included exhibition catalogues ("History Is Now"), trade titles ("On Display"), newspaper formats ("Mirrorcity")

Editorial Assistant

Penguin Random House
May, 2013 – November, 2013 (6 months)

• Supported a range of fiction and non-fiction titles through editorial and production processes
• Proofread, marked up, and scanned manuscripts for production; checked typeset pages for errors
• Liaised with galleries and picture libraries for image permissions; coded invoices through financial system
• Uploaded, updated, wrote and edited Advance Information sheets; updated author biographies; added keywords
• Prepared PRS and contract documents for submission to Royalties and Contracts departments
• Proofread and edited jacket cover proofs; circulated job-bags to multiple departments for signing-off
• Read submissions and produced reader reports; addressed telephone, email, and postal queries
• Assisted with P.G. Wodehouse reissues, and new work by Robert Harris and Sebastian Faulks

Editorial Intern

It's Nice That (www.itsnicethat.com)
June, 2012 – August, 2012 (2 months)

• Produced and promoted engaging articles to strict deadlines for online art and design magazine
• Uploaded content using HTML and company’s online Content Management System
• Researched, selected, formatted, and cropped images using Photoshop
• Increased Facebook following from 18,000 to 30,000 fans
• Proofread and edited Grads 2012 print publication, assisted with event coordination
• Prepared and conducted photo shoots; retouched images for website
• Liaised with press offices, galleries, artists and designers by telephone, email, and post

Portfolio (11 selected works)

In the Courts of Religious Ladies: Art, Vision, and Pleasure in Italian Renaissance Convents

Giancarla Periti

This fascinating study considers the poetic and mythological artworks made for elite female monastic communities in Renaissance Italy. Nuns from the patrician class, who often disregarded obligations of austerity and poverty, commissioned sensually appealing, richly made artifacts inspired by contemporary courtly culture. The works of art transformed monastic parlors, abbatial apartments, and ... read more

This fascinating study considers the poetic and mythological artworks made for elite female monastic communities in Renaissance Italy. Nuns from the patrician class, who often disregarded obligations of austerity and poverty, commissioned sensually appealing, richly made artifacts inspired by contemporary courtly culture. The works of art transformed monastic parlors, abbatial apartments, and ... read more

Baroque Naples and the Industry of Painting: The World in the Workbench

Christopher R. Marshall

The second largest city in 17th-century Europe, Naples constituted a vital Mediterranean center in which the Spanish Habsburgs, the clergy, and Neapolitan aristocracy, together with the resident merchants, and other members of the growing professional classes jostled for space and prestige. Their competing programs of building and patronage created a booming art market and spurred painters suc... read more

The second largest city in 17th-century Europe, Naples constituted a vital Mediterranean center in which the Spanish Habsburgs, the clergy, and Neapolitan aristocracy, together with the resident merchants, and other members of the growing professional classes jostled for space and prestige. Their competing programs of building and patronage created a booming art market and spurred painters suc... read more

Sansovino's Venice

Vaughan Hart, Peter Hicks

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