NN Ambassadors

The NN Ambassador programme is a tailored CPD training that develops sector-specific and wider employability skills within the cultural and creative industries and beyond. Our Ambassador Programme diversifies future workforce through the development of business, enterprise and entrepreneurial skills to open up entry to the sector and diversify future workforce.

Our previous volunteer, internship and ambassador programmes have enabled us to develop and refine the programme structure to ensure resilience within the uncertain current Covid climate, creating a responsive “blended” online and physical offer to participants  who are looking to develop careers in the arts, as cultural producers and creatives delivering our Education and Engagement Programmes.

NN is committed to creating opportunities for those wanting to access career paths in the creative and cultural sector, develop their self-confidence and work to overcome barriers to ensure that our workforce represents the diverse make-up of our society. 

The training and skills development embedded within the programme will prepare participants to seek and secure employment, for which we will help them both source opportunities and apply through the scheme.

Ambassadors will develop skillsets, knowledge and experience to become freelance practitioners/workers, apply confidently for jobs within the creative and cultural industries, identify transferable skills into other employment or be signposted to opportunities within our partner network across different roles or signpost training and development to work towards this goal.

The NN Ambassador programme comprises 5 key development pathways. Each participant is supported by a professional mentor to ensure that they are able to contextualise learning and implement actions from learning plans into further employment, training or education:

Industry and Employment knowledge: Through networking, talks and mentorship from industry professionals across the wider cultural sector participants are able to extend their knowledge of career opportunities, pathways and routes into employment and industry.

Practical skills development: A hands-on workshop programme that develops skills and knowledge that can be transferred into employment and personal career development.

Self-managed development projects: Participants undertake self-managed projects, supported by professional mentors that facilitate training linked to the production model of skills development. Developing real-world experience, confidence and track record.

Placement activity: Focused placement activity to develop a track record, employability skills and confidence.

Accreditation opportunities: Participants can select to undertake Arts Award accreditation alongside Ambassador activity. Arts Award qualifications are regulated by Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) in England, CCEA Regulation in Northern Ireland and by Qualifications Wales. The awarding organisation is Trinity College London (TCL). NN is an accredited Arts Award centre to be able to manage moderation of accreditation activity.

We work with two cohorts of ambassadors annually. We will set outcomes according to each participant and monitor milestones accordingly to ensure Ambassadors reach their goal of employment with NN, employment with another organisation, or further education or training.

We can offer travel and lunch expenses for each participant, materials to participate in the programme and equipment where necessary. We can offer assistance to those who require accommodations for learning.

This programme is intended for people living in South East Midlands area, that is Northamptonshire, Luton, Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes.

NN Ambassadors 2020

Daisy Jones

I am a recent Fine Art BA Hons Graduate and co-founder of the DEEP FAT FRIED Collective. My practice includes creating visionary colourful worlds through miniatures, set design and immersive installations. With DEEP FAT FRIED we host exhibitions and events, pushing the boundaries of the white cube.

Rosie May

Rosie May is an Illustrator & Maker based in Northampton, UK. Her practice focuses largely on the joys of the every day, using vibrant, painterly illustrations as a vehicle to challenge herself and others to savour life’s ordinary moments and consider a slower pace of more harmonious living.

Rebekah Calderwood

I’m a Graduate of Fine Art from The University of Lincoln. I’m currently working toward a career in the art world including education, Museums management and Art Law. Inspired by the memorialisation and intimacy that our daily lives may portray to us, I create a multidisciplinary practice.

Esosa Noruwa

My name is Esosa Noruwa. I am a recent Creative Computing and Creative Writing graduate with a deep desire to learn and grow. I enjoy creating digital content and in my spare time, I advocate for making fashion more sustainable through sharing my sense of style and selling vintage and secondhand clothes online.

Ria Wilson

Ria Wilson is an artist based in Northampton studying a BA in Fine art. Working in a variety of mediums, her work explores theories of hauntology and ontology, personal narratives and memory placed within a wider social context.

Agnieszka Julia Usarz

Agnieszka is an experienced English teacher passionate about neuroaesthetics, language, and art currently exploring meanders of Interior Design while completing a BTEC at the British Academy of Interior Design with the view to working in exhibition design and home staging. A keen cyclist, hiker, and globetrotter.

Rosemary Dery

I like to be informed and inform others, which translates into my art. The topics tend to surround politics, society and general injustices. Curation is where my interest lies, and the pursuit of creating an environment that relays a developing narrative as you progress through space, though still following social and political topics.

Sorina-Nicoleta Poclitaru

I am currently a 3rd-year Photography Student at the University of Northampton, interested in Fashion and Portrait Photography as well as Conceptual. I have been working with images for less than 5 years and I learn new things regularly.

Tara Smith

Tara is a photographer specialising in portraiture. Born and bred in Northamptonshire, Tara has worked on a variety of projects for clients such as Penguin, Schwarzkopf and Hello Magazine. When she's not in her studio, you're likely to find her on a hike with her pugs in tow.

Phoebe Mae Ellis

You can usually find me hunting for a bargain at a charity shop or listening to my guilty pleasure of George Michael. As an artist I mainly practice analogue photography, capturing still life, and hoping the film doesn’t come out blank.

Hannah Broughton

I am currently studying Fine Art at university. Since starting university, I have experimented with sculpture which I am enjoying. I am continuing to discover what engages me most. In my free time I enjoy drawing and craft as well as seeing my friends.

Georgia Watkins

I am an MA Fine art student from Bedford working mainly with print and photography. My practice is concerned with science and the intangible and I am particularly interested in natural history and astronomy and how they are explored through the visual.

This programme is supported by SEMLEP