NN Associates

The NN Associates programme is a tailored CPD training that develops sector-specific and wider employability skills within the cultural and creative industries and beyond. Our Associates Programme diversifies future workforce through the development of business, enterprise and entrepreneurial skills that open up to routes and avenues for those looking to develop careers in the Arts.

Our previous volunteer, internship and associates programmes have enabled us to develop and refine the programme structure to ensure resilience during the recent Covid climate. We offer a blended online and in-person programme of talks and training. NN is committed to creating opportunities for Associates looking to develop careers in the arts, as cultural producers and creatives through our Education and Engagement Programmes. We ensure that our workforce represents the diverse make-up of our society by providing access to training for marginalised communities and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

The training and skills development embedded within the programme will prepare participants to seek and secure employment and NN will provide opportunities and guidance throughout the scheme.

Associates will develop skills, knowledge and experience to become freelance practitioners and apply confidently for jobs within the creative and cultural industries. NN will assist Associates with identifying transferable skills into other employment sector and will offer opportunities within our partner network across different roles as they arise.

The NN Associates programme is made up of 5 key development pathways. 

Mentorship: Each participant is supported by a professional mentor to ensure that they are able to contextualise their learning and implement actions from learning plans into further employment, training or education.

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

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.

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 Associate 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 will set outcomes according to each participant’s future aspirations. We will monitor milestones accordingly to support Associates to progress through employment either with NN, 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 open to living in South East Midlands area, that is Northamptonshire, Luton, Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes. The NN Associates programme is open to recent graduates and emerging artists. Associates must not be in full-time work or full-time education. We particularly welcome applications from Black and Asian ethnic minorities, other minority groups, and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

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A medium shot of Neeve, an NN Ambassador. They are white with wavy mid length blonde hair, wearing a checkered black and white top and black hoody. There is a red brick wall behind them.

Neeve Galvin

Neeve is an artist and is currently a second year student at the University of Northampton studying Fine Art: Painting and Drawing. She loves to paint and express herself. Her practice at the moment looks at Sculpture and the movement of expanded painting, where she looks at colour, form and sculptural collage. By taking part in this programme Neeve hopes to grow her confidence and to learn the key aspects of funding and the business side of the art world.

A medium shot of Harshita, an NN Ambassador. Harshita is wearing a light pink jumper and is smiling at the camera. There is a red brick wall behind Harshita.

Harshita Garode

Harshita recently graduated from the UoN with a BA in Fine Arts, where her skills were professionally shaped to a level where she could be a part of exhibitions and work on commissions. In her practice, she examines the issues around feminism which takes a structured form and shape in terms of installations, printmaking, paintings and much more.

A photo of Thea, an NN Ambassador. Thea has shoulder length brown hair and is wearing a bright red jumper with white lettering across it. Thea is photographed against a grey brick wall.

Thea Killeya

Thea studied for a Masters degree in Fine Art and has since been developing her skills and experience in illustration. She is interested in the way we record and experience visual information as well as the dichotomy between the beautiful and the mundane in our day to day lives.

A medium shot of Rhys, an NN Ambassador. Rhys is white with shoulder length brown hair, wearing a grey and white speckled jumper and is smiling at the camera. Rhys is standing with a grey brick wall behind him.

Rhys Bevan

Rhys previously worked in the wine industry and is currently teaching meditation online and in-person. He is creating a new practice that combines spoken word, mindfulness and art appreciation/creativity.

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Helen Browse

Helen is a Mental Health First Aider and Wellbeing Champion who previously worked many years in the automotive industry.

Robyn Maclennan

Robyn Maclennan is an artist based in Northampton who explores the human connection to the landscape through printmaking. In her work, Robyn examines the concept of memory as a continuous cycle of forgetting and retrieval.

Jamie Gilliet

Jamie is a multi-instrumentalist with over 15 years of experience, also working with video, animation, programming and game production. In his experimental practice, Jamie incorporates new technology into live and studio projects to create work that ranges from silly and pointless to rigid and practical. He is also an inventor of NeuroHarp, a brainwave-controlled musical instrument.

Emoke Stefan

Emoke is currently a Fashion Design student at the University of Northampton. Em is interested in sustainability in fashion, cultural events and community-building through the arts. Through our NN Ambassadors programme, she hopes to gain more knowledge about contemporary art and gain experience working in creative industries.

Rebecca Dainty

Rebecca is a Northamptonshire-based photo artist and works exclusively in black and white. Her work focuses on the details present within the naturally occurring forms. Shapes, lines and textures that through a process of carefully crafted abstraction are transformed into intricate pattern designs.

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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