The NN team consists of highly motivated individuals including employees, the board, freelancers and volunteers.
We work with a roster of freelance technicians and artist educators. If you are interested in joining NN’s roster of freelancers see our Opportunities page.
Artistic Director and CEO
Emer Grant, Artistic Director and CEO, is a Curator, Producer, and Researcher who completed her Masters in Curatorial Studies at CCS Bard College (USA) and History of Art at the University of York (UK), and her BFA in Critical Fine Art Practice at the University of Brighton. Over the course of more than ten years working across the museum and gallery sector, she has contributed to many exhibition projects in curatorial, production and editorial roles. Emer was a Fellow for The Recalibrated Institution (Miami) and Curator at Art Center South Florida (now Oolite Arts). Prior to this Emer was an Associate Curator of the 2014 Sonorities Festival (Belfast), she has curated shows and programming for various institutions including the Hessel Museum (NY), P! Gallery (NY), ISCP (NY), Stroom den Haag (NL) Void Gallery (NI), Pollinaria (IT), Yeah Maybe (MN), PHL (DE) and The Grand Parade Gallery (UK). She was Visiting Tutor at the RCA, Visiting Curator at Bard College MFA, Visiting Curator at the University of Minnesota Studio Arts BFA and Visiting Critic for Florida International University’s Architecture BFA programme. Emer was the Editor of Accessions.org between 2016-2018 and has written for various publications including, Nero, Electronic Beats, The Editorial, The Miami Rail and Rhizome. She was a fellow selected for the ICI (Independent Curators International) 2013 and has consulted for various organizations on Digital Arts and interdisciplinary strategies for public space. She is also an Associate Curator for Left Gallery (Berlin).
Digital Content Curator
Maria Cynkier, Digital Content Curator, is an organiser of exhibitions and events, writer and online marketing manager. Her curatorial work is framed by post-anthropocentric approaches to communing and constituting, emphasising the entanglement between social and material technological conditions. She is interested in exploring curating as a form of collaborative storytelling through speculative fictioning. She has recently graduated from MA Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art.
Prior to joining NN Contemporary Art, Maria has worked as an independent curator and writer. As part of her graduate degree, she co-curated Empathy Loading, an online project in collaboration with Furtherfield exploring affective relationships between humans and machines. In 2019 she curated and programmed User Preferences, an online pavilion for The Wrong Biennale 2019-2020 edition, focusing on the significance of usership and usership-based economy on individual freedoms. She also co-curated Random Access at Tate Lates in November 2019, responding to the legacy of Nam June Paik, in collaboration with MoCDA and Worldwide FM. Maria’s writing about art appeared in Hyperallergic, Artmag, Furtherfield and MoCDA.
Education & Engagement Producer
Phil Garner, Facilities Manager, studied Graphic Design at Nene College. He has been a freelance Illustrator and designer for over 25 years working on a huge variety of projects for design agencies and publishers covering everything from band merchandise, children’s books and tv character concepts to beer labels and infographics. More recently, Phil has enjoyed storyboarding a couple of feature films and creating animation assets. Some of his work is featured in the Northampton Museums’ ‘We are Northampton’ exhibition showing a number of iconic landmarks in the town.
Gallery & Administrative Assistant
Emma graduated from The University of Northampton in 2020 with a BA in Fine Art. Northampton is her home town and a place that is buzzing with creative people. She is passionate about outdoor learning and art within the public realm.
Zoe McLeod, Fundraising Consultant, has a breadth of experience of developing income strategies, fundraising programmes and securing capital and revenue funding from public bodies, trust and foundations, businesses and individuals including Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Garfield Weston Foundation, Wolfson Foundation and Cockayne Foundation among many others. Zoe has previously undertaken the roles of Acting Head of Development at Tate Liverpool, interim Deputy Director at Gasworks/Triangle Network and Fundraising and Senior Fundraiser at The Postal Museum and Mail Rail during their £18.6 million capital campaign. Zoe is currently a supporter and Trustee of Open School East, and unaccredited arts study programme in Margate, Kent.
Board NN boasts a dedicated board with members responsible for the strategic direction of the organisation as well as being advocates for NN and lending their specialist skills for NN’s staff to draw upon.
Andy Hewitt (Interim Chair) is an artist and academic teaching practice and theory at the University of Northampton. He is founding co-editor of Art and the Public Sphere Journal, a cross-disciplinary journal that combines the study of art, politics and geography. Andy is an artist and from 2004 worked collaboratively with Dave Beech and Mel Jordan as the Freee Art Collective. He currently works with Jordan as the Partizan Social Club. In his participatory artworks, he devises strategies to occupy the public sphere as a site of contestation, social transformation and agency.
Kate Chadwick has been Deputy Director of MK Gallery since 2016. In March 2019, she and her team reopened the new MK Gallery to extraordinary critical and popular acclaim. Kate is responsible for managing the £12m capital development, including the financial, legal and administrative oversight of this complex non-profit, registered educational charity. Her responsibilities include strategic business planning and stakeholder management, developing relations with major public investors, including Arts Council England, SEMLEP and Milton Keynes Council.
Jane Murray was awarded the 2020 Anna Craft Creativities in Education Prize for the paper From’What does gallery mean?’ to ‘Art galleries, I love them!’: Children’s views of ‘culture’ introduced to their primary curriculum. Jane is Co-Director of the Centre for Education and Research at the University of Northampton. She was a primary and early childhood teacher before moving to work in higher education where she has taught and led on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and she supervises PhD candidates in the field of Education. Jane has worked with government education departments and ministries in Bhutan, Ethiopia, Georgia, Estonia and the UK. She is an educational researcher specialising in learner-led pedagogy, social inclusion and young children’s engagements as researchers, including the Young Children Are Researchers project. Jane has published extensively in the field of Education and she is Editor of the International Journal of Early Years Education. Her research profile ranges from small scale neighbourhood projects to large scale international studies, including work for Northampton Leisure Trust, The National Gallery, the European Commission and UNICEF. Jane is currently working on several funded projects, including a collaborative arts education project supported by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
Annabelle Campbell is a curator, researcher, cultural programmer, mentor and educator with 20 years of professional experience managing public collections of contemporary art, design, craft, social history and material culture, creating and delivering exhibitions, public programmes, building partnerships, working with high-level stakeholders, seeking ways to broaden the reach and impact of the arts in society.
She worked on a trilogy of partnership exhibitions with V&A, commissioned installations by Michael Marriott and The Light Surgeons, launched the first craft film festival Reel to Real, curated the British Pavilion for the Cheongju Biennale and was part of the academic team at Kingston University launched first MA Curating Contemporary Design in partnership with Design Museum. She has been a member of a number of award panels and juries including HClub 100 Awards, RSA Design Award, Stanley Picker Fellowship, Korean International Ceramic Biennale.
William Chamberlain is a solicitor and social entrepreneur who, for the past ten years, has been developing a range of creative place-shaping and inclusive regeneration projects to help establish Hackney Wick and Fish Island in East London as a permanent, sustainable, creative economy alongside the large-scale redevelopment of the area surrounding the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
He was a member of the London 2012 Olympic bid team and moved to Hackney Wick in 2008. He founded the Hackney Wick and Fish Island Cultural Interest Group in 2010 to engage local stakeholders, creative practitioners, businesses, institutions and residents and encourage networking, resource sharing and collaboration whilst working together towards a permanent, sustainable creative economy. In 2015 he founded Creative Wick as a non- profit creative place-making agency and Hackney Wick and Fish Island was designated as one of London’s first Creative Enterprise Zones in 2019. He is currently researching part- time for a PhD with the Institute of Media and Creative Industries at Loughborough University London.
Art Conaghan is a seasoned political/public policy and legislative advisor. He currently runs a busy MP’s office in the Houses of Parliament. He has worked in local government, the European Parliament and has advised on a wide range of key public policy areas including economic regeneration, transport, arts and culture, health and housing. He has a special interest in Culture & Arts-led economic regeneration programmes.