Team

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

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).

Deputy Director

Louise Tyrrell

Originally trained as a silversmith, Louise has worked within the arts sector for nearly 20 years.  She has undertaken various roles within arts and third sector organisations and the local authority to support the development of arts, with a particular focus on project management, financial management and funding.

Public Programme Curator

Kirstie has worked as an independent researcher/ curator for Ikon Gallery, Jerwood Arts, Milton Keynes Gallery in the UK, and Sirius Arts Centre and the Lewis Glucksman Gallery in Ireland. She gained a PhD in contemporary art history from University College Cork, Ireland in 2016, where she also taught art history. She has published writing on artists including Alibhe Ní Bhriain, Marcel Broodthaers, Tacita Dean, Brian O’ Doherty, Sean Lynch and Jeremy Millar.

Project Assistant

Since completing a degree in Languages and History of Art, Sonia has worked in the arts as well as undertaking freelance translation work. She is also part of the MK Gallery staff team, and was briefly a Local Ambassador for the OUTLANDS network at MK Gallery in 2019, helping to deliver a programme of specially commissioned audio-visual events in Milton Keynes. 

Facilities Manager

Phil Garner

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. 
www.philgarner.co.uk  

Fundraising Consultant

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.

Intern

Harshita, a conceptual artist, has graduated from the University of Northampton with a degree in BA (Honours) Fine Art where her research was focused on the issues of Feminism which takes a structured forms and shapes in terms of installation, printmaking, paintings and much more. She volunteered for Northampton Primary Academy Trust (NPAT) in collaboration with the National Gallery where she mentored school children with their project. She was selected for the Professional Development Residency Award as an Artist in Residence at NN Project Space, where she exhibited her solo artwork. Harshita is one of the NN Ambassadors further developing her career as an artist whilst looking to step into the professional art sector.

Intern

Hannah has recently completed her BA (Honours) Fine Art degree at the University of Northampton. Hannah’s art practice is centred around the making processes within the sculpture with a particular interest into the materiality of plaster and concrete. In her time at university she has undertaken various roles as a Student Advocate, Student Ambassador and President of the Art Society, where she lead the proposed projects and events. She was also one of the NN Ambassadors in 2021 where with a group she curated an online exhibition by collating works from the local artists of Northamptonshire and published, Revolt. Revive. Rekindle.

Board

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. 

Interim chair

Kate Chadwick

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.

Andy Hewitt

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. 

Jane Murray

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

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

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

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.

Dan Gunn

Dan Gunn is a gallerist based in London, operating his own programme since 2012, until 2018 in Berlin and since then in London. The gallery programme specialises in conceptual and multimedia art worldwide, with a focus on moving image, installation and performance work, in addition to representing politically and socially engaged artists including Michael Smith, Tracey Rose, Tamar Guimarães and Musa paradisiaca.