a-n The Artists Information Company
a-n stimulates and supports contemporary visual arts practice and affirms artists’ value in society. With over 19,000 members, we focus on conversations around the critical and professional environment for the visual arts, bringing together artists, art students, producers, arts professionals, researchers, arts organisations and universities.
Within a-n’s Artist membership, AIR (Artists Interaction and Representation) identifies and explores issues that impact on artists’ practice. It campaigns for artistic, legislative and economic measures that enhance artists’ working lives and professional status, with AIR Council leading and advising on this work. Often developed through collaborations, our visual arts research informs and inspires cultural development. Our fast-paced, inquisitive a-n News exposes the breadth of contemporary visual arts.
As an organisation we stand by and demonstrate our beliefs – valuing artists in society, embracing experimentation, stimulated when change is generated through dialogue and interaction.
The a-n team
a-n is a distributed organisation with offices in Newcastle and London and staff based remotely around the UK and in Europe. Many staff are part time, with 58% practising artists.
Director Susan Jones (until 30 September 2014), Executive Director Jeanie Scott (from June 2014), Head of Programmes Gillian Nicol, Head of Communications and Partnerships Jo Wilson, Financial Manager Anne Meikle, Operations Manager Tracy Adamson.
Robin Bootes, Tim Clark, Lucy Day, Lauren Healey, Jack Hutchinson, Pippa Koszerek, Julie McCalden, Michaela Nettell, Stephen Palmer, Jennie Picken, Matt Roberts, Eleonora Schinella, Chris Sharratt, Marjorie Stephen, Richard Taylor.
Founded in 1980, a-n The Artists Information Company is a non-profit-distributing limited company.
Board members are Jayne Knight (Chair), Dr Mitra Memarzia (Vice-chair), Simon Pallett (Company Secretary), David Cotterrell, Tamsin Cox, Manick Govinda, Susan Jones, Esther Salamon, Emily Speed, Nicholas Sharp and Dan Thompson.
An advisory group to the Board, artists on AIR Council are Gayle Chong Kwan, Steve Dutton, Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva, Pippa Koszerek, Steven Paige, Emily Speed, Binita Walia, Rachel Wilberforce, Caroline Wright and Joseph Young.
As an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation 2011-2015, a-n receives grant aid amounting to 25% of income, augmenting 75% from sales of membership, subscriptions, advertising and services. See latest Annual report.
Artquest, Arts Development UK, Axisweb, Castlefield Gallery, CARFAC, Connected Communities, Crafts Council, Cultural Values Initiative, CVAN, DACS, Engage, ECA, Navigator Artworks, NSEAD, Redeye, Scottish Contemporary Art Network , Scottish Artists Union, The Design Trust, Visual Arts UK.
a-n The Artists Information Company, Registered in England (No 1626331)
registered office FIFTEEN Rosehill, Carlisle CA1 2RW. VAT GB369047919.