a-n The Artists Information Company

a-n stimulates and supports contemporary visual arts practice and affirms artists’ value in society. With over 20,000 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.

Our values

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.

Executive Director Jeanie Scott, Deputy Director and Head of Programmes Gillian Nicol, Head of Communications and Partnerships Jo Wilson, Financial Manager Anne Meikle.

Robin Bootes, Lucy Day, Lauren Healey, Jack Hutchinson, Pippa Koszerek, Julie McCalden, Stephen Palmer, Narbi Price, Jennie Picken, Matt Roberts, Eleonora Schinella, Chris Sharratt, Richard Taylor. Read more about the a-n team

Opps Research team: Rebecca Catterall, Michael Cousin, Karen Davies.


Founded in 1980, a-n The Artists Information Company is a non-profit-distributing limited company.

Board members are Jayne Knight (Chair), Manick Govinda (Vice-chair), Simon Pallett (Company Secretary), David Cotterrell, Tamsin Cox, Emily Speed, Nicholas Sharp and Dan Thompson.

An advisory group to the Board, artists on AIR Council are Maurice Carlin, Gayle Chong Kwan, Libita ClaytonSteve Dutton, S Mark GubbPippa Koszerek, Bethan Lloyd Worthington, Steven Paige, Emily Speed, Glen Stoker, Binita Walia and Joseph Young. Read ‘About AIR’ and ‘Who are AIR Council?’.

As an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation 2015-2018, a-n receives grant aid amounting to 25% of income, augmenting 75% from sales of membership, subscriptions, advertising and services.

We work  in partnership with

Artquest, Arts Development UK, Artworks Alliance, AUEBOP ConsultingCastlefield Gallery, CARFAC, countercultureCrafts Council, Creative Industries Federation, Culture Action EuropeCVAN, DACS, Engage, Hencilla CanworthNSEAD, Redeye, Scottish Contemporary Art Network, Scottish Artists Union, The Design Trust, Visual Arts UK, We are AD.


a-n The Artists Information Company, Registered in England (No 1626331)
registered office c/o Counterculture, Unit NH204, E1 Studios, 7 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1DU. VAT GB369047919.