a-n The Artists Information Company

a-n is the largest artists’ membership organisation in the UK with over 22,000 members.

We support artists and those who work with them in many practical ways, acting on behalf of our membership and the visual arts sector to improve artists’ livelihoods.

We have a reputation for providing compelling insights and playing a catalytic role in influencing and informing cultural policy.

a-n Mission

Through advocacy and information and from the perspective of artists, a-n’s mission is to stimulate and support contemporary visual arts practice and affirm the value of artists in society.

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. Many staff are part time, with 58% practising artists.

Chief Executive Officer Julie Lomax, Director of Digital and Online Content Gillian Nicol, Head of Communications and Partnerships Jo Wilson, Head of Business Development David Farrow, Finance Manager Anne Meikle.

Robin Bootes, Jack Hutchinson, Stephen Palmer, Hannah Pierce, Narbi Price, Jennifer Picken, Chris Sharratt, Richard Taylor. Read more about the a-n team

Jobs & Opps Research team: 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), David Cotterrell (Vice-Chair), Simon Pallett (Company Secretary), Tamsin Cox, Emily Speed, Nicholas Sharp and Dan Thompson.

An advisory group to the Board, Artists Council are Maurice Carlin, Gayle Chong KwanSteve Dutton, S Mark GubbBethan Lloyd Worthington, Steven Paige, Emily Speed, Glen Stoker, Binita Walia and Joseph Young. Read more about Artists Council.

As an Arts Council England Sector Support Organisation 2018-2022, a-n receives grant aid amounting to 21% of income, augmenting 79% from membership, advertising and services.

Art Council Egland - supported using public funding


We work  in partnership with

ArtquestArtworks 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 TrustWe are AD.


a-n The Artists Information Company, Registered in England (No 1626331)
Registered office: S19 Toffee Factory, Lower Steenbergs Yard, Ouseburn, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2DF. VAT GB369047919.