Julie joined the company after working as Director of Development at Liverpool Biennial, where she developed partnerships and raised funds to support the Biennial from a wide range of organisations and individuals, both commercial and public. She was previously Director of Visual Arts for the Australia Council for the Arts, responsible for visual arts policy and investment. She worked at Arts Council England as Director of Visual Arts for London, responsible for a client portfolio of 67 organisations and over £40m investment in the arts in London.
She is Chair of The Showroom, London and Executive Committee member of the Association of Women in the Arts and an advisor to Liverpool Pride. Julie originally trained as an artist, graduating from Chelsea School of Art with a degree in Fine Art.
Director of Digital and Online Content
Gillian has a key role in instigating and leading artistic and business developments at a-n. She is experienced in developing and delivering content via UK-wide networks of contributors across different publishing formats and social media. Her background in art practice and artist-led activity informs her commitment to ensuring artists’ voices are heard, rights are recognised and infrastructures to support developing practice are valued. She is based in Newcastle.
Head of Communications and Partnerships
Jo has worked with a-n since 2012 and manages the continued development of marketing and partnerships. She has a background in fine art textiles, an MA in Marketing and was founding Head of Marketing and Fundraising for BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art from 1999 to 2006. Freelance since 2007, Jo has worked with a wide range of organisations including: Channel 4, BBC, National Trust and mima. She is based in Newcastle.
Anne has been with a-n as Finance Manager since 2003. Based in the Newcastle office and working part time, she handles all aspects of the accounts process including budgeting, management accounts and salaries. Anne is a governor at the local middle school, which her son attends and her weekends are spent exploring new places in her campervan.
Head of Online Content
Responsible for developing, producing and distributing online content, Stephen manages the Online Content team to ensure quality standards across all commissioned and user generated material on the a-n site. He also writes regular articles and features for a-n News. As an artist he is represented by Vane. He lives and works in London.
Head of Business Development
Based in Newcastle, Robin’s part-time role involves administration of the membership and assisting with broader financial duties. He is also a recent PhD graduate from Newcastle University and a freelance researcher. Interested in the relationship between culture and the press he has written an archival history of the specialist videogaming magazine, which examines gaming as both a cultural industry and a form of social practice.
After studying Anthropology and Sociology at Goldsmiths, Jade moved back to her Newcastle upon Tyne homeland to start her career in the arts and voluntary sectors. She spent a year working within the learning team at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, and three years working between Gateshead based NPO GemArts, and a local children’s charity. She joined the a-n team in early 2018 and supports the wider team in smoothing out the day-to-day, one job at a time. When not working, she’s often found walking her beloved dog, Oscar.
Jack is part of the Online Content team working on material across the site, including for a-n News. He has worked for a-n since 2009, including work on Paying Artists Campaign and delivering professional development workshops. As a freelance journalist he has written for Dazed and Confused, The Guardian, Arty, Garageland and Twin Magazine. In addition, Jack is a practising artist focusing on drawing and a keen blues musician. He is based in London.
Jennifer is an a-n team member by day, and artist and salacious daydreamer, book-reader by night. She lives and works between Amsterdam, Spain and England, because she always has itchy travelling feet. She has worked for a-n since 2008 when she began her MFA at Newcastle University. When contacting a-n you will find her as one of the friendly voices at the end of the telephone or email. She is also the main point of contact for all JISC membership enquiries. Under the cloak of dusk you will find her either dressing up in drag; parading her pseudo masculinity; making sticky toffee sculptures or rude collages.
External Programmes and Partnerships Manager
Hannah Pierce joined the a-n team in 2017 and is based in Manchester. With a background in art practice, Hannah has a particular interest in working with and supporting emerging to mid-career visual artists. She has previously held curatorial and programming roles with The National Trust, Jerwood Visual Arts, Ceri Hand Gallery and Liverpool Biennial. She has commissioned new work for galleries, heritage and outdoor sites by artists including Owen G Parry, Hannah Knox, Antonio Roberts, Amanda Loomes, Alice May Williams, Juneau Projects, Scanner and Karen Guthrie.
Narbi is a painter and lecturer and has worked part-time for a-n since early 2015. A former John Moores Painting Prize prizewinner, he is interested in the perceived histories of locations and in how painting can question the understanding of architectural and pictorial space. He is represented by Vane in the UK and GalleriaSIX in Italy. He is also studying for a PhD in Informal Art Education at Newcastle University in partnership with the Northumberland Archive. When he’s not doing all of that he can be found playing drums in Newcastle based dirge rock band Big Fail.
Eleonora worked for a-n from 2009, a much-loved and admired member of the team. She died on 5 August after suffering from a rare bone tumour. She will be greatly missed.
With over twenty years experience in magazines, newspapers and online publishing, Chris has edited a fortnightly what’s on magazine (City Life, Manchester), worked as an executive arts editor on a daily national newspaper (Metro), and written for a variety of local, national and international titles (The Guardian, Sunday Times, New Statesman, Frieze). He is a co-producer of Sync, a progressive technology programme for the arts in Scotland, and a consultant and writer for Native, the magazine of the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts. Chris is editor of a-n News. He is based in Glasgow.
Richard supports the Online Content team, with writing, researching and social media activity. As an artist he produces drawings, texts and sculptures that lead to projects involving film, live readings and art publishing. In 2010 he implemented Transmission Gallery’s archive and resource room. From 2012 to 2015 he co-edited the artists’ pamphlet series Gnommero.