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 Business Development
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.
Programmes & Partnerships Manager
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.
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.
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.