The NN team include highly motivated individuals including employees, the board, freelancers and volunteers.
Emer Grant, Artistic Director and CEO, is a Curator, Producer, and Researcher who completed her Masters in Curatorial Studies at CCS Bard College (USA) and History of Art at the University of York (UK), and her BFA in Critical Fine Art Practice at the University of Brighton. Over the course of more than ten years working across the museum and gallery sector, she has contributed to many exhibition projects in curatorial, production and editorial roles. Emer was a Fellow for The Recalibrated Institution (Miami) and Guest Curator at Art Center South Florida (now Oolite Arts). Prior to this Emer was an Associate Curator of the 2014 Sonorities Festival (Belfast), she has curated shows and programming for various institutions including the Hessel Museum (NY), P! Gallery (NY), ISCP (NY), Void Gallery (NI), Pollinaria (IT), Yeah Maybe (MN), PHL (DE) and The Grand Parade Gallery (UK). She was visiting Curator at Bard College MFA, the University of Minnesota Studio Arts BFA and Visiting Critic for Florida International University’s Architecture BFA programme. Emer was the Editor of Accessions.org between 2016-2018 and has written for various publications including, Electronic Beats, The Editorial, The Miami Rail and Rhizome. She was a fellow selected for the ICI (Independent Curators International) 2013 intensive and has consulted for various organizations on Digital Arts and interdisciplinary strategies for public space. She is also an Associate Curator for Left Gallery (Berlin) where she is working on an exhibition for Stroom Den Haag (NL) opening in June 2019.
Louise Clarke, Education and Engagement Consultant, graduated from Central St Martins in 1997 and gained her MA from the Royal College Of Art in 1999. She writes a regular column in the quarterly Saatchi: Art & Music Magazine and has co-curated and programmed public art events through the Big Draw campaign since 2000.
Freddy Blackman, Gallery Manager & Exhibitions Coordinator, is from Northamptonshire and graduated from Newcastle University with a BA (hons) Fine Art in 2011. Freddy works with NN three days a week and works closely with artists to plan and coordinate exhibition installations. Freddy also looks after the studios, facilities, health and safety and rentals across the organisation.
Motomi Kozaki, Gallery Assistant, was born in Japan and now lives in Northampton. After moving to London in 2000 she graduated from Goldsmiths with BA (hons) Fine Art in 2004. She followed this with MA Fine Art from City & Guilds of London Art School and moved to Northampton in 2014. Motomi completed NN’s ten-week internship in 2015 and after joining our roster of Casual Gallery Assistants is now a regular front of house Gallery Assistant one day a week as well as running family and children’s creative workshops.
Valeria Medici, Social Media & Marketing Assistant, started working with NN on our volunteer programme in 2018. An active networker and self-proclaimed social butterfly, Valeria was recently named President of the UoN Arts Society, she is also a student on the Fine Art Course at the University of Northampton.
Louise Tyrrell, Finance Manager, has worked in arts administration within Northamptonshire for over 15 years. She has undertaken various roles within arts organisations and the local authority to support the development of arts in the county, with a particular focus on financial administration and budgeting. It is in this area that she works with NN, for one day a week.
We work with a roster of freelance technicians and artist educators. If you are interested in joining NN’s roster of freelancers see our Get Involved page.