The NN team include highly motivated individuals including employees, the board, freelancers and volunteers.
Catherine Hemelryk, Artistic Director, curates NN’s programme and leads the rest of the staff day to day as well as working with the board on setting and achieving strategic aims. She works closely with the artists and stakeholders to realise commissions, projects and collaborations and with designers and publishers on NN publications. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art MA Curating Contemporary Art in 2004 Catherine has curated projects internationally and commissioned new work for site-specific exhibitions. From 2005-08 she was Curator at Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, curating large-scale exhibitions, editing publications including The Black Box for the IX Baltic Triennial and contributing to the weekly television programme CAC TV. She has project managed international touring projects with De Appel, Trafo and ICA and has worked with artists in residence creating new work such as Rosella Biscotti, Channa Boon and Heike Gallmeier as well as editing and writing for various catalogues, journals and publications. She has programmed galleries and offsite projects and guest curated projects at Magacin Belgrade, Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, Galerie Antje Wachs Berlin and has undertaken various curatorial residencies in Tbilisi, Georgia and Hoorn, The Netherlands. Catherine is a consultant curator for public art with Plan Projects and Expert Panel member of OPUN and she regularly gives lectures and workshops. This role is four days a week and in her non-NN time Catherine works on freelance projects across Europe.
Tracey Clarke, Development Director, a new half time role for NN which seeks to build on our relationships with audiences, partners and stakeholders to successfully secure funding and in kind support that enables the delivery of NN activities. Tracey is responsible for a small staff team and volunteers overseeing the operational activities of the organisation alongside supporting the board in the development and implementation of its strategic ambitions. During the other half of her week Tracey works for Crafts Council within the Maker Development Team, she leads on the development and delivery of “Injection” a professional development programme for established makers. She has a wide range of experience gained over the last 27 years within both the public and third sector in the delivery of strategic business management, finance / external funding, arts and education programming alongside gallery, artist studios and venue management. She was formerly Executive Director of artworks-mk, an independent arts and education charity from 2004 to 2012.
Laura Hogan, Operations and Volunteer Coordinator, provides valuable administrative support for Artistic Director and organisation as a whole as well as coordinating operations. In 2012 she expanded her role to include health and safety and developing our volunteer programme, expanding the quality of volunteer experience and increasing the numbers we work with. Laura attended Hull University and studied English Literature and Film. Laura joined the Fishmarket in 2009. In this four day a week role she is rigorous, efficient and has become an essential part of NN ensuring data is collated and archives are maintained and volunteers are briefed as well as health and safety adhered to.
Freddy Blackman, Gallery Assistant, is from Northamptonshire and graduated from Newcastle University with a BA (hons) Fine Art in 2011. Freddy joined NN as an intern in 2013 and joined our roster of Casual Gallery Assistants and Technicians shortly after. Freddy works with NN one and a half days a week as our front of house Gallery Assistant. During changeover periods, Freddy becomes part of the installation team, working with Catherine, Laura and the artists to prepare the exhibitions.
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.
We are currently recruiting a Finance Administrator, Marketing Assistant and increasing our pool of Casual Gallery Assistants. Visit our Jobs page to find out more about these roles and how to apply.