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.
John Simpson, Financial Controller, has over 25 years experience managing businesses from large plcs to public sector quangos. Has worked for Fishmarket for four years as General Manager (full time) and shifted to one day per week in 2012, previously working for NatWest, Abbey National, People’s Bank Conneticut, Northamptonshire Enterprise Ltd & Scottish & Newcastle. Skills include, financial management and budgetary control, process control and improvement, services procurement. Holds the Banking Certificate and the International Certificate in Administrative Management. John has overseen previous renovations of the Fishmarket building and will manage procurement of services and financial control for NN whilst keeping team on target for KPIs.
Kate Harrison, Press Assistant, is responsible for digital marketing and communications, promoting exhibitions and events at NN. Kate started her involvement with NN by volunteering at Fishmarket in 2009, she then took on the role as Saturday Duty Manager and Events Coordinator at Fishmarket in 2010. Kate now works freelance one day a week as Press Officer at NN and continues to offer her assistance in all things gallery related. Kate studied BA Fine Art at Leeds Metropolitan University, graduating in 2008. She had continued her studio practice and exhibits in solo and group exhibitions, as well as creating work for public art commissions such as Go Safari Northampton. Kate also leads the regular Crit Group Meetings for Northampton-based artists, first set up in 2010 at Fishmarket and is continuing to meet regularly in NN.
Christine Midgley, The University of Northampton Liaison, has been involved with NN and Fishmarket since its inception, a member of Northampton Arts Collective and actively involved in the development of the Fishmarket as a contemporary gallery space. Christine has been a board member since the organisation was formalised in 2004 and is was the Chair of the Board managing Fishmarket for a two-year term since 2010 before taking up her new position as The University of Northampton Liaison one day per week to build future links between The University and Gallery. In 2013 took on the role of Acting Development Director working with the strategic development of the organisation until the appointment of Tracey Clarke. Semi retired since 2010 as Acting Associate Dean in the School of the Arts within The University of Northampton, she is responsible for academic quality and marketing within the School. Since 1993 she has been based in the School of the Arts, firstly as course leader for BA Fine Art and then as Divisional Leader for the Fine Art department, which included undergraduate courses in Fine Art, Fine Art Painting & Drawing, Photographic Practice, and History of Art, a post graduate course, MA Fine Art, and a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. Previous academic roles include Liverpool Hope University, The University of Central Lancashire and Wigan College. Christine was educated at Glasgow School of Art.
Francis Blore, Gallery Assistant, is a student at The University of Northampton. Having recently completed his Masters in Fine Art, Francis works with NN one and a half days a week as our front of house Gallery Assistant. During changeover periods, Francis becomes part of the installation team, working with Catherine 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.