Staff & Trustees
James Green joined the gallery as Director in July 2006 to oversee the acquisition and redevelopment of the former telephone Exchange in Penzance and the expansion of Newlyn Art Gallery, and their relaunch in July 2007. James brings considerable experience as a curator and of arts leadership roles. He is a member of the Steering Group of Plus Tate and a Trustee of the Borlase Smart John Wells Trust, responsible for artists’ studio provision in West Cornwall. He is also a member of the steering groups for Groundwork, a three-year project that will bring outstanding international art and artists to Cornwall in 2018. In addition he sits on the advisory groups of the FEAST and Cultivator funding programmes. In his spare time James is a keen gig rower and keeps bees.
Programme Curator [Exhibitions]
As well as delivering 12 shows per year across both venues, Blair Todd also curates many of the shorter projects and events. He creates platforms in the main gallery programme for artists’ development including the annual Transition project, in addition to social/interactive projects, residencies, live art and performance. Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange has a long history of presenting solo exhibitions with national and international artists, as well as initiating and partnering on major group exhibitions.
Operations Manager (The Exchange)
Sian Kennedy is the Operations Manager for The Exchange, looking after the day-to-day running of the building as well as recruiting and managing the front of house volunteer team. The shop and café at each gallery are central to the galleries’ income and Sian and Simon (Operations Manager at Newlyn) work together as buyers, selecting high quality, artisan objects and works by local artists and makers for these spaces.
Programme Curator [Learning]
The primary aim of Cat Gibbard’s role is to connect audiences with art and artists, both within and beyond the gallery buildings. Through her work, she supports and nurtures young artists with opportunities such as The Collaborators and Drawing a Presence. Her role also explores the usefulness of art in shaping and enriching our day-to-day lives through initiatives such as The Home Service and A Postcard to Penzance. Cat is an area representative for Engage, and and Chair of Trustee’s for KEAP.
Kathy Hill delivers the Marketing activities for both venues. This covers a wide range of things from press releases to signage, posters to social media – and a whole lot more. She joined the Gallery at the end of 2009 on a temporary basis to cover maternity leave but more than nine years later is still with us. When not at work you might spot Kathy out and about in Newlyn, where she lives, walking her dog, or running along the seafront.
Operations Manager (Newlyn)
Simon Jaques is the Operations Manager for Newlyn Art Gallery, looking after the day-to-day running of the building as well as recruiting and managing the front of house volunteer team. The shop and café at each gallery are central to the galleries’ income and Simon and Sian (Operations Officer at The Exchange) work together as buyers, selecting high quality, artisan objects and works by local artists and makers for these spaces. The Picture Room at Newlyn Art Gallery was set up by Simon as an extension of the shop and offers visitors the chance to buy works by highly regarded regional and national artists.
As Events Manager Bettina Wenzel is working on both audience development and income generation, with a focus on growing new events, often in collaboration with community groups and partners across the county, and the coordination of private and corporate hires. Partners and clients include amongst others Tim Boulton & the Cornwall Music Therapy Trust, Cornwall People First, the Humphry Davy Project and The Friends of Jubilee Pool. Bettina also curates The Makers’ Market, a sales platform for local and regional designer -makers.
Tamsin Young is the Development Manager and works with all the members of the gallery team to find the funds to support the exhibition programme, our learning offer, the building infrastructure and the social engagement projects we want to create. The Development team talks with all our supporters, from our individual donors, Gallery Supporters and volunteers to Arts Council England, Cornwall Council, as well as a wide range of trusts and foundations, and business partners. We feel that supporting the gallery is an investment in the future of Penzance and the creative sector of the region, particularly of young artists at all levels.
THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
MIRANDA BIRD, CHAIR
Miranda Bird has been volunteering as Chair of our Board of Trustees since April 2017. Her career has spanned roles in both the private sector, working for the world’s largest marketing communications company, Omnicom, and the public sector, specifically Culture, in Cornwall. Currently she is Head of Development for an international advertising network called PHD. She is a strong advocate of the importance of the Visual Arts in Cornwall, given its long history in the county, and its record of positive impact on the community both economically and socially. For her, the fact that Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange is one of just two visual arts NPOs in Cornwall means that it has a lot of responsibility not only for its own fortune but that of the sector in Cornwall. She believes it is crucial for the huge numbers of visual artists resident in Cornwall, as well as local audiences to have access to the international standard work shown at both our venues.
NEIL SCOTT, TREASURER
Cornishman Bert Biscoe is the representative of Cornwall Council on the Board. He volunteered to take up the role. Bert has a long association with the development of the creative industries sector in Cornwall. He is a Bard of Gorsedh Kernow (his real name is Vyager gans Geryow), and currently holds the transport portfolio on the Cabinet at Cornwall Council. He is a songwriter, poet, raconteur and performer, and as he freely admits, 5’6″ and overweight!
ANDY HARPER – VICE CHAIR
Andy has been volunteering on the board of Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange since early 2014, as he is interested in the visual arts provision in the region where he lives. By being on the board he hopes that his skills and experience can play some part in ensuring the excellent reputation of the gallery continues to grow in the future. He is also a part-time senior lecturer on the MFA Fine Art course at Goldsmiths in London, having worked in adult and higher education for more than 20 years. As a professional artist he has exhibited with both public and commercial galleries, nationally and internationally. He is represented by Danese-Corey Gallery in New York and The Page Gallery in Seoul.
Jonty has been volunteering on the board of Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange since 2015. He believes the gallery can deliver a meaningful programme of exhibitions, events and learning for everyone. His work experience includes participating in artist residency programmes and devising learning projects. He is currently researching his doctoral thesis, an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award partnership between University of Southampton and Tate Liverpool.