Staff & Trustees
Deputy Director/ Exhibitions Curator
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 Officer (The Exchange)
Sian Andrews is the Operations Officer 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 Officer at Newlyn) work together as buyers, selecting high quality, artisan objects and works by local artists and makers for these spaces. Sian is committed to craft and design and works with Bettina in curating The Makers’ Market and in designing projects as developments for the future of the gallery.
Learning & Participation Manager
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 a trustee of Kernow Education Arts Partnership [KEAP] and is an Area Representative for engage. She is also an Artsmark critical friend.
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 eight 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 Officer (Newlyn)
Simon Jaques is the Operations Officer 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 Programmer 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 is also curating The Makers’ Market, a sales platform for local and regional designer -makers, which will see further development in the future, emphasising the galleries’ commitment to craft and design.
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
MICHAEL DONNELLY, TREASURER
Michael has volunteered on the Board of Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange since 2009 in the role of Treasurer. He does so because of an interest in ensuring that there continues to be access to contemporary art and its ideas and manifestations for as many people as possible. He has experience in working at board level in public sector organisations, particularly in the areas of organisational change and operational management. With an MA, MSc, and an MBA he brings a personal and practical understanding of the value of the arts, an in depth experience of how organisations work, and experience of managing budgets in complex and uncertain environments.
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.
(Arts Council England representative)