Staff at Northart
Meet the Team
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Jessica Pearless was appointed to the role of director of Northart Gallery in February 2020. A North Shore local, she graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2003, then returned to complete her Master of Fine Arts (Honours) in 2011 as a University Graduate Scholar. Alongside her role at Northart, Jessica is a practicing artist and Director of Paragon Matter.
Jessica has worked in various management roles in the art sector in New Zealand at leading dealer galleries, auction houses, and non profit organisations including Boosted, The Arts Foundation of New Zealand’s crowdfunding platform. She has been the recipient of multiple awards for her career in art including University of Auckland Alumni Leadership Scholarship (2019), Merit Award, Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award (2015), Merit Award, New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award (2013 & 2014) and Women of Influence Finalist, Arts Category (2014). In November of 2020, Jessica was named as an Influencer in the University of Auckland’s "40 Under 40" inspiring alumni. Jessica has a particular interest in art education, artist mentoring, advocacy in the arts and professional practice in the arts.
Jonathan Organ was appointed to the role of director of Northart Gallery in February 2020. Jonathan graduated in 2001 with a Master of Fine Arts degree with First Class Honours from the University of Auckland. He is a practicing artist with works in major public and private art collections in New Zealand and internationally.
Alongside his role as Northart's Co-Director, Jonathan is a Director of Paragon Matter Ltd, an art services business located in Auckland. Working in the creative arts industry for over twenty five years, he has held senior management positions at Webb's, Brick Bay Sculpture Trail and Maheke Exhibition Galleries. Jonathan has a particular interest in curating, artist management, sculpture, painting and photography. Jonathan is passionate about working with artists.
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Mirabelle graduated from the University of Auckland in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts, double majoring in Art History and Classical Studies. Upon completion of her degree she was awarded the Louise Perkins Prize as the top graduating student in Art History.
In 2019 she received her BA(Hons) with First Class Honours in Art History and in 2021 her Master of Arts with First Class Honours in Art History, looking at the relationship between Portraiture, Gender and Sexuality at the Restoration Court. She is currently a first year PhD candidate in Art History, whose thesis examines the representation of the mistresses of George IV.
Previously, Mirabelle has been an intern at the Peggy Guggenheim collection in Venice and a volunteer Gallery Assistant at the Gus Fisher Gallery. Mirabelle also has experience in schools outreach through the Junior Arts programme at the University of Auckland.
Mirabelle looks after our Friends of Northart membership programme, social media content, archive, publicity and exhibition catalogues.
Carolyn aims to create a safe artistic learning environment where manuhiri (guests) have the freedom to create without judgement. Northart offers the rare opportunity for people to work alongside and learn from exhibiting artists. Carolyn guides this process, hoping our visitors are inspired to further unfold their creativity when they leave. Children, adults who have never thought of themselves as artists, and those with more experience are all welcome. Ideas are brewing to bring more activities to the learning space.
Carolyn loves working with clay, finding it the most versatile and satisfying medium. She is also exploring acrylic abstract painting. Her corporate training is in adult learning and her wide experience working with children and teens includes setting up and running Splash Children's Art Gallery. Familiar with the not for profit sector, Carolyn was Vice Chair of the Rose Centre Board for some time, and recently finished her 15th (and final) season as Summer Events Coordinator for Devonport Peninsula Trust. She can also be found instructing after school art, and works part time at Paradox Books in Devonport.
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