Staff at Northart

Meet the Team

Left to right: Jonathan Organ, Jessica Webb, Tamar Torrance, Mirabelle Field, Jessica Pearless


Directors |

Jessica Pearless

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

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. 


Assistants |

Mirabelle Field

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 from the University of Auckland and is currently working towards her Master of Arts in Art History, looking at the relationship between Portraiture, Gender and Sexuality at the Restoration Court.

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.


Tamar Torrance

Tamar is a University of Auckland graduate, with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) double majoring in Art History and Psychology. In 2020, Tamar received her BA(Hons) with First Class Honours in Art History, as well as a Certificate of Proficiency in Cognitive Neuroscience. Throughout her studies, Tamar has been the recipient of multiple academic awards at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in both Art History and Psychology.

Tamar is currently undertaking a Master of Science (MSc) in Psychology, with a joint supervision between the Art History and Psychology departments at the University of Auckland. Her thesis is exploring the neurological relationship between embodiment and art experience.

As an undergrad, Tamar volunteered at the Gus Fisher Gallery as a gallery assistant and interned at Antoinette Godkin Gallery in Parnell. Alongside her current role at Northart, she is also the social media coordinator for {Suite} Gallery, a freelance writer, and the Postgraduate Liaison contact for the University of Auckland's Art History Society. 

Tamar assists with Northart’s art education programme, web design and development, graphic design, writing, and installation/ de-installation of exhibitions. 


Weekend Assistant |

Jessica Webb

Jessica received her BFA from Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design in 2018. Since the beginning of her studies, her work has explored feminine sexuality, sexual education and its stigmas. She continues to be a practicing artist outside of her time at Northart. As well as working at Northart, she is also volunteering at artist run space RM Gallery.

Jessica organises Northart’s volunteers, bookings of our community room and assists with our weekend art education workshops. 


Art Educator

Carolyn Pomeroy

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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