Jill Hutchings, Director
Jill was born on the 8th June 1937 in Cardiff, Wales. She trained as a nurse at the Middlesex Hospital, London. In 1957 Jill met her husband John on a train in Spain, they were subsequently married in 1959. They are proud parents to 3 daughters and have 10 grandchildren.
During the 60's John joined the Curwen Press as a Financial Adviser, later becoming the Chairman. At that time the Curwen Press included the Curwen Gallery and Print Studio. By the early 80's the Curwen Press was being taken over by a larger company and foreseeing the closure of the Gallery and Print Studio, John and Jill purchased both companies.
In 1978 Stephen Reiss, also of Curwen, together with John made a proposal to Sir Hugh Casson, then President of The Royal Academy, to form a new company to concentrate on providing art for business. The company was formed on a 50/50 basis by the RA and Curwen, and was to be housed in the Upstairs Gallery at the RA with John as Managing Director. It was in fact the first business art consultancy in London.
During 1987, when the Sackler Galleries were built in the RA, BAG became an independent company and relocated to 34 Windmill Street, establishing The New Academy Gallery as it's permanent home. This move brought BAG into the same street as the Curwen Gallery, aiding the working relationship between the companies. Jill had been combining her career in nursing with her interests in the Curwen & BAG for many years, but in 1987 she left nursing to work full-time as a director for the company.
At the beginning of 2005 the Curwen Gallery, Business Art Galleries and The New Academy were all brought under one roof at No. 34. To celebrate this episode in the company's story, and to incorporate the history behind both companies, a new logo was designed by Brendan Hansbro. Inspired by an original Curwen logo by Eric Gill, the two rearing unicorns symbolise the joining together of the two establishments.
Sadly John Hutchings died on the 3rd February 2009. Jill remains as the company Director. John was a wonderful man who is greatly missed.
Natalie Suggitt, Associate Director
Born in Kent, Natalie obtained a degree in Fine Art at Middlesex University in 2002.
Natalie joined the company in January 2005. She had worked with the gallery on a part-time basis for a couple of years, so when the vacancy for a full-time position arose she was a natural choice.
Natalie is a practising artist working in a variety of mediums, currently focussing on linocut printing.
Natalie's role in the company is to assist with the selection, organisation and maintenance of exhibitions, particularly with Press and Marketing. She designs and produces all of the marketing material for each show, including exhibition cards and catalogues, press releases, gallery listings and advertisements. Natalie has been responsible for the selection and solo-curation of 'Hot Off The Press' for 8 years - our annual exhibition of printmaking graduates from the London schools held in January. She is also involved in the preparation and execution of corporate presentations.
Tim Sunerton, Gallery Assistant
Born in Shropshire, Tim obtained a degree in Fine Art from The University of Reading in 2015. Tim joined the company in August 2015.
Tim is a practising artist and has exhibited work in shows within London and the UK.
Tim's role in the company is to assist with the selection, organisation and maintenance of exhibitions, particularly installing and hanging exhibitions and maintaining the gallery website and social media profiles. Tim designed the new website for the gallery in February 2016.