Andrea Hawkins

Associate Consultant

Andrea Hawkins works with Richard Newton Consulting (RNC) on Visual Arts and Heritage projects. As well as many years as a Contemporary Arts Curator, she is a specialist in the Development of Contemporary Art Projects for Communities to explore their Cultural Heritage.  The projects are characterised by being rooted in place, and dependent on collaborative partnerships with people and grassroots organisations.  Conversations with communities is the starting point with artists selected to respond to ideas or a place.  She is experienced in Project Development, Community Consultation and Engagement, Project Management, and Fundraising.

Andrea Hawkins has over 25 years’ experience of working in the visual arts.  Previous positions include Executive Director, Lanternhouse; as both Head of Public Engagement and Curator on community projects, for example, with Greater Manchester’s Age Concern’s LGBT+ Group at The Whitworth

Andrea worked at The Harris, Preston, and as Curator at The Turnpike in Leigh.  She was also Visual Arts Officer/Manager at Arts Council England North West.  In 2012 she joined Kerenza McClarnan as Co-Director of Buddleia Projectsdeveloping arts and community engagement projects in Oldham and St Helens.

In 2015 Andrea was appointed Curatorial Fellow at Museums Northumberland resulting in a co-curated exhibition with Guidepost Social Club CIU with funding from bait, ACE Creative People & Places.  This marked the beginning of working for bait Museums Northumberland on a five-year project working with the ex-mining community in South East Northumberland on art commissions exploring the community identity and heritage.

Andrea took up the role of Associate at Arts & Heritage in 2015 and is now Senior Curator (part-time) leading on Meeting Point, an Arts Council England funded programme to support museums resilience through the development of contemporary art commissions in response to heritage.


BA (Hons) History of Art and Modern Design, University of Leicester 

Post Graduate Diploma Gallery and Museum Studies, University of Manchester

Out of Office

Andrea lives in rural Northumberland and spends most of her time walking the coast and countryside with her Red Setter, Percy, in tow.  It allows her to pursue her interest in nature, although her bird spotting skills have not improved much.

Other interests include reading all manner of factual books interspersed with crime novels, her favourite crime writer is James Lee Burke.  Most recent reads include Debbie Harry’s Face It: A Memoir; Jenny Uglow’s A Little History of British Gardening and Museum Activism, edited by Robert R Janes and Richard Sandell. Andrea has just finished Judith Butler’s The Force of Non-Violence”.