About Parker Harris
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WHO WE ARE
Emma Parker and Penny Harris created Parker Harris in 1990.
With the help of a small, dedicated team, they manage visual arts projects spanning all disciplines and all scales.
In the last 30 years, Parker Harris has become one of the UK’s leading arts consultancies, overseeing public and private art commissions, art prizes and exhibitions, both nationally and internationally.
Parker Harris use their extensive experience to help contemporary artists on their way to building sustainable and successful careers.
"I loved the encouragement and support from Penny. You can often feel like you are going in the wrong direction and she was able to guide me with evidence from other artists."
"Getting mentoring from the Parker Harris team has helped bring clarity to the first steps I need to take and how I need to engage with my potential audience."
Margie Andrew Reichelt
"Working with the Parker Harris team as an experienced artist has been hugely valuable. They are generous with their knowledge and expertise."
OUR CO-FOUNDER & PROJECT MANAGER
Emma started her career as Exhibitions Manager for the Mall Galleries / Federation of British Artists, where she was responsible for developing exhibitions, fine art fairs, and touring shows both in London and across the country.
It was there she met Penny, with whom she went on to create Parker Harris.
Emma moved to New York City to organise international exhibitions for a prestigious Mayfair gallery, then back to London to work as Senior Researcher for an arts consultancy, sourcing UK-based artists for major corporate and private clients.
In 1990, Penny and Emma founded Parker Harris, working with major corporate sponsors of the arts. They now look after some of the UK's most important art prizes and exhibitions, including the Derwent Art Prize, ING Discerning Eye, and Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize.
OUR CO-FOUNDER & EXPERT MENTOR
With her BA (Hons) in Business from Kingston University London in hand, Penny came to the art world with a strong commercial sense.
She realised that she could help artists by developing best practices and strategies, and devoted her career to promoting the visual arts ever since.
Penny started off at Earl's Court Exhibition Centre, quickly moving up the ranks, from working on the fine art and antique fair to becoming Head of Research.
She went on to become Exhibitions and Events Manager at the Mall Galleries, and later to work as an agent for international artists, organising worldwide tours and gallery representation arrangements.
Penny loves working with creatives... She even married one!
OUR HEAD OF COMMS & SOCIAL MEDIA
Marine is half-French half-American and grew up near Paris. She studied an MA in Art History at the Ecole du Louvre (where the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo live) and took a minor in arts management.
During her studies, Marine worked as an art consultant for a non-profit, and single-handedly built social media pages promoting historic and contemporary art to over 100,000 followers.
She grew her experience across the art world, in public and commercial galleries, online publications, and the Louvre museum.
Marine joined Parker Harris as Communications Officer, before becoming Partner and Head of Communications. She now oversees the PR, marketing and social media for a number of artists, exhibitions and institutions.
"Penny, Marine and Emma are incredibly generous about sharing their great experience. They have helped me understanding how galleries work and how I should present myself to get noticed."
"I felt immediately at ease and listened to. It was reassuring to know the Parker Harris team have an understanding of the challenges, personalities, and struggles that are part of the artist’s journey."
"It is essential for artists to have others to mirror back their thoughts and fears. Parker Harris have the experience and clarity to do this most effectively."
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