Assistant Director, Communications and Information Resources
Jemima Rellie joined the GCI in September 2007 as the assistant director of Communications and Information Resources. Prior to her arrival at the Institute, she was head of Digital Programs at Tate in London.
Passionate about art from childhood, Jemima studied art history at University College London, majoring in modern and contemporary art with a minor in archaeology. Graduating in 1991, she went on to earn a master's degree in the history of art at the University of Leeds. After interning in the exhibitions department of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, she moved to Japan to teach English at a private university in Nagoya. A year later she returned to England to work on Macmillan's Dictionary of Art as an assistant editor. When the thirty-five-volume dictionary was completed, she was hired by Phaidon Press as a picture editor, working on contemporary art, architecture, and culture books. As part of her work there—and at her suggestion—she created the company's first Web site.
After leaving Phaidon, Jemima pursued her interest in new media and spent several years as an account manager at Saltmine Creative, a development firm focused on the Internet. This was followed by similar work at EC1 Media, an interactive television company. While there, she learned that Tate was looking for someone with a background in art, publishing, and new media to head up the institution's new Digital Programs department, with the mandate of creating digital content for Tate's various audiences. Jemima applied for the job and was hired in 2001. At Tate, she worked with departments throughout the institution, implementing a variety of Web-based services and increasing public exposure. As head of Digital Programs, she established Tate Online as the "fifth gallery," achieved in part by commissioning artwork specifically for it. She also succeeded in increasing corporate sponsorship of the Web site.
Her position at the GCI offers her an opportunity to gain further experience working in international cultural heritage and to expand her knowledge of conservation issues. Her initial priorities for her department are to seek ways to improve access to GCI content and to promote the Institute's activities more effectively. She will be working to ensure that the activities of the department—which include publications, AATA Online, the Web, the Information Center, public programs, and press—support the GCI's central mission of advancing conservation practice.