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Board of Directors
Jen Coppinger (Chair) joined as Head of Producing (New Work Development) at the Abbey Theatre in Janury 2018. Previously she worked as Producer for HotForTheatre, TheEmergencyRoom and United Fall as well as with independent artists such as Kevin Barry, Paul Curley, Kellie Hughes, Jody O’Neill, Shane O’Reilly, Raymond Scannell and Dylan Tighe. She has toured work extensively in Ireland and internationally. She was Project Manager for the Laureate for Irish Fiction (Anne Enright 2015-2018) for the Arts Council of Ireland and was Manager of Rough Magic SEEDS. She is Chairperson of Youth Theatre Ireland and is a member of the board of Theatre Forum. Jen is an Artist Research Fellow at Queen Mary University of London.
Pádraig Heneghan is a freelance General Manager and Producer. He is currently working with Landmark Productions, Riverdream Productions and Tyrone Productions on various projects. He has worked with Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre (Stravinsky Double Bill, international touring of “Rian”) and was Deputy Director of the Gate Theatre for many years. He was in charge of all touring projects for the Gate since 2003, working with some of the major worldwide festivals (Lincoln Center Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Sydney Festival, B.A.M. Next Wave Festival, Barbican). Pádraig is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and is a board member of The Corn Exchange, CoisCéim Dance Theatre and Theatre Forum.
Brian Melarkey is a director and head of creative strategy at FleishmanHillard. He began his working life in the arts and made the shift to communications in 2005. In 2012 Brian became the first Creative Director in the FH EMEA network. Specialising in consumer and FMCG marketing communication Brian has overseen creative activations for numerous Irish and international clients. Current clients include Cadbury, Philips, Gillette, 98fm, Kerry, Mondelez, Musgraves, P&G and Centra. Brian’s role is a cross company function that sees him work across a wide selection of the agency’s client roster. Brian heads up the Creative Strategy team which focuses on developing innovative ideas and delivering high quality content for client campaigns across multiple communications platforms. In 2013 Brian was Creative Director on the Cannes Lions winning ‘Golden Moment of the Games’ campaign for P&G. This prestigious award marked the first time an Irish PR company won at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity. Brian is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and a member of the PRII.
Ann Mulrooney graduated with a BA in Fine Art from the Crawford College of Art, Cork, Ireland, and an MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London. She exhibited widely in the UK and Ireland and her work is held in numerous public and private collections. She worked as a freelance curator in Ireland and the UK before joining the Crafts Council of Ireland in 2008 to run the National Craft Gallery, where she directed and curated national and international exhibitions. She took up the post as CEO of VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art in Carlow in late 2013 and directs artistic programming across the galleries and theatre. As a curator, she has realised solo exhibitions by artists including Yinka Shonibare, Tim Hetherington, Gareth Kennedy and Paul Mosse and group exhibitions including Haris Epaminonda, Daniel Cramer, Bedwyr Williams, Laura Ford, Keith Wilson, Daphne Wright, Ailbhe Ni Bhriain and Yvonne McGuinness. Her areas of interest are in material culture and identity, and she has a specific interest in developing audience engagement, participation and understanding through collaborative and innovative programming. In recent years this has included Fergus McCarthy’s ‘Take Me To The River’; ‘Building Stories’ in relation to the work of Niamh McCann; ‘Materials Library’ in relation to the work of Paul Mosse; and ‘Town Planners’ co-produced with Workhouse Union in 2018. She has been a lecturer, external assessor and frequent contributor to cultural publications and programmes including The View (RTE television, Irl), Ceramics; Art and Perception (USA), Total;Spec (UK) and the Irish Arts Review (Irl). She was selected for Tate Intensive, an international professional practice programme in Tate Modern 2017, and awards include Bursary for artistic and curatorial research, PlaCe Research Centre, University of Western England (2006), the Ciclitira Scholarship Prize for Sculpture, RCA, UK (2002) and an Arts Council of Ireland Postgraduate Bursary (2001).
Gemma Tipton is a journalist, and writer, editor of a number of books and a festival curator. She writes about art, architecture and various aspects of culture for The Irish Times, and contributes regularly to art and architectural publications, panel discussions, lectures, radio and television programmes in Ireland and internationally. Previously she was guest artistic director of Kinsale Arts Festival and is currently curating the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival.
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