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KATH

GORMAN

FOUNDER /

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Until recently Kath was the Head of Participation and Engagement at Cork Midsummer Festival, one of Ireland’s leading multi-disciplinary arts festivals and well-known as leaders in developing ambitious and high-quality participatory arts projects involving multi-stakeholder partnerships.

 

Kath was also the Project Manager for large-scale outdoors art commission Cork Ignite (Led by National Sculpture Factory and Create during 2014/15) for Cork City Culture Night 2015.

Kath has extensive experience as a consultant and strategic adviser.  She is currently Adviser, Arts Participation for The Arts Council until December 2021.  In 2018 she supported ISACS in the development of a strategic plan for Fresh Street, FRESH STREET#3, hosted by ISACS in partnership with Circostrada for Galway2020, an International Seminar for the development of Street Arts.  In 2017 she was commissioned by The Arts Council to develop scoping and research in advance of their Creative Place programme.

Other previous roles include Artistic Curator for Cork Midsummer Festival; Director of Kinsale Arts Week; Festival Producer for multi-partnership outdoors creative learning festivals at the National Theatre (Watch This Space), Serpentine Gallery/Kensington Gardens and Trafalgar Square for youth creativity service BBC Blast.  She was Director of Jacksons Lane Arts Centre in London where she took the organisation through a significant period of modernisation.  She was also the Chair of Cork Printmakers and also board member for leading puppetry theatre Little Angel Theatre in London.  She was a board member of Total Theatre, including steering group member of the inaugural Total Theatre Awards.

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CIARA O’MAHONY

PROJECT ASSOCIATE

Ciara has worked on a number of projects since joining Promenade in February 2022 as Project Associate, providing support in an administrative, research and project support capacity. Other current/recent contracts include: project co- ordination support services for Culture Night Cork city 2022, communication services for participatory arts project, Before the Rainbow…and After with leading UK artist Mark Storor and members of Cork Gay Project.

Ciara has a keen interest and passion for inclusively and accessibility within the arts. Since graduation she has worked with various arts festivals including Cork International Film Festival, Cork Midsummer and Fastnet Film Festival.  These have provided her with extensive experience in box office management, marketing and customer service.

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SARAH DANCE

ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT

Sarah Dance is a strategic consultant for the culture and creative industries, with over 25 years’ experience in the creative sector. She has led a wide range of cultural organisations and set up her own consultancy in 2002.  Her work covers business and capital development, creative production, organisational change development, and leadership mentoring. She is also Project Director for England’s Creative Coast.

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