Kath Gorman is a creative producer, curator and arts management consultant. She has senior arts management experience in the area of festivals, venue management and resource organisations in Ireland and the UK. She set up Promenade in early 2021, providing producing and strategic supports to artists and organisations in the fields of circus arts, multi-disciplinary arts, participatory arts, street arts and spectacle. Recent roles include: Adviser, Arts Participation for The Arts Council of Ireland, Head of Participation and Engagement and Artistic Curator for Cork Midsummer Festival, one of Ireland’s leading multi-disciplinary arts festivals and well-known as leaders in developing ambitious and high-quality international arts projects involving multi-stakeholder partnerships. She has particular expertise in producing site-specific arts commissions with international and Irish artists in specific places or with communities of interest. She is also an experienced fundraiser using a partnership multi-sectoral based approach to raise substantial funding
Kath was also the Project Manager for large-scale outdoors arts commission Cork Ignite (Led by National Sculpture Factory and Create during 2014/15) resulting in an ambitious projection mapped artwork for over 8000 people during Cork City’s Culture Night 2015. Past consultancies include Development plan for ISACS FRESH STREET#3/ Galway2020, International Scoping Study for Creative Places (The Arts Council, Ireland) and INTERREG Ireland Wales Coracle Culture Programme. Other previous roles include Director of Kinsale Arts Week; Festival Producer for multi-partnership outdoors creative learning festivals on behalf of BBC Blast at the National Theatre (Watch This Space), Serpentine Gallery/Kensington Gardens and Trafalgar Square and Director of London arts centre Jacksons Lane. She has been a peer review panel member for the Arts Council and local authorities and has regularly been asked to speak on Creative Europe funding.
Ciara has worked on a number of projects since joining Promenade in February 2022 as Project Manager, providing support in an administrative, research, project support and development capacity. She currently sits on the board for the National Circus Festival of Ireland. Ciara was also an invited panellist speaking at the 2022 Pitch'd Circus and Street Arts Festival industry symposium. 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 graduating in 2019 with a BA in Film and Screen Media 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.