Meet the Board
Maeve Mulrennan: Maeve is a curator and writer based in Galway. She is the Head of Visual Art + Education in Galway Arts Centre, where she has worked since 2006. This role includes exhibitions, critical writing, residencies and education programming. In 2008 she founded Red Bird Youth Collective, which is now a youth led art collective working in visual art, architecture, animation and film. She is the co-curator of the youth & outreach programme for Cúirt International Festival of Literature. Maeve has been on the Board of Directors of TULCA Festival of Visual Art since 2006. Maeve lectures on the MA Arts Policy & Practice in Huston School of Digital Media, NUI Galway and is an online- Lecturer with NODE Center for Curatorial Studies, Berlin. Maeve is a short story writer, with fiction published in several online journals, The Doire Press 2013 Anthology and The Galway Review. She is currently completing a BA in English Literature and Sociology + Politics in NUI Galway.
Ann Lyons: Ann works at the Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI) at NUI Galway, where she is the co-ordinator of EPIC – Engaging People in Communities. CKI/EPIC is an important point of contact for people, both inside and outside the university, who would like to be involved in community-university collaborations. It works in close liaison with a wide range of individuals and groups and welcomes opportunities to develop civic links and partnerships, with particular emphasis on community-based research and knowledge sharing and exchange. CKI/EPIC is involved in a range of arts activities, including the visual arts, and represents the university on the board of TULCA. Ann is the current representative on the TULCA board.
Margaret Flannery: Margaret is a graduate of NUI, Galway and has worked in the area of Arts and Health for the past twelve years. In her current position, Arts Director for Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust she has managed and developed several projects in partnership with local and national organisations. Margaret is particularly interested in forming partnerships with arts organisations to plan and develop strategic arts programmes in healthcare settings. She has worked as project manager of Burning Bright, an arts programme developed with local arts, local authority and health partners for nursing homes in County Galway. Previously she has worked for Galway Arts Centre and Galway County Council and continues to assist both organisations in the development of their respective arts programmes. She was chairperson of Arts and Health Co-ordinators Ireland for three years (January 2011 to December 2013). She guest lectures on the MA in Arts Policy and Practice in NUI, Galway and is a current board member TULCA Festival of Visual Art.
Deirdre Kennedy: Deirdre is a Business graduate of Liverpool John Moores University and co-founder of Sigmar Recruitment Galway. After 15 years, Deirdre left the world of recruitment to spend time with her children and to pursue a life long passion in Fashion. She is currently in the initial stages of starting her own Rainwear label whilst developing her Design and Garment skills with Galway Technical Institute.
Lucy Elvis: Lucy is the current co-chair of the Board of Directors at 126 Artist-Run Gallery. She is a PhD researcher, Arts writer and curator from the UK, living and working in Galway. Before she moved to the ‘wescht’ she has lived and studied in the UK and Sweden. She’s been a member of the board at TULCA since April and represents 126 Artist-Run Gallery,who are one of the festival’s long-standing partners.
Fiona Keys: Fiona is a marketing professional with broad experience in events, communications, promotion, sponsorship strategy, activation and delivery, She began her career in hotels honing her event management and communication skills while completing a postgraduate diploma in public relations. She has worked with sporting organisations, large corporate brands, live entertainment venues and festivals. She spends about 20% of her time working with charities and non profitable organisations.
Gavin Murphy: Gavin is a full time lecturer in Art History and Critical Theory. His academic specialism is in Irish and European art from c18th to the present with particular reference to historical relations between aesthetics and politics. He publishes regularly in the area of contemporary visual arts and photographic practice.