Meet the Board
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.
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.
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.
Paula Healy: Paula is Station Manager with Flirt FM 101.3, Galway’s Community of Interest station. She also works with The Irish Student Radio Network, NUI Galway’s Youth Academy, and freelances as Studio Engineer, Audio Editor and Graphic Designer. She has previously worked with Craol, the Community Radio Forum of Ireland.