I am a freelance project manager and creative producer with over 15 years experience of coordinating, managing and delivering creative and cultural projects of all shapes and sizes. In 2005 I co-founded Fourth Wall Creations (FWC), with friend and colleague Cara Flynn. FWC was an innovative creative practice specialising in site-specific and participatory projects, with an emphasis on community engagement. Over 10 years we devised, developed and delivered a variety of art and design projects around the UK for a range of public and private sector clients, including regeneration specialists, local authorities, housing associations, architects, private developers, arts organisations, museums and schools. I now work on a freelance basis, offering my skills and expertise as a specialist consultant in the coordination and successful delivery of complex cultural and heritage projects with multiple stakeholders. I moved back to West Cork from London in April 2017.
2D DESIGN AND 3D MAKING
Project Management & Business Development for SMEs
2012 - present
Drawing on over a decade of experience managing my own business and delivering projects for clients, I now spend some of my time assisting small creative and social enterprises with their day-to-day administration, branding, marketing and strategic development. Among other services, I offer clients help with developing their online marketing and graphic presentation of proposals and other formal documents. Since 2019, I have been employed by University College Cork's school of architecture (CCAE) and Carbery Housing Association, in West Cork, to work on a number of European projects covering sustainability topics such as renewable energy and culture-led urban regeneration.
2005 - present
As a creative as well as a project manager, I really enjoy bringing my organisational skills to artistic projects and working with other artists and designers to help make amazing things happen. I have extensive experience of leading and being part of creative teams, including commissioning and collaborating with other professionals, both within the creative sphere and beyond. In 2019 I curated my first gallery-based art exhibition at Blue House Gallery in Schull, West Cork.
2005 - present
Creativity is at the heart of everything I do. I have a passion for making things with my hands, creating new experiences and communicating and engaging with the wider public. Since embarking on my professional career in 2005 I have worked as an artist and designer on a diverse range of creative projects. My skills range from traditional drawing and painting; to aspects of theatre design, installation art, textile and costume design. I also have experience of designing for digital fabrication. I love a challenge, trying things I've never done before, and learning new skills. Landscape, environment and community are all key themes that recur in my work. In 2019 I was lead artist on the Skibbereen St Patrick's Day Parade project for Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre and will be again in 2020.
2003 - present
Sustainable community development has been a passion of mine for many years, so when I moved back to West Cork I took the opportunity to really get involved in my own neighbourhood. Since January 2018 I have been volunteering regularly with Skibbereen Community Orchard and manage their social media presence. In 2018 I joined 'Make Skibbereen Grand' (MSG) a group of volunteers who aim to organise and support accessible alternative social and cultural events for local residents during the Winter months. I am also part of the recently-established group 'Green Skibbereen', which plans to set up a local Better Energy Community to encourage local residents and business owners to switch from fossil fuels to renewables.
MA Creative Practice for Narrative Environments, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London
2006 - 2008
After a year of working together after graduation, Cara and I both returned to further study. I discovered the Creative Practice for Narrative Environments MA and moved back to London to pursue it. This innovative course brought together a multi-disciplinary cohort of creative practitioners with an interest in spatial design, including; architects, graphic designers, writers, curators and scenographers. During this exciting 2-year period I learnt about the area of Public Art, undertook a 2-week work placement at a public art consultancy and met a public artist who I would end up working with for several years after.
Joint Honours BA Fine Art/Scenography,
Aberystwyth University, Ceredigion, Wales
2002 - 2005
After finishing my secondary school studies in Ireland, I returned to the UK to carry out my third-level studies. Art and Drama were long-standing passions of mine, so I was determined to keep a foot in each camp. After my first year, I switched from Drama to Scenography (Theatre Design), as it was a more natural fit with Fine Art. I found it possible to work in harmony across the two subjects, drawing on the theatre design skills I was learning to create immersive art installations and producing designs for performances inspired by the artists I was studying, such as Christian Boltanski and Joseph Cornell. This was where I met Cara Flynn and we set up FWC in our final year, before embarking on our first professional project together.