Project Management | Communications | Research
PhD in Cultural Policy | Administrator of MyCreativeEdge.eu, a website showcasing the creative sector in the Northern Edge of Europe (funded by the EU Northern Periphery & Arctic Programme) | Researcher with a special interest in tourism, festivals, sub-cultures & dissent | Communicator | Trailer enthusiast | Always looking for new video content to work with
Creative Tracks Ambassador
I hold a PhD in Cultural Policy from University College Dublin (UCD). I have guest-lectured in several universities in Ireland including University of Limerick (Masters of Festive Arts), National University of Ireland, Galway (School of Irish Studies), UCD (Sociology, Equality Studies, Arts Management & Cultural Policy). I am currently supervising the dissertations of 8 students from the MA in Arts Management and Cultural Policy in UCD.
I had the opportunity to study at University of California, Santa Cruz and work as an Art Gallery Manager at the Women’s Centre. Here I met artists and activists interested in making an impact through arts-based projects. In California, I became interested in Video Production – an interest that has continued to date.
After a 3-year experience in the corporate sector, I became involved in an EU-funded project called Creative Momentum. My responsibilities span from Project Management to Event Production and Communications. The Western Development Commission (WDC) is my current employer and lead partner in Creative Momentum. The WDC (http://www.wdc.ie/
) is a regional development body, which deals with the socio-economic development of the Western region of Ireland. There are seven counties in the Western Region: Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Mayo, Galway and Clare. There are 3 units within the WDC: Investment Fund, Regional Development and Policy Analysis.
The WDC is lead partner in Creative Momentum. This is a transnational 3-year project which supports, and facilitates connections within, the creative industries sector in the West of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Northern Finland, Mid-Sweden and North East Iceland. It is funded It is funded by the EU’s Northern Periphery & Arctic (NPA) Programme (http://www.interreg-npa.eu/
The project includes numerous initiatives revolving around internationalisation, promotion and networking. For example, it offers financial support to enterprises wishing to exhibit at international trade fairs. It establishes connections with established festivals/events, facilitating networking and export. It facilitates peer-to-peer mentoring. These types of supports are available to people living in the regions that are involved in the project. The main beneficiaries are creative enterprises – established or at a start-up level.
Perhaps one of the most relevant and (hopefully) fruitful initiatives is MyCreativeEdge.eu (https://mycreativeedge.eu/
). Creative Momentum runs this website, which is an online platform aiming to showcase, connect and inspire creatives living in Europe’s Northern Edge. It was first developed under Creative Edge – Creative Momentum’s forerunner in 2013. It has been re-developed and officially launched in March 2016.