Management and Leadership

As part of my practice I organise and run events, projects, and new ventures in art, academia and commercial areas.

I hold a Certificate in High Impact Leadership from the Irish Management Institute (2018).

I have been involved in events planning and management since 2006. From 2013 I have worked with academia and since 2017 with commercialisation, leading projects for major institutions.

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Púca in the Machine


role: project manager/artist

Wicklow Arts Office Strategic Funding 2022

Project manager and lead researcher on new project about Poulaphuca reservoir, Wicklow

Won funding and led development of Púca in the Machine, a new 3-person art research project and event at Blessington Library, 2022.

Organised the exhibition, liaised with funders (Wicklow Arts Office), venue (Blessington Library), legacy exhibitions (organising with venues in Ireland and UK), developed print and research material, delivered talks and events and led artistic development with two other professional artists (Alannah Robins and Niamh Fahy).

Full documentation of this project at the Púca in the Machine project website.

The logo as tree over an image of a plant growing against a wall, from catriona gallagher's film perdikaki

As Tree


role: project manager/curator

Creative Sligo/Creative Ireland

Project manager and curator of new exhibition about technology and nature

Awarded funding to pursue a three-person exhibition about the overlap between art, technology, nature and place, to be staged in October 2020 at St. George's Hall, Tubbercurry.

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European Commission Experts Panel


role: expert panelist

European Commission

Expert panelist in security research calls for the European Union

Invited to become a panelist for review of applications in the area of security for European Commission Horizon 2020 funding.

Gstaad Film Festival


role: european manager

Kinobar Prager Frühling

Biennial film festival for artists working with short film

Renewed role as European Manager for Gstaadfilm: Festival for Short Art Films. 14 films from countries including Japan, Iran, Germany, the USA and France were screened, selected from over 350 entries.

The 2019 festival took place in Kinobar Prager Frühling, Leipzig.

The festival will continue its tour, screening in Carlisle later in 2019.



role: project manager

funder: Enterprise Ireland

grant: €310,000

trinity college dublin

2-year Enterprise Ireland funded Commercialisation Project

Project manager on project FÍOSÍN, a two-year commercialisation project funded by Enterprise Ireland's Commercialisation Fund. This project brought the results of Project Slándáil (see below, 2014-17) forward with plans to commercialise academic software.

Role included meeting and presenting to funders, legal teams, financial teams and external advisers. Led strategic development, including planning for financial and legal apparatus in running an independent university spin-off.

Was lead author on the application for funding for this grant.



role: project manager

funder: Atlantic Bridge

grant: €100,000

Trinity College Dublin

1-year proof of principle commercialisation project

Project manager on project Éadáil, a one-year Proof of Principle project funded as pre-commercialisation by Atlantic Bridge. Managed finance, logistics, external contracts, and funding applications.

Was contributing author and editor on the application for funding for this grant.



role: project manager

funder: European Commission

grant: €2,970,000

Trinity College Dublin

3-year EU-funded research project

Project manager on EU-FP7 funded project Slándáil, a research project exploring the use of social media in emergency management. Managed finance, logistics, strategic planning and project development planning for twelve partner organisations in four EU countries, with a team of over 60 people.

Gstaad Film Festival


role: european manager

funder: Swiss Embassy, Montevideo, Uruguay

Centro Cultural Terminal Goes

Biennial film festival for artists working with short film

Renewed role as European Manager for Gstaadfilm: Festival for Short Art Films in 2017 during a tour to Montevideo, Uruguay. 22 films from 12 countries were screened.

My role included liaising with Swiss Tourism and the Swiss Embassy in Montevideo, liaising with filmmakers and submission platforms online, promotion and online updates, and technical setup and screening at the cinema at art centre in Montevideo, Centro Cultural Terminal Goes.

The festival continued its tour with a screening in Brazil in late 2017.

Phase One Electronic Music & Art Festival 2015


role: curator

funder: Leitrim Arts Office

The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon

Electronic Music and Arts Festival

Curated and organised the visual art programme for the 2015 Phase One Electronic Music & Arts Festival, which included interactive audio and video work, sculpture and film from 12 artists

The festival included music, interactive art, visual art and film screenings.

Gstaad Film Festival


role: european manager

funder: Swiss Embassy, Dublin, multiple commercial, Gstaad Tourism

The Elbow Room, Dublin

Biennial film festival for artists working with short film

Appointed in role as European Manager for Gstaadfilm: Festival for Short Art Films in 2015 the festival began its 'moving mountains' campaign, leaving the Swiss Alps for the first time and touring to Dublin.

My role involved sourcing a venue and liaising with artists, arranging the films and technical screenings, liaising with the jury and arranging screenings for jury members, and developing the program and promotional material. I created the 'moving mountains' campaign to signal the first time the festival began touring.

The film festival, orginally founded in Gstaad, Switzerland, featured a jury from four countries and over 2500 entered films from nearly 100 countries. The final selection of 20 films was screened to public audiences

The festival then toured to the UK and Sweden.

Wandelbar Art International Touring Exhibition


role: Irish manager

Ormston House, Limerick; BayArt, Cardiff

Biennial film festival for artists working with short film

Developed exhibition and touring plans for international art exhibition featuring internationally known artists Max Roth, Harold Reichenbach, Andrew Cooper, Paco Simón and Zimoun.

Role included liaising with venues and arranged publicity for the events.

The exhibition featured artists from Swiss gallery Wandelbar Art International.

Rough Draft Design & New Media Conference


role: Founder, Director

funder: Private commercial, Design Week, Creative Frame

Glass House Hotel, Sligo

Annual conference on design and new media

Co-founded the annual conference with designer Paul McNama, which took place in 2013 and 2014 in Sligo, Ireland. Organised and liaised with speakers and funders. Developed design and promotional material for conference.

Tilt-Shift Music


role: Founder, Coordinator

Market Yard, Sligo

Series of music events in Sligo, Ireland

Collaborating with designer and promoter Cian Flynn (Look Alive), organised a series of music events with national and international artists, including US performers Brendan Benson and Jeffrey Lewis, UK-based Milk Kan, and Irish artists including Jinx Lennon, O Emperor, and Rarely Seen Above Ground.

The role included liaising with promoters, organising fees, organising riders, timetabling, and promotion.

Push Remote Arts


role: Founder, Director

funder: Private

Market Yard, Sligo

Art group for new and emerging artists

Established an art group in 2007 in Manorhamilton, Leitrim, later moved to premises at Market Yard, Sligo, where an art studio and gallery was established. The group was established to support artists recently graduated and to help them get exhibition experience. It was used to give advice and conversation between artists facing similar challenges at a particular point in their careers.

The associated studio/gallery opened in 2009, and remained open until 2011, hosting three artists at a time in the studio spaces, and holding exhibitions at intervals of 2-4 months. It closed finally due to lack of available funding.

ArtMart/ArtCrawl 09


role: Founding member

funder: Culture Night

The Mall, Sligo; Various venues

Major art exhibition and establishment of art space

In 2009, working with artists Lisa Cannon, Siabhra O'Brien and Sophie Murray, I co-organised the exhibition ArtCrawl 09, which took place over five venues throughout Sligo town. The exhibition featured over 60 artists working in different media, and was assisted .

The artist's space ArtMart opened following this exhibition, and ran for another two years. I was involved in initial negotiations and logistics for the opening and setup of ArtMart, leaving after establishment to run Push Remote Studios.