Our Board

Anne Mathews (Chairperson)

A senior communications professional with extensive experience and a proven track record in delivering impactful campaigns for corporate, business and consumer divisions within the financial services industry. Working with two household names, namely Aviva Ireland and Bank of Ireland, Anne has a depth of experience in creating and implementing successful communications strategies to support business growth. She is experienced in communicating through crisis, change and major business transformation.

Anne is a non-executive board member of Business to Arts, a Director of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland (representing in-house members) and a trustee of Tara's Palace Museum.
Term of Office: Appointed February 2018. Appointed Chairperson 15 October 2018. 

Martin Mackin

Martin Mackin is a Director and founder partner of Q4 Public Relations. Acknowledged as one of Ireland’s leading communications campaign strategists, Martin works with a wide range of public and private sector clients. An integral part of Martin’s work with his clients is ongoing strategic counsel and issues management.
Term of Office: Appointed May 2014

Karen Downey

Karen Downey is an independent arts consultant. In 2015/16 she was project manager for ART: 2016, the Arts Council’s programme as part of Ireland 2016. She worked as curator at Belfast Exposed between 2000 and 2015 and curated Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography at Belfast Exposed and The MAC in 2013. In 2009 she curated Northern Ireland’s presentation at the 53rd Venice Art Biennale, and in 2012 she was lead curator and editor for Into the Light: The Arts Council – 60 Years of Supporting the Arts.
Term of Office: Appointed November 2011

Neil O’Herlihy

Neil O’Herlihy is Director of Strategy and Sales Operations for Google. Before joining Google in 2008, Neil worked as Head of Strategy for Mercer’s benefits outsourcing business in Europe. Prior to that he was a strategy consultant for Prospectus Strategy Consultants and then Digital Channel Partners. He started his career implementing banking software in countries such as Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Hong Kong. He holds a Bachelor of Business & Legal Studies, Masters of Management Science and MBA degrees from University College Dublin.
Term of Office: Appointed 2013

Richard Lyons

Richard Lyons is a senior counsel who has a wide ranging civil law practice based in Dublin. He has a longstanding interest in the visual arts and music, having worked as a DJ in a previous life. Richard has a close association with a number of galleries in Dublin.
Term of Office: Appointed June 2018

Elaine Russell

Elaine Russell is an accountant working across finance, customer experience, customer care, strategy, transformational change, coaching and general management.
Term of Office: Appointed October 2018

Michael Boran

Michael Boran is a founding member at TBG+S. He works with photography and digital imaging making print works, installations and projections. His work is rooted in observation and attempts to examine the familiar in images which suggest an experimental laboratory of the everyday, presenting a map of a journey which moves from the specific to underlying principles. He has exhibited widely in Ireland and internationally including the Science Gallery, TCD; Kunstverein Bamberg, Germany and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. He is represented by the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin. Michael teaches photography at Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Education.
Term of Office: Appointed 2017

Isabel Nolan

Isabel Nolan writes, makes sculpture, textiles, paintings and works on paper. In unison these works give form to a quasi-scholarly inquiry into the fundamental question of how the world is made meaningful. Recent exhibitions/commissions include solos at Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna (2016); Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, (2016); Mercer Union, Toronto (2016), Launchpad Art, New York (2015) and Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, (2015). Nolan represented Ireland at the 2005 Venice Biennale in a group exhibition. Nolan is represented by Kerlin Gallery, Dublin and Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna.
Term of Office: Appointed November 2016

Catriona Leahy

Catriona Leahy’s work engages in sites where anachronistic objects, architecture or particular landscape tropes usher the past into focus with the present. Through a process of intervention in the image using print, moving image, installation and sculpture, attention is drawn to transformations, latent aspects and layered histories. Recent exhibitions include Unfolding Landscape, De Cacaofabriek, The Netherlands (2018); Encountering the Land (Artworks Open) Visual, Carlow (2018), Architecture Invisible, Swiss Church, London (2017), Coup de Ville, 3rd International Triennial, Belgium (2016).
Term of Office: Appointed October 2018

Sibyl Montague

Sibyl Montague's practice includes sculpture, video and installation. Her work explores the agency of images and objects that circulate through networked economies of wealth, leisure or paucity. Working with a wide range of found and time based media and using various strategies and techniques – appropriation, assemblage or ‘hacking’ objects, her work focuses on locating dissident, generative terms from which to approach material and democratize form. Recent exhibitions include Pallas Projects (2018) and Wexford Arts Centre (2016).  Sibyl is a recent laureate of the Institut Français Residency Programme at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France (2017). Additional awards include Emerging Visual Artist Award, Wexford Arts Centre (2012) and Oriel Davies Open, Wales (2011).
Term of Office: Appointed October 2018


Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is committed to maintaining the highest standards of governance to ensure full transparency in how we operate.

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is fully compliant with the Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations, the Guidelines for Charitable Organisations Fundraising from the Public and the Charities SORP. Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is a member of the Charities Institute Ireland and has achieved Triple Lock status. The Triple Lock demonstrates openness, transparency and integrity to beneficiaries and donors.

Download our policy documents:


Director’s Report and Financial Statements 31.12.17

Disclosure of Employee Remuneration

Board Resolution

Public Compliance Statement

Donor Charter

Handling Feedback & Complaints

Data Protection Policy

Privacy Policy

Safeguarding Statement


Company Structure

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (TBG+S) is a registered charity CHY12031 and a company limited by guarantee and owned by the artist membership. We are one of the registered bodies approved by the Revenue Commissioners for tax relief on donations of €250 or above. There is a Board of nine members with four artist members and five external persons with expertise in a variety of fields of profession.

We comply with the Governance Code for community, voluntary and charitable organisations in Ireland. We reviewed our organisation's compliance with the principles in the Code in May 2016. We based this review on an assessment of our organisational practice against the recommended actions for each principle. Our review sets out actions and completion dates for any issues that the assessment identifies need to be addressed.