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Clíodhna Shaffrey appointed as Director of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

05 March 2014

The board and artist membership of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios are pleased to welcome Clíodhna Shaffrey as the new Director of the company.

Noel Byrne, Chairman of the board of TBG+S said ‘Temple Bar Gallery + Studios recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, and we are excited about the future. Clíodhna Shaffrey is the ideal person to steward the organisation forward, to develop our activities while also ensuring that we continue to fulfil our core mission of supporting artists to create their art work, and facilitating audience engagement.’

Clíodhna Shaffrey has over twenty years experience of working in the arts in Ireland. Most recently she has been Visual Arts Advisor to the Arts Council Ireland (2011 – 2014), where she gained significant perspectives and knowledge of contemporary visual artistic practices and the needs of the visual arts sector in Ireland. As well as this, over the last ten years, she has been in practice as an independent curator where her work has covered diverse areas from strategic planning and policy in visual arts, public art and local arts, to curation of exhibitions and commissioning of new work by artists. Her curatorial work has led to the curation of longer-term programmes, commissioned by a range of organisations. These have sometimes involved her working in collaboration with other curators and have been underpinned by conceptual ideas relating to artistic practices or to the contexts within which they originated. These include projects, such as Unbuilding, County Wicklow, co-curated with Rosie Lynch and Eilis Lavelle; BodyCity, commissioned by Dublin Docklands Authority, co-curated with Nigel Rolfe and Shelagh Morris and, Artists-as-Traveller and TRADE which were both developed out of a curator-in-residence programme with Leitrim County Council and involved partnerships with Roscommon County Council and The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim.  In 2009-2011, she worked as part of a team with Sarah Searson and Jenny Brady to establish - the first online resource and archive for Public Art – Commissioned by the Department of Arts, Sports and Tourism and the Arts Council Ireland.

Clíodhna’s formative years were as a local authority arts officer. She was the first arts officer in Counties Cavan (1990-1994) and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown (1994-2000). Here she was at the forefront of establishing innovative artistic programmes at local level and had responsibility for strategic planning and implementing an arts plan.

As she takes up her new role, Clíodhna said "I would like to acknowledge the impressive work achieved by TBG+S and, especially the recent paths forged by its outgoing Director, Claire Power, with a small team of staff, the support of its artists’ members and the guidance of the Board. This solid work has defined TBG+S’ position as a flagship visual artists’ studio organsiation in Ireland, with a significant gallery and public programme of curated exhibitions, events, exchanges and residencies. TBG+S is today a vibrant and dynamic institution in Dublin City, with an important national and growing international profile. I look forward to the challenges ahead and especially working in an organisation whose primary aim is to support artists in their work."

Clíodhna will take up her role as Director of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios in April 2014.