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

TBG+S is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors, including four artist members and external members from the fields of finance, law, public communications, business, strategy, innovation and contemporary art curation.

Our Mission

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios’ mission is to support the development of artists and the creation of art. We achieve this through high quality studio provision and an ambitious exhibition programme. We support an inclusive environment of learning and creativity and nurture close and sustained engagement of audiences with the work of Irish and international artists.

Legal Status

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is a not-for-profit organisation and a registered charity (20034375) with a valid charitable taxation exemption from the Revenue Commissioners (CHY 12031). TBG+S is constituted as The Temple Bar Gallery and Studios Company Limited By Guarantee. The company complies with all regulatory requirements and operates in accordance with its constitution and a range of policies, plans and procedures which are available to download below.

Financial Controls

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios keeps detailed financial records, maintains strict financial controls and is transparent in its audited financial statements. The most recent statement of audited accounts is available to download below.


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. TBG+S 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.

Board Members

Anne Mathews Chairperson

A senior communications professional, Anne has extensive experience of leading the communications strategy across the corporate, business and consumer divisions within the financial services industry. Working with two household names, namely Aviva Ireland and Bank of Ireland, she has a depth of experience in creating and implementing successful communications strategies to support business growth. She recently joined Aviva Ireland as Communications & PR Manager.

Anne is a Director of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland, Chair of the Friends’ Council of Business to Arts, a member of Dublin City Council’s Cultural Company’s Cultural Advisory panel and a trustee of Tara's Palace Museum.

Date of Appointment: February 2018 (Appointed Chairperson 15 October 2018)

Richard Lyons Vice Chairperson

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.

Date of Appointment: June 2018

Michael Boran Company Secretary

Michael Boran is a founding member at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. 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.

Date of Appointment: January 2016

Michelle Darmody Board Member

Michelle is an entrepreneur and food journalist who founded the award winning bakeries The Cake Café and Slice. She also established Our Table, the social enterprise supporting people living in direct provision, and she is currently undertaking a research project exploring food literacy in Ireland. Michelle has extensive experience of project management having completed major projects in IMMA, with the Arthur Guinness Foundation, and various other cultural institutions. Michelle is also a regular commentator on food, culture and travel for Irish print media, on television and radio.

Date of Appointment: February 2019

Karen Downey Board Member

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.

Date of Appointment: November 2011

Catriona Leahy Board Member

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).

Date of Appointment: October 2018

Martin Mackin Board Member

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.

Date of Appointment: May 2014

Sibyl Montague Board Member

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).

Date of Appointment: October 2018

Isabel Nolan Board Member

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 GalerieKrinzinger, Vienna.

Date of Appointment: November 2016

Neil O’Herlihy Board Member

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.

Date of Appointment: October 2013

Elaine Russell Board Member

Elaine Russell is CEO and Founder of Omega Consulting and Head of Women Returners Ireland. She has worked across finance, customer experience, customer care, strategy, transformational change, coaching and general management.

Date of Appointment: October 2018

Geraldine Shanley Board Member

Geraldine Shanley is a litigation solicitor with over 30 years in practice and holds a BCL degree from UCD. She is a qualified collaborative lawyer with a particular interest in alternative dispute resolution. Her skills and experience include an ability to make clearly considered, impartial decisions mindful of the need to reach consensus in a timely manner. She was previously a member of a State Board for 5 years.

Date of Appointment: February 2019