Appointment of new Director of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre

Dr Éimear O’Connor HRHA

Dr Éimear O’Connor has over thirty five years’ experience of the Irish arts sector as an arts practitioner and as an arts manager. Born and bred in Dublin, she began her career as a visual artist and has exhibited her work in Ireland, Denmark, and North America. Having discovered the joy of writing as a mature student in UCD, O’Connor is author and editor of books, chapters, articles and reviews on Irish historical and contemporary art, and is the biographer of Irish artist, Seán Keating. A veteran lecturer and public speaker, O’Connor has worked as an independent consultant with several cultural organisations in Ireland, and is a former member of the Arts Council of Ireland, and of the Board of Directors of the Irish Museum of Modern Art. She has curated major exhibitions for the Hunt Museum Limerick, the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, the RHA Gallery, Dublin, and recently, for the new Waterford City and County Council Gallery of Art.

‘I am honoured and delighted to join the dedicated team at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig as we prepare in 2021 to celebrate Sir Tyrone Guthrie who gifted his ancestral home to Ireland, and the fortieth anniversary of opening the Centre to national and international artists. The future will be an exciting balance between maintaining the supportive peace and solitude of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre to support its resident artists to make excellent work, and at the same time, raising our profile while developing, maintaining, and sustaining national and international collaborations and partnerships.’

O’Connor holds a BA and PhD from UCD, and an MBA from TUDublin. She was elected an honorary member of the RHA in 2010 for her contribution to Irish art. She will take up her post as Resident Director in January 2021 following in the footsteps of founding Resident Director Bernard Loughlin, Sheila Pratschke, Pat Donlon, and Robbie McDonald.

The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig

The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, is a residential workplace for national and international artists that houses several visual arts studios, a print studio, dance studio, recording studio, and writing spaces. It is situated deep in the lush green countryside of County Monaghan. Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and the OPW, the Centre was made possible through the vision of Sir Tyrone Guthrie, who, with advice and encouragement from his family, bequeathed his ancestral home to Ireland with the proviso that it would be used for the benefit of artists, as it had been when his home. An inspired decision, it is one that has supported Irish and international artists to work, to collaborate since opening its doors in 1981.

For further information please contact
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Adrian Moynes

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