The Arts Council announced today that Ms. Mags Walsh, Executive Director, Children’s Books Ireland, is the recipient of the 2013/2014 Jerome Hynes Fellowship - offered through the UK-based Clore Leadership Programme. This programme aims to develop the knowledge, skills and experience of potential leaders in the arts, across a wide range of cultural activity.
Ms Walsh will take part in a year-long programme commencing in September. The programme includes: two intensive residential leadership courses; professional development through mentoring, tuition and group learning; and a period of secondment, including experience of managing a challenging project.
Speaking about the award, Mags said: "I am delighted and honoured to be chosen as the Jerome Hynes Fellow as part of the Clore Leadership Programme. This opportunity will help me build on my experience in Ireland and connect with a remarkable group of international cultural leaders within the Clore Programme. Participation in Clore will enable me to develop skills, networks and knowledge which will benefit me and my ongoing work in the area of children and young people. I am very grateful for the opportunity to take part in such a significant professional development programme."
Orlaith McBride, Director of the Arts Council, said: "Jerome Hynes was a leader of extraordinary vision and ability. Among his many achievements, he was instrumental in establishing the link between the Arts Council and the Clore Duffield Foundation. It is our hope that the example of Jerome Hynes will inspire the recipients of the Fellowship that has been named in his honour to be just as courageous and passionate in their contribution to the development of the arts in Ireland."
The previous recipients of this fellowship are: Jo Mangan, Willie White, Sharon Murphy, Fiona Kearney and Fearghus Ó Conchúir.