21 June 2011: Arts Council announces appointment of new Director

The Arts Council has today announced the appointment of Orlaith McBride as its new Director.  The appointment was approved today by the Arts Council following an applications and interview process run by the Public Appointments Service.

Orlaith will take up her position in September.

Pat Moylan, Chairman of the Arts Council said: "We are delighted that Orlaith McBride is joining us as Director. Orlaith has already demonstrated her wide-ranging expertise and successful experience in the arts.  In her executive roles with local authorities and as Director of the National Association for Youth Drama (NAYD), she has proven her ability in delivering high quality arts experiences and building organisations.  As a former member of the Arts Council, she has a tremendous strategic insight into the challenges the organisation faces.

"I am sure the Arts Council will benefit enormously from Orlaith's knowledge and insight and her work with younger people.  At this time of economic challenge and creative opportunity, she will play a pivotal role in both the leadership and management of the Arts Council and will facilitate the delivery of the organisation's strategic objectives to enhance Irish cultural and artistic life."

Orlaith McBride has worked in the arts for over 15 years across a broad range of arts organisations including local authorities, arts-in-education, youth arts and theatre. 

She has produced the National Youth Theatre at the Peacock Theatre since 2007.  She is the President of the National Youth Council of Ireland, a member of the Governing Authority of Dublin City University and a member of the National Youth Work Advisory Committee.  She served as a member of the Arts Council for over 7 years, was a member of the Dublin City Council Strategic Policy Committee (Arts and Youth) from 2004-2009 and was a member of the Arts Council Special Committee on the Arts and Education.

She became Director of NAYD, the development organisation for youth theatre in Ireland, in 2003, developing and managing the strategic development of a national organisation as well as representing the youth theatre sector in Ireland. 

She worked for many years in South Dublin County Council developing and co-ordinating arts projects and programmes before becoming Arts Officer with the National Youth Council of Ireland where she developed the first National Strategy for Young People and the Arts, as well as promoting and developing youth arts within the voluntary youth sector in Ireland.

Orlaith is a native of Ardara, Co Donegal.

Desert Rose, (oil on board) - Colin Middleton, 1975, Arts Council Virtual Gallery.
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Desert Rose, (oil on board) - Colin Middleton, 1975, Arts Council Virtual Gallery.

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