The Arts Council announced today that Mr Willie White, Artistic Director, Project Arts Centre, is the recipient of the 2008/2009 Fellowship for Ireland - known as the Jerome Hynes Fellowship - under the UK-based Clore Leadership programme. This initiative aims to develop the knowledge, skills and experience of potential leaders in the arts, across a wide range of cultural activity. This Fellowship for Ireland, which was also offered last year in conjunction with the Arts Council, was renamed by the Council in January 2006 to honour the memory of the late Mr Jerome Hynes, former Deputy Chair of the Arts Council and Chief Executive of Wexford Festival Opera. The total value of the Fellowship is in the region of €71,000 (i.e. €50,000 from the Arts Council and Stg£15,000 from Clore).
Mr White 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; an in-depth research project, supervised by a Higher Education Institute; and a period of secondment, including experience of managing a challenging project.
Speaking about the award, Willie White said: "I'm delighted and honoured to have been offered the Jerome Hynes Fellowship. This is an unparalleled learning opportunity where I will be enabled to develop my leadership skills in the company of a remarkable group of people. I look forward to applying the knowledge and insights gained from the fellowship to combine my work with contemporary artists with my interest in cultural participation and the creative economy."
The current Jerome Hynes Fellow 2007/2008 is Ms Sharon Murphy.
Mary Cloake, 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 bold and passionate in their contribution to the development of the arts in Ireland."
Willie White has been Artistic Director of Project Arts Centre, Dublin since 2002. He is responsible for the financial and artistic performance of the organisation and for commissioning, co-production and programming for two performance spaces and occasional off-site projects. Recent projects include We Are Here 3.0 a festival of contemporary performance presented in partnership with Dublin Docklands Development Authority (2008); Track a walking tour by Brokentalkers as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations (2008), The Theatricality of Cinema, a season of films programmed by Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy (Desperate Optimists) in association with the Irish Film Institute (2006).
Before Project Arts Centre, he worked for RTÉ for four years, mostly on Later with John Kelly and The View.
Freelance work includes serving as Artistic Director for Dublin Youth Theatre in 2007 (its 30th anniversary year) and 2008 and curating the annual conference of Theatre Forum.
He is a director of TASCQ Temple Bar (Traders in the Area Supporting the Cultural Quarter). He has contributed articles to a number of arts publications as well as to the Irish Times and Dubliner magazine and has conducted public interviews with theatre makers, musicians and dance artists.
Willie is a graduate of TCD (MPhil) and UCD (BA, MA) where he read Irish Theatre and English respectively.
For further information log on to www.cloreleadership.org or The Clore Leadership Programme on 00 44 20 74 20 94 30