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Arts Council of Northern Ireland gets new board members

Tuesday 11th December 2007 at 5pm 0 Comments

Culture Minister, Edwin Poots, MLA has announced the appointment of a new Vice-Chair and five new Board Members of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Following open competition, Damien Coyle has been appointed as Vice-Chair and Professor Paul Seawright, Joseph Rice, David Irvine, Brian Sore and Janine Walker have been appointed as Board Members of the Arts Council.

Welcoming the new members Edwin Poots said: “I am very pleased to make these appointments and I am looking forward to working with all the members of Council in the changing and challenging times ahead. I recognise the valuable contribution the arts make to the social, economic and cultural life of Northern Ireland and the vital role the Arts Council plays in supporting this.”

Mr Poots also expressed his sincere thanks to the outgoing members for their contribution and commitment to the work of the Arts Council during their terms of appointment.

Biographical Details

Damien Coyle – New Vice Chair
Damien is Director of Operations in Speechmatters (part of the Stroke Association). Damien has been an arts practitioner for the past 25 years and has experience of working for many arts organisations including Acting Director of the Old Museum Arts Centre and Chairperson of KABOSH Theatre Company.

Professor Paul Seawright – New Board Member
Paul is Professor of Photography at the University of Ulster and was formerly Dean of Arts and Media at the University of Wales, Newport, where he was awarded a personal chair in 2001. A practising photographer he has exhibited extensively and represented Wales at the 2003 Venice Biennale of Art.

Joseph Rice – New Board Member
Joseph is a senior partner in a firm of solicitors which has been in operation since 1986. He was appointed six years ago as a Deputy Resident Magistrate in Northern Ireland. He has previously been Chairman of Red Lead Arts in East Belfast, a member of St Agnes’ Choral Society and a member of the Circle Drama Group.

David Irvine – New Board Member
David is the Regional Head of Risk Consulting for Marsh Ltd, a leading risk and insurance services firm. He has also been a National Judge for Arts and Business National Awards in London. David is currently the Chair of ‘Moving on Music’, an organisation which supports music education and promoting local and emerging bands.

Brian Sore – New Board Member
Brian is the Regional Director of the Royal Town Planning Institute. As the former Deputy Chief Executive of Greenpark Health Trust, he is a keen supporter of art in the health care environment and has worked with artists and the voluntary group ‘ArtsCare’ to support art in patient services and hospitals.

Janine Walker– New Board Member
Janine was until April 2007 the Arts Manager with Arts and Business for three years responsible for the New Partners Programme. She is a member of Down Arts Forum– a voluntary group that promotes access to the arts in the Down District area. 

For more information on the Arts Council Board click here


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