Making Waves: Galway 2020 Programme In Motion with New Cultural Producers

> Sorcha Nic Aodha

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The Galway 2020 programme will take a big step up with the recent appointment of three new cultural producers. The three highly experienced and talented cultural producers, which cover the visual arts, Small Towns Big Ideas and audience development, will begin their roles with 2020 in the coming weeks.

The exciting and dynamic Galway 2020 programme includes the small to the very large scale, and these new appointments will continue the essential processes, and ensure the programme is of the highest quality.

Liz Kelly will be a hands-on producer with the Small Towns Big Ideas flagship programme, working with communities throughout Galway County and City. The Small Towns Big Ideas producer will be responsible for the delivery of the cultural programme, working with communities to ensure as many as possible get the opporotunity to engage in the programme.

Originally from Co Kerry, Liz says she’s “honoured” to be a part of the team. “I look forward to bringing experience, knowledge and a ‘can do’ attitude to the projects. I’d like to see Galway 2020 thoroughly engage with everyone – and to ensure that every individual is touched by projects and ideas over the next two years, during 2020 itself and long into the future.”

Kate Howard is Galway 2020’s new Visual Arts Curator and will oversee and curate the visual arts programme. A cultural producer based in Galway, Kate says she’s “very proud” to be entrusted with the job of producing the 2020 visual art programme over the coming years. “I’m delighted to be a part of a team and process that has the potential to be a catalyst for real change, sustainability and development for the arts in Galway. I hope to add to the strengthening of 2020’s voice and deepening its impact at local, national and international levels.”

Craig Flaherty has been appointed as an Audience Development and Programme Producer for Galway 2020. Craig, a native Galwegian, is an accomplished producer and project manager of live performance with experience in theatre, venue, festival and outdoor work. He says he’s very excited for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. “Ultimately, I’m looking forward to working with audiences, talented artists and the ambitious projects that have been developed so far. This is going to be one of the most exciting things that the people of Galway will be involved with for years to come and I am delighted to be part of the team that will deliver it.”

Speaking on the appointment of the cultural producers, Galway 2020 Chief Executive, Hannah Kiely, says this marks a very exciting time for Galway 2020. “The quality of our programme is key to a successful year in 2020, and a huge amount of effort, talent and work has gone into it thus far. With an excellent creative production team on board, we are delighted to now be in a position to take our programme to the next level. These new roles form a part of the larger creative team, of which more appointments will be made by Galway 2020 in the coming weeks.”


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