Galway 2020 Announces New Creative Leadership


Creative Director role to be delivered by Artichoke under the leadership of Helen Marriage.

We are delighted to announce an agreement with leading creative company, Artichoke, to deliver the Creative Director role for Galway 2020, under the leadership of the company’s CEO and Artistic Director, Helen Marriage.

As part of this exciting agreement, Artichoke will also support the delivery of a significant fundraising drive as part of Galway 2020’s Partnership programme and provide strategic consultancy where required on elements including audience development.

Having masterminded some of the largest and unique cultural events, spectacles and arts performances, Helen and Artichoke have been at the forefront of the Arts and Culture industry for many years.

The company is renowned for its integrated approach to large-scale cultural events, delivering a unique combination of programming, fundraising and audience development. This model will be integrated in support of the existing Galway 2020 team.

As part of the strategic creative leadership role that Artichoke will play, the company will support Galway 2020 in the delivery of artistic excellence, economic impact and international reputation. The agreement will provide the right complement to the existing highly experienced and talented team in Galway 2020, to deliver a world class European Capital of Culture.

Patricia Philbin, CEO, Galway 2020 commented:

“Artichoke’s proven track record of devising and producing extraordinary and ambitious large-scale events under the leadership of Helen Marriage positions the organisation perfectly for this strategically important role for Galway 2020. Coupled with the vast expertise and creativity of the Galway 2020 team, we are excited about the ambitious and visionary display of arts and culture that we will deliver.”

Helen Marriage, Artichoke CEO and Artistic Director said:

“We’re thrilled to have this exciting opportunity to support what will be a truly memorable year for Galway as European Capital of Culture. Over the past decade and a half, the company has developed a highly successful integrated approach to projects that generate huge returns in terms of artistic excellence, economic impact, international reputation and community engagement.

“We’re looking forward to working with the Galway 2020 team to deliver an artistic and cultural programme that will exceed expectations and leave a lasting legacy for the city and the region”.

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