Executive Director of the Lime Tree Theatre Louise Donlon (pictured) has been appointed to the Culture Ireland Expert Advisory Committee.
Lime Tree Theatre Director Louise Donlon appointed to Expert Advisory Committee
By I Love Limerick Correspondent Rachel Petticrew
Executive Director of the Lime Tree Theatre Louise Donlon has been appointed to the Culture Ireland Expert Advisory Committee by Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin.
Culture Ireland, a division of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, promotes Irish arts worldwide through grant programmes. The division also supports Irish artists by promoting their work at international festivals and venues.
Ms Donlon is one of six new committee members, alongside Helen Carey, visual arts curator, Tom Creed, theatre and opera producer and director, Noeleen Hartigan, multi-disciplinary arts strategy advisor, Rosaleen Molloy, CEO of Music Generation, and Nidhi Zak, poet, editor and peace ambassador.
The Expert Advisory Committee meets six times a year. Members are appointed by the Minister for Arts and serve the committee for three to five years. The current Chair is musician, broadcaster and Artistic Director of the Temple Bar Tradfest Kieran Hanrahan.
“It is a great honour to be nominated to this committee,” Louise Donlon told I Love Limerick.
“I hope to use my knowledge and experience of the Irish arts sector to ensure that the work of Culture Ireland remains relevant and effective.”
— Louise Donlon (@LouiseDonlon) August 18, 2021
Ms Donlon has been the Executive Director of Lime Tree Theatre since it first opened its doors in 2012. Ms Donlon came to the Lime Tree from County Laois, where she founded and successfully ran the Dunamaise Arts Centre in Portlaoise for 12 years.
Speaking on the committee’s new appointments, Minister for Arts Catherine Martin said, “Culture Ireland plays a vital role in building Ireland’s reputation globally through the promotion of Irish arts worldwide. At this pivotal time, the in-depth expertise of the new Committee members will help to increase career opportunities for Irish artists and maximise the impact of the Government’s investment in Irish arts abroad.”
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