‘Artists as Cultural Leaders’ Series in King House

Artists as Cultural Leaders Series will take place in King House in Boyle during February

Over three Thursday’s members of the public will have an opportunity to meet:

Kate Strain, Thursday 1st February
Cathy Fitzgerald, Thursday 8th February
Jennie Moran, Thursday 22nd February

All events commence at 2.00pm at King House Boyle and are free with everyone welcome.

Artists as Cultural Leaders is supported by Culture Ireland and developed by Roscommon Arts Service it takes place in February 2024. Artists as Cultural Leaders is a series of presentations, discussions by contemporary practitioners who share visual arts skills & strategies in the evolving landscape of visual and artistic leadership. It looks at three areas which might inspire, spark and compound ideas and approaches that creative people in the region might be interested in. With Kate Strain we discuss place-making and artistic support structures. Dr Cathy Fitzgerald will speak about her journey in collaboration and environmental care. Jennie Moran will speak about her practice in arts and food cultures. The series focuses on the energy, innovation and care brought to places and people through values often expressed in contemporary art, curatorial approaches and cultural programming.

Kate Strain is a curator of visual arts and founder of Kunstverein Aughrim, a curatorial production office established in 2022. Kunstverein Aughrim is located on the ground floor of a town house in Aughrim, County Wicklow, Ireland, and is part of a franchise established by Kunstverein Amsterdam, with sisters in Milan, New York, and Toronto. Kunstverein Aughrim collaborates closely with artists and communities to support the production of new artwork, bringing audiences as close to the creative process as possible. Kunstverein Aughrim is supported by the Arts Council and Wicklow County Council.

Dr Cathy Fitzgerald is an ecological artist, creative entrepreneurial educator, and researcher with a long interest in the potential of ecoliterate creative people in catalysing community and conversations for a more equitable, sustainable, and peaceful world. She co-developed Haumea Ecoversity, an independent online platform that has supported upskilling over 300+ mid-career creative and cultural professionals in ecoliteracy and values-based learning. Cathy is centred on the potential of the creative sectors role in promoting a significant cultural shift, to inspire communities to think and act for a better world. She is interested in sustainable livelihoods that align with ecosocial values and shares knowledge with those who learn with her. To explore Cathy’s work, visit and

Jennie Moran is an artist who uses the philosophy, culture, and infrastructure of hospitality to create opportunities for shared connection. She started a nomadic hospitality project called Luncheonette in 2013 which operated as the canteen in the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, and was named Irish Café of the year at the 2019 Food and Wine Awards. In 2022 Luncheonette was invited to Artsadmin in London, to take part in a hospitality themed research residency and consultancy project called Say Yes to Who or What Turns Up, using an old café as a site of unconditional welcome. She has completed a Masters in Gastronomy and Food Studies at TUD and is publishing a book entitled How to Soften Corners about the impact of hospitality in institutions. She provides mentorship in holistic hospitality to creative organisations and lectures at NCAD, and occasionally UCD School of Architecture, Cork Centre for Architectural Education (UCC) and TUD.

Booking can be made at King House Phone: 087 144 4739. These events are supported by Creative Ireland and developed by Roscommon Arts Office. The series is curated by Sarah Searson


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