Emer Yip is an arts manager and freelance project manager based in Cork City. A graduate of NUIG and UCC, Emer worked as an archaeologist and site photographer in Co. Clare before relocating to San Francisco, California where she co-founded an artist collective and cultural venue on the edge of the city’s Mission District whilst working as a printer in the commercial photography industry. Returning to Ireland in 2007, Emer has held venue management and creative producer roles with many notable Irish arts organisations including Cork International Film Festival, Circus Factory, Clonmel Junction Festival and Sounds From a Safe Harbour. She was a core member of the management team behind the Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food & Wine and is currently an advisor to Cork International Film Festival on their culinary cinema strand.
Kevin O’ Keeffe is an arts professional and artist with over a decade of experience supporting contemporary art practitioners. He holds a BA in Fine Art Painting from Limerick School of Art and Design and a Level 9 Certificate in Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship from Trinity College Dublin. He was Co-Founder and Director of Occupy Space (2009-12) in Limerick City, delivering the exhibitions and workshops of over 200 artists. In 2012, he became Co-Director of Faber Studios, a Limerick-based studio group and exhibition space and was Exhibition Manager and a Technician for the 2012/14 editions of EVA International Biennial. He was awarded a three-year Limerick City & County Council Residency in the Artist's Apartments in 2014 and the following year, became a lecturer in Sculpture & Combined Media in Limerick School of Art and Design, during which time he also coordinated the Visual Art Ecology Limerick Conference. Sample-Studios welcomed Kevin O' Keeffe to the team in the role of Facilities Coordinator in January 2022.
Darius Whelan is a Senior Lecturer in Law in UCC. His research interests include Mental Health Law and Internet Regulation. He is Director of UCC’s LLM in Intellectual Property and E Law. Darius is co-founder of UCC's IT Law Clinic and a member of Creative Commons. He is President of the Irish Mental Health Lawyers Association and Chair of UCC's Library Advisory Committee. Darius is a past member of the national executive of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties. He has acting and singing experience, and has written prose pieces for RTE's Sunday Miscellany and Tenx9 storytelling.
Dr Michael Waldron is a curator, educator, and researcher based in Cork, Ireland with an interdisciplinary background in literary criticism and art history. He is presently Curator of Collections & Special Projects at Crawford Art Gallery. He has previously lectured in English, Irish Studies, European Art History, and History of Art at University College Cork. He holds a PhD in English literature and has published on Irish artists John Hogan, Samuel Forde, Patrick Hennessy, John Noel Smith, Joseph Heffernan, John Rainey, and writer Elizabeth Bowen. He is on the editorial board of The Elizabeth Bowen Review. He has previously been co-investigator of The Samuel Forde Project (2012-14) and research assistant for Deep Maps: West Cork Coastal Cultures (2016-17). He has co-curated the exhibitions The Crawford at the Castle (2016-17) at Dublin Castle, and Samuel Forde: Visions of Tragedy (2014) and The Gibson Bequest 1919-2019: Selecting, Collecting & Philanthropy (2019-20) at Crawford Art Gallery. He is the curator of Deep Maps: West Cork Coastal Cultures (2017) at The Glucksman and several further exhibitions at Crawford Art Gallery, including Recasting Canova(2019-2022). He has also coordinated the events Living Artists in National Collections (2017) at Dublin Castle, ‘A Heart That is Free’: Terence MacSwiney in Context (2016) at Cork Opera House as part of Cork Midsummer Festival, and DUETS: Creativity in Context (2014) facilitated by REACT Knowledge Exchange Hub at Firkin Crane, Cork. Access and education is at the core of each of these projects and endeavours, whether it takes the form of teaching, interpretation, facilitation, or curation. He joined the Board of Sample-Studios in August 2021.
John MacMonagle is a Cork-based painter and graphic designer. He studied Politics and German in NIHE (now UL) (1974 - 78) later while studying in UCC he co founded the Visual Arts Society with Alice Maher. He attended the Crawford College of Art and Design (1980 - 81). After two years he dropped out to be come a member of the Cork Artist Collective, Library House Studios. Later he worked in Triskel Arts Centre before moving to live in Germany, Switzerland and the US. From 1986 to 1991 he worked in Quark, a start up desktop publishing software company based in Denver and Cork. In 1992 he set up Raven Design, a graphic design studio in Cork where he works as creative director. John has been a studio-based member of Sample-Studios since 2017 and a Board Member since 2018.
Dr. James O'Sullivan is an author, researcher and educator across various topics in the digital humanities and digital culture, specifically, digital literary and cultural studies, and computer-assisted criticism. He began a lectureship in the Department of Digital Humanities at University College Cork in July 2017, having previously held faculty positions at the University of Sheffield and Pennsylvania State University. He has also taught in an adjunct capacity at Cork Institute of Technology and Washington State University, Vancouver, and held visiting fellowships at NOVA University, Lisbon and Trinity College Dublin. Dr. James O'Sullivan is involved with a variety of digital projects, including the Cork Film Festival digital archive and Joyce Word Dictionary. He presently serves as the Director of DHSI Atlantic, sits on the Research and Innovation Committee for the College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences at University College Cork. He joined the Board of Sample-Studios in November 2020.
Sarah Jayne Booth is a Cork based multimedia installation artist whose work centres on domesticity, gender inequality, bodily autonomy and social histories. She maintains an actively engaged practice with a number of solo exhibitions, bursaries and significant group exhibitions in major regional galleries. She initiated and heads up the collective r. a. g. e. (realising absolute gender equality). Achievements include: a Bursary Award from Cork City Council 2021, Arts Council Professional Development Funding, 2020 and a residency at Cill Rialaig Arts Centre in 2020. Three group exhibitions in 2019: I see crimson I see red Cork, Cahoots A4 Sounds Dublin & the Kinsale Arts Festival. In 2017, Diving the Wreck: collaboration with SoftTack, UCC Cork, UCD Dublin & Lass Struggle UCL London. She’s had three solo exhibitions: Signal Arts Centre, South Tipperary Arts Centre & Bookcube Gallery. Awarded further residencies with 126 Artist–Run Gallery, Galway & Fire Station Studios, Dublin and a Cork City Council bursary in 2013. She is a studio-based member of Sample-Studios and a Member of the Board since 2017.
Education professional with experience in marketing and fundraising. Eileen has been on the Board of Sample-Studios since May 2019. She is also a member of Sample-Studios' Education Programme Working Group.
Jacqui Feely joined Sample-Studios Board of Directors in the role of Treasurer in March 2021. She is highly experience arts and finance professional bringing many years of experience to the role of Treasurer. She was formerly Head of Finance at Cork Opera House until December 2021. She has a strong affinity with and is an avid supporter of the arts and culture in Cork. She holds a Bachelor of Business Studies from the University of Limerick and is a Certified Public Accountant. She brings over 30 years of experience in finance roles across various sectors in Ireland, the US, the UK and Germany. Feely has held many voluntary community roles, including with Kanturk Arts Festival where she presented her own poetry and plays. She works to support the behind the scenes work that ensures the sustainability of this important visual arts organisation.
Rebecca Bradley is a visual artist based in Cork. Her practice consists mainly of painting but also installation of found and made objects.Since graduating from the Crawford College of Art and Design, with a BA in Fine Art painting, in 2007, she has secured many exhibition and dissemination opportunities. She has cultivated a reflective, commercial and open approach to her practice, while also building national and international audiences and professional networks. In 2013 Bradley completed an MA in Fine Art and Process. In 2017, her work was selected for group exhibitions at Wandesford Quay Gallery, and The Lavit Gallery. She was also selected for a solo exhibition 'The More You See,The Less You Hold' at Sternview Cork. The exhibition was accompanied by still there and ready, a collaborative publication containing images of paintings by her and text and poems by Sarah Hayden. This was selected by Oonagh Young for Interwoven, Dublin Art Book Fair. She is a Creative Network member of Sample-Studios, as well as a Board Member since 2017.
Carl Dixon is the Owner and Senior Ecologist of DixonBrosnan Environmental Consultants. He has a broad range of experience in large scale infrastructural projects, commercial projects, agricultural developments, quarries and industrial developments. He is also an experienced free lance journalist working for national and regional publications in arts, features, sports, angling, ecology and science features.
Sinéad is a Cork-based visual artist and the Programme Coordinator of Sample-Studios' exhibitions and education programmes. She holds a BA Hons in Fine Art from Crawford College of Art and Design and brings over twenty years experience of working in project management roles in the Education, Arts and Business Sinéad formerly worked in Munster Institute of Technology (now MTU) where she supported the establishment of educational initiatives such as Girls into Science and Technology and Electronic Engineering Transition Year module. In 2014 she returned to education to study Fine Art, graduating from Crawford College of Art and Design in 2019 when she was awarded the CIT Presidents Prize for outstanding studentship and received a Crawford College of Art and Design Graduate Residency award 2019/2020. She was also awarded the Sample-Studios Graduate Curatorial Residency Award 2019/2020. In 2021, Sinéad received The Arts Council of Irelands Visual Arts Project Award to curate a present a series of site specific exhibitions and residencies in The Lord Mayor's Pavilion and on Spike Island. She was also invited to join The Arts Council of Ireland's Peer Panel. She is very active in her own artistic practice, having secured numerous exhibition opportunities since graduating. Her work is held in both public and private collections. As Programme Coordinator, Sinéad supports Sample-Studios multidisciplinary Education Programme, including the 'Cork Creative Careers Programme' with local primary and secondary schools and the 'Cork Young Critics and Curators Programme' with young people. Sinéad also works with our graduate residents and artists who are exhibiting in our Exhibition Programme each year.
Aoibhie McCarthy is an arts manager, curator & arts educator and, since August 2020, Artistic Director of Sample-Studios. After graduating with a B.A in Art History, Architectural History&English Literature from TCD, she worked in the National Gallery of Ireland, the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin Contemporary and Whyte’s Auctioneers before securing the Shinnors Curatorial Scholarship, M.A tracking PhD research scholarship and becoming Education Curator of Limerick City Gallery of Art and eva International. She led visual arts programming at Galway Fringe Festival and Make a Move Festival before undertaking project management roles as part of regional and national initiatives such as Limerick City of Culture 2014, The Year of Irish Design 2015 and National Adult Learners’ Festival 2016. From 2016-2018, Aoibhie McCarthy was Visual Arts and Outreach Manager of Garter Lane Arts Centre in Waterford, where she is currently on the board of Waterford Youth Arts. From 2018-2020, she was Marketing and Development Manager of Cork International Film Festival and the Business to Arts Fundraising Fellow.
Kim-Ling Morris is UK born and lived in Europe, Africa and South-East Asia before settling in Cork, Ireland. She trained and worked as a Biochemical Engineer, creating her art practice in parallel. Beginning with sculpture in Leamington Spa, UK, she continued at the École Duperré, Paris, France, also exhibiting in France. Kim-Ling Morris recieved her Fine Art Textiles Special Purpose Award at CIT Crawford College of Art & Design and has exhibited nationally. She is a member and Treasurer of the Cork Textiles Network. In 2011, she became one of three co-founding directors of Sample-Studios and now holds the role of Financial Manager. She is a studio-based member of Sample-Studios and has received an Arts Council of Ireland Agility Award 2021 in support of her artistic practice. In 2021, she was appointed to the Board of Directors of The Design and Crafts Council of Ireland.