DCCI Elected Representatives
Trish BrennanTrish Brennan:
I live in Cork, my job is Head of Fine Art & Applied Art at CIT Crawford College, where I have developed & supported new programmes; BA hons Contemporary Applied Art-Ceramics, Textiles & Glass, MA in Art & Process, Certificate in Art Textile & host the annual symposium MAKE, which celebrates making, craft and materiality. I am seeking your support to be elected as board member of Design & Crafts Council of Ireland. I have experience of serving on committees & boards, serving on National Sculpture Factory board of directors for over 10 years, finishing this September. I have represented CIT Crawford College at D.C.C.I.’s GANs in recent years and it has been a real privilege to attend, listen, contribute & to meet with makers and representatives nationally.
To give you an overview of my background, I come from a rural farming background in the midlands, studied Photography at Westminster University (1991) and MA Art in the Digital World, NCAD (2002). Alongside working in education & photography, I have a broad experience of working in the arts including: community arts, arts programme manager, festival & event producer and policy development. I have worked independently and worked with large institutions including; CIT, Dun Loaghaire Rathdown Co.Co. Arts Office (Festival of World Cultures, Poetry Festival), Irish Museum of Modern Art (Education & Community). I am passionate about the important role of creative practice, engagement and heritage to our quality of life. A national culture of excellence in craft & design cannot exist without meaningful & functional support for creative makers.
Breda FoxApproved 38 creatives for financial support to grow their business since 2010.
Approved 44 creatives for trading online vouchers since 2015.
Progressed creative clients by subsidised participation at Showcase annually including providing mentoring, training and upskilling
merchandising in advance of the international trade show.
Established a local craft network, to share best practice, support and learn from each other.
Worked with Design and Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCOI) to develop Galway creatives including the provision of DCCOI mentors
and training. I have supported four Building Craft and Development programmes in Galway to date.
Funded, organised and managed the Local Food and Craft fair to take place showcase the best of local Galway creatives and
providing a platform for sales pre-Christmas since 2012. This initiative was borne from needs identified by the craft network
Supported creative events, local markets and pop up shops such as Potters Market (from 2011), Creative Makers pop up shops (from
2016) and the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards since its foundation in 2010
Chaired the collaboration of creative innovation in 2019 with funding from Creative Ireland and Galway City Council and supported
by the IDA Galway. The project matched local Galway business, designers and artists and involved collaboration with 5 local
makers and 5 local multinational companies culminating in the creation of 5 unique and remarkable pieces of work.
Connecting the business engineers with local artists, textile, jewellery, ceramic and furniture makers had lasting impacts on industry
and makers creative processes.
In 2010 I joined the Galway County & City Enterprise Board (now the Local Enterprise Office Galway) and have led the service
delivery of the agency since then.
In 2010 I joined the Galway County & City Enterprise Board (now the Local Enterprise Office Galway) and have led the service delivery
of the agency since then. Training and advisory supports have increased threefold, and 37 clients businesses have transitioned to
Enterprise Ireland to continue to develop and grow. I am particularly passionate about the design and craft sector and work hard to
support the sector in my day to day role.
Since I joined the enterprise agency, supports to creatives include:
My history prior to enterprise support work included The Point (now The 3 Arena), Dublin as Finance Director in the 1990’s. During this
time, I was also one of the youngest people ever appointed to a state board, serving as a nonexecutive Director of An Post for 5 years.
Moving to Galway in 2000, I became Finance Director of Transitions Optical in 1999, dealing with everything from
pricing to compliance. Two years later, I became Supply Chain & Customer Service Director for Europe. In 2006, I
started my own business advising start-up and established businesses in the West including projects for locally based
multinationals and helped clients with funding, efficiencies, cost-cutting and positioning for growth/recovery.
Maeve MurphyMaeve is a passionate advocate for Irish craft & design and brings with her a breadth of experience spanning arts management and practice. She holds a BA (Hons) in Design in Textiles from GMIT and an MA in Cultural Policy & Arts Management from UCD. With over 10 years’ experience working in the Arts across multiple disciplines, Maeve has worked with Music Network, Music Generation and was the Programme Coordinator for the West Cork Chamber Music Festival. Also an entrepreneur, Maeve co-founded Forest & Flock, an independent Irish craft & design retail shop. She is the Operations Manager with Cork Craft and Design and Programme Coordinator for Cork Craft Month working closely with over 100 Craftspeople and Designers in County Cork.
Neil C. ReadNeil Read
Having studied ceramics and stained glass at Edinburgh College of Art I gained a post-graduate and established a studio in Edinburgh. From 1978-1980 I was photographer and Supervisor of Cataloguing at Edinburgh City Museums. In 1980 I exhibited at the Trinity Arts Workshop moving to Dublin in 1982 as ceramics lecturer at the National College of Art and Design, becoming Head of Department of Ceramics, Glass and Metals (1987-2010).
A practicing maker with a Dublin studio, my work is in The National Museum of Ireland, The Office of Publics Works, The Royal Museum of Scotland and The Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute and FuLe International Ceramics Museum, China.
Having been Chair of the Royal Dublin Society’s craft competition, Irish Contemporary Ceramics and the Golden Fleece Awards, a member of the committee of the Glass Society of Ireland (GSoI) (1993-1998) and the Crafts Council of Ireland (1994-1996) I am on the board of the GSoI.
Having been external examiner at the Glasgow and Crawford Schools of Art and the DCCoI’s Pottery Skills Course, my experience of the sector is substantial.
Berina KellyBorn into an entrepreneurial family, I have over 20 years’ experience in retail. I have also staffed the jewellery departments of high-end retailers. As a Retail Manager, I have had invaluable experience as a buyer, and working with colleagues to provide the best possible experience for our customers. In my role as Maker, I understand a client’s needs, from aspects of design and fabrication to customer satisfaction. As a Mentor I bring my experience to makers in my area, from setting up a studio, creating collections of a high standard for competitive target markets, to packaging, marketing and all that is involved with running a business. With it's roots firmly set in the West of Ireland, Making.ie has played a role in highlighting the challenges, successes and stories of makers across Ireland. I am drawn to the network’s desire to celebrate all aspects of the community, and as a member, I am cognizant of issues that are important to makers. I desire that small studios feel heard and supported, and can engage with all that DCCI has to offer as they are the highly skilled, design leaders of tomorrow. I bring a knowledge of design and business to the board of DCCI.
Edel MacBrideI am an experienced creative with a demonstrated history of working in the world of craft and design for many decades as a maker, business owner, educator, and volunteer. My main skills are textiles, knitwear, ecommerce, small business management, social media and community building, craft retail and cultural tourism. I graduated from Limerick School of Art and Letterkenny Institute. I have entrepreneurship and business training from Ulster University and Boston College.I have exhibited frequently at home and Internationally 1991-2022. With my award-winning craft brand in handmade luxury knitwear,I work with many knitters, crocheters, and textile artists country wide to create authentic ‘Made in Ireland’ clothing with a clear ethical and eco footprint.I founded ‘Knitfield’ in 2012 to inspire new or aspiring textile makers.I’m a founding member of Number 19 Craft and Design retail outlet, Derry Craft Village.I am directed by the history and value of our Traditional Skills and passionate about developing opportunities for makers and GANS. Having mentored many craftmakers and worked collaboratively with craft businesses, I am familiar with the many challenges facing us all.
Kim-Ling MorrisI have a strong appreciation of elegant design and well-crafted work. Prior to coming to Cork, I had worked in ceramics in Paris and Lyon. After taking the Textiles night class in the Crawford College of Art and Design, I joined the Cork Textiles Network, where I am currently the Treasurer. I was one of three founding directors of Sample Studio which is among the biggest artist-led studio groups in the country. Starting off as Treasurer from inception in 2011, with my experience in Engineering Project Management I’ve continued to guide their finances through its various challenges such as the loss of premises and Covid. While not from an accounting background, I believe I have the budgeting experience to positively contribute to the financial governance of DCCI. The sharing of passion and skills is what I believe makes work stronger and I will advocate for cross-group technical and peer support of all makers, particularly those emerging. I don’t believe there is a line between art and craft, but a gradation. I feel that Irish Craft is currently undervalued and, if elected, I will be looking for ways for the component groups of DCCI to be brought to the fore.
Niki CollierI am a Dublin-based award-winning visual artist and designer working in fibre art and wearable technology. My work uses scale to spark empathy & empowerment. I disrupt science and art to elevate the viewer to a protagonist. My practice blends many sources. Forged as an academic makes me relentlessly curious. Grown as a disabled woman I look for resilience with die hard attitude. My practice is nurtured by the meaningful connections with folk with various ability & diverse background. All is done with wool. My work has been curated in national and international shows most recently in the World Crafts Council Exhibition and I had a very successful solo show at University of Atypical UK.I have developed products and experiences in the last ten years with various collaborators. I export my products to US, Europe, including the British Museum Shop and Milan multiple. The current changes have given me to combine my PhD in Computer Science and understanding of craft. I got the opportunity to create online educational engagements commissioned by CI, DCCI and RTÉ. I am very passionate about diversity and inclusion and my aim is to diversify funding to cater for all needs so we lift Irish creative community through digital experiences globally.