Cork Midsummer Festival is an annual multi-disciplinary arts festival that uses the city as its backdrop and inspiration. It provides high-quality arts events, both national and international, for audiences of all ages. Its programme provides opportunities for significant public participation and engagement, supports the development of emerging artists across all artforms, and provides a unique platform for work by local and national artists.
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Ruairi O Connor is the General Manager of the River Lee Hotel in Cork city, a Doyle Collection hotel. The Doyle Collection is an Irish, family-owned international luxury hotel group that comprises eight hotels in five vibrant cities around the world. These design-led properties provide luxury havens for modern day travellers, as well as stylish bars and restaurants for local consumers. Ruairi has 20 years’ experience working in hotels across Ireland and France, having spent time in Ashford Castle, Hayfield Manor, Radisson hotels prior to joining the Doyle collection in 2008. Supporting The Arts, Culture and Design is embedded into The Doyle Collection family history. Through his work in various hotels Ruairi has been involved with many arts and tourism projects both nationally and in the Cork Region.
Nick has been a talent agent for over 20 years, working with some of the biggest names in broadcasting, comedy and sport. His first role, as Head of Live Promotions for Avalon in London, saw him responsible for over 2500 live comedy shows per year, including runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Aspen Comedy Festival and major West End productions. He has worked extensively with broadcasters across Europe and was an Editorial Director at Harper Collins publishers. He relocated to Cork in 2018 with his wife and young family and, whilst he continues to work for Vivienne Clore Management in London, he is growing his client list across a range of presenters and sports personalities in Ireland.
Anne Clarke is the founder of Landmark Productions, one of Ireland’s leading theatre producers. Since 2003, she has produced more than thirty plays, two operas and a musical – including seven Irish premieres and eighteen world premieres – in theatres ranging from the 90-seat Project Cube to the 1,284-seat Olympia Theatre.
She has a long association with a number of Irish writers including Enda Walsh, Mark O’Rowe and the creator of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly, Paul Howard. Together with regular collaborators Galway International Arts Festival and Irish National Opera, Landmark’s productions have been seen on major stages overseas: at the Barbican, National Theatre and Royal Opera House in London; at the Edinburgh International Festival; and at St Ann’s Warehouse and at BAM, New York.
Landmark received the Judges’ Special Award in The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards for 2011, in recognition of its ‘sustained excellence in programming and for developing imaginative partnerships to bring quality theatre to the Irish and international stage’.
Anne Clarke received the Special Tribute Award in The Irish Times Theatre Awards for 2015, in recognition of her work as ‘a producer of world-class theatre in the independent sector in Ireland’.
Previously Head of CIT Crawford College of Art & Design for over seven years. Was inaugural Head of School of Humanities at CIT, following a five-year term as Head of Department of Media Communications at CIT. Sees the role played by the arts and culture as extremely significant in any plans for developing a vibrant city and region, and the activities of CIT’s Crawford College of Art & Design and Cork School of Music as being central in the region’s creative landscape.
Fiona Kearney is a curator, academic and writer. She is the founding Director of the Glucksman, an award-winning museum contemporary art museum on the campus of University College Cork. In this position, she has curated numerous exhibitions of Irish and international art including Enter Stage Left: the craft of theatre in art; Gut Instinct: Art, food and feeling; 2116: Forecast of the next century, Boolean Expressions: Contemporary art and mathematical data and Folly: Art after Architecture. Kearney has received several distinguished awards including the designation of college scholar by UCC, the NUI Prix d'Honneur from the French Government, a UCC President’s Award for Research on Innovative Forms of Teaching and the Jerome Hynes Fellowship on the Clore Leadership Programme. From 2009-2014, she served as a member of the Arts Council of Ireland and she is currently a board member of the Irish Architecture Foundation and VISUAL Carlow.
Carla Manning is the owner of CACM Accountants and Statutory Auditors, a proactive and innovative accountancy practice based in Cork. CACM provides a high quality personal service to all of their clients based locally, nationally and internationally. With knowledge, skills and expertise developed over 18 years, Carla and her team are well placed to meet the accounting, taxation and business needs of their client's. Carla is a past President of Network Cork and currently sits on the National Executive for Network Ireland. As well as being a member on the Board of Cork Midsummer Festival, Carla is also Head of Compliance for efolioaccounts.com, and is on the steering committee for North Side for Business. Carla has a great interest in the Arts and you will often find her seated in Cork Opera House enjoying a performance.
Trish Reilly is a veterinarian, leading the Animal Welfare Division at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Recently returned from Brussels, Trish was Deputy Head of Cabinet to the European Commissioner responsible for the Creative Europe and Erasmus+ programmes 2014-2019. Prior to this, she was a member of Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn’s Cabinet, where she was responsible for research and innovation policy for health and the bioeconomy, and led the integration of gender equality across Horizon 2020, Europe’s €80 billion research and innovation programme. Trish is a member of the Board of the Tyndall National Institute, and chairs the Governance Committee of SFI research centre, BiOrbic. With eclectic interests and an open mind, Trish is deeply committed to supporting excellence in the Arts.
Cork Midsummer Festival is the registered trading name of A Sense of Cork Mid-Summer Arts Festival Limited.
The organisation keeps detailed financial records, maintains strict financial controls and is transparent in its audited financial statements. The most recent statement of audited accounts (2018) are compliant with the Statement of Recommended Practice for charities and not-for profit entities as developed in the UK in 2005 (SORP), which is currently accepted as best practice in Ireland.
The organisation complies with all regulatory requirements and operates in accordance with its memorandum of association. We are committed to good governance and have embarked on the journey of compliance with The Governance Code. We are committed to comply with The Principles of Good Fundraising.
A Sense of Cork Mid-Summer Arts Festival Limited is a registered charity - CHY 19295 - and is compliant with the Charities Regulator Governance Code. A Sense of Cork Mid-Summer Arts Festival Limited is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors, full details as above.
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