Artistic Director: William Frode de la Foret
William Frode de la Foret is an undisciplined artist born in France making art with people in various contexts since 1995.
William has developed, directed and facilitated a number of term arts programmes with Cork Community Art Link since 1993 including a 10 year programme in Our Lady’s psychiatric hospital Cork, and "What if" (whatif.ie) a programme exploring participatory public art practice.
He has 23 years experience in community street performance, including parades and street theatre shows and most recently The Dragon of Shandon Samhain Parade.
His practice is shaped by his belief that the arts represent an infinite field of possibilities for people and cannot be reduced to academic, institutional and market driven conceptions and that everybody has the right to create art, to engage with the making of culture and its representation on one’s own terms.
General Manager: Catherine Bourne
Catherine Bourne is the Manager of Cork Community Art Link, joining the organization in 2017.
Catherine has a background in Arts Management has worked in the Irish and
international arts sector for many years in both a creative and administrative capacity.
She has previously directed the Bristol Biennial, UK as well as working at the Malakta Art Factory, Finland and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, in addition to working on various projects as a curator and freelance arts manager. Catherine currently lectures in the school of Digital Arts and Humanities at University College Cork.
As CCAL Manager Catherine is responsible for the general management of the organisation, overseeing creative programme development, funding and strategic development, HR, PR, Voluntary Participation Programmes and European Mobility Projects.
Board of Directors
Cork Community Art Link is a limited company with charity status. It is managed by a voluntary board of directors.
Chairperson : Anna Marie Whelan
Anna Marie Whelan is a local business woman with an honours degree from UCC.
Anna Marie's most recent roles with CCAL were that of treasurer of Board of Directors and convenor of the Lido building committee for the development and refurbishment of the old cinema located in Blackpool which is to become CCAL new premisses in November 2015.
Treasurer : Nicki Ffrench Davis
Nicki Ffrench Davis has a background in music and has been involved with a number of arts organisations in Cork. Currently employed as Building Manager at Civic Trust House, she is a board member of Cork Community Artlink, Cork Orchestral Society (Chairperson) and Cork Cycling Festival. Nicki works freelance as a music journalist, programmer and co-ordinator and is a graduate of UCC and NUIG.
Rosie Meade is a lecturer in the School of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork, and has been involved with Cork Community Art Link in a voluntary capacity since 2000. Rosie has a long-standing interest in social action, community development and community arts, which is reflected in her academic and activist involvements. Since the early 1990s she has worked or volunteered with Focus Point, Women’s Aid, Immigrant Solidarity, Cork Women’s Support Group, Glen Leadership and Equality Network CDP, the National Federation of Campaigns Against Racism, Cork Anti-War Campaign, Cork Community TV and the William Thompson Weekend. Her academic research and writing, which focuses on issues of cultural democracy, the community sector and partnership, media representations of social movements and the professionalization of community activism, has been published in: Antipode; the Community Development Journal; Concept; Variant; the Journal of Arts and Communities; Media, Culture and Society; Critical Social Policy; Journalism and Saothar. She is currently a board and executive member of the Community Development Journal, and with her colleague Fiona Dukelow, she has recently edited the volume Defining Events: Power, Resistance and Identity in Twenty-First-Century Ireland (Manchester University Press).
Dr Ian Stephenson is a researcher in International Development at University College Cork. Specialising in participatory community development in both Ireland and Africa, Ian has previously worked for Nasc, the Immigrant Support Centre in Cork; the Cork Folklore Project; the Centre for Adult and Continuing Education, University College Cork; the Oral Health Services Research Centre; Craic na Coíllte Community Theatre Company, Clonakilty; and Down to Earth Community Theatre Company, Dublin.
Aoife has recently joined the Limerick City and County Arts Office & Limerick2020 team in the role of Assistant Arts Officer: Festivals & Events. She is passionate about festival arts and celebratory cultural events and their important contribution to the cultural, social and economic fabric of our communities. She worked as a Community and Participative Arts Manager for Cork Community Art Link and has extensive experience in management and arts event production specialising in the delivery of participative arts programmes and outdoor arts events/festivals including street spectacle and circus.
In addition to this she has a keen interest in strategic planning and governance working with not-for-profit and charity organisations to develop their structures, strategies and policies in line with the current financial environments, company visions and arts policy.
She is currently holds 2 board memberships: Circus Factory and Cork Community Art Link.
Secretary: Mick Mc Donnell
Mick Mc Donnell is National Project Manager at Co-operative Housing Ireland. He is a qualified architect who works with Co-operative Housing Ireland to help provide a range of housing types across the country. Mick is also a film producer and is the Chair of Cork Film Centre where he works to support the film industry in Cork and the surrounding areas.
Louise has joined the Organisation in May 2016 as manager of Cork Community Art Link.
Louise has a background in Arts Management and has worked in the arts sector for many years in both a creative and administrative capacity.
She has previously worked with the Office of Public Works in Management of the State Art Collection, at the Royal Hibernian Academy and with the Cork International Choral Festival, in addition to working on many projects as a freelance arts manager. She has wide-ranging festival experience and is founder and Event Director of the annual Vantastival music festival in Drogheda, Co. Louth.
Cork Community Art Link wishes to inform its members/users it has started working to reach compliance with the Governance Code. This is a code of practice for good governance of community,voluntary and charitable organisations in Ireland which has been developed by the sector for the sector (see: www.governancecode.ie).