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: Orla Burke
Orla Burke became General Manager in January 2019. She has 20 years experience working in the Arts.
She began her journey by participating on Youth Theatre Ireland's (formally the National Association for Youth Theatre, NAYD) Drama Facilitation Course "ArtsTrain". Her experience there set the tone for much of her future career. She has worked as a puppet maker, prop-maker, designer and performer in street art and more formal theatre. She has facilitated drama workshops for national and European organisations with diverse groups of varying needs.
One of her earliest lessons from ArtsTrain was "Working in the arts is proactive not reactive". Like many practicing artists it was necessary for her to develop arts administration skills alongside her arts practice. She is delighted to be taking on the challenge of managing Cork Community Art Link and stewarding it into the next phase of its development.
Board of Directors
Cork Community Art Link is a limited company with charity status. It is managed by a voluntary board of directors.
Chairperson : 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.
Secretary: Louise Tangney
Louise joined the organisation as Manager of Cork Community Art Link in 2016 for one year.
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.
Rose-Anne Kidney has run her own event management/production company ‘Goldiefish Events’ since 2006, where she has worked as a freelance project manager and producer in the Cultural Sector.
Rose-Anne has an interest in working on site specific events and festivals and has worked with many festivals in varying roles in the cultural sector; Cork Jazz Festival, Cork Folk Festival, A Taste of West Cork, Ocean to City Race, Cork Community Art Link’s Dragon of Shandon, Shandon Street Festival, Mad Pride, Feast, Culture and Chips Festival, Limerick, Midleton Food and Drink Festival, Cork St. Patrick’s Festival, World Book Festival to name a few.
She has Project Managed many events for local authorities including Cork City and County Council and Limerick City and County Council and has worked as a freelance production manager with the CIT, Arts Office.
She is currently working as a project manager with The Cork Midsummer Festival as well as continuing her own freelance work.
Treasurer : Sinéad Dunphy
Sinéad Dunphy has been involved in the arts for over twenty years as a performer in theatre and contemporary dance along with a producer, director and event organiser of many prestigious arts Festivals and events.
Sinéad has recently been appointed as Festival Director of Guinness Cork Jazz Festival and was previously Festival Manager of the Cork International Choral Festival, where she saw the Festival double in size while also increasing its international profile through its artistic programme.
Since attending University College Cork for the Bachelor of Drama and Theatre Studies Degree, she has produced, directed and performed in countless shows, festivals and events. Sinéad also holds qualifications with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in both Acting and Public Speaking. She also has several years of teaching experience, having guest tutored in a number of schools in Cork City and County, as well as working in Edinburgh for the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival as a coordinator of an Edinburgh City Council youth project.
Sinéad runs her own productions company, LittleShoes Productions, where she continues to teach adults acting, audition preparation along with directing several shows per year. Her commitment to both the arts and tourism sectors has been apparent and acknowledged by several national and local bodies through various awards, both as an individual and for the companies she represents as well as receiving invitations to speak on an international level as a guest speaker and academic
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).