Board of Directors
Cork Community Art Link is a limited company with charity status. It is managed by a voluntary board of directors.
Chairperson: Guillaume Cousson
Guillaume is a performer who is characterized by the diversity of his bodily expression - a fusion of circus, dance and magic arts that he combines to create performances. In 2011 he set up the company RIUCHI that has been touring successfully since then across Europe headlining various types of festivals. Later in the process he created ROGU with world renown fire performer Ronan McLoughlin which established itself as the foremost fire company in Ireland. Guillaume has won many accolades such as Next Generation Artist Arts Council 2016 and he’s a member of the prestigious French Magic team representing France at international competitions.
In addition to performing and touring, Guillaume Cousson has also been the managing director of Cork Circus Factory from 2013 to 2016 and was a board director of ISACS in 2016 and he's currently the board chairman of Cork Community Art Link. He also works as a consultant with established and emerging companies creating, mentoring and devising financial and marketing strategies.
Secretary: Rose-Anne Kidney
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.
Director: 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.
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 recently worked as Festival Director of Guinness Cork Jazz Festival in 2018 to much acclaim and was previously Festival Manager of the Cork International Choral Festival, where she saw both Festivals double in size while also increasing their international profiles through artistic programming.
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
Director: Pat Noonan
Pat Noonan joined Cork Community Art Link as a board member in 2017.
His active involvement in the construction, motorcycle and dance communities showed him the importance of the creative arts. Pat shares CCAL's values of accessible and inclusive art projects for all.
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).