The curator, public art commissioner, educator and editor, Megs Morley, has been appointed as the new head of visual art at the Galway Arts Centre.
Since 2020, Ms Morley has been the curatorial research fellow for arts and social justice for create, at the National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts, Dublin. As part of her role, she has been developing an archive and library resource to support collaborative and socially engaged practitioners in Ireland.
She is the editor of a major forthcoming publication Xenogenesis: The Otolith Group, published by the Irish Museum of Modern Art and Archive Books Berlin, an exploration of the award winning work of the British arts collective.
In Galway, Ms Morley held the role of curator of the 2011 edition of the Tulca Festival of Contemporary Art. She was also Public Arts Officer with the Galway City Council from 2008 to 2010, where she commissioned a series of ambitious large scale public commissions and projects spanning contemporary art, theatre, and film, in a wide variety of community contexts.
Megs has contributed to the development of artist-led initiatives in Ireland for more than 15 years, through the development The Artist-led Archive, which documents over 150 artist-led collectives and initiatives spanning 50 years of artist-led activity in Ireland.
“I am really honoured to be appointed head of visual arts in the Galway Arts Centre,” said Ms Morley. “Over the last 10 years I have been fortunate to have worked with some of the most inspiring and important artists and institutions in the world and I’m excited about the potential of working in Galway to develop a visual arts programme that is as richly interesting, exciting, and diverse as the people who live here.”