The Arts Council has announced Niamh Lunny as the recipient of the 2018/2019 Jerome Hynes Fellowship – offered through the London-based Clore Leadership programme. This programme aims to develop the knowledge, skills and experience of potential leaders in the arts, across a wide range of cultural activity.
Niamh Lunny is Head of the Costume Department at the Abbey Theatre and served as staff representative on its board of directors. She has designed extensively for the Abbey Theatre and a range of companies in Ireland including Fishamble: The New Play Company, ANÚ Productions, The Performance Corporation, Rough Magic Theatre, The Ark and The Olympia Theatre. She lives in Dublin.
Speaking about the award, Ms Lunny said: I am thrilled with the enormous opportunity that the Arts Council has given me to participate in the Clore Leadership Programme. I am so excited to see where this experience will take me and I am greatly looking forward to using my new skills and knowledge for the benefit of the Arts in Ireland. I fully intend on making the most of this Fellowship experience and I can’t wait to get started.
Orlaith McBride, Director of the Arts Council, said: “The Arts Council is delighted to welcome Niamh Lunny as the 2018/2019 Jerome Hynes Fellow. Through our ongoing relationship with the Clore Duffield Foundation and its fellowship programme we are helping to support a cadre of new arts leaders who will use their skills, passion and commitment to effect change and lead the development of the arts in Ireland.
Ms Lunny will take part in a year-long programme commencing in September. The programme includes: two intensive residential leadership courses; professional development through mentoring, tuition and group learning; an in-depth research project, supervised by a Higher Education Institute; and a period of secondment, including experience of managing a challenging project.
The previous recipients of this fellowship are: Kathleen Turner, Dylan Haskins, Mags Walsh, Jo Mangan, Willie White, Sharon Murphy, Fiona Kearney and Fearghus Ó Conchúir.