Belfast Exposed have announced that their new CEO is Deirdre Robb and she will officially commence her post on 6th August. Deirdre has over 20 years’ experience working in Photography and Visual Arts, as a gallery and programme Director, Curator, Arts Administrator and Artist.
Previous history includes Arts Council Northern Ireland, Visual Arts Development Officer; managing grants, informing policy, strategy and sector development in visual, craft, public art, architecture and support for artists’ development. Belfast City Council, Arts Development Officer and Culture and Arts Manager; managing a culture and arts framework for Belfast City. Previous roles include Co-ordinator/Director for Arts for All, Trace Fine Art Gallery, Engine Room Gallery and Creative Exchange, curating international projects, directing public programmes and developing participatory arts.
Deirdre was educated at the University of Ulster, BA Fine Art 1999 and Masters in 2001. She began her career as a Belfast-based practicing artist, undertaking local, national and international exhibitions, residencies and exchange programmes.
Deirdre states, “I am delighted to be joining Belfast Exposed as Chief Executive. I have long admired the organisation and look forward to working with the board and staff to continue providing a centre of excellence of an international standard. I am honoured to be taking on such a prestigious position and will endeavour to continue the valuable work that Belfast Exposed delivers as well as expanding our services to create opportunities for everyone to be involved in photography and through high quality exhibitions and innovative programmes our work will encourage audiences to understand Belfast’s past, help to inform our present and will inspire a positive future for the next generation of artist and audiences.”