Dr Tara Byrne

Tara is the Arts Programme Manager at Age & Opportunity, the leading national development organisation working to enable the best possible quality of life for us all as we age. Tara is also the Artistic Director of Bealtaine, Ireland’s national festival celebrating the arts and creativity as we age. She has built a strong reputation over the past twenty five years as an arts manager, curator and director, working as Director of the National Sculpture Factory in Cork from 2002- 2008, the Arts Council of Ireland (1996 – 2002), the Irish Museum of Modern Art (1992 – 1994), the National College of Art and Design (1991 – 1995), and many other arts organisations. More recently since completing a doctorate in Cultural Policy at the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media at Dublin Institute of Technology (2013), she has acted as an independent arts and cultural researcher, policy consultant, teacher and advocate, for both the arts, public service and university sectors.

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