Arts Festival appoints new CEO

Kilkenny Arts Festival has appointed Rosemary Collier as its new chief executive officer.

Kilkenny Arts Festival has appointed Rosemary Collier as its new chief executive officer.

Ms Collier graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in music and then worked as choral conductor and professional singer with the National Chamber Choir of Ireland and Opera Ireland. As a singer, she has toured extensively in the US, Europe and Asia with commercial music shows and performed on several CD recordings and in live broadcasts for RTÉ and the BBC.

Ms Collier holds a Master’s in Business and Marketing from the Dublin Institute of Technology and she worked as an Arts Officer with Louth Local Authorities from 2002-2007 where she was instrumental in the development of the new Highlanes Gallery in Drogheda and was responsible for establishing the Drogheda Arts Festival and the International Music Series at St Peter’s Church of Ireland.

Since 2007, she has worked as the Head of Music and Opera for the Arts Council with responsibility for policy development and the management of funding in both artforms. She is a native of Stamullen, Co Meath.

Commenting on the appointment, festival chairperson Emer Foley said: “We are delighted to welcome Rosemary to the festival and to Kilkenny, and we look forward to many exciting and fruitful times ahead. Rosemary comes to the festival with an excellent track record and a wealth of experience in the arts. We would like to thank our previous CEO Damian Downes for his exceptional work on the festival over four years and we wish him well in his new position as Registrar with the National College of Art and Design”.

Ms Collier will take up her new role full-time in mid November.