Ann Mulrooney appointed as Director to Science Gallery Dublin

Science Gallery's team would like to wish a warm welcome to our new Director, Ann Mulrooney, who will join us from the 1st of December. 

On Sunday November 18th 2018, Trinity College Dublin and the board of Science Gallery Dublin announced the appointment of Ann Mulrooney as the new Director of Science Gallery Dublin.  Previous to her new appointment, Ann Mulrooney was the CEO of VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art in Carlow since 2013. She takes on her new role at an exciting time in the development of Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin. Science Gallery has firmly established itself as a national and international leader in the fields of art science and public engagement with science. With over 3.2 million visitors since it opened in 2008, it has demonstrated the interest and appetite among Irish audiences to engage with unique, transdisciplinary exhibitions, events and educational programmes that explore the interface of arts, science, design and technology in connective, participative, and surprising ways.

Congratulating Ann on her appointment Trinity’s Vice-Provost and Science Gallery Board member, Professor Chris Morash said: “Dedicated to igniting a passion for science and creativity, Science Gallery continues to engage young adults with cutting-edge culture and innovation. Now in its tenth year we are delighted to welcome Ann on board who will lead us into the next decade.  Science Gallery is uniquely placed in Trinity, providing a platform for leading research and innovation to an audience of curious young minds. We look forward to Ann’s stewardship in the next chapter of this wonderful initiative.”

Commencing on December 1 st next, Ann Mulrooney comes to the role with a passion for creating transformative experiences that link science, technology, engineering, art, and design.  Initially trained as a sculptor, Ann went on to run the National Design and Craft Gallery from 2009-2013 and the VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art from 2013-2018, where she developed ambitious cross-disciplinary artistic programming in STEM-related areas including digital technologies, augmented reality, architecture, design, science, agriculture, engineering and urban planning, with a particular focus on developing public engagement through socially-engaged practice.

Speaking about her appointment, Ann Mulrooney said: “I am delighted to be appointed to lead Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin into its second decade. It has been an innovative and groundbreaking institution since its inception: in its vision, its international impact and its focus on engaging 15-25 year olds as the pioneers of the future. The combination of scientific and artistic research with meaningful public engagement has enormous transformative potential and I look forward to working with Science Gallery’s national and international partners and stakeholders to realise this.”

Pioneered by Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin just over a decade ago, the rapid growth of the Science Gallery Network across four continents is testament to its success. This year saw the launch of Science Gallery London at King’s College London, while Science Gallery Melbourneat The University of Melbourne, Science Gallery Bengaluru at the Indian Institute of Science, Science Gallery Venice at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, and Science Gallery Detroit at Michigan State University are all delivering programming to local audiences.

Ann Mulrooney graduated with a BA in Fine Art from the Crawford College of Art, Cork, Ireland, and an MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London. She exhibited widely in the UK and Ireland and her work is held in numerous public and private collections. She worked as a freelance curator in Ireland and the UK before joining the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland in 2008 to run the National Design and Craft Gallery, where she directed and curated national and international exhibitions. She took up the post as CEO of VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art in Carlow in late 2013, directing artistic programming across the galleries and theatre. As a curator, she has realised solo exhibitions by artists including Yinka Shonibare, Tim Hetherington, Gareth Kennedy and Paul Mosse and group exhibitions including Haris Epaminonda, Daniel Cramer, Bedwyr Williams, Laura Ford, Keith Wilson, Daphne Wright, Ailbhe Ni Bhriain and Yvonne McGuinness. Her areas of interest are in material culture and identity, and she has a specific interest in developing audience engagement, participation and understanding through collaborative and innovative programming. In recent years this has included Fergus McCarthy’s ‘Take Me To The River’; ‘Building Stories’ in relation to the work of Niamh McCann;‘ Materials Library’ in relation to the work of Paul Mosse; and ‘Town Planners’ co-produced with Workhouse Union in 2018. She has been a lecturer, external assessor and frequent contributor to cultural publications and programmes . She was selected for Tate Intensive, an international professional practice programme in Tate Modern 2017, and awards include Bursary for artistic and curatorial research, PlaCe Research Centre, University of Western England (2006), the Ciclitira Scholarship Prize for Sculpture, RCA, UK (2002) and an Arts Council of Ireland Postgraduate Bursary (2001).

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