Cornelia McCarthy currently works for a range of organisations such as the Kilkenny Arts Festival, ThreeSisters bid for EU Capital of Culture in 2020, The Ark a Cultural Centre for Children and for private clients as a business mentor. She has valuable experience in working with tourism and creative enterprises, frequently towards group marketing initiatives. On a voluntary level, she is Chair of the Blackstairs and Barrow Valley Tourism Network and involved in various local cultural initiatives in South East Ireland including Carlow Arts Festival (stepped down as Chair in Dec 2016) and is a PPN (public participation network) representative in Co Carlow.
Her most recent corporate role as a Programme Manager with the Design Crafts Council of Ireland (Kilkenny 2005-2008) involved creating opportunities for craft businesses to make work for the high end market and included organising exhibitions in Ireland and overseas.
Cornelia is also well used to designing training programmes. Running events such as seminars, workshops and clinics for those wishing to understand more about how specific markets are developing and what challenges and opportunities lie ahead. She has an extensive network to draw from, of specialists with up-to-the-minute knowledge and expertise.
As a freelance project manager, she ran an office and programme for crafts enterprises on the Border and in Northern Ireland – based in Co Louth (1998 -2005). This provided craftspeople with business development mentoring, opportunities to show at Irish and international trade events and a showroom from which to sell work and test-market product.
Working as a Retail Gallery Manager and Craft and Giftware Buyer in Dublin (the old DESIGNyard, East Essex Street 1993-1998), she was involved in setting up and running the first applied arts centre in Temple Bar. She also worked as a Commissioning Agent working on corporate gift development and large scale site-specific art commissions (e.g Dublin Castle gardens, Chester Beatty Library).
Prior to the Temple Bar experience she worked as a freelance project manager in Dublin after college (UCD-BA and H. dip Ed), spending 4 years with the Arts Council (Merrion Square) and Douglas Hyde Gallery (Trinity College), working with exhibitions and visual artists.
Cornelia is a talented Project Manager – intelligent, quick, creative, reliable, and a consummate professional.
Project managing a major initiative like ‘Crafted Creatures’ an exhibition and children’s eduction programme, involves managing complexity at different levels – be it progressing conversations with partners, liaising with artists, developing new initiatives such as a cultural tourism trail, drafting funder submissions, tracking budgets/ schedules/ timelines, or keeping good communication flowing across multiple teams. Cornelia has efficiently juggled all these tasks – and been personally great to work with as well!
What strikes me most about Cornelia is how her project management style ‘adds value’ to the project – she doesn’t just execute everything excellently, she proactively and cleverly thinks about the work. She knows the cultural sector so she has the confidence to ‘hit the ground running’ – within a week of appointment, she was project managing ‘Crafted Creatures as if she had been on board for six months.
As Director, I also like working with Cornelia. She has sound judgment, a good capacity for diplomacy, strong inter-personal skills, plus she understands the importance of deadlines. Most importantly she puts solutions before problems – and she cares about the quality of the work she delivers.
I can recommend her without hesitation.
‘Cornelia McCarthy has done some great work for Wexford CEB in her capacity as a business mentor.
The feedback we received from our clients has been excellent. Cornelia really helped these clients with PR, marketing, communications and web development. I would highly recommend Cornelia in these areas’.
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