The transfer window was open for Galway 2020 this week as in the space of six days, the project has filled the key roles of chairman and creative director. Last evening, it was announced that experienced film producer Arthur Lappin will step into the role of chairing the board of directors; while late last week, it was revealed that the Creative Director role will be delivered by UK-based Artichoke under the leadership of Helen Marriage.
Arthur Lappin, producer of such films as In America and Some Mother’s Son, and the co-producer of In The Name Of The Father, takes over as chair of the board of Galway 2020, “with immediate effect”.
Mr Lappin was announced as board chair of Galway2020 on Wednesday. He has previous experience with the organisation, having played a key role in producing the bid book during the bid phase for the title of European Capital of Culture.
He has served on the board of more than 30 cultural organisations in film, theatre, dance, opera, education, and multi-disciplinary arts centres. He has produced more than 20 stage productions in all major Dublin theatres, as well as across Ireland, Britain, and Australia. He was also the line producer on My Left Foot and The Field, and executive producer of Bloody Sunday, starring Jimmy Nesbitt.
“It is an honour for me to have been invited to chair the board of Galway 2020,” said Mr Lappin. “My work during the bid process showed me how transformative this could be for Galway - not just for the work that will be presented during 2020, but for the legacy which it will sow for the future. Now is the time to stoke the flames of public enthusiasm for, and business engagement with, Galway 2020. Together, we will generate waves of excitement and brilliance to demonstrate that Galway is indeed the capital of culture.”
Patricia Philbin, CEO Galway 2020 welcomed the appointment, saying Mr Lappin is “renowned in the industry” and that he will “play a significant part in the delivery of Galway 2020. With his unrivalled knowledge and experience, we believe he is a superb addition”.
New creative director for Galway 2020
The news comes less than a week after the appointment of Artichoke and Helen Marriage to fulfil the role of creative director. Having masterminded some of the largest and unique cultural events, spectacles and arts performances, Ms Marriage and Artichoke have been at the forefront of the Arts and Culture industry for many years.
The company is renowned for its integrated approach to large-scale cultural events, delivering a unique combination of programming, fundraising and audience development. This model will be integrated in support of the existing Galway 2020 team.
Patricia Philbin, CEO, Galway 2020 commented: “Artichoke’s proven track record of devising and producing extraordinary and ambitious large-scale events under the leadership of Helen Marriage positions the organisation perfectly for this strategically important role for Galway 2020. Coupled with the vast expertise and creativity of the Galway 2020 team, we are excited about the ambitious and visionary display of arts and culture that we will deliver.
Helen Marriage, Artichoke CEO and Artistic Director said they are thrilled to have this exciting opportunity to support what will be a truly memorable year for Galway as European Capital of Culture.