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Louise Osborne is currently the Fellow in Engagement and Learning in the Irish Museum of Modern Art where she is managing Breaking Cover, an arts and environmental think tank for artists, activists and performers.
Prior to starting in IMMA, Louise has most recently worked in the following roles as: Artistic Director for the Liberties Festival 2018,2019,2020; Production Manager for Other Voices 2018 – 2020; Community Art liaison in Dun Laoghaire 2019 – 2020; Programme Coordinator for St. Patrick’s Festival 2018, 2019, 2020; Project Manager & Engagement Coordination for Dublin Culture Connects 2016 – 2018.
Louise has extensive experience working in arts programmes both at home and abroad; most notably the Return Hospitality event for President Michael D. Higgins in Berlin in 2019 featuring Lisa Hannigan, Dermot Kennedy and Stargaze orchestra. Her time with Other Voices also saw the expansion of the programme to Cardigan in Wales for a 3 year output with Welsh language tv channel S4C and RTE.
She is currently working on an ambitious outdoor theatrical performance for Summer 2022 with Gary Keegan (Brokentalkers) under the Faoin Speir funding strand with the Arts Council & DCC Arts Office.
Louise is passionate about increasing access opportunities to the arts and cultural experiences and to that end has committed much of her career to curating and programming community-based arts festivals. She is an independent curator for clients such as St Patrick’s Festival, The Liberties Festival and Dublin City Council.
The Museum as a Site of Ecological Resistance
Breaking Cover at IMMA was designed as an innovative programme to explore the links between art and socio-ecological activism. In March 2020, amidst public lockdowns, images of wild animals roaming city streets began to appear online. Despite its challenges, the pandemic offered a window of opportunity to re-imagine our relationship with the living world; with human activity paused, nature was breaking cover. These images inspired a new programme for IMMA; examining the role of the museum in the climate crisis, exploring it as a site for social action, and showcasing art as a potent tool for change.