Urban regeneration company Ilex today announced the appointment of Caoimhin Corrigan as Cultural Broker. Currently the Arts Officer in Leitrim County Council and Director/Curator of The Dock, a multi-disciplinary arts centre in Leitrim, Mr Corrigan is a native of Offaly.
In 2008 Mr Corrigan was appointed Commissioner and Curator for Ireland at the 53rd International Art Exhibition, the Venice Biennale on behalf of the Irish Government. He also has expertise in performing arts, having chaired the Irish National Association for Youth Drama from 2003 to 2009 and has delivered significant artistic and cultural investment in capital projects.
Mr Corrigan said: “I am absolutely delighted to take up post at such an important time for the city. Derry ~ Londonderry is renowned for its richness of culture, creativity and strong community spirit. I look forward to working with my new colleagues in Ilex and getting to know the arts & culture community in the North West to realise the full potential of a historic, creative city”.
Welcoming the appointment, Aideen McGinley, Chief Executive of Ilex, said: “Caoimhin’s appointment is very timely. He has a proven track record of artistic and cultural leadership at local, regional, national and international level and experience of cultural programming at the level of excellence and ambition that the city will need in the lead up to City of Culture 2013 and beyond”.
Mr Corrigan will take up post on September 6th 2010.
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NOTES TO EDITORS
- Having won the accolade of UK City of Culture 2013, Ilex, Derry City Council and the Strategic Investment Board are now putting in place the structures necessary to deliver the action plan.
- Ilex is finalising the draft Regeneration Plan for Derry ~ Londonderry which will go out to public consultation in the coming weeks.
- The Peace Bridge is scheduled to complete by Easter 2011 and the re-development of the former Parade Ground at Ebrington by summer 2011.
- Northern Ireland’s only Urban Regeneration Company, Ilex was set up in 2003 by the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMdFM) and the Department for Social Development (DSD) to plan, develop and sustain the economic, physical and social regeneration of the Derry City Council area.
- Ilex’s strategic objectives are:
To create and promote the coordinated regeneration of the Derry City Council area generally and to facilitate its implementation in cooperation with DSD, other relevant government departments, Derry City Council, the private sector and other interested parties; and
To secure the economic, social and physical regeneration of the Ebrington and Fort George sites