Press Release - NCAD Appoints New Director

Sarah Glennie to take up position in January 2018

Dublin, 20th June 2017: 

The National College of Art and Design (NCAD) is delighted to announce the appointment of Sarah Glennie as its new Director. She will take up her new position in January 2018.

Sarah Glennie is a distinguished leader in the arts in Ireland and internationally, working professionally in the cultural realm for twenty years, with extensive experience of directing and working in a number of public cultural institutions in both Ireland and Britain.

She will bring extensive experience to NCAD from her roles as Director of IMMA since 2012, and previously as Director of the Irish Film Institute (IFI) (2008-2012), where she oversaw a major redevelopment programme. At both organisations she developed new programmatic and organisational strategies that led to significant audience growth and greater financial sustainability. Among other roles, she was also Artistic Director of the Model Arts and Niland Gallery in Sligo (2005-2008), where she initiated a nationally and internationally significant programme, including The Eternal Now: Warhol and the Factory and an exhibition and unique performance by Patti Smith.

Sarah Glennie was commissioner of Ireland's participation in the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005 and has curated many other notable visual art projects, both in Ireland and internationally, including Romantic Detachment at PSI MOMA in 2004 and Stopover at the Venice Biennale in 2003. Her curatorial experience includes exhibitions and projects by Olafur Eliasson, Dorothy Cross, Paul McCarthy, Duncan Campbell, Jaki Irvine, Tacita Dean and Isabel Nolan amongst many others.

Professor Niamh Brennan, Chairperson of NCAD says:
“We are delighted to be making this announcement today. Sarah is a highly distinguished and experienced leader in the arts and we know she will make a superb Director of the College. As Director of IMMA she has taken the organisation through significant organisational and programmatic change, to achieve IMMA’s highest audience figures in 2016. Under her stewardship, we at NCAD look forward to a creative and dynamic future with confidence.

“I would like to thank and pay warm tribute to Bernard Hanratty, our Acting Director, who will be completing his time with us in August. Bernard’s commitment, enthusiasm, and many positive initiatives during this time have contributed enormously – and with long-term benefits – to life at the College. We all wish him every success in his future endeavours.”

Sarah Glennie says:
“I am delighted to be taking up this very exciting opportunity of working with the staff and students of NCAD to build a strong, creative and inspiring future for the College. At a time when creativity can make such an important contribution to our changing society, NCAD has a vital role to play as an organisation that can nurture and grow creativity in Ireland. The recent degree shows are testament to the depth of talent that exists within the College.
“I am very much looking forward to taking up the position of Director in January 2018.”

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Note to Editors
The National College of Art and Design occupies a unique position in art and design education in Ireland. It offers the largest range of Art and Design degrees in the State at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and is the only Irish university institution specialising in Art and Design.
NCAD has over 1,100 full-time students and a further 450 students who take award and non-award bearing part-time classes.
NCAD has been ranked 40th in the world’s top 100 art and design schools by academic reputation, according to the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject. NCAD is the only Irish college to feature on the list in the Art and Design category.
In June 2016, NCAD hosted the largest ever graduate showcase in the history of the College. The College has also taken steps to increase its international student numbers, including the establishment of its relationship with UCD and participation in the ‘Science Without Borders’ programme.