NCAD statement on the passing of former director Colm Ó Briain

The National College of Art and Design has said that the passing of Colm Ó Briain was a loss to the arts and culture infrastructure in Ireland.

Mr Ó Briain served as Director of NCAD from 2002 – 2008.  He played a lead role in developing research within the College, creating the post of Head of Research and securing significant government research funding for a collaborative Graduate School in Creative Arts and Media (under the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions).  He was also responsible for the delivery of a major investment in the development of the Thomas Street Campus: the Visual Culture block; the Gallery; and the Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre.  Mr Ó Briain was a strong supporter of part-time access to art and design education through the CEAD programme.

Speaking upon his passing, the Director of NCAD, Sarah Glennie, said: “Since the news broke of Colm’s passing last night, his imprint and role in Ireland’s arts and culture infrastructure has been laid bare for all to recognise.

“He moved seamlessly across the arts and culture sector, bringing insights and leadership along the way.  While his work at the helm of the Arts Council and his birthing of the Project Arts Centre are among the roles he was best known for, his contribution to the development of NCAD was also a huge achievement.

“He understood and valued arts education, and played a very significant role in fostering NCAD’s reputation.  Together with the staff and board of NCAD, we regret his passing, and we express our sincere condolences to his family, friends and to all whom were lucky to have known Colm through his rich journey through life.”