Tara is the Arts Programme Manager at Age & Opportunity, the national development organisation improving the quality of life of people aged 50 – 100+ and Festival Director of Bealtaine, Ireland’s national festival celebrating the arts and creativity as we age.
She has built a strong reputation over the past twenty-five years as an Arts Manager, Curator and Director, working as Director of the National Sculpture Factory in Cork from 2002- 2008, the Arts Council of Ireland (1996 – 2002), the Irish Museum of Modern Art (1992 – 1994), the National College of Art and Design (1991 – 1995), and many other arts organisations. More recently since completing a doctorate in Cultural Policy at the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media at Dublin Institute of Technology (2013), she has acted as an independent arts and cultural researcher, policy consultant, teacher and advocate, for both the arts, public service and university sectors.
Bealtaine is Ireland’s national festival which uniquely celebrates the arts and creativity as we age. The festival is run by Age & Opportunity, the national organisation that promotes active and engaged living as we get older.
Age & Opportunity’s mission is to inspire and empower older people to live healthy and fulfilling lives and to influence policy to ensure the active participation of older people in ways that benefit our communities and wider society. Our arts and culture programme aims to ensure meaningful engagement for all older people in socio-cultural life in Ireland, and to influence policy and practice at local and international levels. We do this through a range of initiatives which include: Cultural Companions, Azure, and Creative Exchanges, and the Bealtaine festival.