Valerie Connor | self-employed.
Consultancy in my case usually involves working alongside individuals and groups as needs be to research or develop and deliver exhibitions, projects, plans, ideas, research and strategies, and I participate in selection, commissioning, and awards panels. This usually leads to an engagement over time with local authority arts offices, venues, galleries, artist-led organisations and agencies, as well as advisory roles within a consultancy position, for example, for Culture Ireland and Revenue Commissioners, while contracted to the Policy and Strategy Department of the Arts Council. Mentoring roles have involved working with ParaInstitution in partnership with Adapt Galway on their initiative for new cultural leaders in Galway and the Artlinks Programme one-to-one sessions designed to support the professional development of established and emerging artists resident in Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow. Similarly, Fire Station Artists Studios' first alternative approach to the facilitation of studio visits through the Artists and Curators programme.