Creative Arts Manager, The Ark Children’s Cultural Centre.
Aisling O’Gorman has been working professionally in the arts in a range of roles for the past 16 years. With a background as a performer, choir director and community musician, she led the Participation and Learning programme for University Concert Hall devising engagement programmes for children, teenagers and adults. She then began working at The Ark, Europe’s first dedicated children’s cultural centre, as Music Programmer in 2011. In this role she has re-established music as a core art form in The Ark’s programme for children aged 2 to 12. Highlights include the expansion of the Tradfest Family Hub programme, numerous music participation programmes as well as the commissioning and producing of a range of new music shows for young audiences many of which have toured nationally. This includes Monster Music Improv (2016) which was a coproduction with Improvised Music Company. As Creative Arts Manager since 2017 Aisling now leads across The Ark’s multi-disciplinary programme and has developed a number of new initiatives in the areas of Early Years, Artist Development, Diversity and Inclusion and CPD programmes for teachers. Recent success with a Creative Europe grant means that she is now the programmer and producer of Ireland’s first international music festival for young audiences which takes place annually until 2022 as part of a network of such festivals taking place in 12 different cities across Europe and Canada.