Trinity College Dublin and the board of Science Gallery Dublin have announced the appointment of Ann Mulrooney as the new Director of Science Gallery Dublin. Previous to her new appointment, Ann Mulrooney was the CEO of VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art in Carlow since 2013.
Ann Mulrooney comes to the role with a passion for creating transformative experiences that link science, technology, engineering, art, and design. Initially trained as a sculptor, Ann went on to run the National Design and Craft Gallery from 2009-2013 and the VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art from 2013-2018, where she developed ambitious cross-disciplinary artistic programming in STEM-related areas including digital technologies, augmented reality, architecture, design, science, agriculture, engineering and urban planning, with a particular focus on developing public engagement through socially-engaged practice.
Pioneered by Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin just over a decade ago, the rapid growth of the Science Gallery Network across four continents is testament to its success. This year saw the launch of Science Gallery London at King's College London, while Science Gallery Melbourneat The University of Melbourne, Science Gallery Bengaluru at the Indian Institute of Science, Science Gallery Venice at Ca' Foscari University of Venice, and Science Gallery Detroit at Michigan State University are all delivering programming to local audiences.
Ann Mulrooney graduated with a BA in Fine Art from the Crawford College of Art, Cork, Ireland, and an MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London. She exhibited widely in the UK and Ireland and her work is held in numerous public and private collections. She worked as a freelance curator in Ireland and the UK before joining the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland in 2008 to run the National Design and Craft Gallery, where she directed and curated national and international exhibitions. She took up the post as CEO of VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art in Carlow in late 2013, directing artistic programming across the galleries and theatre.
As a curator, she has realised solo exhibitions by artists including Yinka Shonibare, Tim Hetherington, Gareth Kennedy and Paul Mosse and group exhibitions including Haris Epaminonda, Daniel Cramer, Bedwyr Williams, Laura Ford, Keith Wilson, Daphne Wright, Ailbhe Ni Bhriain and Yvonne McGuinness. Her areas of interest are in material culture and identity, and she has a specific interest in developing audience engagement, participation and understanding through collaborative and innovative programming. In recent years this has included Fergus McCarthy's ‘Take Me To The River'; ‘Building Stories' in relation to the work of Niamh McCann;‘ Materials Library' in relation to the work of Paul Mosse; and ‘Town Planners' co-produced with Workhouse Union in 2018.
She has been a lecturer, external assessor and frequent contributor to cultural publications and programmes . She was selected for Tate Intensive, an international professional practice programme in Tate Modern 2017, and awards include Bursary for artistic and curatorial research, PlaCe Research Centre, University of Western England (2006), the Ciclitira Scholarship Prize for Sculpture, RCA, UK (2002) and an Arts Council of Ireland Postgraduate Bursary (2001).