Director, Creative Ireland (Cultural Policy)

Posted: Friday, 09 February 2018

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD,has announced that Tania Banotti is to be appointed as Director of the Creative Ireland Programme with effect from June.

The Creative Ireland Programme is an ‘All of Government programme' which is being led by the Department of Culture, Heritage and which is designed to mainstream creativity in the life of the nation and at the centre of public policy so that individually and collectively, Irish people can realise their full creative potential

Speaking today Minister Madigan said:

"I want to congratulate Tania on her new role. I have no doubt she will make an enormous contribution to the work of Creative Ireland and continue to ‘place creativity at the centre of public policy'."

Ms Banotti said:

"I am over the moon to be appointed to this role. Creative Ireland is a hugely ambitious initiative. Many of its goals are ones I have worked on my whole professional life so I'm looking forward to starting."

Tania Banotti is currently CEO of the Institute of Advertising Practitioners of Ireland (IAPI). IAPI is the oldest marketing communication body in Ireland representing creative, media and digital advertising agencies.

Tania has a background managing creative organisations. Previously she was CEO of Theatre Forum, the representative body for theatre and the performing arts.

She was one of the founders and then Secretary of the National Campaign for the Arts for three years. She was also Chief Executive of Screen Producers Ireland, the national association for TV, feature film and animation production companies.

She also worked for the UN in the Gaza Strip, Palestine for a number of years.

For more on Creative Ireland, visit