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Audrey Whitty


Dr. Audrey Whitty has been Head of Collections and Learning since April 2019. In September 2021 in addition to this role, she was also appointed Deputy Director. She is a member of the senior management team, and is responsible for all aspects of the care of the 5 million objects in the collections across the four sites. This includes management of the four curatorial departments, Conservation, Registration, Education, Photography, Design and the Museum’s exhibitions programme.  

From 2015-19, she was Keeper of the Art and Industrial Division (Decorative Arts, Design and History), National Museum of Ireland, holding responsibility for all collections, exhibitions, and leading the curatorial department on the Collins Barracks site of the National Museum. During this time, she project-managed several exhibitions at Collins Barracks, including the acclaimed Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising exhibition. During 2013 and 2014, she was the curator of European and Asian Glass at The Corning Museum of Glass, New York where she was responsible for an extensive collection in what is widely regarded as the greatest glass museum in the world. From 2001 to 2013, Whitty was the curator of Ceramics, Glass and Asian collections, Art and Industrial Division, National Museum of Ireland. She has curated numerous exhibitions, most notably A Dubliner's Collection of Asian Art: The Albert Bender Exhibition and the National Museum's visible storage facility What's In Store? (approx. 16,500 objects), which showcases some of the museum's most important collections of applied arts. A graduate (B.A.: History and Archaeology) and postgraduate (M.A.: Archaeology) of University College Dublin, she also has a doctorate from Trinity College Dublin in History of Art.

Dr Audrey Whitty joined the Board of Directors of the IMA in September 2018 and was elected IMA Chair in October 2020. 

To contact Audrey and the IMA board of directors directly, email chair@irishmuseums.org