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Audrey Whitty


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

She has been Head of Collections and Learning of the National Museum of Ireland since April 2019. A member of the senior management team, she 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 Dr Whitty was Keeper of the Art and Industrial Division (Decorative Arts, Design and History), National Museum of Ireland. She was responsible for all collections, exhibitions, and leading the curatorial department and team on the Collins Barracks site of the National Museum. Since 2015 she has project-managed and opened 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.

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