Judging Panel

Joe Kileen

Joe Killeen

INTO President

Joe Killeen was elected as President of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation in April 2018, at the INTO’s annual congress.

Joe is Principal of Lough Cutra National School, Gort, Co. Galway. Originally from Corofin, Co Clare and began his teaching career at Kiltrusten NS, Strokestown, Co Roscommon.

A lifelong activist within the INTO, Joe became INTO Gort Branch Secretary in 1983, subsequently appointed to the organisations chief decision-making body, the Central Executive Committee in 2008. As a CEC member, Joe led on several major initiatives including the establishment of the Small Schools Task Force in 2012. Over many years on the CEC, Joe has worked on issues related to teacher’s workload, principal’s issues, disadvantage and special education.

Joe is actively involved in a range of community, rural, cultural and sporting organisations.
Tanya Kiang

Tanya Kiang

CEO & Co-Director of the Gallery of Photography, Temple Bar

Born in London in 1964, Tanya Kiang studied Communications at Dublin City University, where she majored in Photography. She graduated with Distinction in 1985, and held a variety of positions including teaching Informatics, installing early internet systems and freelance art writing.

In 1991 she took up the position of Editor of Circa Art Magazine, Ireland’s leading journal of visual culture. She has been the Director of the Gallery of Photography in Dublin since 1998. This publicly funded organisation is leading the development of photography and lens based art in Ireland. She has curated exhibitions by many leading contemporary photographers, and has a keen interest in developing the audience for contemporary photography through open air screenings. She is a jury member on numerous international photography panels and is a regular reviewer at international photo festivals. Recent projects include curated exhibitions for Irish Museum of Modern Art, for New York Photo Festival, Fotohof Salzburg, Pingyao Photo Festival, Chongqing Biennale and Three Shadows Gallery, Beijing
Liam Magee

Liam Magee

President; Cumann na mBunscol

Liam Magee has been involved in Cumann na mBunscol since taking up his first teaching post. Since that he has served on committees at county, provincial and national level. He is currently National President of the organisation.

Cumann na mBunscol promotes Gaelic Games in an educational context, having affiliated to it County and Provincial Primary Schools committees. Currently over 100,000 children take part in Cumann na mBunscol activities each year.

Liam is also a teaching Principal in St Columban's Primary School Belcoo Co Fermanagh.
Linda Shevlin

Linda Shevlin

Curator; Roscommon Arts Centre

Linda Shevlin has curated, facilitated and managed both large and small-scale visual arts projects including the 53rd Venice Biennale where she was project manager for the representative artists Gareth Kennedy & Sarah Browne and is Tulca Festival curator for 2018.

In 2017 she was the invited curator for the Hennessy Art Fund, purchasing new works for the IMMA collection and also curated the visual art programme for Bealtaine Festival in 2017 & 2018 where she developed projects, commissions, residencies & exhibitions. In 2016 she curated Radical Actions at RMIT Galleries, Melbourne as part of Culture Ireland's 2016 International Programme 'I Am Ireland'. The exhibition featured works by Duncan Campbell, Jesse Jones, Kennedy Browne and Seamus Nolan.
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Artist, Folklorist, Filmmaker, Researcher

Michael has cut many furrows with his work for almost twenty years, and his pioneering practice has widened the conversations regarding the intersection of traditional and contemporary cultures in Ireland and the general appreciation and understanding of culture in all it manifestations, especially in the area of folklore, the ordinary and the everyday. Working predominantly in film and photography, much of his practice revolves around the collection of material – material which he generates out of the relationships and experiences he develops with the people he encounters. He has produced an extensive portfolio of collaborative project work with people of all ages and abilities, both rural and urban throughout the county.

His works connects with many audiences and on many levels, and he is as comfortable presenting work in a village hall in Wexford as he is at an international film festival or gallery in Mexico. In recent years much of his work is presented on social media platforms while he also contributes articles and features for various national papers such as The Journal, RTÉ Culture and Irish Central. He is currently working for RTÉ on their National Treasure series while he presents a regular slot on the Sean O'Rourke on Ireland's ancient and contemporary folklore.
Niamh Doyle

Niamh Doyle

Community Fundraising Executive; LauraLynn Children’s Hospice

Niamh Doyle is the Community Fundraising Executive with LauraLynn Children’s Hospice. She has worked with the organisation for over a year and particularly enjoys her interactions with the schools that LauraLynn are fortunate enough to work with. LauraLynn is Ireland’s Only Children’s Hospice and works with families from all across the Republic of Ireland.

LauraLynn provides palliative care and support for children with life-limiting conditions and their families. Our holistic approach to care enables us to support the whole family, allowing parents to be ‘Mum and Dad’ rather than full-time carers. When life is short, two things become very important to families: the quality of life and making the most of every day, LauraLynn is focussed on delivering both.
Richard Carr

Richard Carr | INSPA Curator & Head Judge

Artist & School Liaison for Image Masters Photography

Richards' first international solo exhibition took place this year at MOCA London on the invitation of its director; Michael Petry from the Royal Academy Schools. It was also selected by Culture Ireland to feature as part of its national GB18 programme of events, which showcased a series of high quality cultural events in leading venues across Britain. Recently, he was selected for the finalists’ exhibition for the Hotron Prize at VISUAL, Carlow and the F15 Festival in association with IMMA, Dublin. His work featured as part of Ireland’s National 1916 Centenary Programme and he was shortlisted for Ireland’s Emerging Visual Artist Award.

As School Liaison for Image Masters Photography he is liaison to educational establishments who are home to over 25,000 students from preschool, through primary and secondary all the way to third level. In this role he has passionately worked towards increasing investment in education and in 2016 he founded Ireland's annual Parent Association Funds which has now helped fund 10 creative projects across Ireland. He is an advocate for STEAM practices within education and is a founding member of INSPA.