Tony Fegan - Director
Tony is Director of Tallaght Community Arts, a participatory arts organisation that creates opportunities for artists and the people of South Dublin County to explore together the
trans-formative and celebratory power of the arts
for the well-being of all. He has extensive experience of creating innovative participatory projects with diverse communities across London and Internationally. He is a founder member of Phakama (London/South Africa).
For the last ten years he has been producing participatory arts programmes and projects across South Dublin County with leading regional, national and international artists.
Andrew Siddall - Production Designer
Andrew (Sid) Siddall is an artist, designer, technician, teacher and project manager with over thirty years’ experience working internationally in theatre, education and community settings. He combines visual arts, celebration and performance to enable participants and audiences to cross borders of race, culture, geography, language and ability.
He has a particular interest in youth oriented, site-specific, non-venue based events which involve space transformation, installation, exhibition and procession. Based in London, he is a founder member and associate artist of Phakama (UK & South Africa), project manager at Emergency Exit Arts (London), associate artist of Tallaght Community Arts (Dublin) and module tutor at London Metropolitan University.
Jennifer Webster - Project Producer
Jennifer is a drama facilitator and arts project producer. She has worked as an associate artist with Tallaght Community Arts for over nine years. She set up Carousel Theatre School based in RUA RED in 2010. She is a drama facilitator with TCA Initiative Doors to Elsewhere, a theatre ensemble for adults with a disability. Jennifer was Project Producer on the community/intergenerational project If You Were in My Shoes commissioned by Nás na Ríogh Housing Association.
Her work as producer includes Flock – By Aoife Courtney at the Big House Festival 2013, For Tallaght Community Arts, Gaza Monologues 2018, Aeridheacht -Taking the Air 2015/16, Act Up Theatre Festival 2011-2019, Creative Campus 2014-19, All Our Futures 2017/8, Where in this World 2017.
Jenny Macdonald – Dramaturg
Jenny Macdonald is a drama facilitator and theatremaker. Her work seeks to support the sharing of stories and voices that go untold or unheard and has a strong focus on embodied, physical expression. She is a recent recipient of an Artist in the Community Scheme grant, managed by CREATE for the Arts Council of Ireland for work at St. Patrick’s Hospital, Dublin. She is an artist mentor to WAVE, an emerging intercultural dance and spoken word ensemble, and has created and delivered workshop programmes for a huge range of arts and community organisations in Ireland and internationally including The Hugh Lane Gallery, The Ark, Children in Crossfire, SPIRASI, and The National Youth Council of Ireland. In spring 2018, she was selected as a participant on Lead Role, a development programme for women artists taking place in Sweden and run by Theatre Forum Ireland. She is a tutor for New York University’s Masters in Community-engaged Theatre for whom she developed a course based on her practice of collaborative devising with personal narrative, and an Associate Artist with Tallaght Community Arts and Project Phakama UK. She was a participant on Dublin Theatre Festival’s artist development programme, The Next Stage.
Gabriella McGrath - Lead Artist
Gabriella McGrath is an art educator and craft facilitator born in Hungary and living in Ireland since 2005. Gabriella has been on the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland's Education Panel since 2011 delivering collaborative CRAFTed projects in primary schools, facilitating workshops and outreach programmes for all abilities and ages in museums, libraries and festivals. Her secondary school work includes Creative Engagement projects, an initiative co-funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and the Department of Education. McGrath designs and teaches Department of Education approved Continuous Professional Development teachers' courses on how to integrate crafts and visual arts into education. In 2014 she was awarded an Artist in Youth Work Residency by the National Youth Council taking place at Lucan Youth Service.
She enjoys working on inter-generational, inter-cultural and multidisciplinary art projects. Her projects working with Tallaght Community Arts include “If you were in my Shoes”, the “Roma Sewing Project” and “Where in this World”.
Sharon Devlin – Rope Artist &
Sharon Devlin - Professional Artist & Community Arts Practitioner. Participant coordinator of The Great Rope of Tallaght. With a background in specialised care and teaching both Children and individuals with ID, Sharon completed studies in Art and Design, Arts and Disabilities, Advocacy, Youth Arts Facilitation, Community Arts Practice and Leadership and Community Development.
Sharon is the Coordinator of DoubleTAKE Supported Arts Studio, T. C. A's vibrant Visual Arts studio with a weekly membership of up to 90 adults. She also works with the H.S.E and E.T.B.
Sharon's work is deeply embedded in the principles and values of Community Development. Her practice supports and promotes Inclusion, Equality, Recognition and Respect of the Value, Ability and Potential of all individuals.
Sharon's Art works are in many private collections and can be viewed on www.sharondevlin.eu
Caroline Hyland - Rope Artist
Caroline Hyland is an artist mentor working with the DoubleTAKE Supported Arts Studio for the last 5 years. She is also an Illustrator and an Artist in Residence in the National Centre for Arts and Health, Tallaght University Hospital. Caroline has a background in Art Education, Visual Communications and is a qualified Occupational Therapist. She spent 6 years working as an OT in the area of Intellectual Disability before returning to the Arts Sector in 2013.
Caroline strongly believes in the power of art for advocacy, supportive learning and engaging with communities. She provides visual support to the Cheeverstown House Advocacy committee.
Tadsahi Kato – Rope Artist/Costume Designer
Tadashi Kato is a visual artist and designer. He was educated at Setsu Mode Seminar Fashion Illustration Arts School, Tokyo, Japan. He designed window displays for Tokyo.
Tadashi moved to London in 1991. There he worked as a Design Facilitator on Wyan Gulat – Balinese performance event at the South Bank Centre for LIFT ‘96. He was an artist facilitator Factory of Dreams site specific performance with Group F, Brockwell Park Out of LIFT ’96.
In 2005 he relocated to Ireland. He has worked with Helium Theatre Company, Tallaght Youth Theatre, The Source Arts Centre and Tallaght Community Arts. Tadashi’s performance design interests include working in paper as a part of a Japanese tradition of paper cuts and exploring the design potential of recycled materials.
Carla Fazio - Choreographer
Carla is an accomplished dance educator and curator who has been bringing dance to young people in school and community settings for over 15 years. She holds an MA in Dance Education from New York University, USA. Currently, Carla is working out of the South Dublin Arts Office directing the NOISE Moves Youth Dance Festival. She is working on developing dance programming for the county through the projects of Velocity and Magical Movers. Carla has presented at numerous dance and education conferences including Dance Research Forum Ireland Conference and the National (USA) Dance Education Conference.
Her academic research is focused in dance assessment practices. She had the honour of being on the New York City Department of Education’s Arts Achieve team.
Tallaght Community Arts Administrator
Working at Tallaght Community is a great pleasure and a privilege. I am daily surrounded by a diverse group of intelligent and friendly people.I have been working with Tallaght Community for over twenty years.
I maintain the day-to-day administrative structures of the organisation to ensure the long-term sustainability of Tallaght Community Arts.
I provide administrative assistance to freelance Project Managers/ Artist Facilitators on individual projects. I also provide administrative support to our
long-term programme –The DoubleTAKE supported arts studio for people with disabilities. I produce the in-house publicity for projects. I am also involved in facilitating our Visual Arts programmes.
Cathal Regan Assistant Admin.
I am the Admin Assistant for Tallaght Community Arts. I have been working with Tallaght Community Arts on a voluntary basis since 2010. In 2019 I was sucended to
Tallaght Community Arts on a CE Scheme.
My first introduction to Tallaght Community Arts was invigilating the Fifi Smith exhibition A Long Tearless Night. Since then I have worked on many different projects e.g. Act Up, Aerideacht- Taking the Air, The Great Rope of Tallght, Field of Dreams, Box Stories. I really enjoy working in Tallaght Community Arts.
Sharon Doyle is a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist, she has worked in the wider tallaght community for the past 20 years, she worked as a counsellor for 6 years with families affected by addiction and then went on to work in community development for 12 years also as a support worker for 3 years. She joined Tallaght Community arts in early 2018.......
Martin Moran –Programme Manager, Mentor
Martin has been involved with Alternative Entertainments since the 80s. His first contact was as guitar student and attendee of The Tallaght Rock School. In the 90s he began working as guitar tutor with The Des Carty Music School. He then joined the festival support staff as administrator and eventually Music Programme Manager. He started The South Dublin Rock School with Elton Mullally in 2004.The project changed its name to SubSounds in 2009. Martin is a professional musician who performs and records with a number of bands in the Dublin area.e.