Curriculum Vitae

Katherine Atkinson MA

Member of Visual Arts Ireland

Professional Development 

Create – national development agency for collaborative arts ( 2001- 2017

Management of the Arts Council of Ireland’s Artist in the Community Scheme | Policy development and funding scheme for research & development/mentoring awards and project realisation awards for collaborative arts projects 2002 – 2017

Creating policy and strategic plans with arts and community organisations in Ireland

Producing Public Art Commissions on behalf of the Office of Public Works, Dublin, Fingal and Meath County Councils and the Health Service Executive Ireland |For example: Tolka Nights

Manager/trainer Extending Architecture: Training in practices of engaging the public with architecture – an Arts Council training and professional development initiative

Managing European projects|European Academy of Participation |Erasmus programme

Typecast Ireland| through Léargas Grundtvig programme

Create the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP) funded by Creative Europe

Delivering with Create and the National Sculpture Factory the Cork Ignite Commission

Leading the Arts and Health | Arts and Disability Enquiry on behalf of Create with partners Arts & Disability Ireland, Waterford Healing Arts Trust and the Arts Council Ireland 2013 – 2015

Speaker at Commissions + an international symposium on Public Art and Commissioning Fingal County Council Public Art Programme 2012

Mentor for Aleksandra Borys with Tour d’Europe des Choréographes: Dance Ireland

2010 – 2011

Project Coordinator of Cultural Diversity and the Arts Research Project commissioned by the Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon and funded by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, through NPAR (National Action Plan Against Racism)

2008 – 2009

Coordinator of Irish artists for the Public Art Symposium: Create and Leitrim County Arts Office, September 2007

Responsible for the Project Management and Delivery of the Community-Based Programme, Cork 2005: European Capital of Culture 2004 – 2005

Responsible for the Strategic Plan and Artistic Programme of Arts & Disability Ireland 2003 – 2004

2000 – 2001

Management Consultant

Freelance, Ireland

Provided specialist services for arts organisations including developing and writing strategic plans, guidance for people management, devising job descriptions, identifying training needs, and planning training programmes

1996 – 2001

The Body Shop, Dublin, Ireland

2000 – 2001

Trainer, reporting to Owner/ Franchisee

Established, designed and delivered induction, product, customer service and management training programme for the staff (12 stores, approx. 100 staff) of The Body Shop Ireland

1996 – 2000

Store Manager (3 sites) – Grafton St / Henry St / Stillorgan, Dublin

Responsible for the business management of sales, staff, finances, stock control, training, merchandising, and premises



Developed and delivered management training for the managers of The Body Shops in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland

1994 – 1996

The Body Shop, Head Office, Melbourne, Australia

National PR Officer, reporting to Director of Marketing

Responsible for the development, implementation and training of a staff network throughout Australia to deliver local and store based PR and promotional events

1989 – 1984

The Body Shop Sydney

1992 – 1994

Retail Operations Manager, reporting to Owner / Franchisee

Responsible for the retail operation of 14 retail outlets in the Sydney metropolitan area

Key responsibilities:

  • Human resource management of 250 staff
  • Financial management
  • Stock management

1989 – 1992

Area Manager, Training Officer

1988 -1989

Regional Cultural Council, Mt Gambier, South Australia

Arts Development Manager

Established an arts advisory committee that developed arts policies for the South East Cultural Trust, South Australia.

1986 – 1988

Arts Council of South Australia, Adelaide

Youth Officer

Implemented and advised youth arts projects throughout South Australia

1985 – 1986

Young Mobile Theatre, Northern Festival Centre, Pt. Pirie, South Australia

Community Theatre Performer/ Musician

Young Mobile Theatre was a combined project of the Northern Cultural Trust, South Australian Department for the Arts and the Australia Council, operating in Northern South Australia including the Aboriginal lands. My role with this company was performer, musician, writer, tutor and facilitator.


2008 – 2010

Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology


Master of Arts Public Culture Studies

Encompassing; Critical Theory of Public Culture, Research Methodologies, Modes of Professional Writing, Critical Approaches to Cultural Texts, Public Cultures and Critiques, Cultural Policies and Practices. My key areas of research were in arts policy and public art.


Newpark College


Jazz Ensemble Course

2002 -2004

National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Diploma of Drama and Theatre Studies

1982 -1984

South Australian College of Advanced Education, Magill

Diploma of Teaching (2 years)

Major – Music and Drama


College of Technical and Further Education, South Australia

Certificate of Music (1 year)


Westminster School, Adelaide



Visual Artists’ News Sheet | Visual Arts Ireland | Issue September/October 2016

Participation: Incentives, tenets and time 

Ceramics Ireland Magazine | Typecast Commission 2015

Irish Museum of Modern Art | Blog 2014

Katherine Atkinson In Response to Summer Rising

Reverie + Nemeton Publication | Artist Marie Brett artefacts of loss.K.Atkinson.pdf

Trades Club Revival Publication| Artist Seamus Nolan


Board of Management                           2006 – 2010

Liverpool Centre for Arts Development, Liverpool, UK

Advisor                                                      2001 – 2009

Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Studio Award, Dublin, Ireland

Chairperson                                              2003 – 2004

Dublin City Development Board, Community Forum, Arts Focus Group

Member of Development Group           2002 – 2004

CADMUS: Community Music Action Research Project. Dublin, Ireland

Board of Management                             1988 – 1989

Mainstreet Theatre Company, Naracoorte, South Australia

Management Committee                        1986 – 1988

Community Arts Network, Youth Workers Network, Adelaide, South Australia



Fire Station Artist’s Studios

Performative Curating: its social and political possibilities

Hosted by: Florian Malzacher and Joanna Warsza

Guest speakers: Gregory Sholette and Olga Kopenkina


Blast Theory

Assymetrical participation + Digital collaborations CPD


Fire Station Artist’s Studios

Performance Art Workshop with Performance Artist Jurgen Fritz


Balbir Singh Dance Company

Arts and Cultural Diversity Performance CPD



National Concert Hall

A Night by the Ocean


Dublin Live Art Festival



Dublin Fringe Festival

Anu Productions | Thirteen | Resilience

 Granby Park Visual Arts Programme

Guided Public Tour

 Highlanes Gallery Drogheda

The LFTT Library

Edges & Margins II

Desire Lines

Guided Public Tour


Model, Sligo

Launch of The Trades Club Revival publication |Seamus Nolan


Dublin Theatre Festival

‘Tear Down The Walls’ by Project Brand New | Geraldine Pilgrim