Hannah Pinckheard is Kerry County Council’s New Assistant Arts Officer

Kerry County Council has announced the appointment of Hannah Pinckheard as assistant arts officer.

Kerry County Council Arts Service has announced the appointment of Hannah Pinckheard as assistant arts officer.

The position of the assistant arts officer is funded jointly by Kerry County Council and the Arts Council for a three-year period, through an arts specialist staff support scheme and Hannah is delighted to be joining the art office team at Kerry County Council.

A former student of Presentation Secondary School Tralee, Hannah went on to complete a degree in architecture in Cork.

Visual Arts Programming

She has a strong interest in visual arts programming and gained experience in this area throughout her career to date.

An opportunity to work as an intern in a private commercial gallery brought her to Dublin, this was quickly followed by the role of gallery assistant as part of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office.

She soon expanded her skillset to include the coordination of cultural events and community engagement through her work with the Irish Architecture Foundation on their flagship event, Open House Dublin.

Stories and Experiences

Beginning in 2017, she worked with Dublin City Council Culture Company in various roles and she bringing strong experience in arts and cultural administration and community engagement to her new role.

As a member of their engagement team, Hannah worked to create cultural projects throughout the city based on people’s stories and experiences.

In September 2018, she was a key member of the team that launched 14 Henrietta Street – a museum set in a Georgian townhouse that tells the story of the building’s shifting fortunes, from family home and power-base to courthouse; from barracks to its final incarnation as a tenement house.

Visitor Experience Manager

Prior to taking up the role of assistant arts officer for Kerry County Council, Hannah worked for the National Library of Ireland as visitor experience manager for the award winning Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again exhibition.

Her aspiration in her new role is to promote culture in all its forms; to use it as a tool to connect people to place and each other.

She is excited to be returning home Kerry, and the opportunity to work alongside Arts Officer, Kate Kennelly, and the team in the arts office.

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