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Board of Directors

Consists of nine directors, five of which (including the Chairperson) are artist members of the Studio while four are external directors. Studio artist Board members are appointed by the Studio membership and the Board appoints the external directors. The external directors provide expertise in other areas such as law, finance and communications while also having a strong interest in the visual arts. The directorship is for a period of three years with the option to continue for a further two years.

EMMA FINUCANE, (10/2013 - 10/2017, Appointed Chair 2/2016)

Emma Finucane works in printmaking, paint, photography and video and develops artwork through dialogue, process based, participatory and collaborative practice. Emma studied Fine Art in NCAD where she received a first class honors BFA in 1997 and a MFA in 2006. She has been commissioned and supported by the Arts Council Ireland, CREATE, Wicklow County Council, Carlow County Council, Kildare County Council, The Open Window Project, and Pfizer Ireland. Her work has been shown in Dublin, Belfast, Germany, U.K, L.A. and Copenhagen and can be found in many private and public collections including: OPW, AIB, DIT, and UCD. She has been a visiting lecturer in NCAD, IADT, UCD, IT Carlow, and Ballyfermot Senior College. Emma has been invited to present at many seminars and symposia including Re Imagining Birth, UCD School of Humanities 2013, Art and Health Commission, Panel Presentation and Discussion VISUAL Carlow 2013, Sharing Space, Ballyfermot Senior Colllege 2010 and NCAD Art and Learning Communities 2006.


LOUISE PEAT, SECRETARY (9/2014 - 9/2017, Appointed Secretary 2/2016)

Louise Peat was born in Dublin where she lives and works. She studied Fine Art at DIT, College of Marketing and Design where she received an honours Diploma in Painting in 1993 and in 2011 she graduated with a Master of Fine Art in Painting from NCAD. She is currently on the teaching panel at the Black Church Print Studio where she has been a member since 1990. Solo exhibitions include; Clearing, St John's Art Centre, Listowel, County Kerry, (1999), Elemental, The National Concert Hall, Dublin, (2005). Recent group exhibitions include; The way we live now and then, The Library Project, Dublin 2. (2014). RUA, Belfast, (2014). PROOF IT, The Library Project, Dublin 2. Repetition, Cross Gallery, Dublin. Stamp, Rua Red. Tallaght, Dublin. Production, Monstertruck Gallery, Dublin, (2012). Louise Peat received an Ev+a Award in 1998, and in 2000 she won the Douglas Hyde Gold Medal and Arts Council Award for painting. Her work is held in many private and public collections.



Rachael Gilbourne is a visual arts worker living in Dublin. Since late 2013, she has been working with Kerlin Gallery, a Dublin-based gallery with a focus on international contemporary art. Also an independent curator, Gilbourne regularly collaborates with Kate Strain, under the aegis of RGKSKSRG, and is co-founder and co-ordinator of Visual Arts Workers Forum (est. 2010), as well as working on her own sporadic solo projects. Previously, she has worked as General Manager, Black Church Print Studio, Dublin (2012-13); Exhibitions Manager, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2012); and Assistant Curator, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2011). She served on the board of directors for The Market Studios, Dublin (2011-13). Gilbourne is an NCAD Graduate with a BFA in Sculpture and holds an MFA in Visual Arts Practices from IADT, Dublin.


ELLA BERTILSSON (7/2017 - 7/2020)

Bertilsson (b. Umeå/Sweden 1982) is based in Dublin and has been a member of the Black Church Print Studio since 2009. Bertilsson completed a Masters of Fine Art with a first class honours in 2015 at NCAD (National College of Art and Design) in Dublin/ Ireland. She pursued Literature Studies during 2011-2012 at the University of Södertörns Högskola in Stockholm/Sweden. In 2009 she graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Art Print (first class honours) at NCAD. Bertilsson's practice ranges across a variety of media including printmaking, drawing, video and audio.


BRENDA TOBIN (7/2014 - 12/2017)

Brenda Tobin is a specialist in Intellectual Property law especially copyright. She worked in RTE for 9 years as a solicitor and before that for solicitors in London that represented the NUJ. Now she has her own consultancy, advising on design rights, film deals, music distribution agreements, and all rights issues around the arts.


COLM MAC ATHLAOICH (3/2015 - 3/2018)

Colm Mac Athlaoich is an artist, illustrator and educator. He holds a honours degree in Fine Art Printmaking and a Post Graduate Diploma in Art and Design Education from NCAD. His work embraces the area between design and fine art, in his practice he employs the language of drawing, etching, painting and carving. He is a member of the Black Church Print Studio and co-founder of Monster Truck Gallery and Studios in Dublin. He exhibits both nationally and internationally and his works are part of the OPW Collection. His clients include, The Sunday Tribune, The Irish Times, The Racket Magazine, The Global Mail, Heineken Ireland, Carlsberg. Previous exhibitions include Konstforum (Sweden), Conde Duque Cultural Centre (Madrid), Temple Bar Gallery (Dublin), Monster Truck Gallery (Dublin), The Royal Hibernian Academy (Dublin), The Royal Academy of Arts (London), Academie Menerva (Groningen).


PETER STEWART (9/2015 - 9/2018)

Peter Stewart is a chartered accountant and is vastly experienced in many aspects of financial management, having worked as a public auditor, internal auditor, chief financial officer and financial consultant. Peter has broad Director and commercial experience, and was a Director of Ireland's National Asset Management Agency from its inception until October 2011.


CHLOE BRENNAN (04/2016 - 04/2019)

Chloe Brenan is an artist originally from Carlow. She has completed a BA in Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design and a Postgraduate Diploma in Philosophy and Aesthetics at University College Cork. She also has a background in Archival Film at the Irish Film Institute.


THERESA NANIGIAN (05/2016 - 5/2019)

Theresa Nanigian is an American artist and has lived in Dublin for over 18 years. She has exhibited widely in Ireland and abroad, and has won numerous awards and grants including the Allianz Business to Arts Award for Best Commissioning Practice. Prior to establishing an art practice, Theresa worked in the commercial sector as a consultant with McKinsey & Company and as the head of Strategic Business Planning in a division of SmithKline Beecham. Her most recent post was Senior Vice President with line responsibility for a technology division at American Express in New York.