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Mary Cloake appointed Chief Executive at the Bluecoat

The Bluecoat is delighted to announce the appointment of Mary Cloake as Chief Executive. Mary was previously Director of Arts Council Ireland. She will take up the post in late February 2012.

Mary was Director at Arts Council Ireland from 2004 to 2011. During this time she demonstrated a strong commitment to local arts and regional development. There she initiated many programmes to support artists and build audiences for the arts. Under her leadership, the number of arts centres and venues rose from 15 to 50 and local authority arts officers from seven to 34. She also collaborated on cultural tourism festivals including the James Joyce Bloomsday Centenary Festival, the Beckett Festival and events to celebrate the 2012 Olympics in Ireland.

Born in Cardiff, Mary is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and Dublin City University. She initially worked as an independent theatre practitioner and with Arts Community Education, an arts development project. She then became local arts officer in Dundalk, County Louth. Mary then moved to the Arts Council in Dublin and held posts in Regions and Arts Development before being appointed Director.  

Mary said: “The Bluecoat is a dynamic creative hub at the heart of Liverpool with not only a fascinating history but an exciting and diverse artistic programme. I am very excited to be joining and look forward to working with the board and staff to help make the next 300 years as successful as the past.” 

Mary will lead the Bluecoat through the next phase in its development. 2017 sees the 300th anniversary of the Bluecoat and offers a huge opportunity for the organisation to celebrate its history and reinforce understanding of its importance as an arts centre which is central to Liverpool and a model for others. 

Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Bluecoat, Sue Harrison said: "This is an excellent appointment for the Bluecoat. Mary brings with her substantial experience with a deep passion for and understanding of the arts. We are looking forward to working with Mary to take the Bluecoat forward to the next chapter of its long history."


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