Introducing BPW's Board of Directors

We recently appointed 5 new trustees and are delighted to show you our newly enhanced team.

The driving force behind Belfast Print Workshop is our active and engaged board of Directors. As a registered charity, our Directors are voluntary and their skills, expertise and passion lead the organisation and studio staff in all areas of programming and governance. As a membership led organisation we're proud that our artists have always played a key role as directors and this year we've expanded our the skillset of our board considerably after an external recruitment drive which lead to the appointment of five new directors and one appointed from the membership.

James Allen, Chair
Born Lurgan, Co Armagh Studied painting at Belfast College of Art 1961-65 and Brighton College of Art, 1965-67. Taught printmaking at Goldsmiths College of Art, London 1967-70 and Ravensbourne College of Art, London 1973-76. In 1977 awarded 3 year Arts Council of Northern Ireland Fellowship to organise and manage Belfast Print Workshop with brief to create centre of excellence which, as well as offering facilities and equipment to artists, would make an important contribution to the cultural life of the community. He was Director of the Workshop from 1980 - 2002. He has had various one & two person shows in Belfast, Dublin, Tralee, Derry and London and, as well, exhibited in many group shows in Ireland England USA and Germany.


Linda McBurney, Company Secretary
Linda has been an artist-member of BPW since and 2012 and has over 20 years’ experience as a Manager at Royal Mail in various roles ranging from Operations Management; Project Planning; Internal Communications and Performance Analyst. She changed career path in 2014 to follow her passion for Visual Art and currently works in the Arts Sector as the HR Officer at the MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre) in Belfast. She is a graduate of the University of Ulster with a B.A. in Business Studies and Marketing, specialising in change management and project planning. Followed by further study at O.U. in Professional Certificate in Management. Linda has stamina; drive and energy. Her artistic practice is informed and inspired by autobiographical references taken from an archive of personal photographs, poetry and collected objects and mementos. 


Karen Daye-Hutchinson, Treasurer 
Karen is an Artist and Business Owner from Belfast.  She studied Fine Art at Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Ulster. Managing a successful art career, exhibiting nationally and internationally with representation in Ireland and Cannes; she has also managed her businesses with a hands on approach, which included Coppermoon gallery and lifestyle store for 23 years and now the jewellery brand Ghost & Bonesetter.   Karen was selected to make the prestigious Alliance Arts and Business Awards, 2018 and has been awarded many accolades for both her Art Practice and Business. As a newly elected member of Prism Print International and a long standing Director and Trustee of  Belfast Print Workshop Karen is continually motivating and resourceful.


Teresa Curran
Teresa is a Northern Ireland lawyer in general practice for over 30 years with specialist expertise in property law. Other area of expertise includes liquor licensing, business tenancies and corporate advice to small and medium sized businesses. Teresa has also developed a keen interest in charity law and has assisted many charitable organisations of varying sizes in navigating the rules and regulations for registering with the Charities Commission. Teresa has had a lifelong interest in the arts and in recent years discovered the art of printmaking inspired initially by one of the greatest living artists and printmakers, Norman Ackroyd, and then by becoming a member and practising the art at Belfast Print Workshop. Teresa says that she loves the different processes each creating its own distinct image and that it is such a wonderful sense of achievement and satisfaction to lift the print of the press and see what you have created.


Julie Stewart 
Following over ten years running two of her own highly successful hospitality and retail businesses, Julie took the skills and experience learned into industry, working for global law firms and managing architectural and design practices. Missing creativity, she later went freelance, copywriting for a business magazine, and becoming a social media consultant, providing support to local businesses. The freelance life can be a lonely one, so for the company of others she took on a part time Front of House position in the MAC, and in the Arts,  she found her true home. Fast forward four years, and she's now Programming Assistant for the MAC while running social campaigns for 5 independent businesses. Being on the board of BPW also brought further opportunities to flex the creative muscles that lay dormant from school, becoming a member of the Workshop as an artist in her own right earlier in the year, exhibiting locally, and will have work exhibited internationally next year.


René Mullin (appointed 2018)
René has been working in creative industry management roles since 1997 primarily within the graphic design, craft and architecture sectors. With a Management undergraduate degree and currently completing an MA in Arts Management at Queens University Belfast, her positions have become more focused on the arts and the challenges of managing organisations within a cultural context. As well as being a member of Belfast Print Workshop she also runs her own home studio in Belfast where she prints mainly on irish linen. Her printwork is supported and represented by many independent  stores throughout Ireland. Her first book was published in 2013, an illustrated Irish alphabet for kids, and she is currently working on books 2 & 3 in her series.


Mark  Glazier (appointed 2018)
Mark qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Australia whilst working at Price Waterhouse. He then worked in the performing arts, for dance and classical music organisations, until joining the telecommunications and media industry with Singtel Optus and then MTV Networks (VIACOM). Moving to Singapore with VIACOM he was Chief Financial Officer (Asia Pacific) for MTV, Nickelodeon and Vh1. He then set up the Asia operations for The History Channel and Crime & Investigation Network. Before recently moving to Ireland Mark was living in Paris for seven years while his husband held a senior position in United Nations Education Science Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). During that time, he worked with an international talent agency managing actors, presenters and directors, and raising finance for Hollywood produced films. During his long career in the arts and media he has also maintained a commitment to the community sector; directorships for youth, gay & lesbian, arts and education organisations, as well as running a community arts gallery. Mark is committed to ensuring that the organisation supports the UN Agenda 2030 and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.


Elaine Mateer (appointed 2018)
Elaine is a Project Manager in the museum and heritage sector. She has a master’s degree in museum studies and is experienced in delivering exhibitions and events programmes. Elaine is interested in the visual arts and has worked with arts and community organisations to increase their capacity and sustainability. She is interested in the creative process and has a passion for community arts and wellbeing. In her spare time, she enjoys crafting, printing and photography.

Aaron Drain (appointed 2018)
For several years, Aaron has been involved in digital publishing, advertising, content strategy, and editorial direction, inside and outside of the creative sector. Beginning his tenure with the arts in Ireland by writing for a Dublin-based music and film magazine, Aaron continued to hone his editorial skills before becoming Digital and then Managing Editor, building a multi-faceted, digitally-native approach to publishing and audience development. A passionate freelance arts & culture journalist beyond this, Aaron went on to apply these skills in service of Northern Ireland's vibrant craft sector, as Web & Digital Communications officer for Craft NI, where he successfully implemented creative advertising and media strategies to develop the organisation's presence, both at home and internationally, online and offline.


Emma McCauley (appointed 2018)
Emma is a communications professional with over 20 years' experience across both corporate and arts sectors. Her skills span communications, marketing, digital strategy and project management.  In 2013 Emma was successfully awarded a PhD degree and she has a master's degree in communications from the University of Ulster, and an undergraduate degree from National College Art and Design in Dublin. In her current role as Web Development Manager at NIE Networks she is responsible for delivering online services for customers, staff and stakeholders. In 2015 she successfully established a Director-led steering group to drive digital transformation. From 2005 -2011 Emma worked as PR, Communications and Project Officer at Craft Northern Ireland where she was instrumental in developing the organisation's digital presence and raising the profile of craft and design by generating extensive media coverage for the sector. Emma is also a keen painter, working in watercolour, and currently completing an online diploma from the London College of Art.