Galway native Jeanne Sampier is easily distracted by the beauty, strength and interconnectedness of the natural world.
Jeanne has worked on environmental research and education projects, at home and abroad, and believes that some projects have the ability to inspire us throughout our lives. Jeanne’s primary school, the Galway School Project (now Galway Educate Together), participated in a number of arts initiatives including The Macleinn Summer School, which involved working with Macnas to create organic sculptures of creatures in Renville Park, Oranmore. This time spent in Renville Park, she feels, is one childhood experience that sparked her interest and great love of nature.
Jeanne studied environmental science at NUI, Galway and holds a master’s degree in biodiversity & conservation. Her work to date has focused mainly on protecting pollinators (primarily bees). She is the lead author and facilitator for Green Sod Ireland’s biodiversity project for primary schools, Bee Aware. She wishes to create more ways of connecting people with nature and to explore the links between nature and our mental and spiritual development.
Jeanne is excited to be part of the AÁE Team and looks forward to collaborating with others that might be interested in contributing towards the ecology section. You can contact Jeanne at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ado Lyons was first introduced to the West’s musical world as a songwriter in Galway folk band Majestic Bears. Since then he has gone on to play an important role as promoter and organiser with Citóg Records. Ado began writing about music whilst in college, when his entry to Hot Press Write Touch got to the final 8 in the country. After a brief period contributing to, the now-disbanded, Ceol Collective Ado became involved with An Áit Eile, accepting the role of Music Editor not long after.
Gianna Tasha Tomasso is a Scottish born writer and visual artist based in Galway. Gianna is founder of StudioNine, a 2000 sq ft decentralised artist-led space in Tuam Co. Galway. Gianna has produced articles for publications such as Visual Artist Ireland News Sheet, recently covering TULCA Visual Arts Festival, and CIRCA online art journal. Her main research interests relate to the positioning of art in the wider cultural frame with a particular focus on the discourses surrounding the efficacy of art as a form of activism.
Gianna has exhibited artworks nationally and has been selected to participate in art related projects such as Developing Creative Practice Across Borders in Belfast and more recently working with The Centre of Artistic Activism in Dublin. Gianna looks forward to working with the An Áit Eile team and working towards developing the Art section as a collaborative and informative hub for those interested in art in Galway.
More can be found about Gianna at www.giannatashatomasso.com and www.studionineart.com. You can contact Gianna at email@example.com if you would like to contribute in the art section or collaborate on future projects.
Notable projects include “Seeing Sense”, an interactive multimedia teaching aid used in Northern Ireland to educate kids about prejudice, and poster design for “The Pat Finucane Inquiry”.
He is currently studying Business Enterprise and Community Development with Equal Ireland. He brings his work together through volunteering coordinator at Transition Galway’s Garden, secretary with Galway Design Hub, and working as a consultant with Edgeryders with community caring initiatives.
He enjoys illustration, archery and mountain biking.
For qualifications check out his LinkedIn profile.
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Megan graduated with a Master’s Degree in Literature & Publishing at NUI Galway in November 2016. Her research dissertation examined semiotic storytelling strategies in children’s picture books and their interactive apps on visual literacy development. She was a member of the editorial team for ROPES, a literary journal published annually by the MA students in NUI Galway.
Megan recently took on the role of Literature Editor for An Áit Eile. She looks forward to collaborating with writers, editors and publishers based in the west of Ireland.
Please send queries/submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also reach Megan on Twitter @nelis_megan
Louise is a Visual Artist, Facilitator, and Jewellery designer/maker. Currently studying an MA in Arts Policy and Practice at The Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUIG, she also holds a BA (Hons) Fine and Applied Art from the University of Ulster, Belfast (2009). Louise is a member of Engage Art Studios, and Co-director of 126 Artist-Run Gallery, Galway. Louise is the Shop Manager for An Áit Eile
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Tom Stewart is a dancer and co-founder of An Ait Eile, the other place.
Tom holds degrees from Trinity College Dublin in Sociology and Social Policy and Psychoanalytic Theory.
He is an advocate-practitioner of cooperative and commons-based approaches to the supply of social goods and cultural infrastructure, operating as member of the Exchange Dublin collective
peer education project Open Learning Ireland.
He has been awarded by Dublin City Council and the Institute Without Boundaries for collaborative service design.
He is currently a Peer Mentor within Galway Volunteer Centre’s ‘Flourish’ support service.
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Féilim O’hAoláin is a freelance arts and cultural producer. He currently works as one of the coordinators for the Galway Theatre Festival (April 29th-May 7th), was founder of Dodo Theatre Company and has worked for a number arts organisations over the years including Decadent, Jolt and Galway Arts Centre. He has brought theatrical pop-up shows to festivals such as Electric Picnic and Body and Soul Festival. Féilim has just completed an MA in Arts Policy in NUI Galway.