The 126 Team | Board of Directors | Advisory Board | Interns

Board of Directors:

Members of the board of directors serve up to two years at 126 Artist-Run-Gallery. They are professional creatives who give their time for free to keep the exhibition space open, to plan and deliver diverse and exciting programmes year in and year out. Democracy is fundamental to the way the Board of Directors operates. Your current board of directors are:

Simon Fennessy Corcoran - Chairperson

Corcoran is a Curator and Visual Artist based in Galway City. Corcoran is also the Curator of The Courthouse Gallery and Studios in Ennistymon. He was the Fifth recipient of the Shinnors Scholarship, MA through Research in Curatorial Practice, based in Limerick City Gallery of Art with Limerick School of Art and Design. His research project was titled “Curatorial research into Limerick City Gallery of Art’s (LCGA’s) Permanent Collection programme: through evolving models of public engagement and curatorial practice, how can LCGA develop programming to support relevant and meaningful encounters?”. Corcoran also founded the “Plinth” graduate exhibition project in 2015 which ran until 2018 and has hosted several visual arts projects and events such as a “Curators Collective”. .

Tom McLean - Studio Manager

Tom McLean b. 1994 – Originally from Stradbally, Laois is a contemporary figurative painter and Illustrator now living and working in Galway City.

After graduating from CCAM, GMIT in 2016 specializing in painting, McLean completed an additional year of study in the RHA School, Dublin, and been short-listed and won various awards including the Screaming Pope Prize, Hennessey Portrait prize, The Whyte’s Award, and Hennessy Craig Award.

In 2018 McLean was named ''One to watch under 40'' by The Irish Arts Review and featured in the summer edition.

Kaitlynn Webster - Treasurer

Kaitlynn Webster is a multidisciplinary visual artist from California, USA, based in Galway, Ireland. She received her BA with Honours from California State University, Fresno and her MFA from the Burren College of Art/NUIG. She explores the way we construct reality and create meaning through ritual in her practice. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally.

Emily O'Brien - Secretary

Emily O’Brien is a freelance editor and copywriter from Cork City. She has been the literary editor for Bloomers magazine since its inception in 2018 and was the managing editor for ROPES Literary Journal Issue 28. She has interned with Dublin Book Festival, Cúirt International Literature Festival and is a co-director on the board of 126 Artist-Run Gallery.

Morgan Madison - Secretary | Archive/Documentation

Morgan is a visual artist and writer from St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A., now living in Co. Clare, Ireland. She works primarily in photography and drawing and is interested in the concepts of time and entropy. In 2016, she graduated with a B.A. high distinction from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities. In April 2019, she will be graduating with a MFA in Studio Art from the Burren College of Art. As of March 2019 she joined the Board of Directors at 126, Artist-Run-Gallery.

Advisory Board


The advisory board maintains the long-term memory of 126 gallery. As well as advising the Board of Directors on a range of issues, they actively advocate for the gallery to support its work.

  • Gavin Murphy – Lecturer GMIT Centre for Creative Arts & Media
  • Áine Phillips – Performance Artist, Lecturer Burren College of Art
  • Conor McGrady – Dean of the Burren College of Art
  • Dominic Thorpe – Artist, Curator, Visual Art Consultant and Facilitator.
  • Tom Flanagan – Ex 126 Board Member and Visual Artist
  • Victoria Smith – Ex 126 Chairperson and Visual Artist


In June 2014, 126 launched an internship programme in partnership with GMIT’s Centre for Creative Arts & Media. The internship is awarded to recent graduates who apply through an open call and runs for six months every year. Those selected have the opportunity to take on tasks and learn new skills, they then have the task of curating an exhibition in the 126 Gallery at the end of the internship.