Head of Innovation and Development at the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
Louise Allen is the Head of Innovation and Development at the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland and from 2014 was the Head of International Programmes for Irish Design 2015.
Her experience ranges across design, enterprise, contemporary art and craft, education, curation and innovation. In her various roles she has led on the strategic development for the design and craft sector, forged relationships nationally and internationally and has delivered several EU funded programmes.
Louise co-curated Liminal-Irish Design at the threshold, the flagship exhibition for Irish Design 2015 that toured to design weeks in Milan, New York and Eindhoven and in 2016 and 2017 the Global Irish Design Challenge and Second Skin which explored links between fashion consumption and production.
In October 2016 Louise was elected President of the World Crafts Council Europe who represent 29 craft organisations from 20 EU countries.
Louise holds a joint honours degree in Fine Art Print and Art History from the National College of Art and Design and a post-graduate diploma in European Cultural Project Management.