About The 126 Team

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

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:


Joanne CoJoanne Couch Biouch – Co-Chairperson, Archive, Fundraising, Twitter, Rare Exports Spanish Project Coordinator

Joanne is a researcher, artist and writer. Having originally studied Fine Art, she also holds a BA (Hons) in English and Philosophy. She is a founding member of the Branch Collective, a group that aims to bridge the gap between art and academia, starting some conversations. Branch was responsible for The Stir Project in Tulca 2014, as well as a number of academic papers. Joanne is currently pursuing a PhD in the Philosophy of Art and Culture in NUIG. Her thesis focusses on Installation Art and Phenomenology. She has been a 126 board member since March 2015, holding the position of secretary from March 2015 to February 2016, and the position of co-chairperson from February 2016.


Louise bio imageLouise Spokes – Co-Chairperson, Membership, Creative Café, ADAPT Representative, Burren College of Art Liaison

Louise is a visual artist and arts administrator. She has a BA Hons in Fine and Applied Art from University of Ulster, Belfast (2009) and an MA Arts Policy and Practice, Huston School of Film & Digital Media, Galway (2015). Louise is actively involved in the arts in Galway and has worked on a wide range of projects and festivals including: Galway City Culture Night (Programme Co-ordinator, 2015), Arts in Action (2015), TULCA (Education Assistant, 2014), Galway Fringe Festival (Visual Art Co-ordinator, 2013). She is one of the co-founders of An Áit Eile (2015), a new not-for-profit cultural collective. Louise has been on the board of 126 since March 2015, where she fulfilled the position of Treasurer from March 2015 to Feb 2016. Alongside Joanne Couch, she took on the shared role of 126 Chairperson in February 2016.


Bláithín Bio image

Bláithín Hughes – Secretary, Head Technician, Internship Coordinator, College Liaison

Bláithín Hughes is a Galway based artist. She has recently graduated from CCAM (GMIT) with a B.A (Honours) in Fine Art Sculpture. Hughes has exhibited work in Galway, Letterfrack and Limerick. Her most recent exhibition: The Future is Self-Organised – Artist-Run Spaces 2015 – 2016. After completing the 126 Internship programme we were thrilled to welcome Bláithín as a member of the team.



Stephan Roche Bio

Stephan Roche -Treasurer, Volunteer Coordinator, Creative Café, Funding Applications

Stephan Roche has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art (Painting) from Limerick School of Art and Design and a MA in The History of Art and Architecture from University of Limerick. He is currently the Exhibitions Assistant at Galway Arts Centre. Prior to this he has worked in the Education and Outreach department of The Hunt Museum in Limerick, as an Art Sales Associate in the US, and as a freelance Curator (most recent show:‘Plinth’ in Sailor’s Home, Limerick- Culture Night 2015). His Fine Art practice mainly involves painting, drawing, and installation-based work that deals with psychological theories focused on childhood.


Lucy Elvis. Photo: Boyd Challenger

Lucy Elvis – Fundraising&Funding Applications, Public Relations&Social Media, ARTFarm Residency Coordinator, TULCA Liaison

Lucy is a researcher, writer and curator from the UK currently living in Galway. She holds a BA in Art History and Politics from the University of Leicester (UK) and an MA in Visual Culture from Lunds Universitet (Sweden) where she was also a part of the team at Galleri Pictura. She is currently a Doctoral Scholarship Student at the National University of Ireland Galway completing a PhD in the Philosophy of Art and Culture. Her research focuses on an Embodied Hermeneutics of Architecture and how such an approach might expand our understanding of the experiences generated by our built spaces. She is a founding member of the BRANCH research collective who have published collaborative papers and designed and managed the STIR project as part of TULCA 15: Neutral. Most recently she ran reading groups with the Red Bird Youth Collective for their Agitating Space project and curated the ArtLink Members show Insiders & Outsiders as well as developing projects for Galway 2020. Lucy joined the board of 126 in January 2015 as secretary and PR&Social Media Co-Ordinator, she held the position of co-chairperson between  April 2015 and February 2016.



Victoria Furey– Website, Technician, AV Tech and Culture Night Co-Ordinator

Victoria is a performance artist who graduated from GMIT CCAM in 2015. Alongside her artistic practice Victoria works with Galway Community Circus and Macnas. She joined the board of

126 in June 2016 and currently manages our Audio-Visual technologies, the 126 Website as well as taking the lead in producing our programme of events for Culture Night 2016.

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
  • Tom Flanagan – Ex 126 Board Member and Visual Artist
  • Victoria Smith – Ex 126 Chairperson and Visual Artist

PR & Design Team

  • Edel McMahon- Graphic Design
  • David Callan- Technical Support
  • Eoghain Wynne- Technical Support
  • Marcel Badia Ferrer – Technical and Design Support
  • Susan Roche- Volunteer development and support


In June 2014, 126 launched an internship programme in partnership with GMIT’s Centre for Creative Arts & Media. The internship was awarded to recent graduates of CCAM who formed a new venture, Itsa Collective while in final year of college.

For 2015, 126 advertised this opportunity via open call and was thrilled to receive a large number of high quality applications, which resulted in a final group of diverse graduates joining the 126 team. The 2015 126 Interns were: Amber Baruch (NCAD), Bláithín Hughes (CCAM), Brendan Finnerty (LSAD), Cliodhna Timoney (IADT), Deirdre Feeney (CCAM) and Ellen Egan (LSAD). The project culminated in the curation of ‘All Our Future Conversations’, a dual exhibition by emerging artists Lisa Freeman and Gemma Fitzpatrick in December 2015.

126 are delighted to welcome another group of talented graduates to the 126 curatorial internship programme. Beginning their internship on the 11th of July, the 2016 interns are:

  • Daniel Carter (GMIT CCAM)
  • Louise Maher (LSAD)
  • Séan O’Riordan (NCAD)
  • Connor Richardson (GMIT CCAM)
  • Emma Zukovic (LSAD)

For more information visit our Internships page.


Our volunteers are a real asset to 126, giving their time to supervise exhibitions and engage visitors in discussion around the works on display. Each volunteer signs an agreement with the gallery, and we try as far as possible to get our volunteers experience in the areas they are most interested. 126 are members of Volunteer Ireland, which is the national volunteer development agency and a support body for all local Volunteer Centres and Volunteer Information Services in Ireland. We’re grateful for whatever time people are able to donate to the gallery. To become a Volunteer please email us at contact@126.ie

The 126 volunteers are:

  • Judith Bernhardt
  • Annie Riordan
  • Johanna Kavanagh
  • Carmel Deeley
  • Enda Burke
  • Paul Kearney