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Join the board of Art Arcadia

Art Arcadia would welcome expressions of interest to join its Board of Directors, from individuals who are keen to develop their own professional experience, contributing to the continued development of Art Arcadia.

Art Arcadia is a social enterprise whose key role is to provide artists of all disciplines with time, space and resources to develop their practice through a programme of dedicated artist residencies. Having been active since 2013 Art Arcadia has slowly and organically developed, creating additional projects and broadening its network of artistic collaborators. Constituted as an organisation in January 2016 Art Arcadia has continued to grow at its own pace, and has now reached the point where it would like to recruit new members to its Board of Directors.

Art Arcadia are particularly interested in members who have experience in:

– Leadership experience within arts organisations.
– Fundraising within arts organisations.
– Arts and business experience.
– Financial, HMRC and administrative experience.
– Marketing and public relations.
– Experienced in social media.
– Recruitment of volunteers.
– Safeguarding policy and procedures with the arts.
– Interest and appreciation of the arts

Art Arcadia is a not-for-profit organisation and the role of director on the board is a voluntary one.

We would like to hear from individuals who would be keen to join Art Arcadia’s board. Please download and complete our ‘expression of interest’ application and send it via email to Kieran Ferris (Chairperson – Art Arcadia): kieran@artarcadia.org and a member of Art Arcadia will be in touch shortly.

Expression of interest (Word Version)

Expression of interest (PDF Version)

Art Arcadia

Art Arcadia is an artist run organisation providing local and international artist residencies with associated exhibitions and public programmes. Its aim is to enable and assist the mobility of artists of all disciplines and at any stage of their career, as an integral part of their professional development. Art Arcadia has been active informally since 2013, when Paola Bernardelli set in motion a series of international art projects with the support of Kieran Ferris and in collaboration with local arts organisations. Having slowly and organically developed additional projects and a broader network of collaborators, in January 2016 Art Arcadia was constituted as an organisation and registered as a social enterprise .

Our team

We are a team of creative practitioners who have combined our varied professional expertise with a common objective: facilitating the access to the arts and enabling the movement of artists, at the same time continuing to develop and pursue our own practice.

Mara Cavalli

Board Member

Mara Cavalli is an Italian filmmaker based in Derry. Her work explores the format of documentary films as a way to investigate real and imaginary environments, and combines multiple narratives with exploratory film-making. Her films range from the documentary short Dancing the Revolution (winner of Best Sound Editing at SIMA 2013) to the more experimental Histories (a second partnership with Lithuanian writer Vaida Blažytė) to the 2016 collaboration with poet Gregory McCartney in the short film Once a Railroad. Mara has over 10 years experience as a project coordinator and administrator in contemporary visual art settings. With the Context Gallery and Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry-Londonderry, she has coordinated and managed the planning and delivery of numerous exhibitions, installations and events. Through Void Sites she also coordinated and managed large scale public art commissions, working with artists such as Ackroyd and Harvey for their installation Cunningham, and London’s Resonance FM one-month residence and live broadcasting from Derry. Mara collaborates regularly with a variety of local community groups and in partnership with national and international art organisations developing and producing video and audio content for a variety of platforms.


Kieran Ferris

Board Member

Kieran Ferris is an arts technician with a background in Contemporary Crafts and Interactive Media, currently employed with the Brian Clarke Studio, London. For the previous 10 years he worked as Senior Gallery Technician, Exhibition Coordinator and Graphic Designer at Void Gallery, Derry, installing the works of 65+ high-profile artists including Mark Wallinger, Santiago Sierra, Ackroyd & Harvey, Bill Drummond and Mat Collishaw. Ferris has also taken part in many non-gallery endeavors, for example as a member of the artistic group Null who dismantled and moved Tinneys a functioning bar, as part of the project call Molly Aida. Prior to this he was an academic at the University of Limerick, Ireland, specialised in the design and use of novel technology within museums at the Interaction Design Centre, Limerick, with partners at Kings College London, Nottingham University and KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm, Sweden. He has published his work in ACM SIGCHI Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) at the British Museum London, 2002 and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2004 plus numerous other international academic conferences. A builder of timber framed houses/cabins, Ferris is an accomplished craftsperson and continues to specialise as an art technician/archivist/coordinator.

Paola Bernardelli

Programme Manager

Paola Bernardelli is an Italian lens-based artist who has made Derry her home since 2002. She has exhibited in Ireland, Canada, Iceland, Italy, Spain and the UK. Alongside her art practice, she is also a qualified professional photographer, specialising in art documentation. Over the years she has accumulated a substantial experience in working with contemporary art galleries in the areas of exhibition set up, archiving and invigilation. She has developed, planned and coordinated international art and education projects, in collaboration with art organisations in Derry, Rome and Winnipeg. In 2016 she co-founded Art Arcadia, drawing on her firsthand experience of taking part in international artist residencies and exhibitions, combined with her professional expertise.


Matthew Mc Devitt

Board Member

Matthew Mc Devitt is a Derry based writer, primarily working for TV and Radio. In 2016 he created Let’s Get Quizzical, a live satirical game-show that took a jaundiced eye to the realities of Northern Irish life. The show was invited to perform as part of Bob Slayer’s Heroes of The Fringe Edinburgh 2016 as well as the Belfast Comedy Festival 2016 and 2017.
His first radio commission was the Greasy Apple, for Resonance FM, a mockumentary positing the theory that all forms of popular music had their origins in Derry. September 2018 saw the broadcast of Lock In, starring Conleth Hill, on Radio Ulster and Radio Scotland. He has written for both series of BBC NI comedy Soft Border Patrol. Matthew is currently ignoring the pain in his foot as the gatekeepers of TV and Radio land realise their initial mistake and close the door on him.


Claudia Rampelli

Board member

Claudia Rampelli holds a diploma in Event and Museum Curatorship from IED – Istituto Europeo di Design, Rome, and a Picture Research diploma from the London School of Publishing. Additionally, she was a student in the public programmes at Chelsea School of Art and Design and at The Royal Drawing School, both in London. She is currently studying fine art at City Lit, London. Between 2012 to 2015 she worked alongside Italian curator and art critic Maria Rosa Sossai, organising and co-curating exhibitions as well as a series of artist led workshops in Italy and abroad. Since 2014 she has been assisting Italian artist Elisabetta Benassi with a variety of tasks and projects, nationally and internationally. In 2018 she devised and co-curated a digital archive of the portfolio and curricula of Italian artists residing and working in the territory under the jurisdiction of the Italian Cultural Institute of Barcelona. A practiced proof-reader and editor with an innate attention to detail, over the years she contributed to the translation and editing of art-related texts for several artists and art critics.

Theo Sims


Theo Sims is a visual artist whose installations often focus on the juxtaposition of the familiar and everyday with some form of contextual subversion or perversion. His sharp sense of humor is often fused with the social, ephemeral and personal. Sims has presented his installations across Canada in Toronto, St. Johns, Winnipeg, Vancouver and Calgary and has presented in several solo and group exhibitions in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and across Europe. His work has been reviewed or featured in Canadian Art, Abridged, C Magazine, Circa, The Irish Times, The Sunday Times, The Globe & Mail, Border Crossings, BlackFlash, The New York Times and Maclean’s Magazine. Theo Sims has also worn the hat of programmer / curator and was formerly the Director of the Context Gallery in Derry, Programming Director of Ace Art inc. in Winnipeg and Co- Managing Editor of BlackFlash Magazine in Saskatoon. His most recent curatorial experiment, The Lewyc Institute of Contemporary Art (LICA) is an experimental space specialising in context and site-specific works by Canadian and international artists, produced in (and occasionally on) his home in Winnipeg.