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Mentor Frances McDonald

Expertise: Strategic planning, collectors markets, marketing and PR, and writing biographies and statements. 

Personal Summary:

Frances McDonald is an independent advisor and mentor working primarily in the craft sector. With a background in graphic design, marketing and public relations, she worked in advertising and tourism and was Studio Manager at Joseph Walsh Studio from 2006 to 2010.  She has organised numerous craft exhibitions in Ireland and the US including Create, MATERIALpoetry and dubh: dialogues in black. She currently curates studio craft for the SO Fine Art Editions Gallery, which opened in Dublin in 2013.  Frances has worked with a number of Enterprise Boards in Ireland, mentoring both craft networks and individuals.  She also writes on studio craft and has recently completed an MA in Design History and Material Culture at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.


Mentoring Experience:

2014   Mentor & Facilitator/craft network – Carlow Enterprise Board
2013   Mentor/craft enterprise (ceramics) – Waterford City Enterprise Board
2012   Mentor/craft enterprise (furniture) - Cork City Enterprise Board
2005   Mentor/craft network (individual business evaluation and      development of marketing plans - South Kerry Area Partnership



2011-2013  MA in Design History and Material Culture - National College of Art & Design, Dublin
2011   Certificate in Communication Skills for new Media - University College Cork
2011   Diploma in Management and Executive Coaching - International Coaching & Training Institute, Dublin  
2008   Certificate in Effective Personal Productivity & Communications in the Workplace - Leadership Management International, Cork
1993-1995  Diploma in Public Relations - Irish Academy of Public Relations, Dublin, 1980 – 1984, Degree in Design Communications - Limerick School of Art & Design, Limerick


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