Louise Allen

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. In October 2016 Louise was elected President of the World
Crafts Council Europe who represent 26 craft organisations from 17 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.