Helen is Senior Curator, Head of Engagement & Learning Programmes, Irish Museum of Modern Art, since 1991 where she has developed the programme working with a curatorial team who are committed to creating access to the museum resources for all citizens. This work spans across the fields of gallery and studio access for all ages both in formal education and with the broader public. She has curated exhibitions of work that has grown from long term engagement projects with specific groups including women working on the issue of domestic violence and people experiencing homelessness. Recently she had led out on a programme to address the growing needs of people living with memory loss and dementia in a programme titled Azure.
Prior to her role at IMMA, O’Donoghue worked as an artist piloting projects in education and community settings alongside of directing video productions relating to early child development and art. She has presented papers and published widely at conferences, most recently including:
- Two texts Education in the Visual Arts and Participatory Arts, and Art and Architecture of Ireland/Volume V, RIA/Yale, 2014;
- No it’s not me… that’s not me… on mediating E.gress, http://www.engage.org/engage39 for the Engage Journal in collaboration with artist Marie Brett, 2017
- and a paper on the evolution of Leaving Certificate arts curriculum in Ireland presented at the IJade conference at the National College of Art, NCAD, with Dr. Jordan 2019 and subsequently published in the IJade journal.
She has recently been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award to carry out research in both live programming and archiving strategies relating to education at the Museum of Modern Art in New York from November 2019 to February 2020.