Siobhán is currently researching a PhD at the Dublin School of Creative Arts on visual culture and the commemoration of political history where she was awarded a Dean of College of Arts and Tourism PhD Scholarship. She has also worked at the GAA Museum, Croke Park, Dublin and presented her research at conferences in Ireland and abroad and in publications.
"Studying BA Contemporary Visual Culture has given me many opportunities and advances in my career. The programme allowed me to build an appreciation of all things visual from fine art to film and opened my mind to the importance of the visual in everyday society, culture and in creating national identity. The knowledge and enthusiasm of staff on the BAVACS programme is second to none and their specialization in a vast range of disciplines caters for the various interests of students. Regular visits to cultural sites and exhibitions ensured the course remained contemporary and enjoyable whilst the visiting lecture series gave students an opportunity to engage and network with industry professionals.
My second year work placement in Glasnevin Museum was a particularly important aspect of the course for me as it made me certain of my desire to work in a museum environment on a permanent basis and also to undertake research which I have since presented at two international conferences. I have a chapter in: Four Courts Press, 2016, Grave Matters: Death and Dying in Dublin 1650-2000. I am currently a member of Team Ireland in the European Cultural Parliament Youth Network, a network for cultural practitioners united by a common interest in boosting the value of arts and culture, increasing European best practices exchange and collaboration and giving youth a voice in the public discourse and among decision makers."