Kieran Corcoran is a founder member and former Chairman of the Galway Arts Festival. Educated at University College Galway where he studied Philosophy and English and completed his MA in Philosophy, he joined DIT as a lecturer in Aesthetics and Design Theory. As Visual Arts Coordinator for the Galway Arts Festival (1983-2000) he has organized over 150 exhibitions by Irish and international artists including major retrospective exhibitions for Brian Bourke, John Behan and Sean Mac Sweeney as well as major solo shows by Patrick Graham and Patrick O’Reilly. International exhibitions include among others, shows by Hans Burkhardt (USA), Jorge De Bon (FR), Kathe Kollwitz (Ger), Waldemar Otto (Ger), Mark Tobey (USA) and Ed Ruscha (USA). He served as a Board member of the Irish Museum of Modern Art from 1995 -2000.
In 2002 he organized the 7th Bi-annual conference of the European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA) in Dublin and was elected to the board of ELIA, an international organization representing over 300 art schools and universities from 47 countries. He subsequently became Treasurer of ELIA in 2006 and was elected as President of ELIA at the 11th biannual ELIA conference in Vienna in 2010 and re-elected as President of ELIA in 2012. He has edited and coauthored a number of publications on art education including Interartes: Tapping into the Potential of Higher Arts Education in Europe (2008), Peer Power: Artesnet (2010), Art Futures: Current Issues in Higher Arts Education (2010) and Art Futures: Working with Contradictions in Higher Arts Education (2013).