Published: 16 Nov 2016

Creative2Creative Matching: The Culture Standard & Fiona Concannon Artist

Rachel Sayers from The Culture Standard and Fiona Concannon are involved in the Creative2Creative Matching programme (formerly Peer-to-Peer Mentoring in Internationalisation).

Based in Northern Ireland, Rachel has worked with museums, galleries and heritage bodies across the United Kingdom and Ireland developing research strategies, interpreting collections, designing and curating exhibitions for the past 8 years.

She has also provided a consultancy service on the interpretation, conservation and display of fashion and textiles for museums and galleries.

Rachel knows a thing or two about blogs and social media: she regularly updates her blog – The Museum Standard – and started a YouTube channel to document her travels and visits to other countries, museums and heritage sites.

Rachel has been matched with Fiona Concannon from Spiddal, Co. Galway.  Fiona is currently working on a series of Original Watercolour Paintings and Limited Edition Giclée Prints, which capture the beauty of her surroundings in the West of Ireland.

In addition to her landscapes and abstract works, Fiona has been commissioned to paint in Ireland and internationally to do unique pieces for a range of clients.

While painting and producing work is Fiona’s first love, she also teaches art in and around the Galway area, often facilitating art classes for marginalised groups.

It is important to Fiona that art is accessible in order that it can be enjoyed and enable personal development – no matter what your background is. In this regard, Fiona is an accomplished practicing artist and facilitator of art.

Fiona is interested in learning new ways of showcasing her work effectively. She attended a Creative Exchange on this topic in April 2016 (check out or YouTube channel for videos of the event) and was really impressed with the opportunities linked to a creative momentum project.

Thanks to the Creative2Creative Matching programme Rachel and Fiona will liaise on a variety of topics including museums and exhibitions, marketing and online sales. They will hopefully learn from each other, sharing tips and expertise.

If you would like to participate in the Creative2Creative Matching programme, apply here. Next deadline 30 November.


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