Anita is director of the new CATALYST initiative at SMARTlab at UCD. CATALYST is SMARTlab’s Creative Arts Technology Access Lab for Youth engagement, Social inclusion and Technology transfer. Anita manages a large team of artists and technologists in residence, who will work with the lab and the wider community from CATALYST’s Dublin studio base at UCD.
She is an interdisciplinary artist, producer and researcher working in the public domain, exploring the potential of open-source software to transform space to place.
In 2004 she won the prestigious Bravo Award, the only non-US citizen to do so, for a digital public art project in Memphis, and her work continues to be exhibited and performed nationally and internationally. She is Co-founder and Creative Director of Arts Services Un-incorporated (ASU), a not-for-profit community arts organisation established in 2006 and based in southeast London. In 2008 she was elected by invitation to the Royal Society of Arts.
Anita has worked for a number of organisations within the arts, e.g. ART.e @ the art of change, Lewisham Youth Theatre, Music in Prisons, Razor Edge Theatre Company and Heart N Soul Theatre Company, utilising her extensive experience of project development and management as well as cross-arts experience within a range of contexts. Anita holds a degree from Falmouth College of Arts and an MA from the University of Westminster. Her new role as Manager of CATALYST consolidates this experience and her ongoing relationship with SMARTlab, developing partnerships and participation on various lab projects within community contexts.