RAY YEATES APPOINTED DUBLIN CITY ARTS OFFICER

I have known Ray Yeates for a at least seven years. He is a wonderful leader of the Arts in Ballymun. When I find someone with obvious expertise in an atrea that I am unfamiliar, I watch and listen to them for some time and then adopt them as ‘de facto’ advisers. Ray has been someone I have looked to in the cultural area in Ballymun. The AXIS is a cornerstone of the community. He identifies and enourages atristic talent and brings performance and development out from the inner person in many areas of brain activity. I am really glad that he has been appointed to the city and he is worth his wages despite some of Marc Coleman’s barbs about the payscales.

Dublin City Council announces the appointment of Ray Yeates as Dublin City Arts Officer. Ray was formerly Artistic Director of axis:
Ballymun. An arts practitioner and manager of thirty years’
experience, he has just returned from performing the critically acclaimed axis production of Dermot Bolger’s The Parting Glass as part of the Imagine Festival at the Barrow Street Theatre in New York.

“As Dublin City Arts Officer, Ray will be responsible for the continued development of the arts in the city of Dublin”, says John Tierney, Dublin City Manager. “He will support artists and their work and develop projects and programmes across the city that will enable citizens of all ages and from all backgrounds, to appreciate and access the quality of arts in their area.”

Speaking about his new position as Dublin City Arts Officer, Ray says:
“Arts and culture have a great potential to add value in almost every aspect of Dublin City Council’s work and I look forward to being of service to artists and citizens in everything that I do. I also look forward to continue working closely with the large range of Arts and Culture Organisations currently doing great things in the City. ”

An employee of Ballymun Regeneration Ltd and Artistic Director of axis for the last seven years, Ray turned axis into the vibrant theatre and arts centre that has made Balllymun an artistic destination that people are willing to travel to. He led axis to local, national and international acclaim, overseeing a unique partnership of local people, the local authority and the community and voluntary sectors in Ballymun.

Ray Yeates began directing and acting at UCD in the late 70’s. After some years freelancing he formed Deilt Productions an Irish Language Theatre and Television company. He started directing at the Abbey Theatre in 1983 and was appointed Deputy Artistic Director in 1985 at the age of 24. He emigrated to New York in 1992 where he was a resident teacher at The Irish Arts Centre and The American Academy of Dramatic Art, and was Artistic Director of The Shades of Green Arts Festival in the Bronx. He returned to acting in New York performing Dermot Bolger’s ‘In High Germany’ and in The Steppenwolf/Long Wharf production of ‘The Playboy of Western World’ as well as ‘The Poetry of Stone’ by Larry Kirwan.

With axis Ray has toured to America, the UK, Belgium, Poland and around Ireland. Recent directing credits include Dermot Bolger’s ‘From These Green Heights’ (Best New Play 2004, Irish Times/ESB Theatre Awards), Executive Producer of ‘The Mental’ and ‘Out of the Silence’, Arts in Mental Health Festival in Ballymun and Donegal (2006), ‘The Townlands of Brazil’ by Dermot Bolger (2006), Festival Director for ‘Borradh Buan’ (2004 – 2008), an annual Arts in Irish Festival, ‘Walking the Road’ by Dermot Bolger (2007) ‘Our National Games’ by Gerard Humphreys (2008) and ‘The Consequences of Lightning’ by Dermot Bolger (2008). In 2010 Ray returned to the stage in Bolger’s ‘The Parting Glass’ directed by Mark O’ Brien that garnered a strong following and critical acclaim and has since toured nationally and internationally. Ray is also creative director of ‘Hip-Nós’, a groundbreaking collaboration between Sean-Nós and Hip-Hop artists. In June 2008 Ray was awarded ‘Best Arts Champion’ at the Allianz Business to Arts Awards and was appointed as director of Breaking Ground, the per cent for art programme for Ballymun in October 2008.