Unwrapped Core Team
Dublin born Tony Fegan is a theatre director and arts learning practitioner.
He was Head of Drama at Holland Park School, London 1977 – 1985.
Artistic Director of BAC (Battersea Arts Centre) Battersea, London 1985-1988.
Tony pioneered the establishment of a Performing Arts Faculty at Queens Park Community School London between 1989 and 1991 including a regular professional artist in residence programme.
As Director of Learning at LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre) between 1992-2007 Tony developed a wide-ranging and highly influential participatory arts learning programme with national and international artists working with youth, community groups, schools and universities on long-term artist collaboration including site-specific events.
He is a founder member of Project Phakama, inter-cultural youth arts exchange programme between London, Southern Africa, India and South America. He has extensive experience in creating multilingual performance through artist in residence projects in intercultural and international settings. He has contributed to a book documenting 20 years of Phakama’s work: PHAKAMA Making Participatory Performance Pub. Methuen. (2018)
In August 2007 Tony took up post as Director at Tallaght Community Arts in Dublin. Since 2007 Tony has repositioned Tallaght Community Arts as a participatory arts organisation working closely with communities in Tallaght and across South Dublin County
Large scale projects with Tallaght Community Arts include:
Weatherstations. Tony devised and led the participatory learning programme between international partners from London, Berlin, Warsaw/Gdansk and Melbourne. EU Culture Fund: 2014 – 2015
AERIDHEACHT – Taking the Air Tony worked with an international artist team and forty young people to create a site specific performance that re-imagined the Open Day of 1914 at Patrick Pearse’s radical school St Endas. The two year project was a partnership with OPW/Pearse Museum, Rathfarnham as part of their Centenary of the 1916 Rising Programme
Tony has been a member of the creative team for UNWRAPPED - annual participatory arts winter festival since 2010.
Martin is a musician and composer who works in the Dublin area. His main instrument is guitar and plays with Mason’s Cross, Carol Keogh & The City Fathers, Caruso, The Tightrope Walkers and ALDOC has been involved with Alternative Entertainments since the 80s. His first contact was as guitar student and attendee of The Tallaght Rock School. In the 90s he began working as guitar tutor with The Des Carty Music School. He then joined the festival support staff, working on projects that would become The Des Carty Sessions and The South Dublin Rock School (later to become SubSounds) as administrator and eventually Music Programme Manager. The organisation has moved away from its original multi-disciplinary remit toward a predominantly music-focused programme. Martin has worked on programme development since 2010. He manages the organisation’s music education projects the Des Carty Music School and SubSounds, and is the organisation’s liaison on the winter festival Unwrapped. This is a collaboration between arts organisations in South County Dublin. Martin works on the creative committee and contributes musical compositions to the festival’s programme.
Pauline studied at D.I.T Conservatory of Music & Drama. She also worked as a Soloist with a Professional Choir, this included tours to the USA and Europe. She is Choral Director of Kingswood Youth Choir and Kingswood Community Choir. Her business WorkSing Together provides Singing Workshops focused on improving Mental Health and Wellbeing through Singing. She has worked on projects with Tallaght Community Arts for the past 11 years.
Gerry Horan is a musician, composer & producer (Cat Dowling, Alphastates, The Violet Roadkills) and runs CONTACT Studio, a recording studio based in Rua Red Arts Centre in Tallaght. He has initiated and helped develop youth arts programmes in music, visual arts and creative digital media including programmes such as Sub Sounds, The Big Picture TV (in partnership with Foroige) and Reset with Joe Caslin. He also writes music for film (credits include “The Liberties”, “Losing Alaska” and “Shooting the Darkness”) and has been the Musical Director of Unwrapped since 2012.
Grainne specialises in working with Communities, enabling them to engage with professional creatives, artists and performers to deliver high end creative engagement projects and events. Grainne is passionate about Theatre In Education and the power it can have in addressing social and environmental issues through the mediums of theatre, puppetry and drama. As a Festival/Event Programmer, Creative Director and Producer with over twenty years experience Grainne has worked on many large scale events including Dublin Port Riverfest, RTE Reflecting the Rising, dlr FUSION, Dublin Tall Ships 2012, the inaugural Dublin New Year Festival, Dublin Chinese New Year Festival, St Patrick’s Festival, St Patrick’s Festival – London, Festival of Light and Bastille Celebrations. Grainne has been a member of the UNWRAPPED team since 2015.
Sharon Devlin - Professional Artist & Community Arts Practitioner. Participant coordinator of The Great Rope of Tallaght. With a background in specialised care and teaching both Children and individuals with Intellectual Disability. Sharon completed studies in Art and Design, Arts and Disabilities, Advocacy, Youth Arts Facilitation, Community Arts Practice and Leadership and Community Development. Sharon is the Coordinator of Tallaght Community Arts DoubleTAKE Supported Arts Studio. She also works with the H.S.E and E.T.B.Sharon's work is deeply embedded in the principles and values of Community Development. Her practice supports and promotes Inclusion, Equality, Recognition and Respect of the Value, Ability and Potential of all individuals.
Tadashi Kato Designer is a visual artist and designer. He was educated at Setsu Mode Seminar Fashion Illustration Arts School –Tokyo, Japan between 1986 -1989 gaining a Diploma in Illustration. He worked on window design for Green a major window display studio in Tokyo 1989-1990 designing windows for major stores in Tokyo.
Tadashi moved to London in 1991. There he worked as a Design Facilitator on Wyan Gulat – Balinese performance event at the South Bank Centre for the London International Festival of Theatre - LIFT ‘95 He was an artist facilitator and maker on the artist team for Factory of Dreams site specific performance. Group F. Brockwell Park Out of LIFT ’96.
In 2005 he relocated to Ireland. He has worked with Helen Hugel of Helium Theatre Company as a designer maker on Bed Story 2008.
Tadashi worked as a designer with Tallaght Youth Theatre in 2009 and with Tallaght Community Arts; Fields of Dreams 2010 & Trashcatchers 2011. He was designer and maker of the Kamishibai (Japanese paper theatre) for Message In A Bottle international arts exchange project 2012 in Tallaght, London and Thurles. He returned to The Source Arts Centre in July 2013 for their summer project Before the First Night – to design a stage set favella for a contemporary version of 1001 Nights.
In 2013 Tadashi designed the bird headdresses for Flock, a site specific dance piece by Aoife Courtney at The Big House Festival. He acted as design consultant for choreographer Rionach Ni Neill’s new work, AMU at the Civic Theatre Tallaght as part of the Dublin Dance Festival 2014. He returned to Thurles for the summer project in July 2014 to facilitate the design for By The Skin of Our Teeth, a contemporary version of the Noah’s Ark story.
In 2016 Tadashi designed the costumes for AERIDHECHT – Talking the Air , Tallaght Community Arts 1916 Centenary production at OPW Pearse Museum,Rathfarnham . He recreated the ‘1914 Pageant at St Endas’ costumes from historical photographs.
In 2021 Tadashi designed and made a giant 7 meter waistcoat for a A Museum for Gulliver at OPW/Pearse Museum.
He has recently created a costume for Director Mark Storor’s The Suicide Chronicles produced by Heart of Glass ( Liverpool UK(
Since 2010, Tadashi has been Designer & Maker for Unwrapped site specific performance events in Tallaght working with other artists and up to 150 community participants.
Tadashi’s performance design interests include working in paper as a part of a Japanese tradition of paper cuts and exploring the design potential of recycled materials.
Graduating with an honours degree in graphic design, specialising in Photography, I have worked in a variety of areas of the photographic business. I have been part of a 30 strong crew while working with Harper Collins publishers on an illustrated book of the life of William Shakespeare. I have produced work for John Lewis, Eversheds, YMCA, GALOP, Crime Concern, Connexions, Dance Ireland, Ballet Ireland, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown and South Dublin County Council. I have had solo exhibitions at Rua Red in Dublin and a group exhibition at Association of Photographers Gallery, London. As an Associate Artist with Tallaght Community Arts I have curated a photographic archive of their work from the past decade. I have documented their long term projects, designing and producing ebooks for projects such as Weatherstations (2015), Aeridheact - Taking the Air (2016) and Gaza Monologues (2018. I have photographically documented Unwrapped Festival since 2010. I am currently Artist Curator for Tallaght Community Arts Creative Campus '20.
Jackqualyn is an artist and educator working in Further, Adult and Community art and education since 2010. She works collaboratively with special interest groups through initiatives such as digital storytelling, large scale murals, and artistic interventions in public spaces and public performance. Jackqualyns’ goal as a community artist is to see art transcend barriers of language, social, economic, education and health to help promote a sense of equality, cooperation, belonging and pride. As an artist she enjoys working with sound, ceramic, sculpture and illustration. Her work is held in public and private collections in Ireland and abroad. She has an MA in Socially Engaged Art (NCAD) and BA Hons Visual Arts Practice (IADT) and is a member of the Teaching Council Ireland.
Caroline Hyland is an artist mentor working with the DoubleTAKE Supported Arts Studio. She is also an Illustrator and an Art facilitator in Tallaght University Hospital and with the Living Well with Dementia (LWwD) HSE community service. Caroline has a background in Art Education, Visual Communications and is a qualified Occupational Therapist (OT). She spent 6 years working as an OT in the area of Intellectual Disability before returning to the Arts Sector in 2013. Caroline strongly believes in the power of art for advocacy, supportive learning and engaging with communities. She currently provides visual support to the Cheeverstown House Advocacy committee. Caroline has a special interest in Dementia and her project ‘Can You See What I See?’ is informed by listening to people with Dementia and those that support them. The aim of the project is to share her learning and to play a role in influencing the general public so that people with dementia are supported to live well, to remain engaged and to continue to be valued as citizens within their communities. The art exhibition toured for 3 years and is currently being developed into a book which will be published in the next few months. This is Caroline’s first year working on the Unwrapped project but in previous years has enjoyed participating in art workshops and parades with her family and friends.