EastSide Arts Team



EastSide Arts Manager

Rachel Kennedy

Rachel is Director of the EastSide Arts and C.S. Lewis Festivals and is responsible to the board for the overall vision and strategic direction of EastSide Arts. She is passionate about creative collaborations with artists to deliver really exciting and unique events for residents of and visitors to the east.

Before joining EastSide Arts, Rachel was Arts Officer with Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, running the live programme at Down Arts Centre for almost ten years, and was a Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme in 2012/13.

Rachel is originally from Belfast and is very much enjoying being a new east Belfast resident, after more than ten years living and working in county Down.

Email: rachel@eastsidepartnership.com


Community Arts Officer

Jacqueline O'Hagan

Jacqueline is the Community Arts Officer for EastSide Arts. She started working for the organisation in July 2015 and her role involves engaging the community of East Belfast in arts and creative activities.  

Jacqueline worked in production within the arts industry in Northern Ireland for 8 years after graduating with a BA (Hons) in Theatre Studies and English Literature from Queen’s University Belfast. 

In 2016 Jacqueline received a First Class Distinction in her Masters in Business and Management within the Creative Industries with the University of Ulster which has allowed her to transfer her skills within production to her role at EastSide Arts.

Email: jacqueline@eastsidepartnership.com