Louise O’Reilly has worked as a visual arts manager for over 20 years and developed projects with artists in a wide range of public and social contexts. She has degrees in Law and Art History from the University of London and worked for the Hampshire Sculpture Trust and Arts Council England before joining Artpoint Trust Ltd in 1994.
She was Director of Artpoint, the strategic public art agency for south east England, from 2000-2005 and launched her own arts consultancy, Louise O’Reilly Visual Arts, in 2006. She has successfully delivered creative programmes in a wide variety of contexts including regeneration schemes, nature reserves, museums, university departments, theatres, hospitals and homeless hostels. She developed and co-curated Saltbridges (2005 – 2008), a major commissioning programme for the New Biochemistry building at the University of Oxford with artists Nicky Hirst, Peter Fraser, Annie Cattrell and Tim Head. Between 2008-2010 she developed a new arts strategy for Look Ahead Housing and Care, a London-wide housing association, working with vulnerable adults and young people across the capital.
She has commissioned new work from over 60 artists including Hans Peter Kuhn, Michael Craig Martin, Lothar Goetz, Catharine Yass, Jane and Louise Wilson, Ackroyd & Harvey, Christine Borland, Richard Layzell, Jem Finer and Simon Patterson. She has developed projects in partnership with many cultural organisations including Modern Art Oxford, Ruskin School of Fine Art & Drawing, Imperial War Museum, Tate Modern, ACAVA, Historic Royal Palaces, William Dunn School of Pathology, English National Ballet and the British MC and DJ Academy. In 2010 she became an Freelance Associate with Willis Newson, a leading arts in health consultancy with whom she has undertaken art strategy development for acute hospital settings.