Signal Staff

Claire Flood

C.E Supervisor

Claire Flood is Signal’s epicentre. She is the supervisor of the CE (community employment) project, administrator of everything else & knowledge base of all that happens. If there is anything you need to know she’s the person to ask. Claire has been with Signal since 2002.

Lorna Lennon

Exhibition Co-ordinator

Lorna Lennon is an artist and writer living in Bray. She is especially interested in Visual arts and teaches Drawing and Watercolour Painting. She has a Higher National Diploma in Fine Arts as well as qualifications in Marketing and Public Relations. Her interests include playing the bodhran, tin whistle, and crafts.

Jonathan Higgins

Web Dev + Social Media

Jonathan comes from a photography background (Graduated with a BA in Photography 2013 From DIT) and has in recent years moved into web development (Graduated H.Dip in Web Technologies from NCI in 2017). He is currently knee deep in a redesign of the website or making Instagram or Facebook posts, or maintaining the current website. Interested in all sports, but especially soccer and hurling. Gaillimh Abú.

Deirdre Ridgway

Graphic Design & Newsletter

I am delighted to have become part of the team at Signals Arts Centre. I have loved photography since I was a child. I have fond memories of playing with the old ‘Box Brownies’ in my grandmother’s house. Photography has been a great part of my whole life. Social documentary and everyday life images are what I love capturing mostly. I trained in analogue, but I truly embrace digital and the artistic freedom that comes with it. I am presently collaborating with PoetCarmen Cullen creating a visual backdrop to her poetry on YouTube. I am also becoming more involved in jewellery making and design. You can find me at…Instagram @deirdremaherridgway – @dmr_jewellery_design

Keith Clucas

Staff artist

Keith has always been interested in Art and Design and he studied design at the B.A.E.C. It was there that he discovered ceramics. Wood had always been Keith’s favourite material to work with but when he discovered clay it soon took over his love of wood. “Clay became my chosen material because of its versatility. It enables me to explore form and proportion quickly and easily.” It was with great encouragement from his teachers at the B.A.E.C. that he applied and successfully got a place on the prestigious D.C.C.O.I. ceramics skill and design course in Thomastown.

Alva Smith


Alva Smith is a new member of our administration staff. Living in Shankill Co.Dublin, Alva has vast experience in the Secretarial and Bookeeping world. In her spare time she likes to take her energetic Cockapoo ‘Lola’ for walks. At present she is attending Signal’s Weaving and Tapestry class being held by our own Anna O’Rourke. Her other hobbies include Yoga, reading, and going on holidays, and keeping up with the soaps.

Geraldine Smith


After a long career in the printing sector, Geraldine worked as an administrator for the Carers Association. She spent two years on an extensive computing course in B.A.E.C. Geraldine has also studied Payroll and Bookkeeping in DDLETB.
Her interests include travelling, ceramics, reading and crosswords.

David Crowe

Staff Artist & web

David has come from a background in Digital Design and has obtained a degree in the field. He studied in Stillorgan College for two years and one year online. He has also studied multimedia ranging from photography to video work and a few things in between. David is looking to further his knowledge of Web Design and Design in general. He is interested in art, music and creativity.

Dan Laffan

Staff Artist

Dan is a Multimedia visual artist, musician and sculptor. In the field of music he is an accomplished guitarist/composer and has performed at theatres, festivals and corporate events throughout Ireland for well over a decade. In the area of the visual arts Dan has a diverse set of interests and skills including graphic design, pencil work, print making, painting and geometry. Dan also spent a number of years working as a marble fireplace maker where he discovered and nurtured his passion for sculpture, this has been his main area of focus in recent years.

Donal Smyth

Staff Artist

Donal comes from a business background importing children’s playground equipment.

He is interested in music and writing, and Donal will be studying computing and IT.

Kelly Hood

Staff Artist

There are a fair few cows in Wicklow but for Kelly Hood they provide a constant source of inspiration. Kelly specialises in uniquely Irish images and animal scenes and her cow paintings in super-realist style are a favourite.
Kelly, who attended Meanscoil na Toirbhirte in Dingle, Co. Kerry before going on to study at the Limerick College of Art & Design and IADT, grew up in Dingle and spent her summers helping to milk the cows on her grandmother’s Mae’s farm.”I eat them, I wear them, and I paint them,” Kelly quipped, “so I owe them something, don’t I?
“In Wicklow, I’m never short of a willing model. I found my first in 2008 and we bonded over a barbed wire fence. I determined then that I would paint her — and one cow led to another. I guess a touch of mad cow ensued.”

Santa Silina

Staff Artist

Santa has a degree in graphic design and has studied classical art education.
She has a great passion for drawing and sketching is interested in cultural
history and all art related topics. Originally from Latvia but is in love with Ireland, where she lives from 2007. She enjoys hiking and live outdoor sketching. Loves to give her knowledge to others.

Don Rorke

Staff Artist

Don Rorkehas being involved in filmmaking since 2010, as a Producer, Director and Editor.
He has worked on a huge body of work that encompasses a wide range of genres and styles, including Documentary, Short Films, Feature Films, Promotional. Cooperate Videos and Music Videos, where a number of the films have won awards. In 2015 he completed a Higher National Diploma in Moving Image with a distinction. Currently, he is still working on project both large and small, and working on a number of ideas for his next feature

Margaret Walsh

Staff Artist

Margaret Walsh comes from a music industry background. Her ambition is to raise the profile of Signal Arts Centre to an even higher level. Margaret’s interests include Interior Design, Art History and 20th century Literature.

Audrey Kane

Staff Artist

Audrey is delighted to back on the Signal team again and is really looking forward to all the future events and classes that will be happening here again as the country opens up. Audrey has just completed a QQI Level 9 Postgrad Diploma (PGDip) in Business in Cultural Management. She is eager to begin immersing herself in promoting Community Arts and Culture in the Signal environment. Audrey also has a strong interest in comedy and theatre.

Dylan Clucas

Staff Artist

Dylan is a graphic designer. He studied art before transitioning to graphic design. He has been active in video editing and professional gaming for many years. He has a keen interest in graffiti and paints occasionally when he can find the time.

Isuelt McCormack

Staff Artist

Iseult McCormack is an intuitive abstract artist from Bray, County Wicklow. She has explored many paths on her artistic journey including ceramics, fashion and fine art.
She is a mother, daughter, sister and friend. A lover of music, dancing and people and it is these life experiences that have led her to revel in colour, texture and form, creating work that delights the eye and speaks to the soul.

Lorraine Whelan

Admin & Staff Artist

Lorraine Whelan is an Irish-Canadian writer and visual artist based in Ireland. Her prose, poetry, and art criticism has appeared in Ireland, Canada, USA, Luxembourg and online. In 2020 she founded Precariat Press and published her first chapbook of poems, Home Sweet Home Goodbye. Her artwork is included in public, private and corporate collections in Ireland, USA, Canada, UK, Belgium, and Australia. Most recently, her solo exhibition of prints and paintings, Memory Is My Homeland, took place at Rathfarnham Castle in Feb-Mar 2022.