Cristín Leach

 Cristín Leach: Digital storytelling


Cristín Leach is a broadcaster and journalist, best known for her writing on art in The Sunday Times Ireland, since 2003. As the paper’s longest serving art critic, she is renowned for her ability to communicate complex ideas and strong opinions without resorting to “artspeak”.

With more than twenty years’ experience in broadcast journalism, she has worked as an on-screen reporter-presenter for RTÉ Television’s ‘The Works’, and appeared as a regular panellist, reviewer or reporter on TV and radio shows including ‘The View’, ‘Arena’, ‘57 Live’, ‘The Full Irish’, ‘The Arts Show’, ‘Rattlebag’ and ‘Into the Evening’ on Lyric FM. She was an invited expert on the final programme of ‘Masterpiece: Ireland’s Favourite Painting’ shot for RTÉ Television in 2012.

A former co-director of marketing agency Glacier Consulting, she worked as a newscaster with East Coast Radio before joining RTÉ Online in 1998. As Entertainment Editor for RTÉ Interactive, she launched the state broadcaster’s first online arts presence, featuring pioneering original digital video content, in 2001. Her latest area of interest is mobile phone video reporting.

As a public interviewer, panel host, and guest speaker, Cristín has presented to audiences at Electric Picnic, The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin City Council’s The Lab, The Glucksman Gallery, Lismore Castle Arts and Dublin Castle, as part of Cruinniu na Casca in 2017.

She lectures in Critical Journalism and has taught sessions on art writing and criticism to students at UL, UCD and members of Visual Artists Ireland. Cristín is a judge for the Hearsay International Audio Arts Festival and was on the inaugural judging panel for the Hennessy Portrait Prize in 2014. She holds an MA in Journalism, a BA in French and English and a diploma in the History of European Painting.

An engaging teacher, she is frank and (occasionally, even) funny. An evangelist for clear speaking and passionate, accessible, honest communication, her enthusiasm for story-telling lies in her belief that finding the heart of any narrative will bring your audience with you, whatever the medium. A qualified perinatal yoga teacher, she taught classes while pregnant with both of her wonderful children. To relax, she sings very loudly in the car, takes photographs, and, controversially for a critic, likes to draw.

Her first journalism gig was as a book reviewer for The RTÉ Guide, aged eight – she was paid in books but the job gave her an early taste for a by-line that became a habit. One of Ireland’s most respected art critics, she believes in the power of good story-telling, whatever the subject.

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