Marie McPartlin is a producer working across music, literature, visual art, heritage and performance. Since February 2015, she is Director of Somerset House Studios, London.
She has twice served as a festival director, most recently with Kinsale Arts Festival in Ireland, where she commissioned new work from artists including Heather and Ivan Morison, Daphne Wright, Something and Son and Mel Brimfield. As one third of London Word Festival, she was a recipient of a Paul Hamlyn Breakthrough Award for cultural entrepreneurship in 2009.
Marie began her career with Mean Fiddler Music Group, before taking over as Live Music Programmer at the Spitz venue in London in 2006. Under Arts Council England’s Cultural Leadership Programme, she was appointed Associate Programmer, Contemporary Music at the Barbican, spending three months working with Sydney Festival, Australia as part of the scheme.
Over the last 10 years, she has worked independently as a producer and programmer with Frieze Projects, the Roundhouse, the National Trust and Create.