Paraic Mc Quaid is an artist and lecturer in cultural policy at the Institute of Art Design and Technology (IADT). Paraic holds a MFA in Sculpture and MA in Cultural Policy. His research and lecturing span these two disciplines. He was programme coordinator of BA Arts Management in IADT from 2010-2015. He is currently programme coordinator for the MA Cultural Event Management in IADT. His research interests include Irish and international cultural policy, youth participation in culture, culture and society. He also continues his practice-based research in sculpture and collaborative arts practice. Paraic was an expert assessor for the Creative Europe fund from 2013-2015.