Exploring Entrepreneurship in the Arts in Ireland – 23

This new Our Thriving Tribe session is with Monika Sapielak, born in Poland, studied in Germany and living in Ireland.

Monika is an award-winning Cultural Professional with 25 years of work experience as CEO, Cultural Manager, Curator, Mentor & Educator with a strong focus on cultural diversity, social inclusion, equality and integration. Seasoned Project and Event Manager; proficient Strategy Advisor and Professional Development Training Facilitator for creative projects and organisations; Mentor; Reviewer; EU Project Manager and Grant Proposals Evaluator. Recipient of the Merit to Polish Culture awarded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland 2011, Main Awardee of the Arthur Guinness Fund 2012 and Finalist of the National Lottery Good Causes Awards 2019. Co-founder and CEO of the Centre for Creative Practices resource organisations focused on integrating, promoting mentoring and training migrant and culturally diverse artists living and working in Ireland. Curator, Producer and Manager of the annual New Voices of Ireland Series and the Annual Meeting Point for Migrant and Culturally Diverse Artists in Ireland. Co-Founder of the Creative Entrepreneurs Academy that provides tailored entrepreneurial training and coaching to creative practitioners and creative businesses.

Regular guest speaker and lecturer at conferences, in higher education institutions and for the media in Europe and Ireland including EC University Business Forum in San Sebastian; Creative Business Cup in Copenhagen; University of Pecs, Hungary; Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin; Dublin Institute of Technology among others.

Monika’s mentoring and coaching expertise includes career coaching for migrant and culturally diverse artists, start-up support for creative and social entrepreneurs and NGOs, Leadership, Project Management and Grant Writing training, Introduction to Mentoring.


Our Thriving Tribe aims to expand upon the current discourse on entrepreneurship within the arts in Ireland. A process of enquiry into the context of artistic practice by researching entrepreneurship from the perspective of arts professionals in order to generate new knowledge within this field.