Ciara Phelan has been working as an illustrator for seven years and is fed up with the ongoing tension between personal and commercial projects as an artist. Teaming up with producer Dorcas Brown, the pair has now launched Grand Matter – a boutique talent agency.

Grand Matter aims to provide other artists with a service born from goodwill; an agency that will nurture creativity.

"I always had lots of ideas for projects but would often disarm them if they didn’t fit with my commissioned work," says Ciara.

"With the two of us approaching this from our respective backgrounds in the creative industry, we both identified a need for an agency that actively nurtures a roster of artists that share common values, but without restriction on output and style."

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