national development agency for collaborative arts
in social and community contexts

David McConnell Chair

David McConnell is a consultant, specialising in providing financial services to arts organisations. He was formerly Head of Finance with the Arts Council Ireland and also is an organist and choir director.

Sarah Browne

Sarah Browne is a visual artist based in Ireland. Her research-based practice is made public through exhibitions,  publications, lecturing and critical writing. She also works collaboratively with Gareth Kennedy as Kennedy Browne and in 2009 she co-represented Ireland at the 53rd Venice Biennale.

Philip Delamere

Philip Delamere studied sculpture at Limerick School of Art from 1989 to 1994 and worked as an artist, arts administrator and street theatre practitioner until 2000. He became County Arts Officer with Roscommon County Council in 2000 and has been Arts Officer with Leitrim County Council since 2011.

Deirdre Figueiredo

Deirdre Figueiredo MBE is Director of Craftspace, a limited company and arts charity based in Birmingham and has expertise in visual arts, contemporary craft and design. She also specialises in practice and strategy around public engagement, participation, creative production, inclusion and diversity. In a voluntary capacity she sits on the board of several arts organisations across England.

Mary McAuliffe

Mary McAuliffe is a local government employee working with Sligo County Council. She is currently assigned as Programme Director of The Creative State North West (PPP) and Coordinator of the 4CNW Business Innovation Support Programme, one of eight concrete actions under the European Creative Industries Alliance (ECIA) an initiative of the European Commissions Directorate General Industry & Enterprise. Mary has over twenty years experience working in the public sector, previous roles include Head of Arts, Sligo County Council, Project Leader, Creative Sligo Initiative and Project Manager, The Greenfort Cultural Regeneration Strategy. Professional qualifications include MA European Cultural Planning, De Montfort University, Leicester UK and BA Rel. SC Mater Dei Institute, Dublin. Mary represents the Council on various Boards and specialist committees.

Mark O’ Brien

Mark O’Brien is a graduate of UCD with a Master's degree in English. He has been Arts Development Manager / Deputy Director at Axis, Ballymun since 2004. His role includes developing participatory and collaborative arts projects and the strategic development of arts practice in a range of contexts. Mark also practises as a theatre director, sound designer / composer and arts consultant.

Mark Price

Mark Price is an architect, teacher and writer. He works with the Save 16 Moore Street Committee, the Irish Anti-War Movement and the Irish Palestine Solidarity Campaign.


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Arts and Civil Society Symposium

Kevin Murphy

Voluntary Arts Ireland Chief Officer Kevin Murphy introducing the Create and Voluntary Arts Ireland Arts and Civil Society Symposium, 20 and 21 October 2011, Christchurch, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork.

Pat Cooke

Defining Participation and Practice - Policy Perspectives. Martin Drury, Pat Cooke, Marian Fitzgibbon, Pauline Conroy. Chair: Fiona Kearney.

Participation and Practice

Defining Participation and Practice – Policy Perspectives panel. Seated left to right: Martin Drury, Pat Cooke, Fiona Kearney (Chair), Marian Fitzgibbon, Pauline Conroy.

Sarah Tuck, Dr Anthony Downey

Create Director Sarah Tuck introducing the keynote address by Dr Anthony Downey.

Engaging Communities debate

Engaging Communities – The Permeable Institution. One of three concurrent LAB Debates. Left to right: Lisa Moran, Topher Campbell, Declan McGonagle (Chair), Tom Creed, William Ring.

LAB Reports panel

LAB Reports panel. Left to right: Liz Burns, Robin Simpson,  Tony Fegan (Chair), Declan McGonagle.

Cultural and Civic Space

Rethinking Cultural and Civic Space. Pictured (left to right): Mícheál Ó Domhnaill, Annette Moloney, Bernadette Quinn (Chair).

Annette Moloney

Rethinking Cultural and Civic Space. Pictured (left to right): Annette Moloney (presenting), Bernadette Quinn (Chair), Frank McDonald, Faisal Abdu’ Allah.

Arts, Civil Society and Crisis

Arts, Civil Society and Crisis panel. Pictured (left to right): Augustine Zenakos, Carlota Álvarez Basso, Daniel Jewesbury (chair), Gabriel Gbadamosi, Silvana Carotenuto.

Nuno Sacramento

Arts, Civil Society and Crisis. Pictured: Daniel Jewesbury (chair), Nuno Sacramento. Arts and Civil Society Symposium, Cork, October 20-21, 2011. All photos: Susan Walsh.

Create volunteers

Christian Buchner, Katia Rush-Hall (Symposium Coordinator), Aoife O'Leary, Pamela Murray. All photos: Susan Walsh.