national development agency for collaborative arts
in social and community contexts

Create Board Recruitment - Expressions of Interest

We are seeking Board members

Create is a key national arts organisation that has been working successfully for almost 30 years in the area of collaborative arts in Ireland. We support artists - across all artforms and in a variety of social contexts – to make exceptional art, in partnership with communities, – be they pigeon fanciers; older people, patients in hospital; fishermen, farmers, or asylum seekers.

Create’s long term ambition and vision is to develop a national centre for collaborative arts practice in Ireland. As we turn 30, Create wishes to refresh its board with a clear mission to position the organisation at the centre of dynamic collaborative arts activity, supporting, galvanising and energising the collaborative arts sector. We are looking toward the next phase of our existence with an increasing sense of gestalt and a strong sense of our identity within a heightened socio-political climate.

We are committed to good governance as we face the future as a structurally and financially robust organisation confident in our vision, mission and purpose, not just within the arts sector but within wider civil society.

Create is looking for volunteer directors to complement its existing board, with skills in key areas including:

• Strategic Development & Sustainability
• Fundraising / Philanthropy / & Corporate Social Responsibility expertise
• Marketing & Communications (Social Media and Digital Marketing also of interest)
• Business & Law

As well as people with specialist skills in these areas, we are also interested in hearing from candidates with strong links to professional arts practice, arts in social contexts, community networks, academia and learning, who can be enthusiastic advocates and contributors to the on-going development of the organisation. International candidates will also be considered.

We are particularly interested in hearing from people with a strong commitment to contemporary arts practice across artforms who might have previous board experience.

To find out more about Create, visit our website and Facebook page. Please also look at Create's Strategic Development Plan 2013-2018.

If you would like to be considered for election to the board, please email a brief CV, and covering letter to Patrick Fox, Executive Director at

Candidates matching our skills profiles will be invited to an informal interview. We have a limited number of spaces available on the Board and will only be contacting those matching our skills profile.

If you require further information, please call Patrick Fox on 01-4736600.

Closing Date for submissions: 22 March 2013 at 1pm

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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.