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The Team

Ailbhe Murphy, Director 

Ailbhe joined Create in 2015, where she is responsible for core programming and strategic and organisational development and partnerships, nationally and internationally. She is Project Lead for the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme, a Creative Europe Project of which Create is the lead partner. Prior to taking up her appointment as Director of Create, as an artist she has worked in a wide range of situated projects as part of the interdisciplinary art and research platform Vagabond Reviews. Projects included Scientia Civitatis Missing Titles 2015 as part of Phoenix Rising Art and the Civic Imagination curated by Logan Sisley and (In)Visible Labour Factorium (2013 – 2015). As part of the Still, We Work exhibition curated by Valerie Connor for the National Women’s Council of Ireland In her early career major projects included Unspoken Truths (1991-1996) with IMMA, LYCS and FRC, Once is Too Much (1996-1998) with IMMA and FRC and Tower Songs (2004 – 2006) with FGU, RYP and CityArts. Ailbhe holds a BA in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design and she was awarded her doctorate from the University of Ulster in 2011.

Arthur Duignan, Assistant Director, Finance and Administration

Arthur joined Create in 1994 to manage an EU-supported partnership with the Combat Poverty Agency (Community Arts Pilot Programme). As finance director, Arthur manages contracted services and is financial controller of Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP), a large scale European Cooperation Project of which Create is co-ordinating partner. He has been responsible for key initiatives including four editions of the Irish Fundraising Handbook, accredited training programmes, and other consultancy and research work. He also acts as Company Secretary. Arthur holds a Degree in Commerce and is a Graduate of the Marketing Institute of Ireland. He has lectured in Arts Sector Analysis (IADT, Dún Laoghaire) and Consumer Behaviour (Dublin Business School). An accredited fundraising trainer, he also has a Cert in Voluntary Sector Management and recently completed the Cert in Charity Law, Trusteeship & Governance.Arthur is a committed volunteer and is currently Honorary Secretary of his local financial co-operative, Core Credit Union.

Vance Wing-Sze Lau, Arts and Cultural Programme Coordinator

Vance worked with Create following her recent graduation from UCD and officially joined in 2016, where she works as project and event management support for a broad variety of arts projects, professional development workshops and cultural events. These have included, the Arts Council’s Artist in the Community scheme, Extending Architecture, Tolka Nights and In the Shadow of the State.  She is also responsible for developing and managing digital platforms, communications and audience engagement strategies for the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP).  She produces the Create and CAPP e-bulletins, as well as documentation of arts projects for promotion and archive purposes.  As a theatre-maker and producer from Hong Kong, she led the strategic development of Dream Makers Theatre (Hong Kong) as President, and in Ireland has worked with Live Collision, ANU Productions, Ether Productions and Gúna Nua Theatre Company.  Vance holds a BSocSc Honours in Criminal Justice from the University of Hong Kong and an MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management from University College Dublin.  

Jane O’Rourke, Office Manager 

Jane joined Create in 2002. She is responsible for administrative and operational support for a number of Create projects and Professional Development and Learning events. As well as the day to day running of the office, Jane co-ordinates the Garda Vetting process and is responsible for Create’ s membership, currently close to 700 members. In addition Jane is developing the Reading Room at Create’s offices as a resource for artists and others interested in the field of collaborative arts. She holds a Higher National Diploma in Design from Blackrock Institute of Further Education and is currently in the final year of her BSc in Education and Training at Dublin City University. 

Neil Ryan, Services Development Officer.

Neil has recently joined Create where he is responsible for the Garda Vetting Service. He has worked as an art handler, in Melbourne Australia and as production and technical coordinator for a number of artists’ projects in both Ireland and Australia. Working with Artists such as Charles Blackman, Manon De Boer and Stephanie Syjuco. He spent the last few years managing and coordinating venues for events and conferences in Auckland and Queenstown, New Zealand. Having recently moved home to Ireland he now joins Create as Services Development Officer. Neil holds a BA in Fine Art from DIT.  

Frank Humphreys, Web and Digital Media Manager

Frank joined Create in 2008 where he is responsible for web and digital media management. Frank first used the graphical web back in 1993, while doing research as a Chevening Scholar at the University of Oxford Programming Research Group. Since then, he has produced and managed numerous academic, educational, commercial and non-profit websites, including two redesigns of the Create website. He managed the launch of Create-Exchange, the first dedicated arts audio site in the Republic, and edited all the audio (now on Soundcloud). He has created early online art (with HTML and JavaScript in 1996 and 1997), illustrated a book, written for the Guardian and the Irish Times, presented a radio show, mixed and mastered music recordings, run a music festival, and acted on stage and in film. At Oxford, he also studied economics and then worked as an economist at Oxford, as a lecturer, and with NERA Economic Consulting. He has been involved with several start-ups, including World and Media, which he set up to improve media coverage of global development issues. He recently completed an MSc in Computing / Data Science at UCD and currently works for the CSO.

Ciara McKeon, CAPP Coordinator 

Ciara is responsible for coordinating CAPP, the Creative Europe project. She works as an artist, curator and producer and her practice is focused on performance and live events. She has performed nationally and internationally, recent artworks include a commissioned performance for FUTURE HISTORIES as part of the Arts Council's ART: 2016 projects and 'Low Lying' (created in collaboration with Robbie Blake & Jessie Keenan) an off-site show in Dublin's Docklands for Tiger Dublin Fringe. As a curator she has worked through a wide variety contexts, from large-scale festivals to intimate performances. Recent curatorial projects include, Fertile Ground, a transgenerational group show of live performance on the theme of female bodily autonomy in the context of the Irish State. As a producer, she has worked most recently with Tonnta/Hugh Lane, Theatre Replacement/Dublin Fringe Festival, Alan- James Burns/National touring project and Ailish Claffey/Dance&Health conference at Rua Red and Create Networking Day 2013 – 2015 and Create EAP Conference 2016. Ciara holds a BA Honours in Visual Art Practices (IADT). 

Áine Crowley, Artist in the Community Scheme Coordinator 

Áine is responsible for the AIC Scheme providing project and proposal advice, information and guidance to applicants. Áine also works with Voluntary Arts Ireland as a Development Officer and Project Manages the Exit 15 Programme as part of a partnership with VAI and Dún Laoghaire- Rathdown County Council. Prior to this Áine worked with dlr County Council Arts Office as Youth Arts Development Worker. Áine worked in Mayfield Arts, Cork for eight years were she collaborated with a diverse range of communities including Cúig - Creativity Unlimited an Integrated Group. Áine was facilitator and visual artist on various culturally diverse programmes; projects included a two-year participatory arts project with intercultural women's group Creative Connections in collaboration with Artist Mark Storor ‘‘Hungry Tea’, 2012 and Priscilla Robinson ‘Home is where the Art is” 2011. In 2013 she completed a residency in Canberra, Australia with ‘Intercultural Hand Heart Art’. Áine holds a BA Fine Art Printmaking from Limerick School of Art and Design 

Liz Johnson, Programme Coordinator 

Liz is responsible for managing and delivering Create’s Professional Development and Learning Programme. She works with new and established partners to deliver a range of services for artists and arts organisations. Prior to working with Create she worked as a Project Manager for DCC Dublin’s Culture Connects: The National Neighbourhood. She is also an artist / educator and has worked across the fields of collaborative and participatory arts practice, art education and community settings for the past twenty-five years in Ireland and the UK. Recent projects include The-Contemporary-Museum-Without-Walls (2015) a curatorial video connecting women in rural Ireland to contemporary Irish art (presented at The IMA Education & Outreach Forum 2016) and Be-Part-of-the-Conversation (2014) a collaborative video exploring participatory art at IMMA. She holds an MA in Socially Engaged Art +FE from the NCAD and is a graduate of Chelsea School of Art. 

Keelin Murray, Communications Consultant 

Keelin is Create’s Communications Consultant, responsible for the promotion of Create’s events and programmes. Keelin has worked with many arts organisations in Ireland, including Children’s Books Ireland, Illustrators Ireland, Dublin Book Festival and Mountains to Sea Book Festival. Within these organisations she has played varied roles, assisting with programming, events, marketing, and securing funding. Keelin holds a BA in Music and Linguistics from UCD and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh. 

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