Create Executive Staff


Ailbhe Murphy, Director 

Prior to taking up her appointment as Director of Create in 2015, Ailbhe’s collaborative arts practice has traversed a wide range of situated practice - community development, new neighbourhoods, urban regeneration processes and institutional networks - where questions of agency, knowledge production and representation have always been central. Since 2007 she has been a member of the interdisciplinary platform Vagabond Reviews, which combines socially engaged art and research practice. Most recently, as part of Phoenix Rising, Art and Civic Imagination exhibition at the Hugh Lane Gallery, Vagabond Reviews engaged a range of architects, planners, philosophers, geographers, sociologists in a series of textual reflections on the city for their work Scientia Civitatis Missing Titles. Ailbhe has over twenty five experience developing collaborative projects and participatory public art projects. She is well versed in dealing with multiple stakeholders and agencies, such as NWCI membership organisations (NWCI Legacy Project 2013 – 2015), community development organisations and residents groups (Tower Songs 2003 - 2006) as well as state agencies, universities and local authorities (Sliabh Ban Art House, Galway City Council 2011-2012) She has served on a number of public art steering groups and was Liaison artist (2002 – 2004) for phase one of Breaking Ground, Ballymun Regeneration’s Public Art Programme. Ailbhe has published widely on collaborative arts and presented at numerous conferences nationally and internationally. A graduate of the National College of Art and Design, her research interests focus on the question of critical coordinates for collaborative arts practice. In 2011 she was awarded a practice-based Ph.D from the University of Ulster, Belfast.

Arthur Duignan, Finance and Administration, Assistant Director

Arthur Duignan is Assistant Director. He joined Create in 1994 to manage an EU-supported partnership with the Combat Poverty Agency (Community Arts Pilot Programme). He has since been responsible for key initiatives including four editions of the Irish Fundraising Handbook, accredited training programmes, and other consultancy and research work. He is financial controller of Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP), a large scale European Cooperation Project of which Create is co-ordinating partner.

Arthur is Create’ s chief finance officer, manages contracted services and acts as Company Secretary. He has 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 a Cert in Voluntary Sector Management and recently completed the Cert in Charity Law, Trusteeship & Governance. Arthur worked in graphic design and publishing before joining Project Arts as Administrator in the late 80s where he also became involved in the Temple Bar project. He represented cultural concerns on Temple Bar Development Council and the Government-appointed board of Temple Bar Renewal and later on the Taskforce for Active Citizenship. Arthur is a committed volunteer and is currently Honorary Secretary of his local financial co-operative, Core Credit Union.

Katrina Goldstone, Information and Strategy Development

Katrina who has worked at many different aspects of communications as a writer, journalist and researcher .At Create, she works on Information & Strategy Development which encompasses communications, media and development strategy. Katrina is responsible for Create publications, the monthly e-bulletin as well as commissioning writers for Create News, a twice yearly publication. Developing and overseeing Create’s social media strategy, the organisation has grown its Facebook, Twitter and ebulletin subscribers and followers to over 17,500. As a journalist she contributed features and reviews to numerous publications in Ireland and the UK and has also been a regular contributor to RTE arts programmes. Her column The Book that Changed My Life featured interviews with politicians, artists, writers and cultural commentators. She has also worked on a freelance and voluntary capacity advising migrant and refugee organisations, particularly on communications and strategic direction. From 2002-2004 she was Amnesty Ireland’s first Anti- Racism Policy Officer.

 Her essays include Leslie Daiken, Harry Kernoff and leftwing cultures in the 1930s, Lives on the Left: Studies in Radical Irish Leadership, eds. Emmet O’Connor and John Cunningham (Manchester University Press 2016); On Ethnic Legacy in Dublin’s Future, edited by Lorcan Sirr (2011); Irish Studies, (Twilight Zones, May 2005 –an interview with poet Gerald Dawe on The Holocaust in literature}; ‘”Rewriting you”: Researching and writing about ethnic minorities,’ in Malcolm MacLachlan and Michael O’Connell (eds.) Cultivating Pluralism: Psychological, Social and Cultural Perspectives on a Changing Ireland (Dublin: Oaktree Press, 2000)).

Katherine Atkinson, Professional Development 

Katherine is an arts & professional development manager, musician and performer. At Create, Katherine has managed several public art commissions where she was responsible for liaising with artists, commissioners and communities. These include: the South Lee Mental Health Unit, Cork (Per Cent for Art Commission) Blackrock Hall, Primary Care Centre, Cork; Typecast in partnership with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) and Coolmine Therapeutic Community and most recently the Tolka Public Art Commission with Dublin City Council and Fingal and Meath County Councils. Katherine was manager/ trainer for Extending Architecture: an Arts Council training and professional development initiative in 2016 and also manages Professional Development and Project Support for Create. In this role she is responsible for the management of the Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Scheme, which since 2002, has supported more than 300 artists - visual artists, writers, theatre practitioners, musicians, film makers, architects and dancers who have worked with many diverse communities of place/and or interest. In 2005 Katherine represented Create managing the community based programme as part of Cork’s European Capital of Culture, and the Credit Union Residencies’ programme. She holds a Diploma in Teaching (Arts) SACAE, a Certificate of Music TAFE, a Diploma in Theatre and Drama Studies from NUI Maynooth and an MA in Public Culture Studies from Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. She is a member of the Edges and Margins Collective and also Visual Arts Ireland, the representative body for professional artists in Ireland.

Lynnette Moran, Producer, Research and Learning Development

Lynnette Moran is a Creative Arts Producer and Festival Director working across and between art forms specialising in Live Art, Performance and Digital platforms with expertise in public arts management and collaborative/socially engaged practice. Lynnette is Associate Producer at Create, founding member and Lead Producer of Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme ( CAPP) 2014 – 2018; a Creative Europe funded initiative with 9 international partners in six countries and also has worked as Lead Producer on two major commissions with visual artist Jesse Jones, ‘The Prosperity Project’ commissioned by the Office of Public Works; and ‘ In the Shadow of the State’ a second trans-national co- commission with Artangel (UK) in 2016. Lynnette also leads and manages the Learning Development Programme; founded the European Learning Network; and initiated, edited and produced Create’s ‘The Collaborative Arts Performance Pack’, 2013. Lynnette is one of two core producers at ANU Productions, Ireland’s leading multi-award winning company, cited as being responsible for the ‘most searing and provocative works of the last decade’ by The Irish Times. In 2009 Lynnette founded Live Collision, Ireland’s first Creative Producing Organsation and annual international festival of Live Art; producing the work of Artists who are of significant calibre, ground-breaking and leading in their field with exciting commissions both nationally and internationally. Live Collision is an associate member of the European Festival Association, and an Associate Organisation of Goldsmiths College, London.

Lynnette acts as an advisor/guest associate contributing to a number of festivals, events, publications and symposia both in Ireland and internationally. She has initiated many award winning platforms and frameworks, which carve a space for new ways of making and presenting art works, as well as critically engaging both artists and audiences alike. Lynnette has also instigated Fast Track to Dance, a strategic artist / audience development programme as part of Dublin Dance Festival and Aerowaves, a Europe-wide dance performance network. Lynnette began her career in London, cutting her teeth with some of the UK’s leading organisations including LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre) and BAC (Battersea Arts Centre). Lynnette holds a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art Film Making from University Wolverhampton (UK) and in 2004 graduated with an MA in Performance Making from Goldsmiths College, London.

Jane O’Rourke, Office Manager 

Jane is responsible for administrative support for a number of Create projects as well as the day to day running of the office. She co-ordinates the Garda Vetting process and is responsible for Create’ s membership, currently close to 600 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. In 2010 Jane was awarded a HND (higher national diploma) in Interior Design from Senior College Dun Laoghaire (now Blackrock Further Education Institute). She is currently undertaking a degree in Education at Dublin City University. 

Frank Humphreys, Web Manager

Frank was using the web at the University of Oxford Programming Research Group back in 1993 – the year in which the first graphical web browser was created. In the course of his work, he has been producing and managing academic, commercial and non-profit websites for over 20 years. He has a broad range of experience and expertise in economics, computer science, education, media and business. He combined his IT and economics expertise to work in the US on the so-called 'Trial of the Century': Microsoft versus the US Department of Justice. He has also worked for Internet startups.

He created early online art with HTML and JavaScript in 1996 and 1997. He has illustrated a published book, written articles 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. 

Frank fully redesigned and relaunched Create's website twice. He managed the launch of Create-Exchange, the first dedicated arts audio site in the Republic of Ireland, and edited all the audio on the website (much of which is now on Create's Soundcloud page). He also provided technical expertise to the Arts Council tendering process for

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