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Create News 2008

Create News is published twice a year in April and September. It is sent free of charge, features guest interviews and offers the latest information on Create events and services. To receive a copy please email info (at) with your name and address and with the subject: 'Request Create News'.

Guinness bottle. Photography: Justin Farrelly.

heritages - Create News 5 (September 2008)

Main story: Cliodhna Shaffrey interviews Tadhg O'Keefe on histories and Heritages beyond the surface

Photography: Justin Farrelly.

Learning - Generosity and Exchange - Create News 4 (March 2008)

Michelle Browne reflects on the Inter Art College Placement Programme

'What matters is the exemplary character of production, which is able first to induce other producers to produce, and second, to put an improved apparatus at their disposal. And this apparatus is better the more consumers it is able to turn into producers – that is readers or spectators into collaborators'
- Walter Benjamin – 'The Author as Producer'[1]

Create, as the national development agency for collaborative arts in Ireland, has an interest in this notion of an improved apparatus that Benjamin talks about. In their promotion of a genre of art making that engenders cultural inclusion and through the Inter Art College Learning Development Programme, Create invests in the development of skills around collaborative practice. In 2008 they are managing this programme for students from National College of Art and Design, Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire,  Dublin Institute of Technology and Tisch School of Performing Arts, New York University.  Beginning at an early stage in the career of young artists and engaging with a variety of groups, Create is equipping both artist and community to explore the possibilities of collaboration.


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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.