Create is the national development agency for collaborative arts. Our work initiates cross-sectoral national and international partnerships which support artists and communities to co-create work of depth, ambition and excellence.
Our mission is to lead the development of collaborative arts practice by enabling artists and communities to create exceptional art together.
As a resource organisation we offer supports for artists working in social and community contexts. These include professional development, mentoring, project development support, commissioning and project opportunities as well as research and training. We also manage the Artist in the Community Scheme for the Arts Council.
Create believes that by working together, artists and communities can purposefully explore how collaborative arts engage in distinct, relevant and powerful ways with the urgent social, cultural and political issues of our times.
What We Do
- Create supports artists in making exceptional art with communities in the broadest sense
- Create supports artists in an open-ended approach to the artistic process and art making – as co-creators with different partners and audiences
- Create encourages ways of making art that take place primarily outside of the traditional gallery or theatre space
On the 26th September 2019, we officially launched our new Strategy, Connect Create Change: Leading Collaborative Arts in Ireland, 2020-2025. The strategy was launched by Independent Senator Colette Kelleher, with contributions from Board Chair Deirdre Figueiredo MBE, Dr. Ailbhe Murphy, Director, and world-renowned socially engaged artist Tania Bruguera. This strategy provides a framework to support the ecology, resources and relationships that will develop discourse, policy and next practice from 2020 to 2025.
The full strategy can be read in PDF form in the resources section of this website, linked from this page.