About us


Create Staff. Photo: Joseph Carr

Ailbhe Murphy, Director

Ailbhe is responsible for core programming and strategic and organisational development and partnerships, nationally and internationally. 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. 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

Arthur is Create’s finance director, managing contracted services, as well as operating as Company secretary. He has been responsible for key initiatives including four editions of the Irish Fundraising Handbook, accredited training programmes, and other consultancy and research work. 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).


Áine Crowley, Programme Manager, Arts and Engagement

Áine advances Create’s work to support artists and communities of interest and/or place to realise high-quality collaborative arts practice, through ongoing professional development support, project opportunities and the development of cross-sectoral alliances and partnerships. Áine coordinates the Artist in the Community Scheme, providing project and proposal advice and support, information and guidance to applicants.  Áine holds a BA Fine Art Printmaking from Limerick School of Art and Design.


Keelin Murray, Communications and Publishing Manager

Keelin is responsible for developing and overseeing Create’s communications strategy across digital and traditional media, as well as managing publishing activity within the organisation.  Keelin works closely with other staff to ensure optimum visibility for the organisation, its activities and programmes, reflecting the organisation’s strategic goals. Keelin holds a BA in Music and Linguistics from UCD, an MSc and PhD in Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh.


Carolann Courtney, Creative Places Tuam Coordinator

Carolann is responsible for programme delivery for the Creative Places Tuam Pilot. Carolann will work in Tuam, engaging directly with communities, artists and stakeholders to successfully realise the programme’s aims and objectives. Carolann has worked as the arts, health and wellbeing specialist for Kildare County Council since 2013, progressing the council’s specialist work to create high quality arts practice in both acute and community health care settings. Carolann holds a BA Fine Art from DIT and a Post Graduate HDip in Community Arts Education from NCAD.


Vance Wing-Sze Lau, Arts and Cultural Programme Coordinator

Vance provides project and event management support for Create projects, professional development workshops and cultural events. She has also been responsible for developing and managing digital platforms, communications and audience engagement strategies for the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP).  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 is responsible for administrative and operational support for Create projects and events. As well as the day to day running of the office and responsibility for Create’s membership, 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 certificate in crafts from Grennan Mill Craft School, a HND in Design from Blackrock Institute of Further Education and a BSc in Education and Training from Dublin City University.


Neil Ryan, Services Development Officer

Neil is responsible for the Vetting Service offered by Create, and provides development and operational support for Create projects. Prior to beginning his role in Create in 2016, he worked as an art handler in Australia and as production and technical coordinator in both Ireland and Australia, working with artists such as Charles Blackman, Manon De Boer and Stephanie Syjuco. He spent a number of years managing and coordinating venues for conferencing and events in New Zealand. Neil holds a BA in Fine Art from DIT.


In addition to our core team, Create works with independent researchers, artists and curators.

Currently working with Create is;

Megs Morley, Curatorial Research Fellow, Arts and Social Justice

Megs is an artist and independent curator. She has worked in policy development, research, education, and film making, to develop research-led exhibitions and programmes with institutions including; the Van Abbemuseum, IMMA, Galway City Council, Tulca Festival and EVA International. She is currently working with Create to develop a national library and archive for socially engaged arts. As Curatorial Research Fellow, she is also working with Create and Heart of Glass (UK), to develop a 3-year transnational co-operative arts and social justice research programme.