About us


Damien McGlynn, Director

Damien is responsible for core programming and strategic and organisational development and partnerships, nationally and internationally. He has worked in the cultural sector across Ireland, the UK and Europe for 15 years, including as Ireland Director of Creative Lives and as part of the ARTIST ROOMS team at Tate and National Galleries of Scotland, delivering youth engagement projects across the UK as part of a touring collection of work. Damien was born in Dublin and studied Fine Art (Sculpture) at NCAD.


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, Coordinator, Creative Places Tuam and Creative Places Network Services

Carolann is responsible for programme delivery for the Creative Places Tuam Pilot and coordination of the national Creative Places network. Carolann’s work in Tuam engages directly with communities, artists and stakeholders to successfully realise the programme’s aims and objectives. Prior to this role, Carolann worked as the arts, health and wellbeing specialist for Kildare County Council, progressing the council’s specialist work to create high quality arts practice in 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, Producer, Programme and Digital Media

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, Vetting Service Officer

Neil is responsible for the development and operation of the Vetting Service offered by Create, including liaising with the National Garda Vetting Bureau, stakeholders and service users. 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 are;

Grace Wilentzproject coordinator, AIC Scheme Development Support

Grace is currently working with Create, dsupporting the administration and development of the Artist in the Community Scheme. Grace’s work, in conjunction with Aine Crowley, programme manager Arts and Engagement, will encourage and sustain a growing and diverse network of practitioners and communities.

Grace is a poet and writer who works with a range of civil society organisations and social movements. Grace earned her BA in English from Harvard University, an Mst in Human Rights Law from Oxford University, and an MFA in poetry from University College Dublin. She has previously worked with Create on the AIC Scheme Artist Mentor Panel.


Independent Equality experts, Hassan Mahamdallie (UK) and Francesca La Morgia (Irl) are working with Create on an evaluation of the Artist in the Community Scheme and the development of an Equality and Diversity policy for Create.  The evaluation and EDI policy are due for completion in Spring 2022.

Hassan Mahamdallie is a specialist in diversity and equality and an internationally known senior policy maker, consultant and trainer.  This includes as an educational trainer in the London Borough of Greenwich, working with the local council and Charlton Athletic Club in schools and the community in the aftermath of the 1993 murder of Black teenager Stephen Lawrence in Greenwich borough. He was also an arts officer at Bexley Council for Racial Equality. Hassan was a senior strategist at Arts Council England for nine years, where he was charged with drawing up and implementing ACE’s national Race Equality Schemes. He also launched and advised on many equality projects, including the Arts and Islam platform, Sustained Theatre, Inspire and Decibel and other ACE Equality Schemes (Disability, Gender, Single) before going on to develop, write and launch ACE’s unique approach to art, society and equality – ‘The Creative Case’.  He has lectured on diversity, arts and society in the USA, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, Holland, Germany, Ireland, South Africa, and the UK. Hassan is a trained actor and a professional playwright, theatre director, mentor and widely published journalist, author, essayist and podcaster.

Dr Francesca La Morgia is a linguist, lecturer and researcher. She is the founding director of Mother Tongues where she is responsible for Learning, Research and Policy Development. Francesca is currently coordinating the Cultural Diversity Programme Development for South Dublin County Council (2021-2024). She has developed training and policies in the field of EDI in the arts and she has supported organisations such as the Arts Council, Cúirt Festival, Irish Theatre Institute, Fishamble, Draíocht and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council. She is an alumna of the second Artist in the Community Scheme Summer School on Cultural Diversity and Collaborative Practice (2019) and in 2020 she was awarded an Arts Council Travel and Training Award for a residency at Counterpoints Arts in the UK. She has written on issues related to migration, multilingualism and diversity in cultural spaces.



Previously working with Create were;


Megs Morley, Curatorial Research Fellow, Arts and Social Justice


Evgeny Shtorn, Artist in the Community Scheme Cultural Diversity Researcher


Léa Blanchard, Associate Fellow, Programme and Research


Evelyn Broderick, Intern