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The Team

Ailbhe Murphy, Director 

Ailbhe joined Create in 2015, where she is responsible for core programming and strategic and organisational development and partnerships, nationally and internationally. She is Project Lead for the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme, a Creative Europe Project of which Create is the lead partner. 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. Projects included Scientia Civitatis Missing Titles 2015 as part of Phoenix Rising Art and the Civic Imagination curated by Logan Sisley and (In)Visible Labour Factorium (2013 – 2015). As part of the Still, We Work exhibition curated by Valerie Connor for the National Women’s Council of Ireland In her early career major projects included Unspoken Truths (1991-1996) with IMMA, LYCS and FRC, Once is Too Much (1996-1998) with IMMA and FRC and Tower Songs (2004 – 2006) with FGU, RYP and CityArts. 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, Finance and Administration

Arthur joined Create in 1994 to manage an EU-supported partnership with the Combat Poverty Agency (Community Arts Pilot Programme). As finance director, Arthur manages contracted services and is financial controller of Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP), a large scale European Cooperation Project of which Create is co-ordinating partner. He has been responsible for key initiatives including four editions of the Irish Fundraising Handbook, accredited training programmes, and other consultancy and research work. He also acts as Company Secretary. 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). An accredited fundraising trainer, he also has a Cert in Voluntary Sector Management and recently completed the Cert in Charity Law, Trusteeship & Governance.Arthur is a committed volunteer and is currently Honorary Secretary of his local financial co-operative, Core Credit Union.

Vance Wing-Sze Lau, Arts and Cultural Programme Coordinator

Vance worked with Create following her recent graduation from UCD and officially joined in 2016, where she provides project and event management support for a broad variety of arts projects, professional development workshops and cultural events. These have included the Arts Council’s Artist in the Community scheme, Extending Architecture, Tolka Nights and In the Shadow of the State.  She has also been responsible for developing and managing digital platforms, communications and audience engagement strategies for the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP).  She produces the Create and CAPP e-bulletins, as well as documentation of arts projects for promotion and archive purposes.  As a theatre-maker and producer from Hong Kong, she led the strategic development of Dream Makers Theatre (Hong Kong) as President, and in Ireland has worked with Live Collision, ANU Productions, Ether Productions and Gúna Nua Theatre Company.  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 joined Create in 2002. She is responsible for administrative and operational support for a number of Create projects and Professional Development and Learning events. As well as the day to day running of the office and responsibility for Create’s membership, currently close to 700 members, 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 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 Garda Vetting Service offered by Create, as well as providing development and operational support for Create projects. Prior to beginning his role in Create in 2016, he worked as an art handler in Melbourne Australia and as production and technical coordinator for a number of artists’ projects 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 events and conferences in Auckland and Queenstown, New Zealand. Neil holds a BA in Fine Art from DIT. 

Frank Humphreys, Web and Digital Media Manager

Frank joined Create in 2008. He is responsible for web and digital media management. He has over 20 years of experience producing and managing academic, educational, commercial and non-profit websites, including two redesigns of the Create website. Frank first used the web back in 1993, while doing research as a Chevening Scholar at the University of Oxford Programming Research Group. He managed the launch of Create-Exchange, the first dedicated arts audio site in the Republic, and edited all the audio for the site. He has created early online art (with HTML and JavaScript in 1996 and 1997), illustrated a book, written 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. He has been involved with several start-ups, including World and Media, which he set up to improve media coverage of global development issues. He has also lectured economics at the Royal Holloway, University of London and worked as a senior economic analyst in the United States. He is currently an economist in the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. Frank holds an MSc in Economics from the University of Oxford, an MA in Political Communication from Kingston University and an MSc in Computer Science from UCD.

Áine Crowley, Artist in the Community Scheme Coordinator 

Áine coordinates the Artist in the Community Scheme, providing project and proposal advice and support, information and guidance to applicants. Áine has also worked with Voluntary Arts Ireland as a Development Officer, project managing the Exit 15. Prior to this Áine worked with dlr County Council Arts Office as Youth Arts Development Worker. Áine worked in Mayfield Arts, Cork for eight years where she collaborated with a diverse range of communities including Cúig - Creativity Unlimited an Integrated Group. Áine was facilitator and visual artist on various culturally diverse programmes; projects included a two-year participatory arts project with intercultural women's group Creative Connections in collaboration with Artist Mark Storor ‘‘Hungry Tea’, 2012 and Priscilla Robinson ‘Home is where the Art is” 2011. In 2013 she completed a residency in Canberra, Australia with ‘Intercultural Hand Heart Art’. Áine holds a BA Fine Art Printmaking from Limerick School of Art and Design.

Keelin Murray, Communications Consultant 

Keelin is responsible for the promotion of Create’s events, programmes and opportunities. Her role also involves project managing Create’s publications, including the twice yearly Create news, and the annual publication focusing on the AIC Scheme Summer School in Cultural Diversity.

Keelin has worked with many arts organisations in Ireland, including Illustrators Ireland, Dublin Book Festival and Mountains to Sea Book Festival. Within these organisations she has played varied roles, assisting with programming, events, marketing, and securing funding. She also works with Childrens’ Books Ireland, writing reviews for inclusion in Inis magazine, as well as supporting the CBI Book Clinics. Keelin holds a BA in Music and Linguistics from UCD, an MSc and PhD in Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh.

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