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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

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 was 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.

Áine Crowley, Programme Manager, Arts and Engagement 

Áine was appointed to the role of Programme Manager, Arts and Engagement in 2019. In this capacity, she 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 has a strong track record of supporting artists and communities. having worked with Voluntary Arts Ireland as a Development Officer, managing the Exit 15 project. 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 and Publishing Manager

 Keelin has been a member of the Create team since 2019. She is responsible for developing and overseeing Create’s communications strategy across digital and traditional media, as well as managing publishing activity within the organisation. This includes the twice yearly Create News and the annual publication focusing on the AIC Scheme Summer School in Cultural Diversity, as well as developing new publications.  Keelin works closely with other staff to ensure optimum visibility for the organisation, its programme of activities and projects delivered, reflecting the organisation’s strategy. Keelin has worked with many arts organisations in Ireland, including Childrens' Books Ireland, Illustrators Ireland, Dublin Book Festival and Mountains to Sea Book Festival as well as the Exit 15 project. Within these organisations she has played varied roles, assisting with programming, events, marketing, and securing funding. Prior to moving home to Ireland in 2016, Keelin worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Durham and St Andrews Universities, researching human psychology and communication. Keelin holds a BA in Music and Linguistics from UCD, an MSc and PhD in Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh.

Vance Wing-Sze Lau, Arts and Cultural Programme Coordinator

Vance joined Create 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. Prior to her time at Create, Jane played various roles in a number of arts and community organisations including City Artsquad, MaSamba Samba School, Sticks and Stones Gallery in Dublin, and Tonnta Street Theatre in Athlone. During this time she took part in festivals, performances, and exhibitions as well as assisting at a variety of community workshops. 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 Garda Vetting Service offered by Create, as well as providing development and operational support for Create projects, for example the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP), and Jesse Jones' The March of Mount Tambora. 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. 


In addition to our core team, Create works with independent researchers and programme expertise and support.  Currently working with Create are;

Evgeny Shtorn, Artist in the Community Scheme Cultural Diversity Researcher

Léa Blanchard, Associate Fellow, Programme and Research 

Evelyn Broderick, Intern    

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