Create Executive Staff


Ailbhe Murphy, Director 

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. Ailbhe has over twenty five years experience developing collaborative projects and participatory public art projects. She is well versed in dealing with multiple stakeholders and agencies, such as NWCI membership organisations (NWCI Legacy Project 2013 – 2015), community development organisations and residents groups (Tower Songs 2003 - 2006) as well as state agencies, universities and local authorities (Sliabh Ban Art House, Galway City Council 2011-2012) She has served on a number of public art steering groups and was Liaison artist (2002 – 2004) for phase one of Breaking Ground, Ballymun Regeneration’s Public Art Programme. Prior to taking up her appointment as Director of Create in 2015, she worked in a wide range of situated projects as a member of the interdisciplinary art and research platform Vagabond Reviews. Ailbhe has published widely on collaborative arts and presented at numerous conferences nationally and internationally.

Arthur Duignan, Finance and Administration, Assistant Director

Arthur joined Create in 1994 to manage an EU-supported partnership with the Combat Poverty Agency (Community Arts Pilot Programme). He has 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 a Cert in Voluntary Sector Management and recently completed the Cert in Charity Law, Trusteeship & Governance. 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. Prior to joining Create Arthur worked in graphic design and publishing before joining Project Arts as Administrator in the late 80s. Arthur is a committed volunteer and is currently Honorary Secretary of his local financial co-operative, Core Credit Union.

Jane O’Rourke, Office Manager 

Jane is responsible for administrative support for a number of Create projects as well as the day to day running of the office. She co-ordinates the Garda Vetting process and is responsible for Create’ s membership, currently close to 600 members. In addition Jane is developing the Reading Room at Create’s offices as a resource for artists and others interested in the field of collaborative arts. In 2010 Jane was awarded a HND (higher national diploma) in Interior Design from Senior College Dun Laoghaire (now Blackrock Further Education Institute). She is currently undertaking a degree in Education at Dublin City University. 

Vance Wing-Sze Lau, Arts and Cultural Programme Coordinator

Vance holds a BA in Social Sciences University of Hong Kong and an MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management from UCD. She works as project support across Create’s programme in particular the Artist in the Community Scheme and the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programe (CAPP). She is also responsible for developing digital platforms, communications and audience engagement strategies and produces both the Create and CAPP e-bulletins. 

Neil Ryan, Services Development Officer.

Neil holds a BA in Fine Art from DIT. He has worked as an art handler in Australia and productions and technical coordinator for a number of artists’ projects in both Ireland and Australia. He joins Create as Services Development Officer with responsibility for the Garda Vetting Service.  

Frank Humphreys, Web and Digital Media Manager

Frank first used the graphical web back in 1993, while doing research as a Chevening Scholar at the University of Oxford Programming Research Group. He has produced and managed numerous academic, educational, commercial and non-profit websites since, including two redesigns of the Create website. He managed the launch of Create-Exchange, the first dedicated arts audio site in the Republic, and edited all the audio (now on Soundcloud). 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. At Oxford, he also studied economics and then worked as an economist at Oxford, as a lecturer and with NERA Economic Consulting. 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 completed an MSc in Computing (Data Science) at UCD in 2017 and currently works for the CSO. 


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