Patrick Fox, director of Create 2011-2014Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts in social and community contexts, is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Director / Chief Executive, Patrick Fox.

Announcing the appointment today, Create’s Chair, David McConnell, said: “The board of Create are delighted to announce Patrick’s appointment as Director. His broad ranging skillset, especially in the area of culture and social media, and his extensive and diverse experience of arts and civic participation will be a marvellous asset for Create. The staff and board of Create look forward very much to working closely with Patrick in the next stage of our organisation’s strategic development.”

Of his appointment as Director of Create, Patrick says “I am passionate about the role of the arts in civil society and I believe firmly in the power of cultural engagement to support civic participation. My new role affords me a wonderful opportunity to support artists, arts organisations and the wider arts sector in further developing the role of collaborative arts practice in Ireland.”

For the last four years, Patrick Fox has been the Programme Manager at FACT (Foundation for Art & Creative Technology) in Liverpool with key responsibility for Collaboration and Engagement. Patrick has been running their successful Community Programme and as part of FACT’s core work he directed the community, health, innovation, social media, youth and education programmes. Amongst his many programme responsibilities, he was also instrumental in developing social media and digital citizenship strategies. During his time at FACT, he also commissioned leading UK and international artists and represented the organisation internationally. Patrick has been key to developing an Arts & Health strategy for FACT, with a dynamic off-site programme, and key cross sectoral partnerships within the health, social housing and regeneration sectors.

Born in Dublin, Patrick graduated from Dublin City University with a BSC in Multimedia and holds a Masters in Cultural Leadership from Liverpool John Moores University.

Patrick is also a member of the board of Axis, the UK online resource for contemporary arts.