Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, has announced the appointment of a new Director / Chief Executive, artist Ailbhe Murphy.
Create’s Chair, Deirdre Figureido, said: “The board of Create are delighted to announce Ailbhe’s appointment as Director. Her wide ranging skills, and her extensive and diverse experience of arts and civic participation will be a tremendous asset for Create. Over the last eight years Create has expanded its reach and influence in the Irish arts sector, culminating in its successful Creative Europe bid, adding an international dimension to its work with EU arts organisations and with prestigious cultural innovators such as the UK art agency Artangel. The staff and board of Create look forward very much to working closely with Ailbhe to facilitate the next stage of the organisation’s strategic development , nationally and internationally.”
Of her appointment as Director of Create, Ailbhe says “I believe strongly in the role of the arts in civil society and I’m passionate about the transformative power of cultural engagement and participation.I am really excited to be taking up the helm at Create at such a pivotal time, with exciting commissions coming up with Jesse Jones and Sarah Browne through Artangel as well as the four year COLLAB Arts Partnership, funded under Creative Europe. My new role will give me a wonderful opportunity to support artists, arts organisations, our partners and the wider arts sector in further promoting the role of collaborative arts practice both in Ireland and internationally.”
Artist Ailbhe Murphy has over twenty-five years’ experience in collaborative arts practice. Her work has traversed a wide range of situated practice, including community development, new neighbourhoods, urban regeneration processes and institutional networks where questions of agency, knowledge production and representation have always been central.