Dr Oonagh Murphy is an arts manager, writer and lecturer, her research has taken her around the world to explore international best practice on the scalability of emerging technologies for cultural organisations. She is based at the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths, University of London where she is a Lecturer in Arts Management.
Major research projects include being the PI of the Museums + AI Network, an AHRC funded project that has brought over 50 digital leaders together from the UK and US to explore models of ethical AI practice within the cultural sector; and institutional Co-I on UnCharted, a European Union funded multi partner project examining the societal value of culture. She is a member of the DCMS College of Experts, and supports the development of evidence based policy making that shapes policy and practice across the broad digital, media, culture and sport portfolio.
Alongside writing for The Guardian, Arts Professional, The Irish Times and Museum Practice she has been an invited speaker at museum, innovation, digital and creative industries conferences in Switzerland, Netherlands, Ireland, Latvia, Romania, England, USA.
Oonagh works with a wide range of clients on both a short term and ongoing basis in an arts management and consultancy capacity including The Frieze Art Fair, Blick studios, Ulster Association of Youth Drama, University of Ulster, Queen’s University, Museums Computer Group, Culture Night, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Audiences NI, Irish Museums Association, CultureTech, Arts & Business NI and Young at Art, British Council.
In 2012 as a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow, Oonagh carried out research at The Met, MoMA, Cooper-Hewit and the Guggenheim in New York. She was awarded a PhD from the University of Ulster in 2014, from 2015 – 2017 she was Associate Professor of Visual Arts Management and curating, and Convenor of the MA in Visual Arts Management and Curating at Richmond the American University in London. In 2018 she was selected to participate in the AHRC funded, Institute for Government – Engaging with Government programme. From 2017 – 2021 she was a member of the culture committee at the London Irish Centre.
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