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 currently based at the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths, University of London where she is a Lecturer in Arts Management.
Alongside writing for The Guardian, Arts Professional 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. In 2012 as a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow, Oonagh carried out research at The Met, MoMA, Cooper-Hewit and the Guggenheim on emerging approaches to digital engagement. This project involved interviewing director level staff about the management of emerging modes of museum practice and resulted in the publication of ‘Museums and Digital Engagement a New York Perspective’.
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 2018 she was selected to participate in the AHRC funded, Institute for Government – Engaging with Government programme.
Oonagh currently sits on the culture committee of the London Irish Centre, and is Principal Investigator / cofounder 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.
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.
She holds a PhD from the University of Ulster (2014), is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Society of Arts and regularly writes about emerging forms of pedagogy within the creative industries.
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