I am a visual artist based in Dublin whose practice has evolved primarily within the community development sector. Early projects such as Unspoken Truths (1991 – 1996) and Once is Too Much (1995 – 2004) involved long term collaborations with the Education and Community Department of IMMA, the Family Resource Centre, St.Michael’s Estate Inchicore and the Lourdes Youth and Community Services. Tower Songs (2003-2006) was developed in collaboration with the Rialto Youth Project, Fatima Groups United and City Arts. In this early work I focussed on how flat complex communities in Dublin were negotiating profound social, cultural and architectural change as a result of extensive regeneration initiatives. These were crucial, formative years during which a series of questions came into focus around the critical tools available for thinking about socially engaged art practice. With Tower Songs as the ground of inquiry, I set out to explore those questions by embarking on a practice-based PhD with the University of Ulster. My doctoral research focused on critical co-ordinates for collaborative arts practice within the spatial politics of urban regeneration. I was awarded my PhD in 2011. With the co-founding of Vagabond Reviews in 2007 with Ciaran Smyth, I have developed an interdisciplinary approach to socially engaged art and research at the level of both theory and practice. In January this year I was appointed Director of Create , the National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts in Ireland.