Previous Residents

Find out more about our previous artists-in-residence

2011

Wayne Jordan

Wayne Jordan 

September - December 2011

Wayne Jordan is a director, writer and designer who has worked at the Abbey Theatre and Project Arts Centre. In 2010 he directed Christ Deliver Us! (Tom Kilroy) and The Plough and The Stars (Sean O’Casey), Celebration (Harold Pinter) and Ellamenope Jones, which he also wrote. No Romance, a new play by Nancy Harris, won great critical acclaim earlier this year. He will use the residency to work on the early stages of a new work inspired by material from the autobiographies of Sean O’Casey.


Deirdre McKay

Deirdre McKay 

September - December 2011

Co. Down-born Deirdre McKay studied music at Queen’s University, Belfast completed by a doctorate in composition in 2003. Her work has been performed in Europe, South Africa and USA with commissions from the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, RTÉ Living Music Festival, Music Network, Dublin Youth Orchestra, Sligo New Music Festival, Naughton Gallery Belfast (with artist Jean Duncan), Ulster Youth Orchestra and the Irish Chamber Orchestra. 


Sonia Shiel

Sonia Shiel 

September - December 2011

Sonia Shiel’s installations, often composed of paintings, sculpture and video, explore the propensity of art to be effective in the real world, while pitching mankind’s most earnest endeavours against their odds. She has had a number of solo shows in recent years in Dublin, Cork, Kilkenny, Helsinki and Berlin. She has been the recipient of a number of awards as well as international residencies. Her work explores how and what art chooses to be when it can be anything, and if the artist today can start a revolution that nobody else can.  http://www.soniashiel.com/

Event with artist:
Sonia Shiel - Rencontre avec l’artiste 7/12 2011


Ignatius McGovern

Ignatius McGovern 

September - October 2011

Poet and academic Iggy McGovern is interested in the common ground between poetry and science. He will spend his residency working on a verse biography of the life of William Rowan Hamilton (1805-65). Hamilton is the most significant figure in Irish science, and his world-wide status can be gauged by the distinctive “Hamiltonian” tag that dominates online “hits”; But he was also a poet, friend of Wordsworth and Coleridge. Iggy hopes to complete the work within 2012, which is the year of Dublin City of Science. http://iggymcgovern.com/ 

Event with artist:
Rencontre littéraire : poets Leontia Flynn and Iggy McGovern, novelist Lucy Caldwell 18/10 2013


Theo Dorgan

Theo Dorgan 

September - October 2011

Theo Dorgan’s residency will be used to work on a novel “murmuring in my ear that will be largely set in Paris”. He has published five collections of poetry, two accounts of sailing voyages – one transatlantic, the other from Cape Horn to Cape Town. He has been Series Editor of European Poetry Translation Network publications and was editor of The Great Book of Ireland, among many other publications. He presented Poetry Now on radio and RTE TV’s books programme Imprint.

Events with artist:
La Médiathèque rencontre… Celia de Fréine & Theo Dorgan 11/10 2011
The re-enchantment of Ireland 17/03 2011
Poésie et Prose de l’Irlande 2008 9 - 11/10 2008


Celia de Fréine

Celia de Fréine 

September - October 2011

Celia de Fréine will use her residency to work on a new collection of poetry Ar Cois: Afoot. Her poetry has won many awards, including the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 1994 and Gradam Litríochta Chló Iar-Chonnachta in 2004. She has published four collections of poetry. Many of her plays in English and in Irish have been performed and she has developed a number of film projects in collaboration with Biju Viswanath. She has written for television, including the long-running TG4 series Ros na Run.

Event with artist:
La Médiathèque rencontre… Celia de Fréine & Theo Dorgan 11/10 2011


Catherine O’Kane

Catherine O’Kane 

May - July 2011

The Royal Dublin Society Student Art Awards and the Centre Culturel Irlandais offered Catherine a residency for her short film ‘Prelude’, an investigation into her childhood memories. Using old photographs, reminiscences with her family and locations around her home, she reconstructed key images in this visualization of her memories. She combined her own piano playing with her animation and used the metaphors of a box of memories and a locket as linking devices.


Caoimhin O Raghallaigh

Caoimhin O Raghallaigh 

May - July 2011

CaoimhÌn is best known as a traditional fiddle player whose solo work has become increasingly adventurous over the last few years. His residency will be devoted to work on material for two solo shows: firstly, to use the city of Paris to shoot and edit new film material, collaborating with a wide range of musicians; secondly, to write new material specifically for performing in churches. He will work in the chapel of the Centre Culturel Irlandais, where he knows and loves “the beautiful acoustics”. 

Events with artist:
This is How We Fly 12/04 2014
Fête de la Musique - The Gloaming 21/06 2013
Music in Beckett – Work in Progress 16/12 2011


Stephen Gunning

Stephen Gunning 

May - July 2011

Stephen Gunning makes work according to the driving theme of the modern city and its potential as a site of anthropological enquiry and the extended meaning of social events, gatherings, and informal (but often socially compelled) movements such as parades, protests, festivals or public celebrations. He is particularly concerned with the themes of placement and presence, “the conventional metaphor of life as a journey” and in this respect is fascinated by the relationship of the particular to the universal, the elevation of the ordinary into something filled with implied importance.

Event with artist:
Stephen Gunning - Atelier portes ouvertes 28/06 2011


Colin Bateman

Colin Bateman 

May - July 2011

Colin Bateman is a best-selling novelist, screenwriter and playwright from Bangor in Northern Ireland. A former journalist, his first novel Divorcing Jack won The Betty Trask Prize and was later made into a movie. He has published thirty novels and writes regularly for television. He was recently made an Honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Ulster for his services to literature. While in Paris, Colin will be working on a BBC adaptation of Where Are You Really From?, an autobiography by Tim Brannigan about growing up as a black child in Republican West Belfast and the remarkable secret his mother kept from the world. http://www.colinbateman.com/

Event with artist:
“Et vous trouvez ça drôle ?” 12 - 16/05 2009


Garrett Sholdice

Garrett Sholdice 

February - March 2011

Garrett Sholdice is a composer and co-director of Ergodos, a Dublin-based music organization. In 2009 he also founded Harmonium, an acoustic chamber ensemble of flexible instrumentation. The focus of his residency is the composition of an austere chamber opera for female voices and small ensemble, which will utilise techniques adapted from Javanese gamelan music and Medieval organa, and texts from French symbolist poets. http://garrettsholdice.ie/ 


Dylan Tighe

Dylan Tighe 

January - April 2011

Dylan Tighe will use his time in Paris to research and formulate ideas and aesthetics for a multidisciplinary theatre performance based on the poetry of Michael Hartnett. This will fuse theatre, music, visual art and poetry. It will incorporate spoken, sung and projected text, filmed sequences, staged images and tableaux.


Maurice Riordan

Maurice Riordan 

January - April 2011

Maurice Riordan has published three award-winning collections; the most recent, The Holy Land, received the Michael Hartnett Award in 2007. He is working on a new collection of poems, provisionally called The Water Stealer. These continue from previous books a thematic exploration of time and memory, but with a more intense focus on the natural world. 

Event with artist:
La Médiathèque rencontre… Maurice Riordan 15/03 2011

Image: Photo©Derek Adams

Robert Janz

Robert Janz 

January - April 2011

Robert Janz’s poetic art is a passionate plea for greater restraint in civilisation’s encroachment on the natural environment. His works explore aspects of motion, change and transience. His project in Paris is ephemeral and out in the streets. He will also use his studio, drawing and erasing on the walls every day, a slow kinetic installation.

Event with artist:
Robert Janz - Atelier portes ouvertes 22/03 2011


Mary Morrissy

Mary Morrissy 

January - April 2011

Mary Morrissy will work on the first draft of a new novel in which the central character is a Greifer, a Jewish woman employed by the Gestapo to identify other Jews living underground. Such women prowled the night spots of the city, pointing out Jews who were living incognito. Many of them had turned informer to avoid being sent to the camps and thus balanced the complicated equation of betrayal and survival.

Event with artist:
La Médiathèque rencontre…Mary Morrissy 7/04 2011