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2013

Phillip McMahon

Phillip McMahon 

November - December 2013

Phillip McMahon is one half of pop culture outfit THISISPOPBABY. His musical Alice In Funderland at the Abbey Theatre was nominated for Best Production at the Irish Theatre Awards 2013. He will work on his next production based on research into his parents’ emigration from Ireland to England in the late ‘70s from which emerges incredible stories of fierce, brave and fun Irish people.

Event with artist:
High Heels In Low Places / All Dolled Up  3 - 4/07 2014


Trevor Knight

Trevor Knight 

September - December 2013

Trevor Knight is a composer/writer/director who will work on a new collaboration based around the concept of the ‘Filthy Stranded Angel’. Trevor emphasises the transformative power of simultaneous activity, where various disciplines can intersect and ultimately create an entirety of sound, movement and image.


Mark Clare

Mark Clare 

September - December 2013

Visual artist Mark Clare produced The World Could Wait No Longer in 2009. This was the first film in his “Manifesto” series based on the manifesto of The Orange Alternative, an anarchic movement in Poland in the early 1980s strongly influenced by Dadaism and Surrealism. He will make the second film of the series during his residency.

Event with artist:
Mark Clare - Atelier Porte Ouvertes 29/10 2013


Nell Regan

Nell Regan 

September - October 2013

While in residence, poet Nell Regan will complete her third collection with the working title Half Light. The collection consists of a body of individual poems written over five years, many of which have already been published in leading Irish, US & international journals, as well as two long sequences Passage and Thirty-Six Views of the Sugarloaf.

Event with artist:
La Médiathèque rencontre… Nell McCafferty & Nell Regan 8/10 2013


Nell McCafferty

Nell McCafferty 

September - October 2013

Nell McCafferty is a well-known writer, broadcaster and journalist who was to the forefront of the Irish Women’s Liberation Movement in the early seventies. She has written extensively about Northern Ireland, including Peggy Deery an account of the only woman shot on Bloody Sunday. She will work on her new novel while in Paris.

Event with artist:
La Médiathèque rencontre…Nell McCafferty & Nell Regan 8/10 2013


Catherine Leonard

Catherine Leonard 

September - October 2013

Violinist Catherine Leonard will research French composers who wrote some of the great violin and chamber works to find innovative ways of presenting them. She is particularly interested in Ravel and intends to add other violin sonatas – such as those by Poulenc and Saint-Saens – to her repertoire.

Event with artist:
Hugh Tinney & Catherine Leonard 26/10 2012


Ciaran Hope

Ciaran Hope 

June - September 2013

Composer and musician Ciaran Hope will work on several pieces during his residency including a suite of music for children’s orchestras based on a cultural tour of Paris. Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, all can be captured sonically and texturally just as Mussorgsky transposed the works of art in Pictures at an Exhibition. Ciaran also intends to write an Opera about revolutionary Robert Emmet’s time in France.


Gerard Smyth

Gerard Smyth 

May - June 2013

Poet Gerard Smyth writes with controlled passion and lyrical intensity. The spare language and his affectionate but exacting knowledge of contemporary life combine with unobstrusive faith in human possibility to give Gerard Smyth’s later poems relevance, music and unique depth. The Fullness of Time: New and Selected Poems (1969 - 2009) was published by Dedalus in 2010.

Event with artist:
Poésie et Prose de l’Irlande 2008 9 - 11/10 2008


Geraldine O’Reilly

Geraldine O’Reilly 

April - June 2013

During this residency, visual artist Geraldine O’Reilly will research and make a new series of artworks that investigate the concept of city as repository. While exploring and experiencing Paris through its museums, collections, archives, libraries and architecture, she will keep a visual diary and make drawings, small paintings and photographs inspired by the city.

Event with artist:
Ile d’Hiver 18/09 - 22/10 2009
  


Margaret O’Brien

Margaret O’Brien 

April - June 2013

For visual artist Margaret O’Brien, this residency presents a valuable opportunity to pursue the site-specific nature of her practice through engagement with the historical sites of public executions in Paris, including both public market places and closed prison courtyards. As a symptom of profound discord between a regime and its people, the tradition of execution that grew from the late 1700s has resonance in the current Europe climate. 

Event with artist:
Margaret O’Brien - Atelier portes ouvertes 15/05 2013


Jaki McCarrick

Jaki McCarrick 

April - June 2013

A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and Middlesex University, Jaki McCarrick writes plays, fiction and poetry. Leopoldville won the 2010 Papatango Award for New Writing and Belfast Girls was shortlisted for the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Her short story, The Visit, won the 2010 Wasafiri Short Fiction Prize.  Her debut collection of short stories, The Scattering, has just been published by Seren Books. Jaki is currently writing her first novel.

Event with artist:
La Médiathèque rencontre…Jaki McCarrick 23/05 2013


Carmel Winters

Carmel Winters 

January - April 2013

Writer and director Carmel Winters enjoyed critical success with her play B for Baby in the Abbey Theatre; it later won Best New Play award from the Irish Times. Her film SNAP won Best Irish Feature and Best Director in the Dublin Critics Circle Awards. Her residency will be devoted to researching the personal, cultural and political experiences of Maud Gonne during her many extended periods of residence in Paris. This will inform and inspire both a feature film and a theatre play on the life of Gonne.

Event with artist:
La Médiathèque rencontre… Catherine Phil MacCarthy & Carmel Winters 26/02 2013


Trevor Byrne

Trevor Byrne 

January - April 2013

Dublin-born author Trevor Byrne received exceptional critical acclaim for his novel Ghosts & Lightning; his short fiction includes Nothing at the Top, Mad for Rain and I’ve Hardly Slept at All in the New Island anthology of Irish Short Fiction. His second novel will appear in 2013 and he will begin research and work on his third novel during his residency. Largely set in Paris during the 1980s, it is a fictional retelling of the last decade of Samuel Beckett’s life, from the point of view of an Irish actor.

Event with artist:
La Médiathèque rencontre… Trevor Byrne 31/01 2013


Vivienne Roche

Vivienne Roche 

January - April 2013

Cork-born Vivienne Roche has major public sculptures in many sites around Ireland including St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle Dublin Dental Hospital, Fingal County Hall and the National College of Ireland. More recently she made Light House, a poem sculpture, with Derek Mahon and Light Ensemble for Cork School of Music. Her last exhibition was A Light Interlude from the Pulpit at Triskel. In Paris she will do a series of large-scale drawings of details of the buildings on which the great Irish engineer Peter Rice worked, including the  ‘gerberettes’ of the Pompidou Centre. Rice will be the subject of a major exhibition and international conference in the CCI in May, where Roche’s drawings will also feature.

Events with artist:
Nuit Blanche 2 - 3/10 2010
Vivienne Roche - The Geometry of Water 17/09 - 3/12 2010


Catherine Phil MacCarthy

Catherine Phil MacCarthy 

January - April 2013

Catherine Phil McCarthy’s most recent collection of poems is The Invisible Threshold (2012); earlier collections were Hour of the Tide, the blue globe and Suntrap. She won the Fish International Poetry Prize in 2010. During her residency she will work on new poems around the theme of migration. One of McCarthy’s preoccupations is the influence of both Paris and French culture on Irish artists and others who went to live there between 1860 and 1914.

Events with artist:
La Médiathèque rencontre… Catherine Phil MacCarthy & Carmel Winters 26/02 2013


Nancy Harris

Nancy Harris 

January - April 2013

While resident at the Centre in autumn 2012, dramatist Nancy Harris won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. The chair of the judging panel said: “Nancy Harris has an ear keenly attuned to how the fracture lines in relationships are opened in apparently innocent conversations. Critics and audiences have been impressed by her psychological insight and by her sharp wit”. After several months of artistic activity in Dublin and London, we are delighted to welcome Nancy back to complete her residency with us.