Previous Residents

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2016

Caitriona O’Reilly

Caitriona O’Reilly 

November - December 2016

Caitriona O’Reilly is from Wicklow and was educated at Trinity College Dublin, where she completed a PhD on American poetry. Her first book, The Nowhere Birds, was published in 2001. It was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and won the Rooney Prize in Irish Literature in 2002. Her second collection, The Sea Cabinet, was published in 2006. It was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Prize. Her third collection, Geis, also a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, was published in 2015 by Bloodaxe Books (UK) and Wake Forest University Press (USA). During her residency in Paris, she will develop new ideas through engaging with the material culture housed in the Musee National du Moyen Âge, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle and archaeological sections of the Louvre Museum.


Angel Luis Gonzalez Fernandez

Angel Luis Gonzalez Fernandez 

November - December 2016

Angel Luis González Fernández is the founder and director of PhotoIreland, an organisation that promotes critical engagement with photography notably through its annual international photographic festival in Dublin. In 2011 he launched ‘The Library Project’, a publicly accessible collection of publications about photography combined with an exhibition space. Angel has been a portfolio reviewer at festivals such as Les Rencontres d'Arles and Format (UK). While in Paris, he will work on the framework for a photography-focused event to take place annually during Paris Photo.


Una Mullally

Una Mullally 

November - December 2016

Una Mullally is a writer with The Irish Times, where she runs the Ipop culture blog PopLife, as well as an author and spoken-word artist. She writes about LGBT issues, feminism, social justice issues and the arts. She co-founded the ‘Come Rhyme With Me’ event, spanning all elements of spoken word from poetry to rap. Her first book, In The Name Of Love, an oral history of the Irish marriage equality movement, was published in 2014. At CCI, she will work on her second book on contemporary feminism in Ireland, improve her practice as a spoken-word artist and add to her writing about Irish queer identity.


Olwen Fouéré

Olwen Fouéré 

October - November 2016

Born in Galway to French parents, the theatre artist Olwen Fouéré is one of Ireland’s foremost practitioners of the performing arts. Collaborating with playwrights, directors, visual artists, composers and choreographers over three decades, she embodies the mercurial essence of performance in her aesthetic practices.  She has earned the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Actress in 1999, 2000 and 2006 and has been nominated and won numerous others including the Samuel Beckett and ESB/Harvey’s Awards. Her collaborations with the CCI include The Gospel According to Judas and Here Lies, the story of Antonin Artaud in Ireland, in 2006; Paula Spencer, the Woman who Walked into Doors (2008) and riverrun (2013). During her residency at the CCI, she will finalise her new performance Danse, Morob, written specially for her by French author Laurent Gaudé and to be presented in Dublin in December 2016. http://www.olwenfouere.com/

P R O C L A M A T I O N 1/10 2016
Olwen Fouéré - riverrun 8 - 9/02 2013
Paula Spencer - La femme qui se cognait dans les portes 12-15/11 2008
Here lies - 23-24/11 2006
The Gospel according to Judas - by Frank McGuinness 18/03 2006


Clara Simpson

Clara Simpson 

October - October 2016

Actress and director Clara Simpson settled in France decades ago and has acted in numerous productions directed by Christian Schiaretti (TNP, Villeurbanne), notably Mai, Juin, Juillet (Festival d’Avignon), Le Roi Lear (Théâtre de la Ville, Paris), Créanciers, Mlle Julie (La Colline, Paris). She also regularly works with Irish theatre companies including Corn Exchange, Pan Pan, Dead Centre. During her residency, Clara will develop the staging of a triptych – Riders to the Sea  and In the Shadow of the Glen by John Millington Synge and Purgatory by William Butler Yeats – newly translated into French by Jean-Pierre Siméon.


Tom Creed

Tom Creed 

October - December 2016

Tom Creed is a theatre and opera director based in Dublin. From 2011 to 2013 he was Director of Cork Midsummer Festival and was nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award in 2012. He has been invited to stage Benjamin Britten's opera Owen Wingrave at the Opéra Bastille in November 2016 with the young singers of the Académie de l'Opéra de Paris. He sees this as an important opportunity to delve deeper into questions of pacifism and debate the necessity of going to war. https://tomcreed.org/


Hannah Starkey

Hannah Starkey 

September - December 2016

World-renowned artist Hannah Starkey’s interest is in photography and the representation of women in our visual culture. She has recently returned from Beirut where she photographed women for an exhibition at the UN headquarters in New York. Her residency will be a chance to concentrate on her own, non-commissioned projects. She intends to photograph mature women, who are less often in the limelight, and the manner in which they interact with their daily environment.

Opening exhibition 'Women' 11/10/16


Pierce Healy

Pierce Healy 

September - December 2016

Over the last twenty years, Dubliner Pierce Healy has built up a reputation as an award-winning Irish jewellery designer, engraver and maker. He studied in Dublin, London, Stockholm and San Francisco and has exhibited internationally. For this residency, he will ask himself the following fantastical question: What kind of jewellery would result if biologist-artist Ernst Haeckel spent a wild weekend in Paris accompanied by Stone Age cave painters with access to fire, silver, gold and jewellery making tools?! http://piercehealystudio.com/

Journées européennes du patrimoine 17-18/9 2016


Pat Boran

Pat Boran 

September - October 2016

Pat Boran is an Irish poet, fiction writer, editor and broadcaster. He has published five full-length collections of poetry as well as a New and Selected volume, translated into a number of languages. His most recent book is Waveforms (2015), a volume of haiku and photographs exploring Bull Island in Dublin Bay. He has also published a number of books of fiction for adults and children, and edited more than a dozen anthologies of poetry and prose. He is a former editor of Poetry Ireland Review and presenter of The Poetry Programme and The Enchanted Way on RTE Radio 1. http://www.patboran.com/

Image : Dedalus Press

La Médiathèque rencontre… Pat Boran 22/9/2016


Siobhan McDonald

Siobhan McDonald 

May - May 2016

Born in New York, Siobhan McDonald currently lives in Dublin. She received her Masters in Visual Arts Practices from IADT, Dublin, and is an Artist in Residence University College 2012 – 2016. Siobhan is a Visual artist working in the medium of paint, film and sound. Upcoming projects include a residency at The European Space Agency in June 2016 and a solo show at the Centre Culturel Irlandais 2017. Siobhan collaborates with many cultural institutions such as The School of Cosmic Physics; The Historical Seismic Museum and ESA. Her work is found in many National and International collections. http://www.siobhanmcdonald.com/ 


Alan Phelan

Alan Phelan 

April - June 2016

Multi-media artist and curator Alan Phelan has exhibited internationally in Stockholm, Treignac (France), Brussels, New York, Cardiff, Ljubljana, Berlin, Belgrade, Helsinki, Shanghai, Buenos Aires and all over Ireland. In 2013, his film work was screened at the ECU Film Festival in Paris and at the Cairo Video Festival. The diaries and humanitarian work of 1916 revolutionary Roger Casement form the focus of new work he is developing in Paris. http://www.alanphelan.com/ourkind/

Meet our artists! 8/06/2016


Benjamin Dwyer

Benjamin Dwyer 

April - June 2016

A prolific composer and virtuoso guitarist, Benjamin Dwyer has appeared as soloist with Irish, European and Brazilian orchestras. Also a leading exponent of contemporary music and free-jazz, he featured in the prestigious Krakow Autumn Jazz Festival (2014). His Irish Guitar Works CD was released on Cortijo in 2012. During his residency, he is working on a song cycle for soprano and guitar entitled Sobre los Ángeles based on the poetic sequence of the same title by the renowned Spanish poet Rafael Alberti (1902-1999). http://www.benjamindwyer.com/

Meet our artists 8/06/2016


Sonya Kelly

Sonya Kelly 

April - June 2016

Sonya Kelly studied Drama and Classics at Trinity College, Dublin. Her theatre work includes collaborations with the Gate Theatre, Druid Theatre, The Corn Exchange, Fishamble: The New Play Company, Rough Magic, Kabosh Theatre and Pan Pan. Sonya has also performed her own work in Ireland, the UK and America. She has peformed twice at the CCI while touring The Wheelchair on My Face (2012) and How to Keep an Alien (2015). She is working on both theatre and non-fiction pieces during her residency.

Meet our artists 8/06/2015


Padraig Spillane

Padraig Spillane 

March - April 2016

Working with photography, sculpture, and photomontage, Padraig Spillane’s works explore the conditions of representation and object-relations: what boundaries lie between us, images and objects? Drawing on the visible and concealed forces at work, he will use his residency to explore queer narratives and queer cultures in Paris. Padraig is also co-founder and curator of Stag & Deer who organise photographic exhibitions in temporary sites. http://www.padraigspillane.ie/


Liv O’Donoghue and Gina Moxley

Liv O’Donoghue and Gina Moxley 

January - February 2016

Liv O’Donoghue is a choreographer and performer based in Dublin. She has worked extensively with companies and choreographers including John Scott's Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Junk Ensemble and Dead Centre, touring throughout Europe and the USA. Together with actor and writer Gina Moxley, she will work on a cross-collaborative physical theatre performance based on the films Three Approaches to Psychotherapy (1965) also known as The Gloria Films.

How to Keep an Alien 24 - 25/11 2015
The Wheelchair on My Face 5/06 2012
La Médiathèque rencontre…Gina Moxley 9/12 2010
Rencontre with 5 women writers 19/10 2007

12 Minute Dances 7 - 8/10 2010


Corban Walker

Corban Walker 

January - April 2016

Corban Walker’s installations, sculptures and drawings relate to perceptions of scale and architectural constructs. Creating new means for viewers to interact with and navigate their surroundings, Walker’s work is part of numerous collections around the world, including the Guggenheim Museum, New York and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. The artist represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 2011. http://www.corbanwalker.com/

Open Studio : Corban Walker 17/03/16


Gregg Caffrey

Gregg Caffrey 

January - February 2016

Irish composer Greg Caffrey has recorded under numerous record labels and his compositions are regularly performed internationally. He is currently the artistic director of Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble, Northern Ireland’s only contemporary music ensemble. While at the CCI, he will write a multi-violin composition influenced by the Paris Metro system focusing on Line 1 - the oldest line. This 25 part contrapuntal composition will mirror its 25 stations. https://www.gregcaffrey.com/


Darragh McKeon

Darragh McKeon 

January - January 2016

Born in 1979, Darragh McKeon spent most of his early career as a theatre director. He has worked at The Royal Court (London), The Young Vic (London) and Steppenwolf (Chicago). His writing has been short-listed for the Francis MacManus Short Story Award and the Filmbase/ RTE Short Film Award. Published in 2014, his first novel is a powerful account of the Chernobyl disaster entitled All that is Solid Melts into Air. It was translated into French in 2015 under the title Tout ce qui est solide se dissout dans l'air. McKeon is currently working on a novel that interweaves the industrial revolution in Argentina and Uruguay with the Jazz Age in Paris. https://www.darraghmckeon.com/

La Médiathèque rencontre… Darragh McKeon 26/01/2016