Artists, writers, musicians... each season different residents carry out their own research and participate in CCI's cultural programme
The combination of living and working in historic and atmospheric surroundings, in one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, is of undeniable benefit to each artist in residence as well as an important means of channelling a wealth of artistic influence towards Ireland and its creative community.
August - December 2020
in partnership with the Contemporary Music Centre
Finola Merivale is an Irish composer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music, living in New York. She is pursuing a DMA in Composition at Columbia University, where she is studying with George E. Lewis, Georg Friedrich Haas and Zosha Di Castri. Her music has been performed by International Contemporary Ensemble, Talea, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, Crash Ensemble and musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, amongst others. While in Paris, Finola is working on a piece for piano and electronics entitled Glacial Fading, which uses underwater recordings of the Arctic icebergs melting. She is also composing a percussion quartet, and a work for saxophone and electronics, commissioned by Robert Finegan, which is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland Music Commissions Award.
October - December 2020
Cathal Cleary is a theatre director based in Ireland and London. He has worked for companies such as Druid, Young Vic, The Abbey and Donmar Warehouse and has directed eight award-winning productions since 2017. He has his own theatre company, Mommo, and received the Arts Council’s Theatre Bursary in 2020. In Paris, Cathal will work on a new theatre script based on Sinéad O’Connor’s album 'How About I Be Me' while studying the life and works of Eileen Gray, Sophie Calle and ORLAN to inform the design of the play.
Neil Ó Lochlainn
October - December 2020
Neil Ó Lochlainn is a composer and musician from County Clare. His work is dedicated to exploring a contemporary musical language inspired by Irish traditional music. He is co-founder and musical director of the award-winning Ensemble Ériu and chamber ensemble Cuar. In 2019 he was a Next Generation bursary recipient from the Arts Council. During his time at the CCI, Neil will compose a new suite of music for Cuar based on Samuel Beckett's short story collection Texts for Nothing.
Zoe Ní Riordáin
October - November 2020
Zoe Ní Riordáin is a theatre maker and a musician from Dublin. She founded ttheatre company One Two One Two in 2018 with her long-time collaborator Maud Lee. They make experimental work that brings their practice as musicians and songwriters into a theatrical context. Their show 'Recovery' was performed at the Centre Culturel in 2018. During her month at the CCI, Zoe Ní Riordáin will work on her new project, an Irish language audio piece called 'It's all the same'. The time in Paris will give Zoe the space to compose new text and music influenced by Beckett's work for radio.