Current Residents

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.

Kevin Callaghan

Kevin Callaghan 

January - April 2020

in partnership with Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
Kevin Callaghan is an Irish visual artist living and working between Glasgow and Ireland. Educated at the Royal College of Art, he works in a number of different media - ceramic, wood, metal, printing and sound. Having previously exhibited at Dublin Castle, or the Saatchi Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum in London, he was recently awarded The Design and Crafts Council of Ireland External Exhibition Fund. While at the CCI, Kevin Callaghan will develop new work.


Jan Carson

Jan Carson 

January - April 2020

in partnership with Literature Ireland
Jan Carson is a writer and community arts facilitator based in Belfast. Her reputation has been established with her novel, Malcolm Orange Disappears, short story collection, Children’s Children, and micro-fiction collection, Postcard Stories which won the 2016 Harper's Bazaar Short Story Prize. Her recent novel The Fire Starters won the EU Prize for Literature for Ireland in 2019. While at CCI , she will write new Postcards Stories and finalize the publication of a new related book.


Cecilia Danell

Cecilia Danell 

January - April 2020

in partnership with Visual Artists Ireland et Suki Tea
Cecilia Danell is a Swedish-born, Galway-based artist working with painting, film and installation. She explores ideas about wilderness and solitude and how the yearning for an authentic life may be no more than a construct. Danell was selected for 'RHA Futures' in 2018 and has been exhibited at the RHA Ashford Gallery and at Kevin Kavanagh Gallery. She will use her time in Paris to research the work of the Surrealists and the Psychogeography movement in order to strengthen her own research methods.


Teresa Dillon

Teresa Dillon 

January - April 2020

A researcher as well as a designer, Teresa Dillon is a multi-disciplinary artist interested in the techno-civic: the relationships that exist between people, communities, technologies and governance. Her research has contributed to policy-thinking on open data and she has written on the role of open source within various fields such art and education, surveillance histories or urban wildlife. In Paris she will investigate police officer Alphonse Bertillon’s identification system based on physical measurements – the ‘mug shot’ – in order to create a mixed media artwork in response.


Olwen Fouéré

Olwen Fouéré 

January - April 2020

Olwen Fouéré is an actor, director and creative artist. She has been nominated Irish Times Best Actress five times. In 2014 she received the Herald Archangel award of the Edinburgh Festival and the Irish Times Special Tribute Award for her achievement and contribution to Irish Theatre. She collaborated with Marina Carr and created the title role in The Mai and that of Hester Swane in By the Bog of Cats. The roles were both written for her. She has also contributed to publications on contemporary theatre and performance, including Women in Irish Drama (2007).

Photo : ©Pieter Henket

Joy Gerrard

Joy Gerrard 

January - April 2020

Joy Gerrard is a visual artist living in Belfast whose Japanese ink images are sourced in photographic documentation.  A graduate of the Royal College of Art, London, she is known for her multimedia work that investigates different systems of relations between crowds, architecture and built environment. Her images archive Anti-Brexit protests, the Trump Resistance, Occupy movement, Arab Risings and ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests as well as responses to terrorist events in Paris and the Gilet Jaunes movement. She will continue these artistic archives from recent French events while at CCI.


David Keenan

David Keenan 

January - April 2020

David Keenan is a young Irish songwriter who has garnered praise from the likes of Damien Dempsey, Glen Hansard and Hozier for his ability to paint pictures with words. His love of literature - Patrick Kavanagh, Brendan Behan, Anthony Cronin… - informs his excellent narrative songwriting and his performances have been described as visceral, spiritual and communal events. During his time in Paris, David Keenan will produce a new collection of poetry based on his life as well as new music.


David Kitt

David Kitt 

January - April 2020

David Kitt is an Irish musician and producer who crosses multiple genres. He released music under his own name and the alias New Jackson and toured with musicians such as Tindersticks and David Gray. While at the CCI, David Kitt will work on a piece that will form both a recorded document and an album to be performed at the end of his residency. The piece will be composed of strong electronic elements as well as samples from both Irish and French sources, the latter determined by his time in Paris.


Shane Mac an Bhaird

Shane Mac an Bhaird 

January - April 2020

Shane Mac an Bhaird is an Irish playwright whose first production Melt (2017) produced by Rough Magic Theatre Company was a sell-out at Smock Alley Theatre and subsequently nominated Best New Play of 2017. He went on to receive the 2018 Next Generation Award from the Arts Council. Shane Mac an Bhaird is interested in the disruptive effect of technological change and the strain placed upon human consciousness in periods of rapid change. He will work on a new play investigating 19th century Parisian automatons and popular imagination around Artificial Intelligence.


Anna Macleod

Anna Macleod 

January - April 2020

Anna Macleod is a visual artist and independent researcher based in Leitrim, Ireland. In her work, she employs quasi-scientific methods, interdisciplinary collaboration and socially-engaged activism to critique contemporary landscapes and to build metaphoric spaces for re-imagining the future. Since 2007, she has been working on a series of projects called ‘Water Conversations’ that interrogate the practices surrounding water in a variety of global locations. At the CCI, she will extend her research to the networks that provide potable water to Paris.


Eleanor Methven

Eleanor Methven 

January - April 2020

One of Ireland’s foremost actors, Eleanor Methven co-founded the award-winning Charabanc Theatre Company and has worked with all the major theatre companies in Ireland. Her work on stage has garnered three Irish Times Awards and in 2017 she received The Irish Times Special Tribute Award. While at CCI, Eleanor Methven will develop a prose work combining her arrival as a 17-year-old in France in 1975, as an au pair, with her father’s arrival as a 17-year-old in France in 1916, as a soldier in the First World War.


Deirdre O’Mahony

Deirdre O’Mahony 

January - April 2020

in partnership with Kilkenny Arts Office
Deirdre O’Mahony is an Irish visual artist. Her art practice examines ideas of sustainability, food security and rural-urban relationships. Exhibiting nationally and internationally, she most recently received the 2018 Irish American Cultural Institute O’Malley Award. During her Paris residency, Deirdre O’Mahony will develop new artwork about landscape, identity and the West of Ireland as well as conducting research inton the French pharmacist A.A. Parmentier who worked across ideological divisions, changing cultural attitudes to food production in the eighteenth century.