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.

Bea McMahon

Bea McMahon 

October - December 2018

Bea McMahon works with video, installation and performance art. Trained in mathematics, she employs versions and associations of mathematics and physics that play with conceptions of reality and their corresponding appearances in the outside world. At the CCI, she will develop a new performance work that engages with how our understanding of geometry is connected to belief systems.


Karl Geary

Karl Geary 

November - December 2018

in partnership with Literature Ireland Irish writer Karl Geary’s first novel Montpelier Parade (2017) was shortlisted for numerous awards including the Prix Femina as well as being considered one of the top 20 books by The French Booksellers Association under the title Vera. As an actor, Karl Geary starred in Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall (2010). At CCI, he will be working on his next novel set between Paris and Dublin that looks at the notion of home for the modern expat.


John Butler

John Butler 

November - December 2018

Over the last 12 years, film writer and director John Butler has directed documentaries, TV commercials and award-winning short films. His third feature film Papi Chulo is ready for release, following Handsome Devil (2017) and The Stag (2014).  During his residency, John is writing a TV series, a gay ghost story set in the retirement community of Palm Springs California, and an Irish Christmas comedy film 3 Feet Of Snow.


Glen Hansard

Glen Hansard 

November - November 2018

Since winning an Oscar in 2008 for Best Original Song with “Falling Slowly” from the film Once, singer-songwriter Glen Hansard has recorded three solo albums, Rhythm & Repose (2012), Didn’t He Ramble (2015) and Between Two Shores (2018) while playing on the most prestigious stages worldwide. During his time at CCI, he will be writing new songs inspired by life in Paris.


Tom Creed

Tom Creed 

December - February 2019

Tom Creed was nominated for Best Director at the Irish Times Theatre Awards in 2007 and since then has directed an impressive range of Irish and international companies, in Ireland, the UK, Europe and the USA. He recently directed Benjamin Britten’s opera Owen Wingrave for the Paris Opera and, while at CCI, will develop an ambitious new 24-hour theatre adaptation of James Joyce’s legendary novel Ulysses.


Michael Gallen

Michael Gallen 

December - December 2018

in partnership with Contemporary Music Centre
Michael Gallen is an Irish composer, songwriter and performer. He is the singer with Irish band Ana Gog while recently he has composed work for the RTÉ Concert Orchestra/Cór na nÓg, Chamber Choir Ireland, Crash Ensemble and the Contempo String Quartet. During his time at the CCI he will be composing a new large-scale opera entitled "Elsewhere", based on the story of the 1919 Monaghan Asylum Soviet.