Previous Residents

Find out more about our previous artists-in-residence

George Bolster

George Bolster 

May - May 2019

While at CCI, visual artist George Bolster will develop a new film reevaluating the Modernist project in terms of intention versus outcome. It will focus on La Cité de la Muette to the north of Paris which was conceived as a utopian urban community and drastically repurposed during the occupation of France in WWII.


Paddy Cahill

Paddy Cahill 

May - May 2019

Paddy Cahill is a documentary director primarily making films about art and architecture. His most recent films are Amanda Coogan: Long Now (2017) and Seán Hillen, Merging Views (2016) which won best short documentary at Galway Film Fleadh. In Paris, he will work on new projects related to 20th-century architecture.

Event with artist:
Documentary - Amanda Coogan: Long Now
Friday 10 May at 7.30pm


Aindrias de Staic

Aindrias de Staic 

May - May 2019

In partnership with Ealaín na Gaeltachta
Actor Aindrias de Staic’s work and interests lie chiefly in the combination of music and storytelling in theatre, film, TV, digital media and live performance. While at CCI, he will work on a new show that combines elements of folklore from the Leabhar Stiofán (Béaloideas) with old and new musical influences.

Event with artist:
Musical theater - Around the World on 80 Quid
Monday 13 May at 7.30pm


Liz Nugent

Liz Nugent 

April - April 2019

Liz Nugent has written extensively for radio and television drama and won many Irish book awards since 2014 for her crime novels. While in the French capital, she will conduct research for her latest novel which is partially set in the city and includes a Parisian restaurateur and a hapless Irishman teaching English in an exclusive Lycée.


Mary-Lou McCarthy

Mary-Lou McCarthy 

April - April 2019

In partnership with Draíocht
Mary-Lou McCarthy works primarily as an actor across theatre, television and film. She also writes and produces work for both stage and radio. As part of her residency, she will be developing a show for young audiences entitled “The Dead Letter Office” and collaborating with Paris-based director John McIlduff.


Ken Fanning

Ken Fanning 

March - April 2019

Circus: Ken Fanning is a founding member of Tumble Circus, an award-winning company based in Belfast, whose productions use humour to communicate thought-provoking ideas. While in Paris, Ken will visit and train with circus artists and practitioners who have similar interests in combining performance and politics.


Aisling Kenny

Aisling Kenny 

March - March 2019

in partnership with Music Network
Aisling Kenny is a soprano soloist and ensemble singer specialising in early music and art song. A member of Resurgam and Chamber Choir Ireland, she has performed with many well-known ensembles such as Irish Baroque Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Kilkenny and Marlborough Baroque. While in Paris, she will immerse myself in French repertoire, specifically baroque, but also fin de siècle chanson and extend her professional network.

Event with artist:
Concert with Aisling Kenny & Thomas Dunford - Thursday 28 March at 7.30pm


Lynne Parker

Lynne Parker 

February - March 2019

Lynne Parker is Artistic Director of one of Ireland’s best known theatre companies, Rough Magic, which she co-founded in 1984. While in Paris Lynne will develop a performance for four actors whose worlds are connected by inspirational music, in this case a series of dramatic jazz improvisations Si Dolce e il Tormento by Francesco Turrisi based on a theme from Monteverdi.

Event with artist:
Talk by Lynne Parker Rough Magic in the Making - Wednesday 27 March at 7.30pm


Ursula Burke

Ursula Burke 

February - May 2019

in partnership with Visual Artists Ireland and Suki Tea
Artist Ursula Burke uses a variety of media including embroidery, sculpture, porcelain sculpture and drawing. Her works feature in the collections of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Ulster Museum and the Office of Public Works, Ireland. She is particularly interested in re-appropriating art historical tropes relative to particular periods in art history such as the Classical and the Baroque. While in Paris, she will undertake research into Sèvres porcelain at the Musée national de céramique.


Nuala O’Connor

Nuala O’Connor 

February - February 2019

Writer Nuala O’Connor published her fifth short story collection, Joyride to Jupiter, in 2017 and her fourth novel, Becoming Belle, in 2018.  Her works have been shortlisted for numerous awards. While in Paris, she will be researching and writing her new novel about Nora Barnacle, James Joyce’s wife, from the time of their meeting in Dublin to the writer’s death in Switzerland.


Triona Lillis

Triona Lillis 

January - February 2019

Triona Lillis combines production and costume design for film and TV with co-running The Tweed Project, a fashion design company in the West of Ireland dedicated to combining indigenous fabrics with innovative patterns. While in Paris, she will be establish links with similar brands and draw inspiration from all that the capital of fashion has to offer.


Lynnette Moran

Lynnette Moran 

January - February 2019

Lynnette Moran is an independent Arts Producer & Festival Director specialising in Live Art, Theatre, Visual Art & Digital platforms. Lynnette found Live Collision in 2009, Ireland’s leading annual curated festival of Live Art and Ireland’s first independent Creative Producing House working with exceptional artists including ANU productions since 2013. During her CCI residency she will build a strategic and curatorial plan for Live Collision’s annual international festival of Live Art and its 10-year celebrations.


Helen Sharp

Helen Sharp 

January - January 2019

in partnership with Fermanagh & Omagh District Council
A sculptor and graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, Helen Sharp has also lectured, curated and exhibited internationally over the last twenty years. While at CCI, she will create work inspired by Napoleon’s 1797 ‘taking’ of the Horses of San Marco. This historical, geographical and artistic exploration will look at the stolen horses’ epic journey to Paris, followed by their return to Venice in 1815. 


Dan Colley

Dan Colley 

January - February 2019

in partnership with Draíocht
Dan Colley is a director, dramaturg and programmer based in Dublin. He is the director of   Collapsing Horse theatre company and co-artistic director of Kilkenny Cat Laughs. Dan is very interested in the value of play and childishness to creativity and the arts. While in Paris, he will spend time researching and writing Dance Plague, a dance/theatre piece inspired by American dancer Isadora Duncan who was a muse of the sculptor Rodin.  


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Julian Gough

Julian Gough 

October - October 2018

Julian Gough is the author of four novels, three children's books, two BBC radio plays, a stage play, a book of poetry as well as the ending to the computer game, Minecraft. He has won the BBC National Short Story Award and was shortlisted for a Sainsbury's Children's Book Award and twice for an Irish Book of the Year Award. While in Paris, he will collaborate with award-winning illustrator Jim Field on their ambitious new children’s book, The Best Book Ever!.


Adrian Duncan

Adrian Duncan 

September - September 2018

Adrian Duncan is an artist and writer based in Ireland and Berlin. Together with filmmaker Feargal Ward he has received an Arts Council film award to make a feature film on the work of the internationally acclaimed Irish engineer Peter Rice. The work carried out during Adrian's CCI residency will contribute to the film which will premiere at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival, 2019.