Previous Residents

Find out more about our previous artists-in-residence

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.


Dylan Coburn Gray

Dylan Coburn Gray 

June - June 2018

Winner of the Dublin Fringe Festival’s Best New Writing Award in 2013, Dylan Coburn Gray is a theatre-maker, writer and performer who has built up a solid reputation in Ireland for his playful approach to text and form. While in Paris, he will be researching and working on a play about eugenics, the evolutionary “Baldwin effect” and the feminist Natalie Barney, who held a salon in Paris for over sixty years. It will explore how the city was a petri-dish for 20th century art and artists.


Damien Flood

Damien Flood 

May - June 2018

A painter represented by Green On Red Gallery, Dublin, Damien Flood was awarded the 2016 Visual Arts Commission from DLR Lexicon and has exhibited all over Ireland, in New York, London, Berlin Paris and Dubai. During his residency, he will spend time in major museums and investigate new ideas and approaches to painting.


Leontia Flynn

Leontia Flynn 

May - May 2018

Poet Leontia Flynn has just published her fourth collection The Radio. Her previous collection, Profit and Loss, was Poetry Book Society Choice for Autumn 2011 and shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. While in Paris, she will work towards a fifth collection of poems set in both Ireland and Europe and reflecting on the idea of internal as well as geographic borders: our isolation and connectedness to others. 


Mark McGreevy

Mark McGreevy 

April - May 2018

Since graduating from the University of Ulster with an MFA fifteen years ago, Mark McGreevy has won numerous prizes and exhibited extensively in Ireland, Washington, London… During his residency, the artist will explore late 19th to mid-20th century European painting in particular the theological and spiritual depiction of landscape.


Niamh McCann

Niamh McCann 

April - May 2018

Niamh McCann is an Irish artist living and working in Dublin. Her interest lies in the interweaving of fact and fiction, the overlapping layers of history and fable that are contained within the cultural and physical structures we construct. During her residency, she will tap into all that Paris has to offer to develop aspects of a new project around Oscar Wilde’s tragedy Salomé.


James Harpur

James Harpur 

April - April 2018

Formerly editor of Southword, Ireland’s premier poetry ezine, James Harpur is the current poetry editor of the Temenos Academy Review. He won the Michael Hartnett Award (2007) for ‘Dark Age’ and is a member of Aosdána. During his residency he will work on his sixth collection of poems. His mother grew up near Paris so he intends to explore his relationship with the maternal side of the family.

Photo ©John Minihan

Una McKevitt

Una McKevitt 

March - April 2018

Una McKevitt is a writer and director of original works for theatre, most often presenting real life stories on stage. She has presented three shows at CCI to date: Victor and Gord , The Big Deal and Separated at Birth. During her residency, she will review found text and combine it with her own writing, assembling a first draft of an original play script set in contemporary Ireland.


Orna Ní Choileáin

Orna Ní Choileáin 

February - March 2018

Writer Orna Ní Choileáin has won many prizes for her creative prose, poetry, drama and short-story writing at Gaelic festivals. Her collection of short stories for adults Sciorrann an tAm was shortlisted for the Book of the Year, Gradam Uí Shúilleabháin in 2014. While in Paris, she is working on a multidisciplinary project combining theatre, movement, music, and film


Sam Comerford

Sam Comerford 

February - March 2018

A graduate in Jazz Saxophone from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, Sam Comerford is an award-winning improviser and composer from Dublin. His current projects include his own trio Thunderblender, Insufficient Funs, Aerie, Umbra, Heptatomic, and Brilliant Corners. He is interested in creating new music and exploring the history and sound of the saxophone. During his residency, he will be composing for and collaborating with the Paris musicians.

Photo: ©Lisa Tahon

Lian Bell

Lian Bell 

January - March 2018

A graduate of Central St Martin’s in London, Lian Bell is a designer for contemporary dance, and performance. She has worked with companies such as The Corn Exchange, Moonfish Theatre, Junk Ensemble, Brokentalkers and Catapult Dance. During her residency, she will develop her creative design practice and take inspiration from the cultural life of Paris.

Photo ©Roise Goan

Isabelle O’Connell

Isabelle O’Connell 

January - January 2018

Dublin-born pianist, Isabell O’Connell has developed an international career as a soloist and chamber musician, following her acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut recital in 2002. Isabelle was co-artistic director of New Music, a showcase in 2007 at Carnegie Hall featuring works by Irish composers. During her residency, she will collaborate with several Parisian musicians and give a concert of music by Irish contemporary composers at CCI.


Siobhán Cleary

Siobhán Cleary 

January - February 2018

A member of the Contemporary Music Centre, Siobhán Cleary has composed in a wide range of genres including opera, orchestral, chamber music, electronic and film scores. She has received numerous commissions from orchestras and ensembles. During her residency in Paris, she will be working on an opera based on Angela Carter’s The Lady of the House of Love with a new libretto by Katy Hayes.


Stephen Brandes

Stephen Brandes 

January - February 2018

A graduate in Fine Art from NCAD in Dublin, Stephen Brandes is a visual artist who works in drawing, painting and most recently large-scale digital collage and animated slideshows. In 2011, he began a fictional travelogue built from both observation and invention, across multiple media. During his residency, he will be gathering Parisian material to pursue this travelogue.


Claire-Louise Bennett

Claire-Louise Bennett 

January - March 2018

Frequently described as an experimental writer, Claire-Louise Bennett says that she quite simply writes as she lives. Her highly acclaimed debut novel, Pond, traces the stream of thoughts of a solitary woman. During her residency, she will nourish her creative process by being in the city of great Parisian women writer writers who also wrote about personal experience.

Photo  ©Conor Horgan

Fearghus O Conchúir

Fearghus O Conchúir 

December - December 2017

Fearghus O Conchúir est chorégraphe et directeur artistique de The Casement Project. Collaborant fréquemment avec des artistes d’autres disciplines, son travail promeut la danse comme une forme de connaissance et un moyen d’imaginer et incarner de nouvelles possibilités pour les corps, en solo ou à plusieurs. C’est justement cette voie qu’il souhaite poursuivre durant son séjour parisien.

Photo: ©Matthew Thompson