Previous Residents

Find out more about our previous artists-in-residence

Caroline Byrne

Caroline Byrne 

November - December 2019

Caroline Byrne is an Irish theatre director based in London. Her latest productions include Spring Awakening for Young Vic Unpacked and she has also directed at Shakespeare’s Globe, the Sam Wanamaker Theatre, the Abbey Theatre Dublin and many others. She is currently interested in the French playwright Bernard-Marie Koltes, is revising Deirdre of the Sorrow by J.M. Synge as well as adapting Irish novels for the stage. While at the CCI, Caroline Byrne will develop her new production, Portia Coughlan written by Marina Carr, and study French artist Louise Bourgeois and Christian Boltanski as an approach toward designing the world of the play.


Liam O Maonlai

Liam O Maonlai 

November - December 2019

Best known as a member of the alternative rock group Hothouse Flowers, which he formed in 1985, Liam recorded a solo album of songs in Irish ten years ago and plays with the traditional group Ré whose live album was recorded in 2014. A man of convictions, Liam is a member of the international Nuclear Free Future movement. He also embarked on a 3,000 mile cross-cultural musical adventure, recounted in the documentary Dambé - The Mali Project (2008) that highlights the links between Irish music and that of north and west Africa. In Paris, he will be composing new music.


Nick Roth

Nick Roth 

November - December 2019

In partnership with Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Arts Office
Nick Roth is a saxophonist, composer, producer and teacher. His work explores the liberation of improvisation from composition, the impact of natural form on technology and the contemporary interpretation of traditional music. He is a member of several music such as jazz ensemble Yurodny, or collective Sefiroth and is also a director at Diatribe Records, Ireland’s leading independent record label for new music. While at the CCI, he will develop ‘Orchidée’, a creative collaboration with photographer Thomas Balaÿ, light artist Nathalie Junod Ponsard and the Scientific Departments of the Muséum National d'Histoire naturelle (MNHN) and Naturalis Museum, Leiden. The composition of the music will be based on DNA sequences for each of the five evolutionary families of the orchid.


Breanndán O Beaglaoich

Breanndán O Beaglaoich 

November - November 2019

In partnership with Ealaín na Gaeltachta
Breanndán O Beaglaioch is a traditional Irish musician. Living in the same village where he was born, he has always been immersed in ‘an saol Gaelach’ (the Gaelic life of language and traditional music) and played along various bands and artists such as Glen Hansard and John Sheehan. While at the CCI, Breanndán O Beaglaioch will pursue several projects: finishing the writing his book of memoirs, creating a CD of songs with Glen Hansard and recording an instrumental and vocal collaboration with Rosie Mac Kenzie.

Events with artist:
Chapel Session: Breanndán O Beaglaoich, Cormac Begley, Liam O Maonlaí
Thursday 21 November at 7.30pm

Graduation ceremony for Irish language students
Friday 29 November at 7.30pm


Sam Keogh

Sam Keogh 

October - November 2019

In partnership with Centre Pompidou
Born in 1985, artist Sam Keogh shares his time between London and his native Co. Wicklow. His work spans installation, sculpture, performance, drawing and collage. While in Paris, he will be taking part in ‘Cosmopolis 2’ at Centre Pompidou. For Cosmopolis 2, Keogh presents a densely clustered root system which hangs over the viewers head, made from a combination of organic and inorganic materials collected from the interstitial spaces of the urban environment; small strips of fallow land between train tracks or on the sides of motorways where trash, weeds and invasive species thrive together. This object will be unfurled during a performance developed over a month long residency at CCI. Its rhizomitic form will interconnect disparate anecdotes, histories and descriptions of physical and biological process to present strange and abject cosmology of trash, contamination and revolt.


Shane Lynam

Shane Lynam 

October - December 2019

In partnership with Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Arts Office
Shane Lynam is an Irish artist and photographer. He studied politics and worked in the health sector in Paris before deciding to focus on art photography. A graduate from the Newport School of Photography, he won the RHA Curtin O'Donohue Photography Award in 2018. By immersing himself in built environments over a prolonged period and using a very specific visual vocabulary, his work seeks to reflect on the function and history of public space. While at the CCi, Shane Lynam will further develop an important body of work, ‘Contours’, initiated during his years working in Paris where he began photographing green areas next to apartment residences in the 'banlieue'.

Event with artist:
Aisling McCoy and Shane Lynam - Poetics of Space
Opening Thursday 7 November at 6.30pm at Espace Lhomond
Exhibition from 8 to 10 November, 2pm-6pm


Darragh McKeon

Darragh McKeon 

October - October 2019

Darragh McKeon is an Irish novelist and theatre director. In 2014 his debut novel All That is Solid Melts Into Air was published internationally in seven languages and twenty countries and notably received widespread acclaim in the French press. While in Paris, Darragh McKeon will work on his second novel, Remembrance Sunday, which centres around the Remembrance Sunday bombing in Enniskillen in November 1987 and will be partly set in Paris.

Event with artist:
Writing Workshop: Developing a Perspective
Saturday 21 & 28 September


Miriam Gamble

Miriam Gamble 

October - October 2019

In partnership with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Originally from Belfast, poet Miriam Gamble is now based in Scotland where she currently teaches Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh. Her three published collections of poems are The Squirrels Are Dead (2010), which won a Somerset Maugham Award in 2011, Pirate Music (2014) and What Planet (2019). During her stay at the CCI she’ll be working towards her fourth collection.


Philip Connaughton

Philip Connaughton 

September - October 2019

Philip Connaughton is a choreographer and performer from Dublin who trained at the Rambert School of Dance in London. His creations are played at home and abroad, including Whack!! which is still touring France in 2019. With his new work, Beautiful As I Was, premiering in Marseille, the CCI residency will allow Philip Connaughton to rehearse with Paris-based dancers and to engage with French programmers.


Ailbhe Barrett

Ailbhe Barrett 

September - September 2019

in partnership with Graphic Print Studio
A self-taught artist, Ailbhe Barrett recently won the ESB Keating medal at the Royal Hibernian Academy for her painting ‘Presence’. Her interest lies in the manner in which landscape imagery communicates with the viewer in far deeper ways than the merely topographic. At the CCI, she will develop a new body of work that looks further into the approach of 19th century landscape painters who abandoned traditional technique and theorized new use of colour.

Event with artist:
Open studio during the opening of 'A False Dawn' by Ursula Burke
Friday 20 September at 6.30pm


Alan Butler

Alan Butler 

September - October 2019

Exploring technologically-mediated realities is the focus of multi-media artist Alan Butler’s practice. His work investigates material and philosophical ideas about how imagery and meaning function in these realities. During his residency, he will use an early mode of photography, wet-plate collodion, to examine how landscapes from the 19th-century have been represented through the history of video games.

Event with artist:
Open studio during the opening of 'A False Dawn' by Ursula Burke
Friday 20 September at 6.30pm


Cóilín O Dubhghaill

Cóilín O Dubhghaill 

August - August 2019

In partnership with Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
A silversmith and academic, Cóilín O Dubhghaill will be conducting research into historical French dinanderie metalwork and the practice of contemporary metalworkers during his residency. He will also begin developing the design of a new metalwork collection for exhibition in 2020.


Amanda Feery

Amanda Feery 

July - July 2019

En partenariat avec Contemporary Music Centre
Amanda Feery is an Irish composer writing for acoustic, electronic, and improvisatory commissions. During her residency, she intends to record a collection of piano improvisations that start on the CCI chapel piano and move out to publicly accessible pianos in Paris forming an audio map of the city.


Elaine Grainger

Elaine Grainger 

June - August 2019

In partnership with RDS et Mason Hayes & Curran
Elaine Grainger won the prestigious RDS Visual Arts Award in 2018 which includes a 3-month residency here at CCI. Her artworks hover between two and three dimensions and are connected through the positioning of the viewer. While in Paris, she will explore the city and use it as a base to make site-sensitive interventions.


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


Danny Diamond

Danny Diamond 

May - June 2019

A fiddle player based in Dublin, Danny Diamond’s collaborations with Irish writers have led to him turn his hand to writing song lyrics as well. He will use his time in Paris to arrange, compose and record music for a new project investigating community, place, digital alienation, and contemporary Irish identity. 

Event with artist:
Chapel Sessions - Double Bill autour du fiddler Danny Diamond
Thursday 6 June 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