Previous Residents

Find out more about our previous artists-in-residence

Deirdre O’Mahony

Deirdre O’Mahony 

August - August 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.


David Kitt

David Kitt 

March - August 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Teresa Dillon

Teresa Dillon 

January - April 2020

Teresa Dillon is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice focuses on the situated entanglements of techno-civic systems. Recent works include In Your Aerial (2019) a project in which the inheritance and heritage of a community Internet network is established; MTCD - A Visual Anthology of My Machine Life (2018) a solo performance that chronologies the machines in Dillon’s life and AMHARC (2018) a sculptural work on hostile urban architectures, avian wildlife and surveillance. Recent publications include The Art of Sonic Deception (2018), and Liquid Loss: Learning to Mourn Our Companion Species and Landscapes (2019). 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.