Previous Residents

Find out more about our previous artists-in-residence

Zoe Ní Riordáin

Zoe Ní Riordáin 

October - November 2020

Zoe Ní Riordáin is a theatre maker and a musician from Dublin. She founded ttheatre company One Two One Two in 2018 with her long-time collaborator Maud Lee. They make experimental work that brings their practice as musicians and songwriters into a theatrical context. Their show 'Recovery' was performed at the Centre Culturel in 2018. During her month at the CCI, Zoe Ní Riordáin will work on her new project, an Irish language audio piece called 'It's all the same'. The time in Paris will give Zoe the space to compose new text and music influenced by Beckett's work for radio.  


Neil Ó Lochlainn

Neil Ó Lochlainn 

October - December 2020

Neil Ó Lochlainn is a composer and musician from County Clare. His work is dedicated to exploring a contemporary musical language inspired by Irish traditional music. He is co-founder and musical director of the award-winning Ensemble Ériu and chamber ensemble Cuar. In 2019 he was a Next Generation bursary recipient from the Arts Council. During his time at the CCI, Neil will compose a new suite of music for Cuar based on Samuel Beckett's short story collection Texts for Nothing.


Cathal Cleary

Cathal Cleary 

October - December 2020

Cathal Cleary is a theatre director based in Ireland and London. He has worked for companies such as Druid, Young Vic, The Abbey and Donmar Warehouse and has directed eight award-winning productions since 2017. He has his own theatre company, Mommo, and received the Arts Council’s Theatre Bursary in 2020. In Paris, Cathal will work on a new theatre script based on Sinéad O’Connor’s album 'How About I Be Me' while studying the life and works of  Eileen Gray, Sophie Calle and ORLAN  to inform the design of the play.


Fearghus O Conchúir

Fearghus O Conchúir 

October - October 2020

Fearghus Ó Conchúir is a choreographer and dance artist who frequently collaborates with experts from across and beyond the arts. His films and live performances create frameworks for audiences and artists to build communities together; he is currently leading a project with MicroRainbow International providing creative dance workshops for LGBT refugees and asylum seekers. From 2018 to 2020, he was Artistic Director of National Dance Company Wales and is currently the Deputy Chair of the Arts Council of Ireland. He plans to use his time at CCI to reconnect with his solo practice and with a network of dispersed collaborators to determine the next phase of his creative development.

Photo ©Kirsten McTernan

Nuala O’Donovan

Nuala O’Donovan 

October - October 2020

In association with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
Nuala O’Donovan is a visual artist who lives and works in Cork City. Her practice involves the close study of plants and growth systems whose patterns and geometry form the basis of her porcelain sculptures. She is particularly interested in pattern in nature as a form of narrative. Nuala’s work has been exhibited internationally and forms part of the collections of National Museums in Ireland and the U.K. During her time at the CCI, she will use the resources available at the nearby Jardin des Plantes, for example, to produce new drawings and analytical studies. She also intends to begin new research into the collaboration between artists and the Sèvres ceramics factory in view of developing her own proposals to work with Irish potteries or industrial facilities.

Photo ©Janice O'Connell

Adrian Duncan

Adrian Duncan 

October - October 2020

In partnership with Literature Ireland
Adrian Duncan is an artist and writer based in Ireland and Berlin. His latest film, Tension Structures, (co-directed with Feargal Ward) received its North American premier at Hot Docs, Toronto, in 2020. His debut novel Love Notes from a German Building Site won the 2019 John McGahern Book Prize and his second, A Sabbatical in Leipzig, was published by The Lilliput Press in 2020.  During his residency, Adrian will finish work on his forthcoming collection, Midfield Dynamo, that brings together short stories written over the last decade, some of which were published in The Dublin Review, The Moth, and The Stinging Fly. He will also continue work on his new novel, The Geometer Lobachevsky, told from the point of view of a Russian geometer who has come to assist with a land survey in 1950s Ireland.

Photo ©Finn Richards

John Beattie

John Beattie 

September - September 2020

John Beattie’s work re-addresses cultural narratives and events on the subject and location of the ‘studio’. Through still and moving-image, Beattie reconstructs new interpretations, meaning, and value on the subject of the studio as a site for further inquiry in his choreographed productions. A most recent example of this can be seen through his new work in development on the Reconstructed Paris studio of Piet Mondrian, supported by The Arts Council of Ireland. He will pursue this long-term project during his residency at the CCI and the resulting work will be shown at his 2021 solo exhibition at Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane.


Vaida Varnagiene

Vaida Varnagiene 

August - September 2020

In partnership with Graphic Print Studio
Born in Lithuania, Vaida Varnagiene has lived and worked in Dublin since 2007. A multidisciplinary artist and printmaker, Vaida’s practice is informed by her qualifications as a landscape architect and designer. She is a member of Graphic Studio Dublin. Her work has been exhibited and included in collections all over the world. During her time at CCI, Vaida will explore Parisian museums most especially those concerned with Asian artistic traditions and the manner in which Impressionists and Post-Impressionists experimented with Japanese techniques.


Annemarie Ní Churreáin

Annemarie Ní Churreáin 

August - September 2020

Annemarie Ní Churreáin is from the Donegal Gaeltacht. Her debut poetry collection Bloodroot (Doire Press, 2017) was shortlisted for the Shine Strong Award for best first collection in Ireland and for the 2018 Julie Suk Award in the U.S.A. She is the author of a suite of poems about Dublin titled Town (The Salvage Press, 2018) and in 2019 won a Next Generation Artist Award from the Arts Council. The same year, she was a co-recipient of the Markievicz Award alongside collaborators Kimberly Campanello and Dimitra Xidous, for (S)worn State(s). The project interweaves autobiography,social history and myth to confront issues around reproduction, labour, and erotic autonomy and evoke a range of ‘states’ of female embodiment and thought, including pleasure, joy, and experiences of intellectual interrogation. Anne-Marie will pursue this project during her residency at CCI. More information: studiotwentyfive.com


Kimberly Campanello

Kimberly Campanello 

August - September 2020

Kimberly Campanello is a dual Irish and American citizen whose practice as a poet and writer is concerned with linguistic experimentation and collaboration. Her most recent project is MOTHERBABYHOME, a 796-page poetry-object comprising conceptual and visual poetry on the St Mary’s Mother and Baby Home in Tuam. It was released in 2019 and performed at Oonagh Young Gallery. Kimberly received a 2019 Markievicz Award from Ireland’s Arts Council and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for (S)worn State(s), a poetry collaboration with Dimitra Xidous and Annemarie Ní Churreáin about female embodiment and thought. This will result in a performance work and a limited edition publication by The Salvage Press. At CCI, Kimberly will work on poems for this ongoing project as well as her debut novel set in Saint-Brieuc.

Photo ©Ror Conaty


Finola Merivale

Finola Merivale 

August - December 2020

in partnership with the Contemporary Music Centre
Finola Merivale is an Irish composer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music, living in New York. She is pursuing a DMA in Composition at Columbia University, where she is studying with George E. Lewis, Georg Friedrich Haas and Zosha Di Castri. Her music has been performed by International Contemporary Ensemble, Talea, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, Crash Ensemble and musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, amongst others. While in Paris, Finola is working on a piece for piano and electronics entitled Glacial Fading, which uses underwater recordings of the Arctic icebergs melting. She is also composing a percussion quartet, and a work for saxophone and electronics, commissioned by Robert Finegan, which is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland Music Commissions Award.


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.