Previous Residents

Find out more about our previous artists-in-residence

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


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.