Residency Programmes

Our supports to artists, practitioners and companies include residency programmes. To date these have included
the following:

2020

2020

2020

2019

2018/2019

2018

2018/2019

2018/2019

2018

2018

2018

2018

2016-2019

2017 – 2020

2018 – 2020

2017

2016/17

2013 – 2016

2014-2019

2015

2012-2014

2011

Hatch Residency and Award

Hatch Residency and Award

Theatre Company in Residence

Theatre Company in Residence

Theatre Artist in Residence

Bealtaine Artist in Residence

Hatch Residency and Award

Hatch Residency and Award

Bealtaine Residency

Theatre Artist in Residence

Theatre Artist in Residence

Theatre Artist in Residence

Choral Residency

Visual Art Writer in Residence

Visual Art Writer in Residence

Bealtaine Dance Artist in Residence

Theatre Artist in Residence

Traditional Music Residency

Visual Art Curator in Residence

Agri_Culture Visual Art Residency

Visual Art Curator in Residence

Theatre Artist in Residency

Claire Mullane

Cathal Maguire

Fregoli Theatre Company

Anna Newell

Julie Sharkey

Michael Harding

Karl Quinn

Manuela Corbari & Karl Quinn

Ronan Brady & Aisling Ni Cheallaigh

Maisie Lee

Anthony Keigher

Julie Sharkey

Cathy Jordan

Joanne Laws

Sue Rainsford

Mary Nunan

Julie Sharkey

Alan Kelly & Steph Germia

Linda Shevlin

Simon Carmen & Helen Sharp

Mary Cremin

Monkeyshine Theatre Company

2019 Residencies
Maisie Lee

Lúminaria is a work in development for young audiences aged 7+. The performance is being developed under an artist in residency programme led by Backstage Theatre Longford & supported by Roscommon Arts Centre. As part of this collaboration, Roscommon Arts Centre will host playwright Fionnuala Gygax, Director Maisie Lee and their company of actors and designers for a period of research and development for Lúminaria in our new workshop space.

The project will also see primary school children in Roscommon & Longford contribute to its development as they participate in a series of workshops in storytelling, theatre making & puppetry in March & May. A sharing of Lúminaria will take place in both Backstage Theatre & Roscommon Arts Centre in June as part of both venue’s Crinniu na nOg celebrations.

MARCH – MAY 2019

 
Ronan Brady & Aisling Ni Cheallaigh

Roscommon native Ronan Brady and Aisling Ní Cheallaigh will be further developing their circus show ‘How to Square a Circle’ which will open on the 29th of August at the centre.

During their residency the duo will focus on developing their circus skills, as they work with international renowned aerial directors Chantal McCormick (Artistic Director of Fidget Feet Aerial Dance) and Lindsey Butcher (Artistic Director of Gravity and Levity). The duo will also host a series of workshops over the summer season for young people in aerial & circus.

JUNE – AUGUST 2019

 
Fregoli Theatre Company

As part of our ongoing supports to artists, Fregoli Theatre Company Company has been in residence at the arts centre over the summer as they explore and develop a new work entitled “I Salute Magpies”.

Fregoli is a Galway based company with a strong Roscommon connection, its artistic director Maria Tivnan and Jarlath Tivnan, writer and performer, are both from Boyle and their rural upbringing and Roscommon itself has had a very significant impact on the company’s theatre making. Fregoli produces energetic, stimulating and contemporary work including the hugely successful “Pleasure Ground” and “The Heart Project”, which plays here later this year.

Part of the 8 Degree West Programme

 
Joanne Laws & Sue Rainsford

Our Visual Art Writer in Residence programme continues throughout 2019 with new texts by both writers Sue Rainsford & Joanne Laws. Both writers will be writing texts responding to exhibitions and projects throughout the county and their writings will be available online at roscommonartscentre.ie

 
Karl Quinn

Karl Quinn and his creative team make a welcome return to the arts centre over the summer months, to further develop ‘Trolly & Dolly’, a new show for young audiences that Roscommon Arts Centre has supported through our ‘Hatch’ programme in association with Branar’s Tiny Shows initiative.

Written by Karl Quinn, performed and devised by Bryan Burroughs, with live music and composition by Jack Cawley.

 

 

Manuela Corbari

Hatch 2018 resident Manuela Corbari & her creative team made a welcome return in June 2019 as part of our re-opening celebrations to share a work in progress of ‘Nine Stories About Love’ with our young audiences. Hatch is a programme initiative in association with Branar Theatre Company.

 
2018 Residencies
Anthony Keigher

Roscommon native and London based artist Anthony Keigher, aka Xnthony, will be undertaking a period of research and development at Roscommon Arts Centre in 2018 as part of his new project ‘Confirmation’.

Inspired by his Confirmation booklet from 2002 and the Roscommon rejection of Marriage Equality in 2015, the project will promote Roscommon and rural life as a force of good, taking the form of a live pop concert experience

 
Julie Sharkey: Theatre Artist In Residence II

Actress and theatre maker Julie Sharkey has been resident here at the centre throughout 2017 researching and developing a new work for the stage entitled ‘Chicken in Peace’. In 2018 she will continue the residency, as she moves into Phase II under mentor Mikel Murfi, with plans for a sharing later in 2018.

 
Cathy Jordan: Songbirds Choral Residency
A choral project aimed at older members of the community inviting them to join our free weekly sessions.
Joanne Laws : Visual Art Writer in Residence
Arts Writer Joanne Laws will be writing critical texts on selected exhibitions and projects happening across the county. Her writings will be available at Roscommon Arts Centre and online as they are published. Joanne Laws is an arts writer, editor and researcher. She has recently been appointed Features Editor of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet, where she will commission and develop new writing for an Irish arts readership. She is a member of the International
Association of Art Critics (AICA) and a regular contributor to international arts publications including Art Monthly and Frieze.
Sue Rainsford: Visual Art Writer In Residence

Writer & researcher Sue Rainsford will join our 2017 Visual Art Writer in Residence Joanne Laws to expand the scope of writing about selected visual projects at the centre. The writings will be available at Roscommon Arts Centre and online as they are published.

Sue’s practice is concerned with hybrid, lyric and embodied texts, explicit fusions of critical and corporeal enquiry, as well as with experiences that alter our understanding of flesh. A graduate of Trinity College, IADT and Bennington College, Vermont.  She is currently in residence at IMMA as part of Freud Project 2016-2021.

 

2017 Residencies
Mary Nunan: Bealtaine Dance Artist in Residence
For the first time ever, Bealtaine is engaging a national dance artist in residence to work with three groups of older dancers throughout the country, including the Elderberries Dance Troupe in Roscommon. Together with Mary and Achilles dance initiative facilitator Catherine Donnelly, the group will explore contemporary dance as an expressive form – dance is often promoted as a keep fit exercise for older people, this interaction will focus on the artform and on dance as a form of expression. This residency has been made possible with the support of Bealtaine, Roscommon Arts Centre and Roscommon County Council.
Alan Kelly & Steph Germia: R Time Traditional Music Residency
Roscommon Traditional Irish Music Ensemble is aimed at young traditional music players aged 12 – 19. Focussing on music composition, arrangement and ensemble playing, students will also explore the practical and creative sides to group playing.
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