Centre Culturel Irlandais: the recipients of residencies and bursaries for the Centre’s 2020-2021 programme

ANNOUNCING THE RECIPIENTS OF: 33 Artist Residencies; 10 Language Bursaries; 2 Old Library and Archives Fellowships; 1 Paris Writer’s Residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais for 2020-2021

Nora Hickey M’Sichili, director of Centre Culturel Irlandais, is delighted to announce the recipients of residencies and bursaries for the Centre’s 2020-2021 programme.

Artist residencies

33 artists across the spectrum of artistic backgrounds will spend from one to three months in Paris to develop their proposed projects, which range from the development of a play about French political activist and thinker Simon Weil to the development of a new musical theatre piece exploring Dublin’s Jewish Quarter at the turn of the 20th century, and from historic research into utopian collective living at The Familistère in Northern France to the study of the Musée D’Orsay’s alpine collection.

This year sees CCI partnering some 15 organisations for its artist residencies:

Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Contemporary Music Centre, Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Draoícht, Ealaín na Gaeltachta, Galway City Arts Office, Galway County Arts Office, Graphic Print Studio, Literature Ireland, Meath Arts Office, Music Network, RDS/Mason, Visual Artists Ireland, The Well Review.


  • Tara Bergin
  • Kimberly Campanello
  • Susannah Dickey – in association with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland
  • Adrian Duncan – in association with Literature Ireland
  • Cormac James
  • Christopher Kissane – in association with The Well Review
  • Dairena Ni Chinneide – in association with Ealaín na Gaeltachta
  • Annemarie Ni Churreain


  • Cormac Begley
  • Brenda Castles – in association with Meath Arts Office
  • David Coonan – in association with Contemporary Music Centre
  • Kate Ellis
  • Izumi Kimura – in association with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
  • Sid Peacock
  • Macdara Yeates in association with Music Network


  • Tinka Bechert – in association with Visual Artists Ireland
  • Joe Hanly
  • Michael Hanna
  • Selma Makela – in association with Galway County Arts Office
  • Nuala O’Donovan – in association with Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
  • Vaida Varnegiene in association with Graphic Print Studio
  • Louise Wallace – in association with RDS/Mason Hayes & Curran
  • Ruby Wallis – in association with Galway City Arts Office


  • Cathal Cleary
  • Colin Dunne
  • Deirdre Dwyer – in association with Draiocht     
  • Deirdre Kinahan
  • Siobhán McSweeney
  • Conall Morrison
  • Fearghus O Conchuir


  • Paul Duane
  • Tomm Moore


  • Trish Deseine Stevens

Language bursaries

10 bursaries for the month of August 2020 have been awarded to cultural and media professionals who wish to improve their French language skills for professional purposes.

  • Sarah Baxter – Opera and theatre director
  • David Blake Knox – Producer
  • Aisling McCoy – Photographer
  • Jennie Moran – Visual Artist
  • Joan Parsons – Queen’s Film Theatre Belfast
  • Larry Ryan – Journalist
  • Ciarán Walsh – Culture Ireland
  • Emer McGowan – Draíocht
  • Catherine Ryan – National Gallery of Ireland
  • Susan Boyle – Playwright and performer

Old Library and Historical Archives Research Fellowships         

A Fellowship Bursary for 4 weeks in the summer of 2020 has been awarded to

  • Suzanne Lyle (Arts Council of Northern Ireland) to undertake phase 2 of an art-historical study of the patronage and production of CCI’s illuminated Flemish Psalter.

A Fellowship Bursary for 4 weeks in September 2020 has been awarded to

  • Matteo Binasco (University of Siena, Italy) who will make a new assessment of the Irish Colleges of Bordeaux and Nantes in relation to that of Paris.

The Paris Writer’s Residency 2020

In partnership with the University of Kent Paris School of Arts and Culture and the American University of Paris, Sophie Mackintosh  has been awarded the Paris Writer’s Residency  2020 in CCI (April) where she will hold a public reading.

For further information: Rosetta Beaugendre, Head of Communications and Press Relations, rbeaugendre@centreculturelirlandais.com 00 33 1 58 52 10 34

Centre Culturel Irlandais, 5 rue de Irlandais, 75005 Paris, France

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