VISUAL Carlow are delighted to announce the launch of their new and ambitious Artist Development and Support Programme for 2021, delivered in partnership with Carlow County Council Arts Office and supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.
Throughout 2021 VISUAL will support several artists, curators, and arts practitioners in the development of their practice and the realisation of new art works, performances, exhibitions, and art-led community engagement projects.
Their Residency programme includes Spoken Word Artist and Poet Feli Olusanya AKA Feli Speaks who will develop a new visual poetry album which will be presented at part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2022. Cian Kinsella, one half of the hilarious circus comedy duo Lords of Strut will research and develop new material for the duo’s latest stage production. Multidisciplinary artist Sarah Devereux will research and develop a new body of work for exhibition in 2022. Shane Michael Byrne, a member of the inclusive theatre ensemble Equinox Theatre Company, will begin developing his own solo practice. This residency is delivered in partnership with Equinox Theatre Company of KCAT Arts Centre who will also be in residence at VISUAL in 2021.
Other artists also being supported by VISUAL through 2021 include Ursula McGinn and Mollie Molumby of Bombinate Theatre, an award-winning theatre company who specialise in theatre for young audiences. Curator Daniel Bermingham will deliver a curated programme over 2021. Performance maker Barry Fitzgerald will research and develop a new solo work exploring themes of religion, sexuality, queerness and his own experiences of growing up gay in rural Ireland.
Cathy Osikoya, Sandrine Ndahiro, Ali Byrne & Enda Bowe will come together to collaborate on Un-silencing Black Voices, an ongoing project that explores the lived experience of the black community in Ireland. Artist Celina Muldoon whose work spans live performance, film and installation will research and develop a new body of work throughout 2021. Finally dance artist Katherine O’Malley will be supported by VISUAL to develop her dance practice with a particular focus on community participation and engagement.
Carlow based Choreographer and Director Emma Martin of United Fall Dance Company will continue as VISUAL’s Associate Artist in 2021.