Town Hall Theatre Galway has announced it will partner with Dublin Fringe Festival on the festival’s exciting new Artist At Work residency as well as working with local theatre artist Oisin Robbins as part of the initiative.
Robbins is a Galway-based theatre-maker and the founder of Beluga Theatre. In 2019, he travelled to Denmark to learn about Skawman. With support from Town Hall Theatre, he will be working on a new project 'My Wardrobe is My Home', as a result of this research. It is an exploration of one person’s decision to live differently and how society responds.
The Artist At Work initiative is a paid residency for artists whose ambitions Dublin Fringe Festival want to back and ideas the festival wants to develop.
Dublin Fringe Festival thinks this is an important moment to spotlight the idea that being an artist is a job, and to illuminate artistic process as work. The artists were selected from the festival’s pool of applicants following an open call.
Dublin Fringe will provide a fee for the artists to work close to home on their idea/practice for one week during the festival dates, September 5 to 20; the festival will feature the artists in its brochure, send them a bespoke welcome pack in the post, and document their week’s work on social media channels. Town Hall Theatre will provide a space for Robbins to work in and other supports.
A spokesperson said; "Dublin Fringe is about more than what happens inside the festival dates – it is a whole season of art making together. It is that hum of talent and industry you can feel as hundreds of artists in dozens of rooms across the country work to turn reality in to dreams. Dublin Fringe refuse to lose that energy - preparation for the future continues.
"Dublin Fringe is supporting 50 sets of artists who introduced themselves to the fringe through their open call application process to participate in an expanded FRINGE LAB programme from July to December of this year. Dublin Fringe is investing in their practice through mentorship and masterclass opportunities, and in the ideas through residencies and development bursaries, facilitating their work at home or in studio, safely, all over the country.
"Dublin Fringe is doing its part to make sure those precious sparks are kindled, so that their big ambitions are ready to catch fire when the time is right. Town Hall Theatre is delighted to be part of this programme of initiatives."
For more information visit https://www.fringefest.com/news/keep-her-lit.