GMIT launches summer residency programmes for artists

Pictured at the 126 Gallery at the launch of the GMIT Centre for Creative Arts & Media inagural summer residency programmes were Enda McDonagh, Salthill, Naoise McDonagh, Rahoon, and Agata McDonagh, Rahoon. 	Photo: Joe Travers.

Pictured at the 126 Gallery at the launch of the GMIT Centre for Creative Arts & Media inagural summer residency programmes were Enda McDonagh, Salthill, Naoise McDonagh, Rahoon, and Agata McDonagh, Rahoon. Photo: Joe Travers.

Ten artists, a film production company, a curator, and a photographer have been selected for the GMIT Centre for Creative Arts & Media summer residency programmes.

A new internship programme has also been launched by CCAM, in partnership with 126 artist-run Gallery in Galway city, which will support emerging graduate artists.

The artists, who are all based in the west, are from Ireland, the US, Scotland, and Brazil. The residencies will provide them with opportunities to research and develop their work in the privacy of their own studio, while having access to GMIT’s libraries and editing facilities.

Six artists have already commenced their residencies in CCAM, formerly known as the GMIT Cluain Mhuire campus. They are Conall Cary, Heather Macali, Marielle MacLeman, Christina Mullan, Tassia Bianchini, and Elodie Rein. Four other artists – Betty Gannon, Joanna Hopkins, Amanda Rice, and Ian Wieczorek – will take up their residencies in the Mayo campus in Castlebar this month.

Multi-award winning writer and director Paul Mercier and Galway-based film company AGM Productions Ltd have taken up the film residency in CCAM. The company is currently preparing to shoot a feature length thriller, Pursuit, directed by Mercier. It will be shot in Galway from mid-July and the film crew’s offices will be located at CCAM throughout the production of the film.

Galway based curator Megs Morley has been selected for the curator residency in CCAM. Working in partnership with Galway City Council, CCAM, Galway Arts Centre, and NUI Galway’s Huston School of Film & Digital Media, she is developing a body of independent curatorial research investigating the concept of the Para Institution, which will explore the parameters and potentials of institution and co-operation, inter-linking key organisations and practitioners.

The photography residency has been filled by GMIT Fine Art graduate Ruby Wallis, a lens-based artist and PhD researcher at NCAD, who has formed a series of experimental and philosophical attempts to represent place through film, photography, and drawing.

Sarah Searson, head of CCAM, says the institute is delighted to welcome and support these emerging and established national and international artists. “. “Artist ideas cannot be fully realised without periods of time devoted to experimentation, education, and exploration. They need opportunities to explore at various stages of their artistic careers, and this studio residency gives them a quiet space to focus on their artistic development.”

To read more about GMIT’s Centre for Creative Arts & Media, visit the website at www.gmit.ie/creative-arts-and-media/centre-creative-arts-and-media-ccam, or at [email protected].

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