We aim to establish long-term relationships with artists through our residency programme and provide support and mentorship to emerging artists as well as logistical support from Galway Arts Centre’s programming, technical and front-of-house team.
Creating specific opportunities for early career artists in diversity and inclusion by working with local, national and international partners is another key aim of the programme.
Residencies last up to four months, and we provide an artists’ bursary along with access to a downstairs, desk-based studio with its own entrance in Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street. We are also developing models of residencies working with artists who do not require studio space.
Eireann and I
Artists in Residence 2022
Beulah Ezeugo and Joselle Ntumba working as the collective Éireann and I, are a collaborative project that sources, contextualizes, and chronicles the experience of Black migrants in Ireland.
Beulah Ezeugo is an Igbo artist, curator, and researcher currently based in Glasgow. Her work centres Black postcolonial dreaming using collective memory and myth. Her practice is informed by a social science background from University College Dublin and an MLitt in Curatorial Practice from Glasgow School of Art and the University of Glasgow.
Joselle Ntumba is a cultural producer of Congolese-heritage and who was raised in Galway City. Her work centers both community and memory work. Alongside this she has a background in social science from Trinity College Dublin.
During their residency in Galway Arts Centre Beulah Ezeugo and Joselle Ntumba working as Éireann and I, developed a series of community recording events documenting intergenerational Black migrant experience in Galway. The resulting work will be developed into a series of transmissions and events alongside an exhibition in the Galway Arts Centre.
About their Galway Arts Centre residency Beulah Ezeugo and Joselle Ntumba said “we are excited to have a space where the archive can grow and take on whatever form it needs to – particularly in Galway where there is such a vibrant black community with stories to share.”
Artists in Residence 2022
The REWIND<<FASTFORWARD>>RECORD (RFR – Han Tiernan, Brendan Fox, Sarah Edmundson), is an initiative is aimed at engaging with LGBTQ+ community groups to uncover queer histories and expand their retelling and relevance through a series of talks, tours, workshops and personal accounts.
As part of their residency in Galway Arts Centre Rewind Fastforward Record brough the Irish Names Quilt (1989) to the centre to be exhibited alongside the Array Collective ‘Druthaibs’ Ball” exhibition. They also developed a series of talks, workshops and events that explored queer histories in Galway, such as the development of Galway pride with activists Nuala Ward and the Irish names quilt with academic Padraic Kerrigan, Activist Liz Martin and Kate Drinane.
Artist in Residence 2022 in partnership with Create and Creative Places Tuam.
Pavithra Kannan is a Socially Engaged Artist from India, settled in Tuam, Co Galway, whose work seeks a narrative in relation to place.
In her most recent project A Sip and Beyond, Pavithra brings her personal experience of a place and the memories behind it into practice. Through A Sip and Beyond and socially engaged practice, Pavithra intends to address specific environmental, social, aesthetic and economic concerns within a located context involving the aspects of space and place.
Upcoming Artists in Residence 2023
In 2023, we aim to open a number of Artist in Residence opportunities, created in partnership with strategic local and national partners.
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