Cork Midsummer Festival is delighted to announce Doireann Ní Ghríofa as Artist-in-Residence for the 2018 Festival.
Doireann Ní Ghríofa is a bilingual writer whose books explore birth, death, desire, and domesticity. Among her awards are the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, a Séamus Heaney Fellowship, the Michael Hartnett Prize, and the Ireland Chair of Poetry bursary. Her artistic practice involves cross-disciplinary collaborations, fusing poetry with film, dance, music, and visual art. Recent or forthcoming commissions include work for The Poetry Society (Britain), RTÉ Radio 1, Cork City Council & Libraries, The Arts Council/Crash Ensemble, and University College Cork.
The residency provides time and space for Doireann to develop her work, with specific focus on a number of projects that will be presented as part of the 2018 and 2019 Festivals. Full details of the 2018 projects, which are kindly supported by Cork City Council, will be announced at the programme launch in early May.
Commenting on the announcement, Lorraine Maye, Director, Cork Midsummer Festival said "We were beyond thrilled when Doireann accepted our invitation to be the inaugural Artist-in-Residence for the Festival. Her work inspires and connects with such a broad spectrum of audiences and artists because she helps us to appreciate and understand the depths of emotion and complexity beneath our everyday experiences, behind our shared history and beliefs. We are proud to play a small part in supporting her practice and to enable audiences to experience new work and performances by Doireann and her collaborators as part of the 2018 Festival."
Doireann Ní Ghríofa commented: "I have admired the innovative work of Cork Midsummer Festival for some time, and it was with great pleasure that I accepted the invitation to become Artist-in-Residence. This position generously provides me with the space and time required to make several new works, supporting my artistic growth. The fact that this festival and its director have chosen to establish the position of Artist-in-Residence means that artists' development will be supported here for years to come, a decision which is to be warmly applauded."
Further details on work and events planned as part of the residency will be announced with the full festival programme in early May.
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