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Mar 05 2021

Remote Control 2 Artist Development Programme

The second year of this Artist Development Programme with Brú Theatre, The Town Hall Theatre and Galway Dance Project is Announced

Open for Applications Now-Closing Monday 22nd March

James Riordan, Theatre Artist in Resident with the Town Hall Theatre and founder and artistic director of Brú Theatre, Galway Dance Project and the Town Hall Theatre are excited to announce that Remote Control, the artist development programme initiated in 2020, will return for a second year.

This three month Artist Development programme will take place from April-June 2021 and will blend online remote mentorship and engagement with in person networking and professional development events, if public health guidelines allow.

In 2021, Remote Control has been expanded with thanks to additional supports from Galway County Council and the Town Hall Theatre, and will support four Galway based artists to imagine new concepts and ideas.

Last year’s participants developed a diverse range of concepts, which were presented as works in progress in September at the Town Hall Theatre for Galway’s Culture Night. 2020’s Remote Control participants have all gone on to develop their projects, and some have received additional funding to produce or further develop their ideas.

See the quote below from one of last year’s participants:

The program gave me the space to shape and hone in on both my technical and creative practice. The fact that there wasn't the pressure of producing a finished product meant that the program felt truly development centred, while also opening up room for ideas to shift and change-

We are seeking applications from artists based in Galway city and county working in Theatre, Dance, Visual Art and other media, who are interested in finding new ways to engage with their audiences during this unprecedented time. This could include those working remotely with digital, site specific, soundscape or performance art amongst other forms and styles of practice.

Remote Control offers €1500 per artist, in house workshops (remote, if necessary), and remote mentorships with International mentors, and will run from April-June. It will be facilitated by James Riordan, artistic director of Brú Theatre with support from Galway Dance Project and the Town Hall Theatre.

The aim of the programme is not to produce finished pieces but to develop practice, explore ideas and build networks and links between arts organisations and practitioners in Galway. With the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, this programme has been initiated as a way of keeping artists connected to established organisations and international practitioners, while also developing their own individual arts practice.

Application: To apply, candidates have 2 options:

  1. You can either send a video (2 min. max.) telling us who you are, what you would like to do and why Remote Control is for you. You can record and send us the video link to
  2. Alternatively you can fill out an Application Form online, link to the form is here

Applications from artists from diverse national, ethnic, or cultural groups are encouraged, and priority will be given to those who do not have a prior relationship with Town Hall Theatre. Galway Dance Project is delighted to be commissioning one dance artist as part of the programme. Galway County Council are offering funding for at least one Galway County based artist to be included in the programme.

Deadline for application is Monday 22nd March.

More info can be found at or

Remote Control is kindly funded by the Arts Council Theatre Artist Residency Scheme, with additional support from Town Hall Theatre and Galway Dance Project.