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Apr 23 2020

New Artist Development Programme Announced

Closing Date For Applications Monday 11 May

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 a 3-month Artist Development Programme taking place in Galway over the summer months.

Remote Control will support three Galway based artists to imagine new concepts and ideas, which can be developed remotely, with support from the three project partners, along with additional remote mentorship and online workshops.

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 June – August. It will be facilitated by James Riordan, artistic director of Brú 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: ●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 ●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. Deadline for application is Monday May 11th. 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.

James Riordan:

James Riordan is an Artist in Residence at the Town Hall Theatre, and is the Artistic Director of Brú Theatre, with their most recent production of Selvage earning him an Irish Times Theatre Award nomination for Best Actor. He is also a Performance Director for Macnas, and is currently collaborating with Darren O’Donnell in creating a new theatrical sport for Baboró.

Town Hall Theatre:

The Town Hall Theatre is at the epicentre of Galway’s cultural activity, providing a platform and supportive environment for artists and arts organisations. In addition to presenting visiting national and international companies and artists, the venue’s extensive annual programme proudly features the work of a host of (professional and amateur) performers, companies and arts organisations from across the city and county. It is the busiest Arts Council funded venue outside of Dublin and a vitally important piece of the national cultural infrastructure for touring productions.

Galway Dance Project:

Galway Dance Project is the main resource for professional dance practice in Galway city, county and beyond. Galway Dance Project provides professional development dance classes and workshops, as well as choreographic and performance opportunities for dance artists. Galway Dance Project supports and promotes the development of dance, and advances dance as a prominent and valued art form. Galway Dance Project is a not for profit organisation, managed by a voluntary board and a part time General Manager. Galway Dance Project is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, and Galway city and county councils.