Five New Artists-in-Residence Announced Under Decade of Centenaries Programme
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Five artists-in-residence have been appointed to cultural institutions across Ireland as part of the Decade of Centenaries 2012–2023 Programme.

The scheme is delivered by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, in partnership with the National Museum of Ireland, the National Library of Ireland, the National Archives, the Military Archives and Beyond 2022: Ireland’s Virtual Record Treasury project. A total of €125,000 has been made available to these institutions to support the artists over the next year.

The five artists selected are: Anthony Haughey (National Museum of Ireland), Julie Morrissy (National Library of Ireland), John Beattie (National Archives Ireland), Studio 9 (Irish Military Archives) and Mairéad McClean (Beyond 2022).

The artists will reflect on the rich collections held by, and collaborate with, their host partner to create innovative pieces and imaginative work to support and grow the audience for these collections.

The wider centenaries programme explores original ways to engage with this period of history and support authentic historical enquiry about this period as well as promote the use of archival resources. It also aims to support artists and highlight the importance of artistic enquiry throughout the Decade of Centenaries.

Announcing the selected artists, Minister Catherine Martin TD said: “As we embark on the final, most sensitive phase of the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023, these artists can bring some of our rich primary source material into the public domain in engaging and imaginative ways.

“Artistic and creative endeavours under this partnership and others will have an important role in encouraging people of all traditions to explore, reflect on and debate challenging and difficult issues arising over the remaining three years of the programme. … Importantly, the scheme also provides these five contemporary creative arts practitioners with an opportunity to develop their own creative practice in partnership with their hosts.”