The Arts Council and University College Cork are delighted to announce the appointment of Alan Gilsenan as Film Artist in Residence for 2019–2020.
The Film Artist in Residence role is jointly funded by the Arts Council and UCC, and is offered in association with the Cork Film Festival. It is designed to provide a screenwriter of distinction with a unique opportunity to develop his/her practice in a university environment, while offering students the opportunity to engage with a practising artist in a meaningful way during the course of their studies and their wider cultural involvement in campus life.
The appointment of Alan Gilsenan as Film Artist in Residence is for one year and he will be paid a fee of €20,000, of which 10,000 will be provided by the Arts Council. He will offer five contact hours per week in the form of screenwriting workshops, lectures and individual student mentoring over two semesters, and will enjoy uninterrupted time to advance his own work during the university vacations. A dedicated public event with Alan Gilsenan will be held during the 2019 Cork Film Festival.
Alan Gilsenan is the sixth film artist to be appointed to the role and follows Carmel Winters, Gerry Stembridge, Hugh Travers, Mark O’Halloran and Pat Murphy who enjoyed successful residencies at UCC since 2014.
During his residency, Alan Gilsenan will engage with students in UCC, both specialists in Film and Screen Media and undergraduates and postgraduates more widely through a range of events on campus. He will also participate in a public event at the Cork Film Festival in November 2019 and a public event in UCC in 2020.
Speaking of the appointment Fionnuala Sweeney, Head of Film and Architecture at the Arts Council, said: ‘The Arts Council wishes to congratulate Alan Gilsenan on his appointment as Film Artist in Residence at UCC. Alan has had a distinguished film career as a writer and director over thirty years and will bring his unique film-making talent to the role. We hope the residency will provide him with the time and space to further his own artistic practice.’
Professor Chris Williams, Head of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, UCC, added: “We are very excited to be welcoming Alan Gilsenan to the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences in UCC as Film Artist in Residence. His residency will generate some fantastic opportunities for students across the campus, and we are enormously eager to anticipate the multiple ways in which the presence of an artist of his extraordinary range and accomplishment will enrich our ongoing commitment to developing a creative environment for the university and the wider community.”