University College Cork and the Arts Council are delighted to announce the appointment of Mark O’Halloran as Film Artist in Residence Screenwriter for 2017–2018.
The residency, which is jointly funded by the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, UCC, and the Arts Council, is designed to provide a screenwriter of distinction with a unique opportunity to develop his/her practice in a university environment while also offering students the opportunity to engage with a practising artist in a meaningful way during the course of their studies.
Mark O’Halloran is the fourth film artist to be appointed to the role and he follows Carmel Winters, Gerard Stembridge and Hugh Travers who have each enjoyed successful residencies at UCC since the role was first established in 2014.
Speaking of the appointment Fionnuala Sweeney, Head of Film at the Arts Council, said: ‘The Arts Council wishes to extend its congratulations to Mark O’Halloran on his appointment as Film Artist in Residence at UCC. Mark is a distinguished screenwriter with an international reputation who brings a wealth of experience to his role at UCC. We hope that the residency will provide him with the time and space to build on his diverse practice as a writer within the creative environment of UCC”.
Professor Patrick O'Donovan, Head of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, warmly welcomed the appointment. “We will be delighted to welcome Mark O’Halloran to UCC as Film Artist in Residence. He brings a remarkable span of creative gifts and accomplishments to the role, and I speak for everyone when I say that I hope that this will be a rich and fulfilling encounter for him too.”
Mark O’Halloran biography
Mark O‘Halloran is an award winning writer and actor. His screenwriting credits include the films Garage, Adam & Paul and Viva, all of which have been recognised internationally. He has also written for television (the TV series Prosperity) and for theatre (Trade). As an actor he has worked with all the major theatre companies in Ireland and has appeared in numerous films, most notably as one of the eponymous heroes in Adam & Paul and as the lead role of MPin History’s Future. He also had roles in The Guard, Calvaryand Viva.