GMIT’s CCAM & 126 Launch a programme of new cultural initiatives


6.30pm | Friday 4 July 2014


GMIT is delighted to announce a series of exciting new initiatives supporting artists and film makers in Galway City and the region.

Including six artists, a Galway based Film production , Galway City Curator in Residence , Photographer in residence , International artists collective, Expanded Draught and a new internship partnership for GMIT students with 126.

Six practising artists from Ireland and abroad who have been selected to take part in the new GMIT Summer Residency Programme, commencing 16 June for the Summer months

Six artists from Ireland, the US, Scotland and Brazil have been selected for the inaugural residency programme. The residencies provide opportunities for the artists to research and develop their practice in the privacy of their own studio while having access to GMIT’s library and editing facilities.

The artists selected for the programme are Conall Cary, Heather Macali, Marielle McLeman, Christina Mullen, Tassia Bianchini, Elodie Rei, who will be based in the Galway campus Centre for Creative Arts & Media, and Betty Gannon, Joanna Hopkins, Amanda Rice and Ian Wieczorek who will be based in the Mayo campus.

Artists and organisations will attend a launch event on the evening in 126 Gallery, Flood Street, Galway with guest speaker James Harrold, Arts Officer Galway City Council Friday 4 July, 7pm.

126 and CCAM have developed an intern programme for recent CCAM graduates who have formed a new venture, the Itsa Collective, which comprises of artists Jason Dunne, Phil Foley, Jackie Burke, Martin Reid and Peter Sherry (CCAM Graduates) Itsa Collective explores the visual language of film, media, history, culture and the unreality of our contemporary world and attempts the exploration of an uncertain narrative through cultural, social, and philosophical constructs. As part of their residency internship they will gain experience of working a gallery setting and also have the opportunity to curate a show in the 126 in December 2014.126 has developed a reputation as an organisation which supports traditionally unrepresented artistic projects. They have consistently programmed work that other organisations and commercial galleries within Galway and western Ireland’s cultural infrastructure may find difficult. Because they are a not-for-profit gallery space, they are able to make decisions on an artistic, rather than economic, basis. 126 is a leader in artists-led cultural innovation in Ireland and is quickly becoming an integral part of Galway’s cultural fabric.

AGM Productions Ltd are preparing to shoot a feature length thriller called Persuit. The film is directed by Paul Mercier and will be shot in Galway. Shooting begins on July 14th 2014 and preparation from June 16th 2014. The Film crew’s offices will be located at GMIT’s Centre for Creative Arts and Media, throughout the production of the film.The film is a 21st century re-imagining of the Irish romantic legend, THE PURSUIT OF DIARMUID AND GRÁINNE, this Celtic tale of forbidden love, with its power and raw beauty, is given is radical cinematic interpretation set in a contemporary underworld.Multi-award winning writer/director Paul Mercier will brings a cast of Ireland’s finest to the project, along with his reputation as one of Ireland’s leading film and theatre makers.