Established in 2009, BLANK CANVAS is a professional dance residency programme, which offers Irish and international choreographers resources for researching and developing new works. It also offers the public an insight into the creative process, with each residency presenting a work-in-progress and public feedback session.

BLANK CANVAS International Exchange Residencies 2020u

Due to the rapidly evolving situation with the Covid-19 pandemic and regular updates from Government Agencies, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone BLANK CANVAS 2020, due to take place at Firkin Crane during the summer of 2020.


In 2016 the call out attracted applicants from 14 countries, and the 6 successful artists, from emerging to established, exemplify the breadth of innovation across the field of dance, involving cross-art form collaboration, site-specific work, film and aerial dance.

The successful projects came from:

  • Louise Tanoto and Jacob Ingram-Dodd (Belgium/UK) started work on a new duet.
  • Mary Nugent (Ireland) developed her choreographic language as an artist with a disability.
  • Maire Dee (Ireland) explored instinctive movement in her choreographic work.
  • Kendall Rileigh (USA) developed an ariel/acrobatic interpretation of Molly Bloom’s soliloquy.
  • Mary Pearson (UK) questioned consumerism to develop a performance installation.
  • Dimitrios Mytilinaios and Nefeli Kadinopoulou Asteriou (Greece) used the phenomena of super-massive black holes as the subject of a new duet.


BLANK CANVAS Intensive 2015

In 2015 89 applications from 26 different countries proposed research projects in many different formats: cross-art form collaboration, site-specific work, film and circus. From this wide range, six projects were selected that represent the encouraging quality and exciting diversity of the applications.

The successful projects came from:

  • Dan Watson (UK) focused on balancing liveness and craft in his work.
  • Zoi Dimitriou and Henry Montes (UK) researched the idea of pilgrimage.
  • Oona Doherty (Ireland) tested skills for an instinctive and embodied performance practice.
  • Fatou Cissé (Senegal) worked with a musician-storyteller and a performer in the studio and in public space.
  • Jason Jacobs and Ekaterine Giorgadze (Germany) worked on translating information from distinct source materials into physicality through analysis, reflection and active engagement.
  • Agnietė Lisičkinaitė and Greta Grinevičiūtė (Lithuania) were researching the dialogue between casual and choreographed movement and the interplay between video documentation and theatrical contemporary dance.


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Mark Carberry (Limerick/London), worked on a site-specific research with Visual Artist Bláthnaid Ní Mhurchú and Fashion Designer Natalie Coleman
Emma Fitzgerald (Dublin) and Liadain Herriott (Dublin/Brussels) worked on the biographies and autobiographies of women
Micheline Heal (New York), researched magic for a family focused dance piece
Wanjiru Kamuyu (Paris) developed material towards a solo
Oonagh Kearney (Cork/London) with Riccardo Buscarini (UK) researched dance on film as a studio practice
Katherine O’Malley (Dublin), collaborated with composer Darragh Dukes.

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  • Lisa Mc Loughlin and Neil Kenny (Tipperary)
  • Clare Daly (UK)
  • Luke Pell and Jo Verrent (UK)
  • Rob Heaslip (Scotland) and Laura Murphy (Cork)
  • Frith Collective (Ireland) -Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín, Jenny Brown, Lucia Kickham, Orla Shine and Lisa Tighe.


  • Mary Wycherley (Ireland)
  • Adrienne Westwood and Katie Swords (USA)
  • Lisa Cahill (Ireland) and Erika Charters (UK)
  • Nerida Matthaei (Australia) 
  • Jamila Johnson-Small (England) and Mira Kautto (Finland)
  • Karen Bernard (USA) 


  • Tania Soubry (Luxemburg) and Géraldine Vessière (France)
  • Jasmin Chiodi (Argentina) and Alexandre Iseli (Switzerland) and Company with Mentor Catalina Fernandez (Colombia) Elodie Escarmelle (Paris) and two dancers from Europe
  • Micheline Heal (New York) with a filmmaker and two dancers from USA and three local performers
  • Stephen Moynihan (Ireland/London) Working with a Galway based Video artist and a dancer from Cuba
  • Kimberly Almquist and Aaron Draper from New York worked with a large cast of local performers
  • Stephanie Schober (Berlin) with a dancer from London
  • Katla Thor (Iceland) working with 2 local dance artists
  • Rachel Erdos (Israel) plus 2 dance artists and a composer with her from Israel.
  • Fearghus Ó Conchúir (Ireland/UK) working with dancer Mathew Morris (Berlin)
  • Kyle Abraham (New York) with 3 local dancers and mentor John Scott



  • Catherine Young
  • Inma Moya
  • Laura Murphy
  • Ursula Chapman.
  • Liz Lea (London)
  • Matthew Morris (Berlin)
  • Carlos Cortes (Spain).
  • Legitimate Bodies (Sligo)
  • Shakram (Cork).
  • Aerial Dance Company Fidget Feet (Donegal)
  • Phluxus Dance Collective (Australia)