Cathy Coughlan is a multidisciplinary artist based in Dublin. Supported by The Arts Council Cathy trained as a professional dancer in the UK (1994-97) and continued her arts training with The National College of Art and Design (Fine Art 2005), where her practice, deeply rooted in dance, primarily developed through film, installation and performance. Cathy is currently Dance Artist in Residence at Rua Red Arts Centre, funded by The Arts Council’s DAR Award, with support from South Dublin County Council. It is her third residency at Rua Red since 2015. During this time she has collaboratively  created many original works such as Non Verbal (2015) OutSide In (2015) Shift (2015) Oil&Water (2016) Trans Border (2016) Remotely Human (2017) and Raw Portraits (2018).
As well as creating her own work for theatre, film and gallery spaces nationwide, Cathy has produced number of performances and dance events. Most recently she curated|produced LAST NIGHT A DJ SAVED MY LIFE – a Symposium concerned with Men, Movement and Mental Healthfor First Fortnight Festival (Europe) 2019, which featured both National and International artists making work for, with or about communities of men. Featured Artists included Cai Tomos, Philippa Donnellan, Matt Szczerek, Tobi Omoseto, Ailish Claffey, Prof. Des O’Neil, Jennie Moran, Catherine Young, Vukasin Nedeljkovic, John Scott, Clare Reynolds and Tony Fagan.  Read More
In 2015 Cathy was awarded Create’s – Artist in the Community – Bursary Award. Cathy’s research in association with Create focussed on new modes of collaborative practice through screen based technology. This work culminated in the co-founding of HAVOC Dance Company – a remote company centred around the expanding definitions of dance and performance www.havocdance.com.
As an artist working in a collaboration with communities she has delivered projects and performances in association with Tallaght Community Arts, RADE, Common Ground, Create, Focus Ireland, the Fatima Regeneration Project, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Dublin City Council, Dance Ireland and Coisceim Dance Theatre – Broadreach.
Cathy’s work is supported by Arts Council Ireland, Dublin City Council, South Dublin Co.Co. Arts Office, Rua Red Arts Centre, Laois County Council, Laois Sports Partnership, Kildare Co.Co., The Dunamaise Arts Centre, Dance Ireland and Shawbrook Dance Centre.


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LAST NIGHT A DJ SAVED MY LIFE is a symposium event concerned with Men, Movement and Mental Health, produced in collaboration with First Fortnight as part of their first European Mental Health, Arts and Culture festival. The symposium will focus on observing the barriers for men in accessing dance; exploring dance as a bio-psycho-social model of intervention within situations of isolation and incarceration; examining dance within the context of cultural diversity as a shift takes place within the youth dance landscape; recognising embodied practice within a mental health context or medical setting. The day will consist of live performances, films, talks, interactive presentations and panel discussions from National and International artists who have made work with, for or about communities of men.
This work was made possible by an Arts Council – Dance Artist in Residence Award 2018/19 – supported by South Dublin County Council, Rua Red Arts Centre and First Fortnight Festival.
Curated by Cathy Coughlan, Dance Artist in Residence at Rua Red Arts Centre, South Dublin and Ailish Claffey, Dance Artist in Residence at the National Centre for Arts and Health, Tallaght University Hospital.


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