Cathy Coughlan is a multidisciplinary artist working across visual arts, film and dance-theatre contexts to create hybrid works for gallery and theatre spaces, as well as devising site specific and community responsive projects. In 2019 Cathy completed her third residency at Rua Red Arts Centre, funded by The Arts Council’s – Dance Artist in Residence Award – with support from South Dublin County Council.
Cathy’s work has been supported by Arts Council Ireland, Dublin City Council, South Dublin Co.Co., Rua Red Arts Centre, Laois County Council, Laois Sports Partnership, Kildare Co.Co., The Dunamaise Arts Centre, Dance Ireland, Shawbrook Residency Programme and Dublin Fringe Festival.
SYMPOSIUM IN PARTNERSHIP WITH FIRST FORTNIGHT | EUROPE
LAST NIGHT A DJ SAVED MY LIFE was 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 focussed 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 consisted 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.