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, gaining a B.A. in fine art (2005), where her practice, deeply rooted in dance, primarily developed through video installation and performance. Cathy is currently Dance Artist in Residence at Rua Red Arts Centre, funded by The Arts Council with support from South Dublin County Council. It is her third residency at Rua Red and her fourth Arts Council supported residency. She is the Co-Artistic Director of Human Collective and producer for Dance2Connect Festival in partnership with Tallaght Community Arts and Civic Theatre – funded by The Arts Council, South Dublin County Council and TCA.
In 2016 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. Oil & Water was presented in 2016 in Rua Red gallery 1&2, as a series of ‘digital duets’ with Magda Hylak, Jessie Keenan, Ailish Claffey and Matt Szczerek. In 2017 Cathy presented Remotely Human, an installation featuring dance artists Laura Murphy and Ailish Claffey, at Ireland’s leading Digital Art Festival – Glitch/ 2017. In September 2018 she will present dance-theatre production FABLE as part of Dublin Fringe Festival, at The Project Arts Centre, produced in collaboration with Dance Ireland.
Cathy’s work has been presented at LightMoves Festival of Screen Dance (Raw Portraits ’18, Out Side In ‘16), In Context 4 Festival (Trans-Border ’16), Rewind Film Festival (Shift ’16), Bealtainne Festival (Multiple) and Dublin Fringe Festival (Fable ’18, Source ’14 – received two award nominations). Her work is supported by Dublin City Council (Bursary/Project Award), Laois County Council/Laois Partnership (Residency support funding), The Dunamaise Arts Centre (2010-2012 DAR Residency-Youth Ensemble Scheme Award), Dance Ireland (2013/2014 Residency) and Shawbrook Dance Centre (2015 Residency).
As an artist working in a collaboration with communities she has delivered projects and performances in association with RADE, Common Ground, Create, Focus Ireland, the Fatima Regeneration Project, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Dublin City Council and Dance Ireland. Between 2008-2015 Cathy has worked closely with Philippa Donnellan (CoisCeim Broadreach) in association with Bealtainne Festival and Dublin City Council – presenting work at IMMA, Hugh Lane Gallery, Aviva stadium, Axis Theatre and The IFI.