The ISACS Network was delighted to present the 2023 edition of the ISACS & Áras Éanna Ionad Ealaíne Residency – supported by The Arts Council of Ireland – with selected artist Nicola Moran, who lived and created for one month on the Island of Inis Oírr, Co. Galway.
This was our fourth residency since 2019, which started when we established the first edition as part of the FRESH STREET#3 International Seminar – organised with Circostrada Network for Galway 2020 – European Capital of Culture.
Nicola had an incredible time on the island. She deeply connected with the local community, the nature and the soul of Inis Oírr.
This residency was a huge gift that has sparked new working relationships, exciting collaborations and the rest and reset that I needed. It is vital to our creativity to have these types of places to nurture the artist. In all my years doing residencies this is by far the one that give me the most.
The total immersion into Island life, the studio space, the accommodation and fee meant that I didn’t have to think about anything else and just focus on what I wanted. I also got to stand chatting to people, go for walks and absorb the nature and people living there. In my regular day to day life I don’t have time to socialise, its a rat race.
There was also an influx of artists coming and going, so there are always great connections and conversations to be had. Inspiring and Interesting to hear what other people are working on and why the island has such a draw. I also met lots of locals who shared so much with me and I feel extremely grateful for that. During my time there and locals that I met I also got to record some of them for music that I was making and it was a special experience. Everything just seemed to flow very well.