This project strand offers short residency opportunities in partner cities for 30 emerging artists. Each UEO city partner will send two artists on a residency to another partner’s city of a different art form, thereby seeking to enrich their professional practice through inter-disciplinary residencies. Artists are chosen on the basis of having demonstrated an interest in the hosting city’s Arts & Society contemporary European theme. They must also practice a different art form from that of the hosting city’s public event. The project offers the emerging artists the opportunity to travel without the pressure to produce work and ideally to experience UEO’s public events.
Laura Douglas will travel to Berlin
Derry/Donegal’s other artist, Laura McElhinney, will travel to Eleusis
I am extremely excited about potentially seeing the work of Rimini Protokoll in person. I find it fascinating how they choose to use experts and specialists within their work, rather than actors, in order to produce a new form of theatre that presents their unique perception of the world. This combination of people with different backgrounds, skills, experiences and world views makes for an incredibly fascinating process. I feel La Danse D’Amazon is posing an extremely important question at a crucial time for humanity, and to see this piece of theatre performed in Circus Cabuwazi would be an honour.
Laura completed her undergraduate degree in Drama with Music Performance at the University of Ulster, before deciding to head over the water to train at Arts Educational Schools, London, leaving with a Masters of Acting. At ArtsEd, she trained under Aileen Gonsalves, founder of the Gonsalves Method, and she has just been invited to be part of the first cohort on the Gonsalves Method Teachers & Directors Accreditation Programme.
As well as Acting and Writing, Laura is also a Creative Facilitator, working mainly with performers aged between 14 and 21.She is extremely passionate about empowering this age group, especially those who want to move into the industry professionally; creative wellbeing is always a big part of all the work she does.