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LIT Sends Writer Maura McHugh and Artist Fionnuala Doran to Join Graphic Novel Residency in September - October 2018

LIT is delighted to have selected two creatives, writer Maura McHugh and artist Fionnuala Doran to join a group of European female artists in a special residency this autumn. The French town of Angoulême, famous for its major international illustration festival will host a residency for illustrators and comic creators as part of a 3 million euro Creative Europe project, Wom@rts

The Communauté d'Agglomération du Grand Angoulême with the artistic support of the local association Les Mains Sales coordinates this residency that will run from September 24th to October 3rd and will involve international artists such as Xulia Vicente (Cariño, Spain 1993), Nanu González (Oviedo, Spain), Meriem Mesfioui (aka. Durgmaya (France), Scotty Hervouet (France), Raquel Lagartos (Oviedo, Spain), Fionnuala Doran (Lurgan, Ireland, 1984), Maura McHugh (Galway, Ireland), Korina Hunjak (Rijeka, Croatia, 1993), Akvilė Misevičiūtė (aka. Magicdust, Vilnius, Lithuania, 1987) and Samira Kentrić (Ljubljana, Slovenia 1976).

Dr. Tracy Fahey from Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT, who is working on this project says: ‘We’re delighted to send creatives of the calibre of Maura McHugh who has written for 2000AD and whose non-fiction book Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me has just been nominated for a British Fantasy Award. Likewise, we’re excited to have artist and lecturer Fionnuala Doran on board, whose graphic novel The Trial of Roger Casement was released in 2016’

Aimed to promote an equal share in the presence of women as active agents in the arts, the Wom@rts project is hosting a wide range of cultural activities in different European cities in 2018. From September 10th to October 24th, the towns of Avilés (Spain), Angoulême (France) and Limerick (Ireland) will host three creative residences for lens based digital artists, illustrators and comic artists and printmakers where more than 30 professionals from 10 different countries will share experiences, working spaces and creative processes. Between 2019 and 2020, the works produced during these residences will be included in a roaming transmedia exhibition entitled 'The Second Sex', in homage to the well-known essay written by Simone de Beauvoir on the 70th anniversary of its first publication.

Wom@rts is large-scale cooperation and non-profit project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. From an interdisciplinary and cross-sectorial perspective, Wom@rts pursues women’s equal share presence in the Arts, in terms of visibility, promotion and access to the market. Coordinated by the Auditorio de Galicia (Santiago de Compostela, Spain), Wom@rts involves a large list of public and private institutions, such as: the Limerick School of Art and Design at Limerick Institute of Technology, (Ireland), Fundación Municipal de Cultura del Ayuntamiento de Avilés (Municipal Cultural Foundation of the Avilés City Council, Spain), WIFT (Women in Film & Television Finland), the Vilniuis County Council (Lithuania), the Centre Audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir and the Communauté d’Agglomération du Grand Angoulême (France), the Hay Festival (United Kingdom), the Academy of Applied Arts Universityin Rijeka (Croatia), and the Gallery UGM Maribor (Slovenia).

For further information, please see www.womarts.eu ​​​

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