The Film Artist in Residence role, based in the School of Film, Music and Theatre, is jointly funded by the Arts Council and UCC. It is designed to provide a film artist of distinction with a unique opportunity to develop their practice in a university environment, while offering students and staff of Film & Screen Media the opportunity to engage with a practising artist in a meaningful way during the course of their studies and wider cultural involvement in campus life.
Yvonne McDevitt is the eighth film artist to be appointed to the role and follows Carmel Winters, Gerry Stembridge, Hugh Travers, Mark O’Halloran, Pat Murphy, Alan Gilsenan and Tadhg O’Sullivan who have enjoyed successful residencies at UCC since 2014.
Speaking of the appointment Fionnuala Sweeney, Head of Film and Architecture at the Arts Council, said: “The Arts Council wishes to congratulate Yvonne McDevitt on her appointment as Film Artist in Residence at UCC. Yvonne is an internationally recognised experimental film artist and we hope that the residency at UCC will give her the time and space to further develop her creative practice and realise her artistic ambitions”.
Professor Laura Rascaroli, Head of the School of Film, Music and Theatre, added: “We are thrilled to welcome Yvonne McDevitt to UCC. Her unique work stands out for its arresting visual and affective power. Yvonne McDevitt will be a source of inspiration to our students, and we look forward to engaging with her and to continuing this highly productive collaboration with the Arts Council.”
About Yvonne McDevitt
Yvonne McDevitt is a multi-award-winning Irish artist and filmmaker working primarily in non-fiction and experimental cinema with an interest in human history, interdisciplinary filmmaking and new technologies. She has an extensive background in theatre and was awarded a Jerwood Directors Award at the Young Vic Theatre in 2002, and the Judith E. Wilson Drama Fellowship, at the University of Cambridge, 2004-06.
Her most recent feature documentary film White City (2017) captures a unique perspective of Donald J. Trump’s Muslim travel ban. Her feature film Two Graves (2013) and her previous short films Horse (2014), Time (2015) and Blindness (2016) have premiered and screened at major international film festivals including, Galway Film Fleadh, East End Film Festival London and Festival de Cannes. Yvonne was also selected for Berlinale Talents at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival in 2014 and was awarded the French Language Scholarship at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris, 2018. Her latest short film BНУТРИ (Inside) was completed in 2020 and premiered at the Festival de Cannes in 2021. Her latest feature film MYRRH shot in Valais, Switzerland is due for release in 2022.
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