Trinity Creative Challenge 2016- 2017

Five proposals have been selected to share the Trinity Creative Challenge 2016-2017 award fund of €40,000. All five winning applicants will work with Trinity College throughout the academic year and will present works in Trinity in April 2017.

Find out about the 2017 Events on show HERE

Following on from last year's five successful entries, this year there are five new award winners listed below.


Clare Lymer

An exploration of the human experience of isolation suffered by TB patients.

Beckett's First Play

Dead Centre

Rare Endophyte Collectors Club (R.E.C.C.)

Genomic Gastronomy

The Rare Endophyte Collectors Club (R.E.C.C.) is an artist-led, interdisciplinary research project with the goal of discovering, naming, and (possibly) patenting, a new species.

The Volunteers

Joe Caslin

Temporary large-scale drawings on iconic sites within Dublin City.

The Music of Silence: its interpretation and performance

Adrien Tien & Richard Duckworth


Trinity Creative Challenge Objectives

  • To nurture, promote and develop new approaches to interdisciplinary creative and cultural arts practice in Dublin and Ireland, including projects by staff and students of Trinity College Dublin and Associated Colleges
  • To foster new collaborations between the Trinity community and the cultural and creative industries sector
  • To identify emerging creative talent and support innovative and ambitious projects in and around Trinity College Dublin and the wider community


Application Process

Who could apply

  • Applications were accepted from individuals, collectives and organisations. Proposals that included collaborations with co-production partners were also permissible
  • Proposals should identify how they intend to collaborate with Trinity College Dublin and what support might be required to facilitate the development of the project
  • The aim of the award is to foster the development of ambitious, impactful and innovative projects, ideally involving collaboration with Trinity College Dublin. We want to hear of ideas that cut across disciplines such as performance, visual art, music, film, design, new media, animation, gaming and creative technologies

How to apply

The selection process is now closed for the 2016-2017 round of awards.

All entries were to be fully completed by 5pm Wednesday, 03 August 2016.
Entry was by online application as detailed below and submissions were emailed to

All applications must have included the following:

  • A summary and outline of the proposal (no more than 3 x A4 pages)
    The outline should include details of the how the applicant(s) intend to collaborate with Trinity College Dublin, and what support might be required to facilitate the development of the project.
  • Details on the applicant(s), including contact information – CVs or selected portfolio works should be included
  • A draft budget and production plan including justification for the level of investment

Selection Criteria

Applications were evaluated with the following criteria in mind:

  • We are looking for interdisciplinary collaborative projects exploring new developments in creative arts practices
  • Projects should be ambitious, innovative and experimental
  • Proposals will be assessed on their artistic impact but consideration will also be given to social, creative innovation and entrepreneurial value
  • We will consider the projects' practical viability based on the indicated budget and production plan

Key Dates

  • 16 June 2016
    Open submission
  • 03 August 2016
    Deadline for submissions
  • End of August 2016:
    Selection Determinations
  • September 2016
    Selected proposals notified and announced
  • April 2017
    Selected proposals realisation

The Selectors for Trinity Creative Challenge 2016 were:

  • Kate Ellis
    Cellist and Artistic Director, Crash Ensemble
  • Kevin Kavanagh
    Director, Kevin Kavanagh
  • Ross Keane
    Director, Irish Film Institute
  • Lesley McKimm
    Producer and Co-Managing Director of Newgrange Pictures
  • Cian O'Brien
    Artistic Director, Project Arts Centre
  • Christina Reynolds
    Trinity Creative Challenge Co-ordinator

Further Information

For further information or enquiries contact Christina Reynolds:

Contact Information

Image Details


© Luca Truffarelli
Choreography: Philip Connaughton
Music: Michael Gallen
Costume design & creation: Emily Ní Bhroin
The Samuel Beckett Theatre. Programmed as part of Tiger Dublin Fringe, 2014. Funded by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Dublin City Council, supported by Dance Ireland and axis: Ballymun.

2. ENEMY OF THE STARS After Wyndham Lewis

© Colm Summers
Adapted and directed by Nicholas Johnson and Colm Summers, devised by Ensemble
Supported by the School of Drama, Film and Music / The Provost's Fund for the Visual and Performing Arts / Trinity Association and Trust / Thomas Dammann Jr Memorial Trust

3. TALL SHIPS in performance

© Matthew Causey
Supported by the PhD Programme in Digital Arts and Humanities; the School of Drama, Film and Music, TCD; and the Arts Technology Research Laboratory. Programmed as part of Tiger Dublin Fringe, 2014