Trinity Creative Challenge 2017- 2018

Three proposals have been selected to share the Trinity Creative Challenge 2017-2018 award fund of €40,000. All three winning applicants will work with Trinity College throughout the academic year and will present works in Trinity throughout 2018.

Find out about the 2018 Events on show HERE

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

Future Breath

Siobhan McDonald

A new project comprised of a series of enquiries into Environmental change – such as city pollution, toxicity and its impact on our health and ecosystems.

Pasolini's Salò Redubbed

Dylan Tighe

A research and development project towards the creation of a cross-disciplinary performance based on a live redubbing of Pier Paolo Pasolini's controversial 1975 film Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom.

The Endophyte Supper Club

Genomic Gastronomy

An extension of the Rare Endophyte Collectors Club (2017) which will focus specifically on the growing, inoculating and eating of edible plants and microorganisms.

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 2017-2018 round of awards.
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 were looking for interdisciplinary collaborative projects exploring new developments in creative arts practices
  • Projects should be ambitious, innovative and experimental
  • Proposals were assessed on their artistic impact but consideration will also be given to social, creative innovation and entrepreneurial value
  • We considered the projects' practical viability based on the indicated budget and production plan


Key Dates

  • 13 September 2017
    Open submission
  • 08 November 2017
    Deadline for submissions
  • December 2017:
    Shortlisting determinations and shortlisting outcome notifications
  • January 2018
    Final selections made & selected proposals notified and announced
  • April/May/June 2018 (or as project appropriate)
    Selected proposals realisation


Final Selection Panel

The Final Selection Panel for the Trinity Creative Challenge 2017-18was comprised of:

Jen Coppinger, Independent Theatre and Dance Producer, Project Manager
Oliver Sears, Owner, Oliver Sears Gallery
Helen Carey, Director, Fire Station Artists’ Studios
Nick Roth, Saxophonist and founder of Diatribe Records
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