JFL 2016

Spoken Word Residency




Dunamaise Arts Centre and Laois Arts Office, with the support of the Arts Council and Creative Ireland, have just announced details of their wish to commission a Creative Artist (writer/performer) to develop the first ever Laois Spoken Word Project for young people in the county, to which they now invite applications.

Spoken Word, a specialty that is developing as an art form and mode of communication, is a very popular outlet for self-expression. It is hoped the artist will stimulate greater awareness of the art of the spoken word as well as encourage more opportunities for young people to engage with the work of established spoken word artists by working with young people throughout second level schools, Youthreach and youth theatre groups in Laois.

Applications are now invited from professional spoken word writers/performers for the part-time Spoken-Word-Residency for a period of twenty one weeks commencing in November 2017. Closing date for submissions is Friday 6 October 2017.

Applicants must submit the following by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the subject: Spoken Word/"Artists Name", or by post to Michelle de Forge, Director, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Church Street, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

  • Application Form (Click HERE to download)
  • A proposal outlining their concept for exploring the Spoken Word Project including forms of engagement with the local community (max 1000 words)
  • A current CV ; samples of previous work; any visual/audio or other aid (if appropriate); contact details of two referees;
  • Proposed timescale breakdown – research / community contact / production / delivery and
  • A digital copy of all hard copy documents submitted on CD or USB

This project is coordinated by Dunamaise Arts Centre and Laois Arts Office with funding from the Arts Council and Creative Ireland Programme. Creative Ireland is an all-of-Government five year initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which places creativity at the centre of public policy.


Home – MIRARI Theatre Residency

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Throughout 2014, Portlaoise-native writer Kate Heffernan will join director Maisie Lee of Mirari Productions as our Theatre Artists in Residence. Based here at Dunamaise, Kate and Maisie invite you to discuss and explore with them ideas of home and what it means to us as individuals and as a community. The residency will culminate in a performance with a local cast in late 2014, written by Kate and directed by Maisie, and based on ideas which we will explore together.

Visit the HOME blog to keep up to date with the latest events and activities and information on how you can get involved.  


Dunamaise Arts Centre

Church Street Portlaoise, Co. Laois, Ireland.

Contact The Dunamaise Arts Centre

Box Office Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 5.30pm
Saturday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm.
One hour prior to curtain on the evening of a performance.
Box office 00353 57 866 3355.

General Enquiries: info@dunamaise.ie

Our Sponsors

The Arts Council Laois County Council