Announcing Weft Studio Artists 2023-2024

10 July 2023
Weft Studio Artists 2023-2024

Dublin Fringe Festival is proud to announce the eight artists who have been selected to participate in this year's Weft Studio.

Weft Studio, an initiative of the festival, focuses on talent development and network building for emerging and early career Black artists and artists of the global majority. The programme aims to provide support, guidance, and project development opportunities for these artists to create their own work on their own terms. Led by the acclaimed writer and creative producer Shannon Yee, with interventions from international mentors, the Weft Studio programme will run from August 2023 to February 2024.  

The selected artists for this year's Weft Studio are:  

Clodagh Boyce is a Trini-Irish multidisciplinary artist and organizer. Inspired by the legends of the Harlem Renaissance, Afro-futurism, and Irish landscapes, Clodagh is dedicated to creating community spaces for Irish POC through initiatives like the Black Queer Book Club. Their upcoming project explores Jazz and the cosmos, and they are excited to collaborate and exchange ideas with fellow participants in Weft. 

Georgie Lynch, who identifies as they/she/he, is a London-based Irish-Jamaican theatre maker with experience working in the USA and South Africa. Their work centres on the intersections of marginalized identities, highlighting both the compounding oppression and unique joy experienced by individuals within these communities. With a poetic and humorous approach rooted in spoken word, Georgie's work is set to captivate audiences. Catch them onstage in Sundown Kiki at the Young Vic this August. 

Debora Adachi is a children's illustrator and author with a background in Architecture and Urbanism. Of Brazilian-Japanese heritage and residing in Dublin, Ireland, Debora uses art as a tool to foster connections, belonging, and self-worth. Having received recognition for her illustrations, including being a Highly Commended Illustration Winner for the FAB Prize, she is currently undergoing training and mentorship in children's publishing. Debora's participation in Harper Collins' Author Academy for children's writing further showcases her dedication to her craft. 

Daranijoh Sanni (E The Artist), a Nigerian-Irish sound and visual artist from Coolock, North Dublin, uses his work to challenge and document borders of race, culture, identity, and expression. With notable performances at prestigious venues like the National Concert Hall, Trinity's Douglas Hyde Gallery, and The Racket Space, Daranijoh's art reflects the diversity of contemporary Irish society. 

Shauna Harris, a Dublin-based biracial Irish actress and multidisciplinary artist, appeared in the award-winning production Hot Brown Honey: Hive City Legacy Dublin Chapter at the Dublin Fringe Festival 2022. Passionate about art that communicates important social justice issues and fosters connectivity, Shauna recently completed her studies in Politics, International Relations, and Social Justice. Her aim is to reach diverse audiences through art and offer easily accessible and expressive insights into complex societal matters. 

Karen Aguiar is a socially engaged artist, producer, and performer who believes in the transformative power of dance to unite people and nurture collective spaces. As the founder and creative director of Go Dance For Change, a platform for Intercultural collaboration, Karen envisions dance as a means of meaningful integration, individual growth, and collective action. With a postgraduate study in Art & Ecology at NCAD and a residency at Rua Red Arts Centre, Karen's movement practice incorporates embodied ecologies, knowledge, culture, and play.

Mai Ishikawa, a Japanese theatre translator and bilingual writer, has a diverse background as a tap dancer and performer in various theatre festivals and productions. Her translations of plays into Japanese, including works by renowned playwrights like Eve Ensler and David Ireland, have gained recognition. Currently, Mai is writing her own play with the support of bursaries and grants, showcasing her commitment to fostering international exchange and cultural understanding through the arts. 

Matthew Sharpe is an actor and writer who has showcased his talent in theatres across Northern Ireland, National Theatre London, and Europe. He has also appeared in films and TV shows in Ireland, including Soft Bored Patrol, Ordinary Love and Bloodlands. With his podcast The Thought Floor and participation in Incubate with Tinderbox Theatre Company, Matthew explores the intersection between virtual reality and the creative process, seeking to leverage evolving technologies in his work. 

Dublin Fringe Festival congratulates these exceptional artists on their selection for the Weft Studio. They represent a diverse range of artistic disciplines and backgrounds, and their participation in this initiative promises to enrich the cultural landscape of Ireland. Stay tuned for updates on their projects and performances as they embark on this exciting journey of artistic development and exploration. 

Weft Studio is funded by Arts Council of Ireland/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon and supported by the British Council Ireland and Community Foundation Ireland. 

Image: (from top left, clockwise) Debora Adachi, Matthew Sharpe, Clodagh Boyce, Georgie Lynch, Karen Aguiar, Mai Ishikawa, Daranijoh Sanni (E The Artist) and Shauna Harris.