CIT CCAD MA graduate busy as Kerry Filmmaker in Residence

18 December, 2017

Congratulations goes Mieke Vanmechelen, a graduate of CIT CCAD MA: Art & Process 2014, who was annouced as Kerry County Council Filmmakern in Residence last September.

A busy few months to come giving film workshops in locations across County Kerry, Here are some images of what she has been up to.


Belgian born, Mieke Vanmechelen has been living in Kerry since the early eighties and is well known in professional film circles for her outstanding work in film.

Mieke is reaching out to secondary school students on this residency and is keen to make contact with a great many schools. Her plan is to make a documentary in as many schools as possible with a strong emphasis on working collaboratively.

“I would like to work with teams of students, preferably from Junior Cert upwards, and with a total of 15 students from each school”, Mieke stated this week. “The work produced in each school will merge into a single project which will evolve from a question that is linked to the notion of diversity as well as the complexity of place and people within the county”.

Footage recorded will then serve as the basis for the project and will inspire additional footage which connects directly to the experiences/ideas/thoughts of the young people involved.

Mieke’s work will offer opportunity to explore and to tie ideas, notions and dreams together in what will be a powerful message from our young generation. “Accessibility and fun are a key part of the residency and we look forward greatly to seeing Mieke make inroads into our schools as there is a great love of film among this age group”, Kate Kennelly, Arts Officer at Kerry County Council stated about the project.

Mieke can be contacted at The Filmmaker in Residence is a partnership between Kerry County Council and The Arts Council.

It is supported by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, and the Trustees of Muckross House. As an expanded partnership it demonstrates the ethos of Creative Ireland, enabling creativity in every community.

Supported by to Kerry County Council Arts Office, Creative Ireland, The Arts Council, The National Parks & Wildlife Service and The Trustees of Muckross House

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