As part of our Creative Arts Residency programme, we have three amazing artists working in The Tara Building this Summer. We’ve awarded free memberships to these artists to use as they wish, working on their own projects without the pressures of studio rents. This is part of our wider goal to support creativity, community, and social impact projects in Ireland.
We’re so excited to introduce Andie McCaffrey Byrne and her amazing work. Andie is a screenwriter and actress who has been working in film and TV for over 15 years. Frustrated by the lack of accurate representation of people from working-class backgrounds in the Irish film industry, she has written her own feature film. Rally, a film about the joyriding epidemic in Tallaght in the 90s, has been awarded funding and Andie is working on the script from The Tara Building as we speak. It’s all about youth and community, and we can’t wait to see it!
We had a quick chat with Andie to find out how she’s doing, and to get some advice for any fellow creatives out there who may need a little help.
Hey Andie, can you tell us a little bit about your practice?
I am an actress and screenwriter. I’ve worked on over 21 films, numerous ad campaigns & four tv series. I recently set up my own production company Shine Bright Productions in order to create more roles for women in film, including myself.
Why do you do what you do?
It’s the only thing that makes me feel like time stands still being in a creative flow. Plus it’s such great fun discovering a character and getting to do things that you would never do in real life. It truly lights me up!
How are you using your time at Tara?
If you could give one piece of cheesy life advice to fellow art-makers, what would it be?
Check out more of Andie’s work via her Instagram @andiemcb.
At The Tara Building, we run an Impact programme that offers workspace, event space, and community to those working in the arts, social impact, and sustainability.
If you’re working on a project that might benefit from our support, check out our residency opportunities for more information.