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« We are a beacon of arts practice in the north-east, offering supports and resources to professional artists whilst nurturing creative life in the region. »

Solstice supports the work of artists by commissioning, co-producing, touring, and finding ways to connect work locally, nationally and internationally. The following is a selection of residencies and work which we have nurtured and produced at the centre.

Associated Artists 2020  (Click Here →)

This is How we Fly 



Femme Bizarre  

Fionn Foley


Residencies (Click Here →)

2018 – 2020 This is How We Fly (musicians in residence)  

2016 – 2017 Sabina Mac Mahon (curator)  

2014 – 2015 Redmond O’Toole (musician in residence) 

2013 Jason Byrne (theatre artist) & Ella Clarke (dance artist)  

2012 Deirdre Kinahan (playwright) 

2008 - 2011 Tall Tales Theatre (theatre company)   


Commissions / New Work (Click Here →)

2020 This is How we Fly with Iarla Ó Lionaird  

2019 Boyne Song - Seán MacErlaine (film/music composition)  

2019 Oratio bespoke drums - John Lee (Five solid fumed oak drums) 

2017 Songs After Ledwidge - There is an island (Michelle O Rourke voice, Benedict Schlepper-Connolly violin, Garrett Sholdice piano) 

2017 What To Bring When We Leave - Tom French (words) & Danny Diamond (fiddle)  

2017 The Yellow River - Seán McSweeney & Gerard Smyth (Visual Arts & Poetry)  

2017 Conversations Across Time - Dumbworld (Brian Irvine, John McIlduff) with Navan Male Voice Choir & Flowerfield National School 

2011 Moment - Deirdre Kinahan (playwright) 


Visual Arts Touring Productions (Click Here →)

2017 A Name Unmade, Francis Ledwidge 

Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Ebrington Barracks Derry, (2018) Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris 

2017 The Yellow River - Sean McSweeney & Gerard Smyth 

Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Triskel Christchurch, Cork City 

2015 - 2016 Just Left of Copernicus - Niamh McCann 

Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Visual Carlow, Limerick City Gallery of Art 

2013 - 2014 The Work of Micheal Farrell 

Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, RHA Dublin, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris 

2012 Engaging with Glass 

Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Travers Gallery, Tacoma, Seattle, USA 

2011 Charles Tyrrell 

Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, RHA, Dublin 


Other Touring Productions (Click Here →)

2018 - 2019 What To Bring When We Leave - Tom French/Danny Diamond, National tour 

2012 Halcyon Days - Deirdre Kinahan, Solstice/Tall Tales Theatre National tour 

2011 Moment - Deirdre Kinahan, Solstice/Tall Tales Theatre, The Bush Theatre, London, National tour 

2010 Bogboy -Deirdre Kinahan, Solstice/Tall Tales Theatre, 1st Irish Festival, Irish Arts Center, New York 

2008 Maisy Daly’s Rainbow - Deirdre Kinahan, Solstice/Tall Tales Theatre, National tour 



Strollers Touring Network

Solstice is a founding member of Strollers Touring Network. The network has four key functions:

  • To establish a touring network of performance venues across Ireland
  • To partner, commission and co-produce work for touring (across all artforms)
  • To receive touring works from artists and production companies (across all artforms)
  • To sustain, develop and nurture our audiences for arts practice

Strollers operates in two distinct ways:

  • Production Awards of up to €10,000 to assist companies in making work for touring.
  • A touring platform provides enhanced touring opportunities for companies, producers and artists.

STROLLERS PRODUCTION AWARD - In order to support artists and our audiences STN has introduced a PRODUCTION AWARD which encourages companies, producers etc. to make work with the cooperation and collaboration of the 9 venue partners. A total award of up to €10,000 is offered to assist with the financing of a piece of artwork along with a 9 venue tour to each of the venue partners. The tour is further supported with a guarantee fee from each venue. The total value of each Production Award is approximately €20,000

NETWORK Collaboration In the current economic climate the network has been able to pool resources in order to share touring work. The pooling of resources can often mean sharing travel expenses across the 9 partners, using a collective pot of money to assist a company to make work that otherwise could not be funded by one venue alone, pooling finances to ensure that audience’s needs are met by commissioning work.

The Strollers Network is supported by TheArts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.


Previous Award Winners

  • 2010 - Garter Lane and Lane Productions for All Ireland Tour of ‘Brighton’ by Jim Nolan.
  • 2011 - Julie Feeney for new collaborative project working with regional choirs and new choral commission.
  • 2012 - Theatre Lovett - A new commission for a touring production for Children and family audiences.
  • 2013 - Fishamble: The New Play Company ‘Little Thing, Big Thing’ a new play by Donal O’Kelly.
  • 2014/2015 - Moonfish Theatre Company ‘Star of the Sea’.
  • 2016 - Monkeyshine Theatre - ‘Voyage’.
  • 2017 - Duke Special – ‘Hallow’ – music performance based on works by poet Michael Longley.
  • 2018 - Fishamble: The New Play Company -  'Before' by Pat Kinevane.
  • 2019 - Joanne Ryan - 'Eggsistentialism' 

Strollers Touring Network Members

  • Siamsa Tire, Tralee - (Capacity 350)
  • Hawkswell, Sligo - (Capacity 336) 
  • Watergate, Kilkenny - (Capacity 328)
  • Solstice Arts Centre, Navan - (Capacity 320)  
  • GB Shaw Theatre, Carlow - (Capacity 294)  
  • Draiocht, Blanchardstown - (Capacity 286) 
  • The Source Arts Centre, Thurles - (Capacity 250)   
  • Riverbank, Newbridge - (Capacity 180)   
  • Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar - (Capacity 144)   
  • Belltable, Limerick - (Capacity 220)