Performer / Writer / Artist

I’m the Artist in Residence at Blackrock Castle Observatory since 2013 who support me in combining creativity with space themes, and they have helped me gain funding to allow me to make theatre and public events. So far I’ve made two theatre shows, installations and have collaborated with many organisations, including the European Space Agency

Niamh Shaw – Artist

Niamh is the artist in residence at CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, Cork. Niamh has over 15 years experience in live performance and media. Her last project ‘Diary of a Martian Beekeeper’, premiered at Space week 2017, followed by a limited run in 2018 and gained excellent theatre reviews . The show was funded under Science Foundation Ireland’s 2017 Discover programme, working with ESA’s Astronaut Centre, to capture the massive group effort behind human space exploration. Her second STEAM show, To Space, toured internationally including Edinburgh Fringe (2015), Adelaide Fringe (2016), Edinburgh International Science Festival (2016), and Cheltenham Science Festival (2016) supported by Culture Ireland,and the Arts Council of Ireland. The show was made in partnership with European Space AgencyScience Foundation Ireland and CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory.

She has presented academic aspects of her work in STEAM at scientific conferences including CAP 2018, the International Astronautical Congress (2017,2016), European Geosciences Assembly (2018,2017,2016,2015), and European Planetary Sciences Congress (2015).

Her other work in science art & technology and public engagement includes Memory of Place (Festival of Curiosity, 2016, 2015), ’To Space’ (Edinburgh Science Festival 2016, Adelaide Fringe 2016, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015), Dream Big (Int. Space University, 2015) ‘Speaking with Plants’ (UCD Science Expression, 2014), That’s About The Size Of It (Dublin City of Science 2012, Dublin Fringe Festival 2011), Boys of Foley Street (ANU productions, Dublin Theatre Festival 2012). Her work has been supported by the European Space Agency (2015), Science Foundation Ireland (2014), The Arts Council of Ireland (2014, 2011), Arts@CERN (2011), Show in A Bag (2011), Dublin City Council Drama Bursary (2011), and is an alumnus of MAKE (2011), The SPACE Programme (2011), The Festival of Curiosity Residency (2013), and The Robert Wilson Watermill International Spring Residency, New York (2010).