Virtual Production Creative Residencies

Project Name

Virtual Production Creative Residencies

Project Partners

Ardán, Centre for Creative Technologies at University of Galway, Film Department at Atlantic Technological University, and Galway Culture Company with partners through Screen Talent Europe and UNESCO Cities of Film networks

Role of Galway Culture Company

Partner and Funder

Strategic Aim

This project falls under our first strategic aim;

Facilitate EU and International Relationships and Funding

Project Description

The Virtual Production Creative Residencies Scheme is an initiative of Galway, UNESCO City of Film and a collaboration between Ardán and Galway Culture Company with the aim of supporting practitioners in the emerging Virtual Production sector. The scheme will utilise the UNESCO Creative Cities Network to connect with Virtual Production practitioners from outside of Ireland and invite them to Galway to take up residency positions in each of Galway’s main universities. Each residency will be three to four weeks in duration, and hosted by one of our local universities.

Centre for Creative Technologies at University of Galway and the Film Department in Atlantic Technology University Galway will lead the initiative and the selected practitioner will have access to the facilities and expertise available at their host university along with a network of local Virtual Production practitioners facilitated by Ardán.

The goal of the scheme is to:

  • Facilitate the sharing of expertise between Virtual Production practitioners in Ireland and abroad
  • To encourage collaboration between those practitioners and facilitate networking
  • Facilitate creative and professional development for the practitioners

The aim is for the selected practitioners to bring their expertise to the residency with a vision to use the time to produce a creative work in Virtual Production that would assist in their career development.

Project Outcomes – what we expect from this project

Cordula Hansen and Shay Gilna, co-founders of XYZ Technical Art Services and based in Germany, and Diego Hernandez, CEO of Argonauts XR and based in Spain, were selected for the residencies. 

Cordula and Shay of XYZ Technical Art Services are in residency with Centre for Creative Technologies at University of Galway in July. XYZ Technical Art Services is a studio specialising in virtual art department services, virtual production, and concept development, based near Cologne in Germany.

Diego will be in residence in August, hosted by Cue One, with technical support provided by the University of Galway and Creative Technology (CT) Solutions. Diego is an architect who decided to change gears to 3D content creation back in 2016. From that moment he spent his time both teaching Unreal Engine as an official instructor for Epic Games and creating real time projects for cinema, broadcast and VR devices (

A key part of the residency programmes is to enable the sharing of skills, experience and expertise between our local creative communities, the research community, and the creative practitioners who are taking part in the programme. Cordula and Shay are offering a series of short sessions and workshops to share their experience and invite collaboration and discussion. All events are free to attend and include: 

  • Virtual Production Creative Residency: Open Studio – July 3
  • Workshop: Photogrammetry and the Virtual Art Department – July 3
  • Open Studio – Camera and Lighting Tests – July 5
  • Workshop: Lighting and Performance in Unreal Engine – July 9
  • Workshop: Unreal Engine for Visualisation – July 15
  • Workshop: Indie-friendly virtual production – how and why? – July 18 

All details on these workshops can be found here.

Diego’s workshops will be announced in the coming weeks.

How this project is funded

Galway Culture Company, which is supported by the Government of Ireland under the National Development Plan through the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.


This project will run through 2024.

Read the open call here. 

Read about the selected Virtual Production filmmakers in residence here.