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Lasta: Meet our young curators

Our young curators for Lasta are Ailis Cross Gorman, a film artist from Inishowen and Fergal Lonergan, a third year drama student at Trinity College Dublin.

Lasta Young Curators Ailis Cross Gorman and Fergal Lonergan.

Ailis Cross-Gorman

Hello! I’m Ailís Cross-Gorman, a film artist from the tiny village of Muff, Co. Donegal which -contrary to popular belief- actually does exist. I say film artist, but I like to experiment with a range of practices including painting, installation, animation and filmmaking. I am also interested in poetry and sculpture and how art can bridge the gap between disciplines. For as long as I can remember I have had a flair for creating which can partly be attributed to my dad’s influence. My father is an oil painter by trade and has instilled in me a desire to communicate through imagery and an awareness of the significance a visual experience can have for people.

At University I studied Creative Arts and took modules in Fine Art, Film, Creative Writing and Theatre. This gave me a better understanding of the various creative disciplines and I discovered that despite their differences; the common goal of all artforms is to connect with people and to enrich our human experience by doing so, an ethos which has become central to my practice. Growing up surrounded by the stunning landscape of rural Ireland –and being away from it- has given me a deep appreciation for the beauty of the natural world and an innate desire to protect it, which has undoubtedly had an impact on my art and filmmaking.

My film ‘Freshly Clicked’ is an exploration of the effects of consumerism on the environment and was awarded ‘Best no Budget Film’ at the Wales International Film Festival and the ‘Northern Exposure Award’ at the ‘Disappear Here’ Film Festival in Ballyliffin, Co. Donegal. In my filmmaking practice I am interested in breaking away from traditional, narrative methods of filmmaking. Also central to both my filmmaking and curatorial practice is prioritising the immersive experience.


Fergal Lonergan

Eyo, I’m Fergal Lonergan. I like theatre and I don’t really like talking about myself so we’ll keep this brief.

I was born in Letterkenny about one year after the Grianán opened, and have since spent the better part of life in the building in some form or another. My theatrical career started in An Grianán Youth Theatre, and from there I’ve done bits and pieces for all kinds of shows over the years. I’ve performed in a couple of shows for the Earagail Arts Festival, such as An Grianán’s productions of Blackadder Goes Forth and The Selkie, both of which gave me the privilege of working with people far more talented than myself.

More recently I’ve resigned myself to more backstage roles such as stage management, tech and now I guess the wonderful world of programming. I’m currently studying Drama in Trinity College Dublin, where I’ve discovered I enjoy academic work quite a bit, focusing on digital form and application of theatrical phenomenology to video games. My hobbies include having questionable taste in games (lmao play moon) and machine knitting.

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Announcing Lasta – Young Curators Festival

Promotion image for Lasta festival shows a motion blurred image of a sparkler against a black background.

Lasta is an exciting arts programme curated by young people for young people in eight Nasc Network venues across Ireland

In a new innovative approach to programming, twenty-one young curators have been engaged by the Nasc venues to programme a festival of work for children and young people from 11th to 20th June 2021, delivering for the first time, a national arts programme curated entirely by young people.

Under the guidance of theatre artists Maisie Lee and Fionn Foley, these young people will work collaboratively to deliver an ambitious programme of work for young people across the country.

Featuring multiple disciplines and reflecting the diversity of modern Ireland, this pioneering project offers a unique opportunity to develop our future arts programmers and producers.

Lasta Young Curators Ailis Cross Gorman and Fergal Lonergan.

An Grianán’s young curators are Ailis Cross Gorman and Fergal Lonergan. As well as programming events especially for An Grianán, they will collaborate with the other young curators to help programme events to be shared across the eight partner venues. Fergal is a former member of An Grianán Youth Theatre and is currently studying Drama at Trinity College Dublin. Ailis is an award winning film artist from Inishowen with a BA in Creative Arts from Aberystwyth University. Find out more about our young curators here.


Lasta has evolved from a young curators’ programme originally created by the Backstage Theatre in Longford in 2020. That project engaged four young curators with an aim of giving young people a voice in programming at the venue. Such was the success of the project that in 2021 it was decided to expand the festival across all eight venues in the Nasc Network.

As part of this project, our young curators will also deliver events for children during Cruinniú na nÓg which this year will take place on Saturday 12 June.

Lasta promise to be a fresh, fun, diverse, accessible and exciting festival of events. Watch this space for future updates.

About NASC

Established in 2006, the Nasc Network is a partnership of eight venues who work together to present touring projects and share marketing and other areas of expertise.

The NASC Network Venues are An Grianán (Letterkenny), Backstage (Longford), Dunamaise (Port Laoise), Glór (Ennis), The Lime Tree (Limerick), The Pavilion (Dun Laoghaire), Siamsa Tíre (Tralee) and Town Hall Theatre (Galway).

Lasta is presented by NASC as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh.

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