The word 'Egin' in white over a photo  of water flowing down rocky mountain side

National Theatre Wales 

Egin was a two-week artist residency in response to climate change, curated and hosted by National Theatre Wales in partnership with Natural Resources Wales and with support from the National Trust and Snowdonia National Trust. It was held during July 2019 in Capel Curig, Snowdonia in North Wales.

Egin briought together Welsh and international artists from different artistic disciplines and all at different stages of their careers and connected artists with thinkers, with local communities, the natural environment and Wales’ cultural heritage. Egin took creative experimentation as its starting point, to inform new practice, imagine possible futures, and inspire sustainable approaches to living.

The British Council helped support international artist attendance at the residency and worked with their offices around the world to identify and support international artists to attend.

Running alongside Egin, LAND. MONEY. REBELLION. HOPE. was a series of informal curated discussions about some of the most pressing issues relating to climate change.

Find out more on the National Theatre Wales website. 

Find out more below about the Egin artists: 

Alison Neighbour

Alison is a scenographer working in theatre, dance, installation, and site specific environments. She transforms spaces and tells stories visually, aiming to use design to connect people and place, and give the audience agency. Her work includes text based, devised, and self-led projects. For 9 years Alison ran Bread & Goose, creating theatrical journeys for adventurous audiences.

Dave mangenner Gough

Dave mangenner Gough is a proud trawlwoolway man from north east Tasmania.

In 2019 Dave launched the Ten Days on the Island festival where he conceived, led and narrated mapali – Dawn Gathering. This took 1000 people, gathered on a beach, through a journey of ceremony and ritual. Dave currently has work on a permanent display at Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston, he was also a co-finalist in the Bay of fires art prize in 2018 and has been heavily involved in the protection of Aboriginal heritage sites across the state.

Dylan Huw

Dylan Huw is a Cardiff-based writer of fiction, essays and criticism. He holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from King’s College London and an M.A. in Visual Cultures from Goldsmiths. He has received commissions from Parthian, Jerwood Visual Arts, g39, British Council (Theatre and Dance) and ICoDaCo (International Contemporary Dance Collective) and has published criticism with Wales Arts Review, O’r Pedwar Gwynt and Barn among others.

Emily Laurens

Emily Laurens is a Welsh artist whose work integrates performance, ritual, visual and community art. Co-director of Feral Theatre, co-founder of Remembrance Day for Lost Species and community art co-ordinator at Oriel Myrddin Gallery, her work aims to question, challenge, reflect and debate the current ecological crisis and responses to it.

Joanna Wright

Joanna Wright is a Welsh artist/ filmmaker who makes work that crosses over between documentary, installation, analogue & digital platforms. Recent work includes the interactive/live documentary Two Itinerant Quilters (BBC / The Space) and a long-term documentary project Atomfa.

Jon Berry

Jon is a writer and artist working mainly in theatre and installation art. He is inspired by the small in the shadow of the large, making work which is wonky, textural and familiar.

Karen Owen

Karen Owen is a poet who has performed her work on five continents, and has her work translated to Spanish, English, Malayalam, Hindu and Lithuanian. She was awarded the Churchill Scholarship to travel to India, Colombia, Ukraine and South Africa to study strands of their bardic traditions. She spent six months living in a convent in Austria, when guest lecturer in Welsh Literature at University of Vienna.

Owain Gwilym

Owain is a contemporary music composer from Carmarthenshire West Wales, currently based in Stroud. His work focuses on themes of nature, landscape, and environmental crisis, explored through minimalism and process composition. Owain studied Creative Sound and Music at UWN, and an AHRC funded MRes in Creative Practice in 2016.

Rebecca Smith-Williams

Rebecca grew up in Aberystwyth and trained as an actress at RADA. She has worked widely in theatre and radio and is a founding member of Triongl who are an associate company at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. Rebecca is also a writer, and with Triongl makes new work for the stage.

Ruth Stringer

Ruth is a theatre designer and installation artist based in South Wales, where she trained at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Ruth is particularly interested in outdoor and site-specific performance: she takes inspiration from the surrounding environment and the history of an area to channel into her projects.

Vikram Iyengar

Vikram Iyengar is a dancer-choreographer-director and curator-presenter based in Calcutta, India, and working internationally. He is artistic director of Ranan and initiator of the Pickle Factory Dance Foundation. His diverse work in the field of performance revolves around the central tenet of creating deep connections with and through the arts.


Xenson (Samson Ssenkaaba) is a multi--‐media artist who interrogates contemporary issues through a synergy of; installations, videos, performance, poetry, fashion and paintings. Xenson’s work explores the concepts of identity and global circulation of culture against the contextual background of pre and postcolonial history and humanity’s obsessive tendency to hide behind facades, visible or invisible by intentionally creating a perceived aesthetic of flowers, patterning bright colors and masks around his otherwise unsettling subject matter; A phenomenon he calls ‘Obscured Identities’

Shehzad Shahriar Chowdhury

Shehzad Chowdhury is a multimedia artist and an independent curator based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He splits his time drawing and photographing his quest which he calls The Lotus Quest! He takes inspirations from mythology and nature. He initiates a certain art happening named Longitude Latitude at irregular intervals.