Best. Culture Night. Ever.

We had a blast last night hosting the Bureau of Surrealist Enquiries. A mix of families and adults came to learn about the Surrealist movement, make collages, play the collaborative exquisite corpse drawing and poem writing games, and to try blackout poetry. Once we got started there was no stopping us!

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We began by taking ourselves to 1920s Paris, and talking about how WWI turned everyone’s lives upside down. Since we process our world and our emotions through art, artists were ready to find new ways of thinking. Some of the things the surrealists valued were juxtaposing everyday objects in unexpected ways (the element of SURPRISE), mining their DREAMS for writing and drawing – not worrying about the logical, letting the IMAGINATION guide us, and letting the subconscious take the lead (FIRST THOUGHT, BEST THOUGHT). All the while, music by Surrealist era composers played in the background.

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We worked non-stop for over an hour!

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And then we unveiled our Collages & Exquisite Corpses:

Stopping for a Surreal Snack (the pop-rocks were unexpected!):

We read some wacky poetry:

And finished up with some group photos:

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Upcoming, and just gone…

We’re wading into the thick of September and the nights have begun to close in earlier. Where has the summer gone? It feels like it flew by, but looking back, it was quite full.

Read on for a re-cap of all the excitement August brought as well as upcoming events and residency opportunities. And check back Friday, as we have some exciting news to share. 

August kicked off with a concert and BBQ with the inimitable Clare Byrne and Brooklyn, NY band Ink the Octopus. You can read all about their gig here, which overlapped with photographer Aissa Lopez‘s residency.

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photo credit: ancientireland.org

We next hosted performer and theatre maker Noelle O’Regan – you may have spotted her leading the Cork Ghost Tour – as she developed nascent material. Noelle visited Killeagh’s Sheela-na-gig, an ancient carving linked to fertility that is said to ward off evil sprits, for inspiration.

On the 26th of August, we celebrated Heritage Week with a concert by Cork Baroque Players: Eimear Ready, Marja Gaynor, and Caitriona O’Mahony . The trio of cello and violins played beautifully, with snippets of information and anecdotes interspersed between the songs. A lovely way to spend a Saturday evening!

We also had the wonderfully wacky Lords of Strut here, fresh off a stint on Britain’s got Talent. Famous Seamus and Seantastic were rehearsing their hilarious new family show, Absolute Legends, in preparation for Dublin Fringe. We were so lucky to get invited to an open rehearsal, and even better – we got to extend that invitation to a few local Killeagh families that have been so supportive of Greywood Arts from the start.

Our next big event is a family drawing, collage and poetry workshop for families on Culture Night, Friday September 22nd. Let us know if you are planning on joining us for this fun evening!  CULTURE NIGHT POSTER

We are also quite excited to announce our new Winter Writing Residency Award, a competition to win a one-week residency between January and April 2018. Writers of short stories, plays and poetry are invited to submit unpublished works. An author from each category will be awarded cosy self-catering accommodation and private work space overlooking the Dissour River. At the end of each residency Greywood Arts will host an intimate reading in our library where writers can share their work. Deadline October 15th! Greywood Arts Writers Residency

Last, but not least, we are pleased to announce the start of East Cork Art Share – a monthly opportunity for makers of visual, performing, written, and musical arts to engage with each other. Come to Greywood Arts, enjoy a cuppa, and talk about your practice, your process and even the challenges you are facing. Share the projects you’re working on, gain feedback, network, and converse with fellow local artists.

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The Art Share is an informal meet-up where participants can shape the content to serve the needs of our community. We invite and encourage speakers, demonstrations, as well as hands on skill sharing. Help strengthen the already vibrant community of creatives spread throughout the eastern part of the county.

The first meeting will be Thursday October 5th from 7-9pm. All welcome.
Next meetings: November 9th and December 7th.