For Immediate Release:
An Arts Centre for Killeagh!
Greywood Arts to renovate derelict coach House into Creative Hub
Greywood Arts is delighted to announce their plans for a rural arts centre in Killeagh, East Cork. The not-for-profit group has identified the need for artist studios, arts educations space, and a flexible event and exhibition space to support the growth of their community programmes.
Greywood Arts opened as an artist’s residency in 2017 and has since brought nearly fifty writers, visual artists, musicians and performers from all over the world to the rural village of Killeagh. In addition to supporting artist development, their mission is to increase creative participation in their local community. Greywood Arts aims to make the arts part of daily life in Killeagh and East Cork by offering a range of cultural activities and opportunities for self-expression.
Artistic Director Jessica Bonenfant says: “The environment we cultivate starts with making people feel welcome and included. It’s a joy to see the participants in our cultural and educational programming making meaningful personal and group experiences. We want to help shape the cultural landscape of East Cork, and to do this to the best of our ability, we need more space! It’s exciting to be at the beginning of this new phase of our journey, and we wouldn’t be here without the tremendous support of the community.”
Greywood Arts plans to renovate a derelict village centre outbuilding into an arts centre and community creativity hub with two affordable, shareable artist studios for short or long term lease. The context offers rural artists a place to work where they can teach classes, exhibit their art and connect with other creatives. Establishing a dedicated arts education space will allow Greywood Arts to programme ongoing classes for all ages, workshops with visiting artists, as well as camps during school breaks. A flexible event space will be able to accommodate activities from rehearsals and performances to exhibitions, workshops, meetings and other events. The centre will be able to increase the number of literary readings, artist talks screenings and music events on offer, creating a hub for creative activities in the area.
The project has received planning permission and Cork County Council’s Arts officer, Ian McDonough, has expressed support for the endeavour. The organisers are hopeful regarding funding proposals made earlier this year with the assistance of SECAD and Cork County Council. However, the group will still need to raise approximately €75,000 to complete the renovations and open the coach house creative hub by 2021.
The adjacent Georgian house, where the artist’s residency is based, holds a significant presence in the streetscape. It is entered in the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage and located within the Architectural Conservation Area for Killeagh. The property’s rich history begins as family home, becoming an RIC barracks which was burned by the IRA in 1920. The now derelict coach house became a sawmill until the 1950s.
Increasing access to arts education is essential to developing the thinkers of tomorrow and is in line with the government’s Creative Ireland strategy. As well as developing creativity, arts education builds confidence and teaches transferable skills like problem solving, perseverance, collaboration, and communication. Creativity and the arts have an important role in an individual’s well-being through self-expression, and in larger society by providing ways to process the complexities of the world around us. Creating an inclusive and intergenerational place to gather, engage and exchange strengthens our sense of community.
Culture enthusiasts in East Cork are delighted to have access to the creative hub nearby, and Killeagh Village is strategically located in the centre of the district. It is easily accessible by public transport and nearby the future Midleton-Youghal Greenway. The project is a positive addition to the village centre.
Contact: Jessica Bonenfant
There will be a project unveiling and champagne reception at Greywood Arts on Saturday 24th August at 8pm. Discover Greywood Arts’ plans for the future, see the coach house renovation plans, learn about the property’s history and enjoy live music. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org essential.