Good news for East Cork’s creative community

Greywood Arts wants to put creativity at the heart of East Cork – and we are delighted to announce that our plans for an arts centre in Killeagh village are coming to fruition. We have raised 75% of the necessary funds to renovate a derelict coach house into a place where artists and the local community can connect, learn and explore the creative process. All going to plan, renovations will begin in January and we hope to open our doors in autumn 2021.

We are thrilled to announce the support of the LEADER Programme with the assistance of the South Cork LCDC, the Department of Rural and Community Development and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development in the amount of €167,614.46.  We are grateful to SECAD, who saw the potential for our project and guided us on the path to LEADER funding. We are also pleased to announce additional support of €20,000 from Cork County Council, and €60,000 from a charitable trust.

Just over a year ago we shared our vision for artist studios, an arts education room and a flexible event and exhibition space. With planning permission in place, we set our sights on raising the €365,000 needed to replace the roof, floors, doors and windows, add electricity, plumbing and heating, and restore the exterior with heritage materials. The exact age of the building is unknown, but it has been part of an estate since 1767, an RIC barracks, and a sawmill.

For anyone who would like to help place creativity at the heart of East Cork, we will be launching a crowd funding campaign this Tuesday, October 27tt at 11am, on the Irish platform Fund It. Our goal of €15,000 will go a long way towards putting a new roof on the coach house!

We believe meaningful experiences are made through creative engagement. Not only will our expansion allow us to offer ongoing arts classes for children, teens and adults – but will help us increase the scope of our community projects. We frequently collaborate with groups like the active retired, Fóroige, Scouts and local schools and have seen incredible outcomes from participation in our programmes. We believe exploring self-expression helps build self-confidence, as well as collaboration, communication and problem -solving skills. The coach house will also offer space for cultural events like literary readings, screenings, music and other live performances.

Now more than ever, the value of human connection is apparent, and we look forward to opening in a future where gathering in person will be possible once again. Set alongside the river Dissour, at the foot of Glenbower Wood, and adjacent to Greywood Arts’ artist residency and a one-acre walled garden, the coach house is an ideal place to get inspired, grow and become part of a creative community.