You’re Invited! Greywood Arts is Hosting a Birthday Party BBQ to Celebrate Five Years of Art, Creativity and Community.
Greywood Arts welcomes you to a sizzling summer BBQ as they mark five years of their artist residency programme and community events in Killeagh. Taking place on Saturday 9th July, 4 – 8pm, all are welcome to join the celebrations and enjoy an evening of live entertainment under the marquee at Greywood Arts. Free entry, no booking required, drinks and snacks will be available to purchase.
Adding to the fun, Cork-based band The Underscore Orkestra will be performing, bringing their blend of Balkan, Klezmer, Hot Jazz, Swing and Americana to the event, rain or shine. And partygoers can enjoy hands-on birthday themed crafts and tasty treats from the BBQ.
In addition to celebrating the past five years, Greywood Arts will launch their ‘Meaningful Conversations’ summer/autumn programme, which includes events and workshops that provide a space for meaningful and often difficult conversations to be explored through creative activities.
Party attendees will also get a sneak peek at Greywood Arts’ new Coach House arts centre, slated to open in early 2023. The Coach House, located adjacent to the existing Greywood Arts facility, will soon offer workspaces for local artists, a classroom to expand educational offerings such as afterschool art classes, and a flexible event space for exhibitions, workshops, and cultural events. This new space will enable Greywood Arts to significantly expand their creative programme and generate more opportunities for artists across East Cork and Ireland in the years to come.
Founded in July 2017 by cultural producer Jessica Bonenfant, Greywood Arts has hosted over 130 events and workshops and has welcomed more than 175 artists, 600 participants, 300 youths, and 5,600 audience members through its doors. With a strong belief that everyone has creative potential, and that rural areas deserve access to quality arts programming, the non-profit organisation continually works to bring artists and the East Cork community together.
Notably, in 2018, Greywood Arts revived the historic May Sunday Festival—a celebration of the creativity, history, and ecology of Killeagh—which they continue to facilitate, drawing hundreds of visitors each year. Greywood arts also regularly engage with their local community through school programmes; their local youth group was established in 2021, and more recently they coordinated a collaborative exhibition between a visiting artist, local East Cork schools and the National Space Centre, which saw 600 visitors.
Greywood’s Artistic Director Jessica Bonenfant says:
“It’s incredible to see how far we’ve come in such a short time. When we’re in the thick of it, it’s easy to forget what we have already accomplished by bringing artists from all over the world to Killeagh, and by providing a much needed space where artists and members of the local community can exchange ideas, build empathy, and discover a sense of belonging. It’s important to take stock of our impact thus far and to take the time to celebrate it with all of the people who make this work possible.”
Main St, Killeagh, Co. Cork
Saturday 9th July
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Free entry, no booking required, drinks and snacks will be available to purchase.
With thanks to the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and Cork County Council for their support through the Local Live Public Performance Scheme.