Announcing the Inevitable Ether Residency Award

For the second year in a row, Greywood Arts and the National Space Centre are delighted to co-host visiting artists who engage with themes of outer space, technology, and speculative futures in their work for a residency project and exhibition in November 2022.  

We are thrilled to announce collaborators Emilia Tapprest and Valerie van Zuijlen as the recipients of the six-week residency which entails studio space at Greywood Arts and access to the NSC’s busy satellite groundstation campus. The artists captured our imaginations with their project Our Side of the Moon and its distinctive investigation of technology, communication and humanity. Their stunning collective aesthetic is underpinned by intellectual rigour contrasted with embodied approaches to understanding the world around (and beyond) us. 

Valerie and Emilia will use their residency to film and develop immersive and poetic scenes for their docu-fiction film project Our Side of the Moon. Their work and research will be showcased below the Big Dish at the National Space Centre as part of Space Fest November 18-20. Audiences will get a window into the artist’s practice through the use of multi-screen setups that map the mood and rhetoric of this particular moment in time in relation to space.  


Our Side Of the Moon

With over 150 applications, from 40 widespread countries, the selection process was incredibly competitive. The panel, consisting of Greywood and NSC staff, as well as artist Scott Gorham, were astounded by the breadth of engagement with space themes from artists around the world. 

The residency is named for Agnes Mary Clerke (1842-1907), an Irish astronomer and writer from County Cork, Ireland.

Through her quarter-century career, she became a leading commentator on astronomy and astrophysics in the English-speaking world. The lunar crater Clerke is named after her.

She was the author of Modern Cosmogonies, whose chapter “The Inevitable Ether” inspired the title of this award.

Alongside the Our Side of the Moon video installation will be collaborative works created by 100 young people from St. Fergals National School (Killeagh), Gaelscoil Mhainister na Corann (Midleton), and the Greywood Arts Youth Club that have participated in our STEAM programme. Facilitated by artist Roisín White, young people have learned  how both photographs and space telescopes use light to give us pictures of the past. The young artists have created photographic images that utilise morse code to project their questions for the universe into outer space. 

Bookings for weekend exhibition visits and tours of the NSC can be booked at

The exhibition opening on Friday November 18th is by invitation only. Please contact us at if you would like to request an invitation.