Art Trail Open Call

Greywood Arts seeks 4 artists to create site-responsive installations or sculptures for an art trail in an ancient native woodland in East Cork.

The art trail is part of Killeagh village’s historic May Sunday Festival, which began nearly 200 years ago on the De Capell Brooke estate, which is now the community-owned Glenbower Wood. After a 20-year hiatus, Greywood Arts revived the festival in 2018. The first art trail came about in 2021 as a pandemic-safe way of hosting  the annual festival, which celebrates the creativity, history and ecology of Killeagh. Thanks to support from the Arts Council Festival Investment Scheme, we are delighted to bring back the extremely popular art trail in 2023. 

Glenbower, from the Irish “gleann-bodhar” or “Deafening Glen,” is named for the noise the Dissour River makes when rushing headlong in winter through the valley.  You can find out more about the volunteer managed woodland on their website:

Application Deadline: Sunday March 12th 11:59pm 
We hope to notify applicants by March 22nd.

Art Trail Dates: Saturday April 29-May 14, 2023 
Installation April 26-28.  . 

Artist fee: €800  inclusive of materials, paid in two installments (75% at contract and 25% on completion)
Travel contribution: €150 (paid at contract)

  • Artists will be supported in getting to know the woodland, connecting with the community, developing their ideas in conversation with the artistic director, and in the installation of their work.
  •  Artists will receive professional photographic documentation & a short video documentary will be made about the art trail. 
  • We anticipate thousands of visitors over the two weeks, and the festival will be widely promoted. 
  • Opportunity for an artist’s talk/panel discussion. 

Art Trail Vision:

  • Support artists in the creation of thoughtful & thought provoking artworks or experiences that respond sensitively to the woodland and invite audiences to think & feel deeply. 
  • Imaginatively unite visual art with a place full of natural beauty & heritage. 
  • Create an immersive & interactive experience for the viewer.
  • Help people familiar with the wood see it in new ways.
  • A do no harm/leave no trace ethos. 
  • Use of natural materials and found objects encouraged. 
  • Themes of ecology, land ownership, placemaking and reflection/meditation feel particularly relevant, but we  invite a sense of play in your approach and welcome all imaginative proposals. 

Emerging artists are encouraged to apply, and we welcome collaborative or interdisciplinary work. Artists must be based in Ireland. 

2022 festival:

2021 Art Trail:


You will be asked to fill in a google form with the following information: 

About You: Help us get to know you and your work.

  • Contact info, website & socials if used to showcase your art practice. 
  • Bio & work samples:
    • Tell us about your artist practice. Highlight your relevant experience and tell us about work you’re proud of. (3,000 character limit, approx. 500 words max).
    • CV (optional) 
    • 3 Work samples. We want to get to know your artistic voice.  Show us your best work and demonstrates the skills you will use if your project is selected. 
    • Work samples should be uploaded as 1 PDF file.

Proposal: Tell us about your idea. (3,000 character limit, approx. 500 words max).

  • What do you want to do? How will you approach engaging with place? 
  • We know the work will evolve and change once you visit the wood and are responding directly  to the site.
  • Help us understand how you think and make. What impact do you hope the work will have?

Feasibility:  How will you deliver your project within the timeframe and resources? (800 characters / approx.150 words max.)

Questions? Contact

The  art trail is supported by the Arts Council Festival Investment Scheme. The May Sunday Festival is supported by Cork County Council.