Podcast Feature: Greywood Arts on The Arts House

“What have hidden rooms, a German piano, Arboreal Book Club, the Irish National Space Centre, a Swedish film company, a dancer, a heron, five hens, a typewriter and a mischievous goat got in common?” We’ll give you a hint: it starts with Greywood and ends with Arts.

Greywood Arts is thrilled to feature on a recent episode of The Arts House with Elmarie Mawe. Last week Elmarie paid us a visit and was treated to a tour of Greywood by our Artistic Director Jessica Bonenfant. Jess shared a little about Greywood’s history, current projects and hopes for the future, including news of the current Coach House renovation. With a guest appearance from current artist in residence, actor and writer, Paul Layton.

Take a listen to hear about the unique creative spaces within Greywood’s main 18th century house which welcomes visiting artists in residence alongside members of the local community throughout the year. Many of our upcoming workshops also get a mention, including our August 11th Arboreal Book Club meeting and Wednesday Craft & Cuppa open studio sessions to name a few.

If you fall in love with Greywood at first listen, there are many ways in which you can get involved. Join us at our upcoming workshops and events – check out our current Meaningful Conversations summer/autumn programme here to see everything we have on offer. For Artists, we have an excited funded opportunity: The Inevitable Ether – A Residency Award from Greywood Arts & the National Space Centre which is now accepting applications. Our 2023 Creative Process Residency is also now accepting applications on a rolling basis.

Elmarie Mawe presents The Arts House on Cork’s 96fm — The latest news and reviews from the worlds of Theatre, Cinema, Showbiz & Literature. Listen in on Sundays, 8-10am.

Greywood Arts 5th Birthday BBQ!

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.

The Coach House at Greywood Arts, slated to open in early 2023.

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.” 

Event Details:

Greywood Arts 

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.

Artist Spotlight: Lauren Gardner

Greywood Arts recently had the pleasure of hosting biophilia inspired interior designer Lauren Gardner (Minnesota, US) in residence for a number of weeks.

Lauren Gardner’s most inspiring experiences in her career have been when a project has had the opportunity to bring a group of people together to share the aspirations they have for their community and work together to frame those ideas into design prompts for her design team to create solutions around.

An associate with MSR Design, Lauren actively thinks about the intersectionality of the end users within any space and how they can have shared experiences that build community relationships. She wants all users to feel supported and welcomed in their environments and have barrier-free experiences in any space they use.

Alongside this work, Lauren researches sustainable products and healthy materials as part of the firm’s initiative to design spaces that benefit the overall health of the people who use them, as well as the environment.

An active member of the International Interior Design Association (IIIDA), Lauren recently joined the national IIDA office’s newly created Equity Council, focused on developing initiatives to increase the representation of identified historically underrepresented design professionals; creating anti-racist and anti-bias policies, goals, and objectives; and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is also the current vice president of advocacy for the IIDA Northland Chapter.

Lauren has kindly shared the following words about her time in Greywood Arts:


“After years of non-stop work in the commercial design industry, my residency at Greywood Arts provided an experience for me to reconnect with my creative curiosities in new and liberating ways.

The experience felt genuinely empowering from day one to practice and make at my own pace (or relearn how to), always with the encouragement and support of artistic director Jessica Bonenfant and the other multidisciplinary visiting creatives.

Having the community supported, trans-disciplinary living experience at Greywood, getting to deeply familiarise myself with both flora and fauna of Glenbower Wood, as well as touring the country at large, I found I had a renewed connection with the intentions behind my craft, finding value and confidence once again in my ideas, exploring materials and rabbit-holing curiosities in unique ways I may otherwise have not identified.”

Click here for more information on our creative process residency.

May Sunday Festival Get involved!

We are so thrilled to have Killeagh’s historic May Sunday Festival back in full swing for 2022! We are currently working on programming the annual celebration which will take place in Glenbower Wood, at Greywood Arts and other sites throughout the village from April 30th – May 2nd. 

As you may know, this is a community festival which began nearly 200 years ago. Since its revival in 2018 the festival celebrates the history, ecology and creativity of the locality. In the spirit of this, we are writing to invite you to participate in this year’s festivities.

It’s time to get your imaginations going and your creativity flowing! We invite you to propose an event, walk, talk, art installation, or other interactive experience for the 2022 festival. With the success of last year’s Art Trail, your group might be feeling inspired to create a piece of artwork to place in the wood. We would love you to create something that represents your community group/ school/ class, as well as paying homage to the history of The May Sunday Festival, Killeagh/Inch, Bealtaine, or the unique and special environment of Glenbower Woods. 

Greywod Arts is planning the following: 

Friday evening – May Bush Making Workshop 

Saturday – Art + Craft Market, Nature Writing Workshop, Maija Sofia folk music event

Sunday – Open Air Dance & picnic, Walkabout Performers 

Sunday evening – music in local pubs

Monday – Litter Pick in Glenbower

Plus more TBA!

All events will be publicised in the May Sunday Festival Programme which is distributed to all village centre houses and businesses, and through Greywood’s social media channels. Bookings for events that require pre-registration must be managed by the organising group. Any fees charged for events must be nominal and in the spirit of accessibility. Contributions toward the cost of promotion and insurance are appreciated. 

Events and artworks must not damage any of the natural environment of the woodland.  The festival believes in the ethos of Leave No Trace. 

If you’d like to participate, we would love to invite you for a brainstorming session or a walk in Glenbower wood, where we can look at potential locations for your proposal. Greywood Arts is happy to provide support to groups coordinating events / artworks and will work with you to ensure you are set up for success. 

Please let us know of your intent to host an event by March 25th.

Contact us to schedule a site visit / brainstorming session! 

Event details must be confirmed by April 1st for inclusion in print materials. 

Create@greywoodarts.org / 083 845 1750 

We look forward to hearing your ideas!

Construction Begins on Coach House Project

“To finally break ground after years of planning and delays is thrilling. We are a huge step closer to our dream of a thriving arts centre that will help shape the cultural landscape of East Cork, and we couldn’t have done it without the tremendous support of the community!”

Jessica Bonenfant Coogan, Founder of Greywood Arts.

The much anticipated construction has begun on the Coach House renovation project at Greywood Arts, after delays experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Niall Guerin Construction broke ground on the project in January this year, and the renovation is scheduled to be completed by January 2023.

The 158 square meter Coach House is an outbuilding constructed over 250 years ago. Originally built by the Davis family, the Coach House became an RIC barrack in the late 19th century, and was then used as a sawmill producing doors, windows, and timber cart wheels from the 1920s through to the 1950s.

Derelict for decades, it will now soon offer:

  • Workspaces for local artists
  • A classroom to expand educational offerings such as after school art classes for children
  • A flexible event space for exhibitions, workshops, and cultural events such as literary readings, film screenings, and musical performances.

We’ll keep you updated as construction progresses, meanwhile, keep an eye on our Instagram for some behind the scenes content!

Writing workshop filling fast!

We are so delighted to be working with frequent Greywood Arts resident, Elizabeth Murray, on a 4-part writing workshop that is great for beginners or anyone who is struggling with focus and needs a bit of support in a friendly environment. If you’re interested, this is the last week to register!

A kickstart writing workshop designed to help generate ideas, spark enthusiasm, and increase confidence as you translate your ideas onto the page. Through writing exercises, writing samples and prompts, and open discussion, you will start to build a body of ideas and drafts while collecting writing tools that will help further your work. This workshop focuses on getting your ideas out and words on the page, so will not require you to share your work aloud with other participants.

Click here to book: https://greywoodarts.company.site/Get-Writing-with-E-R-Murray-p312121217

Registration open until April 2nd .

Elizabeth Rose Murray writes for children, young adults, and adult audiences. Her books include the award-winning Nine Lives Trilogy and Caramel Hearts. Recent anthology and journal publications include The Elysian: Creative ResponsesReading the FutureAutonomyPopshots, Banshee, Terrain, Not Very Quiet, Ropes, and Tiny Essays. She lives in West Cork, Ireland.

www.ermurray.com Twitter: @ERMurray Facebook: ERMurray.Author

Space Waste in the Spotlight

Announcing the partnership between Greywood Arts & the National Space Centre

Cork organisations collaborating on a project to turn space refuse into sculpture 

 Jessica Bonenfant Coogan, Artistic Director at Greywood Arts Centre, poses with a 20m scrapped satellite antenna at the National Space Centre. 

Ireland’s National Space Centre (NSC) has announced its inaugural Artist in Residence programme in conjunction with Greywood Arts, offering a sculptural artist the chance to work with space technology debris. The partnership was announced to mark Global Community Engagement Day, celebrated on 28 January. The two organisations are Cork neighbours, with the NSC located in Elfordstown just outside Midleton, and Greywood Arts in the nearby village of Killeagh.  

“Greywood Arts is centred around the idea of artists and community coming together to explore the creative process,” said Jessica Bonenfant Coogan, Greywood’s Artistic Director. “Having the National Space Centre in our area means we can offer this exceptional opportunity for an artist to utilise unusual materials to create art that investigates reuse.” 

The decommissioned 13-meter EU-5B4 dish, which transmitted billions of gigabytes of communications data to satellites orbiting Earth prior to being dismantled.  Pieces have been preserved specifically for the Greywood Arts Artist in Residence programme.  

“We’re excited to share space communications components including circuit boards, assemblies and data subframes with a sculptor, as well as preserved panels from our recently dismantled 11-metre EU-5B4 dish,” explained NSC CEO Rory Fitzpatrick. “The decommissioned dish is a great example of the kinds of space sector refuse being generated as technology accelerates. This residency is a chance to cooperatively re-purpose what we can’t recycle and see what emerges creatively from space waste.” 

The residency will see the selected artist on site at the NSC, collecting materials and investigating the other-worldly campus environment, before returning full-time to Greywood to begin a sculptural piece. It will conclude with an exhibition of the completed work at the end of the year, open to the public and planned to take place at the National Space Centre.  

A call for artists will be made in the spring and interested sculptors can sign up for Greywood’s newsletter at https://greywoodarts.org/ to be notified when submissions open.  


ABOUT THE NATIONAL SPACE CENTRE 

The National Space Centre (NSC) is Europe’s most westerly teleport and Ireland’s only commercial ground station. Opened as Elfordstown Earthstation in 1984 at a cost of IR£8M (€25M today), the facility celebrated ten years of operation as the NSC in 2020. The company provides commercial broadcast services, ground control support for satellites and space craft, academic research partnerships and space industry consulting. The NSC’s co-located Space Campus is home to more than a dozen Irish space startups and EU-headquartered space enterprises. 

https://nationalspacecentre.eu

ABOUT GREYWOOD ARTS 

Set in an historic Georgian house in the centre of Killeagh Village, Greywood Arts fosters creativity from the heart of East Cork. Since its 2017 founding, Greywood has hosted over 100 artists-in-residence from all over the world. Greywood also organises community art projects, programs cultural events, and offers educational workshops.  

https://greywoodarts.org/

In their words…

Members of our community share why they would like to see Greywood Arts achieve our fundraising target and convert a derelict coach house into an arts centre for East Cork.

CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT OUR FUNDIT.IE CAMPAIGN!

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Clockwise: Josephine Jakobi (artist-in-residence 2019), Ryan Mihaly & Karolina Zappal (writers-in-residence 2018), the Power family, Sheila McGovern (Greywood Board of Directors), Naimh (project participant), Helen Kennedy (project participant), Lisa Cliffe (teaching artist). 

Click here to watch the videos!

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! www.fundit.ie

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.

Artists Announced! Unexpected Spaces Public Art Residency

Greywood Arts is delighted to announce the award of the Unexpected Spaces Public Art Residency to French choreographers Blanche Godivier and Clarisse Mialet!

Together, they will create an interactive outdoor performance about the Future! Engaging with children and adults in the community, they will explore how residents of Killeagh think our world might change in the future- the earth, animals, and the daily life of mankind: How could we evolve? Will animals look the same? Would you move to outer space? The resulting conversations will be translated through movement and improvisation into multiple bold and surprising scenarios.

The selection panel was enchanted by the wildly imaginative proposal and impressed by Blanche and Clarisse’s vivacious energy. We also appreciate how this playful format can be used as a springboard for discussing more serious and pressing questions around conservation and sustainability. The artists believe a sustainable approach to creating is a necessity, and will be utilising recycled materials to build costume and scenic elements.

We are hopeful the residency can go ahead as planned, with performances taking place on Culture Night in September – but of course this depends on the lessening of travel restrictions. We promise to keep everyone posted when we confirm the dates – and meanwhile we look forward to the fresh perspective Blanche & Clarisse will bring to Killeagh!


Thank you!

We truly appreciate the work that goes into designing a submission, and it was a privilege to review this years applications. This year we saw an incredible range of ideas, imagination, and inventive ways of engaging the public from applicants across 24 countries. With over seventy-five submissions and only one residency award, the selection process was very competitive.

Below is a list of artists who made the short list for this year- Well done!

Jarek Lustych
Thomas Buckley
Carel Lanters
Mary Cooke
Janet Botes
Daniel Tollady
Freya Gabie
Nada Almergawi
Susan Herrera
Vitaliy Agapeyev
Instant Dissidence
Mabel Vicentef
Marta Romani and Karl Logge
Bas Peeters


BIOS OF BLANCHE GODIVIER AND CLARISSE MIALET

Blanche Godivier

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Blanche Godivier started her education in France at the Regional Conservatory of Angers, where she studies ballet. She continues studying in this field at National Superior Conservatory of Lyon and then within a contemporary and ballet dance bachelor at the National Superior School of Marseille, where she discovers her attraction for creation in dance. After that she joined the dance company Introdans, in The Netherlands, where she had the occasion to perform in the pieces of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Jiri Kylian, Lucinda Childs, Karole Armitage and Nils Christie. Once back in France she followed a Drama Arts curriculum and started a bachelor in Nordic Studies at Sorbonne Université Paris. She launches at that time her early works and projects as a choreographer. She creates then several pieces, mostly collaborating with other artists from different fields.

“I met Clarisse Mialet a few years ago, randomly at an open dance class. Some time after, she left for Italy, and only a few years later we met again, both of us were back in Paris. Talking about the experiences we had, we naturally thought about working together. Pretty quickly came up the idea of the future, and the desire to question this notion we are all part of.”


Clarisse Mialet

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Clarisse Mialet, born in France, just turned 25 and has been dancing for the past twenty years. She started her education in Paris Regional Conservatory and at Atelier-Rudra Béjart school in Switzerland. She then moved to Italy to study contemporary dance at Art Factory International. There she met her future partners and together they founded the dance collective Kittyking. The artistic approach they develop mixes introspection with singular atmospheres. The team is based in Zurich, and has been touring since 2018 in festivals in Berlin with the Swiss collective Extraleben.

“Back in 2016 I met Blanche Godivier in an open dance class. We lost contact for some years. When we met again in 2019, I realized that somehow our path were quite aiming for the same direction, that we shared a history because how similar our choices were. It was a good time for us to start thinking and searching together. And what was the first thing that came out? Future. Because of where we were in our lives, because of our generation, because of the global crisis. It had to be the future.”