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.  


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. 



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.  


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.


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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


Blanche Godivier


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


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.”

Past May Sunday Festivals


Today would have been the third revived May Sunday Festival, a historical celebration in Killeagh which dates back to the 1830s. Due to the unusual times and for the safety of all our community, the festival had to be cancelled this year.

To celebrate the day and its traditions, we’ve been sharing suggestions of things you can do on your own: making lanterns, tying your wish to the Rag Tree, listen to the Dawn Chorus, go for a walk in the woods.

Here are a few of our photos which look back on festivals past, with music, dancing, games and fancy dress. Featured are festival programs dating back to the 1960s, with a charming look back at the Killeagh Streets. Last, we have the song ‘Old Glenbower’ composed and sung by Mary Pedder Daly.

We’re looking forward to the return of the festival next year in 2021- so watch this space!

Photo credit- Kara Sweeny 2019


This time last year, we were hosting the brilliant Julie Sue Fiscellafrom USA, who transformed old windows from Greywood Arts (made here when the building was used as a sawmill) into a stunning Meditation Space. Unveiled during the May Sunday Festival 2019, it was installed in Glenbower Wood for the summer.

In each lower window, Julie has painted a native Irish lichen, and the top panel shows the colour dye made from that variety. Each pane is laminated with a clear resin to preserve the artwork and fortify the glass.

Photo credit- Kara Sweeny 2019


Music, dancing, games and fancy dress

Photo credit- Kara Sweeny 2019






May Sunday 1975

May Sunday 1967



May Sunday 2018


A look back at the 2018 festival – the first organised by Greywood Arts, with the support of Cork County Council and in collaboration with many community groups: Killeagh Inch Community Council, The Monday Club, Historical Society, Scouts, Inch Fóroige, and more! Artist-led initiatives by Jessica Bonenfant, Lisa (Cahill) Cliffe, Carol Anne Connolly & Kara Sweeney. Video by Seamus Hegarty.

The Dawn Chorus

Mountain Photo Earth Hour Instagram Post


The first Sunday in May is International Dawn Chorus Day. As part of the May Sunday Festival last year, we were privileged to have the Killeagh Inch Parish Pastoral Council present a guided walk at sunrise with Pat Smiddy, teaching us to how to listen and identify the birds of Glenbower Wood.  It made for a beautiful morning, enjoying the grand procession of morning calls and bird song to begin the festival day.

As this year is a little different for everyone, we’d like to share an online guide to identifying some of the unique bird calls for your own walk in the woods – here

Here is a snippet of birdsong from Glenbower wood from our own walks

May Sunday Traditions

The Torch Light Procession

Today is Bealtaine, or May Day – which marks the beginning of summer. Historically, it was the day for moving animals to summer pastures and for the lighting of bonfires. A Torch Light Procession was part of May Sunday Festivals in the past, most probably a link to this Celtic celebration of light and fire.

In recent years, we would be preparing to make lanterns with the Scouts and other families in our community this afternoon. At twilight, with lanterns in hand, we would process up through Glenbower to the Metal Bridge. Passing through two bonfires for luck, we would tie a rag on the rag tree – making a wish for the year to come. Last year, storyteller Noelle O’Regan captivated us with Irish myths and tales.

This year has been different for everyone, and this afternoon is very quiet at Greywood. In the absence of our usual workshop, we’d like to share some online tutorials for lantern making with you.

Instead of gathering together, you might like to place your lanterns in the front window of your home, or hang them from a tree in your garden.

Here are two tutorials for how to make your own lantern:



The Rag Tree

Hawthorn Trees, Holy Wells and ties of good will

At the end of the Torch Light Procession, people were invited to add their well wishes to the Rag Tree. This is an old Irish Tradition, where a tree (usually a Hawthorn, Ash or Whitehorn) near a Holy Well is adored with ribbons or pieces of cloth. Each one is tied with the belief if someone has a problem, or is unwell, the wish will come true as the rag wethers away.

Glenbower wood is home to Fannin’s Well, nestled in a clearing accessed by a path near the Metal Bridge.

On your next walk in the wood, you might tuck a wee rag in your pocket and make a wish for the year ahead when you cross the Metal Bridge.

World Art Day 2020

For World Art Day 2020, here’s a look at some artworks gifted by previous residents as mementos of their stay.