Residency Updates

Friday May 22nd:

Per the Irish government’s plan to reopen the country, we anticipate reopening to Ireland-based artists on the 20th July, 2020. As with all future plans, this is subject to change at the instruction of the government in response to Covid-19.

Facilities will receive a deep-clean ahead of reopening, and residents will be required to observe social distancing and health and safety protocols.

Presently, Ireland requires a 14-day quarantine for anyone arriving into the country from abroad. Duet o the shared kitchen and bathroom facilities, self-isolation is not something we can accommodate at Greywood Arts. We are uncertain when this requirement will be lifted and are in the process of contacting international artists with late summer residencies.

Monday March 30th:

At present, all residency and community programmes have ceased. The residency will remain closed through May 31st, at minimum. All residents have been contacted and we are doing our best to reschedule residencies.

We are continuing to accept applications for July – December 2020 on a rolling basis. 

Monday March 16th:

We at Greywood Arts feel it is in the best interest of our current residents and staff to postpone upcoming residencies through, at minimum, the 29th of March. Current resident artists are welcome to remain for the duration of their stay. We continue to implement best practices regarding cleanliness and hygiene.

Regarding residencies scheduled for April – we can only play things by ear and await government directives. We are keeping up to date with information as it becomes available. If your home country regulations or travel plans have affected April plans, please contact us as soon as possible.

We are committed to working with future visiting artists to reschedule all residencies.

Please contact us directly with any questions:

Saturday 14th March, 2020

Dear March & April Residents,

Amidst the uncertainty from the COVID-19 situation, I wanted to reach out. I hope you are all staying happy, healthy and safe!

All is well here at Greywood Arts, although we are implementing a few changes. As of now, we continue to operate the artist residency, but all classes and events open to the public are on hold at minimum through the 29th of March. Our weekly communal meals are also paused at present.

We will continue to stay abreast of government guidelines and respond accordingly.

So long as it is ok for Irish businesses to operate and public transport to run, we will welcome you. However, we ask everyone visiting to use their common sense: please do not arrive if you are feeling unwell. If you have a compromised immune system, we recommend you reschedule. Once here, practice good hygiene. Please review the following video from the HSE:

Per the government’s guidelines:

  • If you have a fever and/or a cough; you should stay at home regardless of your travel or contact history.
  • If you’ve returned from an area subject to travel restrictions – you should restrict your movement for 14 days

All people are advised to:

  • reduce social interactions
  • keep a distance of 2 metres between yourself and other people
  • do not shake hands or make close contact with other people where possible

We will be cleaning surfaces with frequent contact twice daily (e.g. door knobs, light switches, handrails) and ask that all residents use the disinfectant sprays provided. Please pay particular attention to bathroom and kitchen cleanliness.

With a maximum of 6 people resident at Greywood, we don’t feel a residency entails a high risk at this time. If you are unsure how the Coronovirus spreads, this video from he HSE is helpful:

We understand that each country has its own restrictions in place. If your travel plans have been affected, please let us know as soon as possible.

We want all of our residents to have a welcoming, positive experience that nurtures their creative practice. If you are unable to attend as planned, we will do our best to reschedule your residency.

Of course, this is an evolving situation and uncharted territory for most of us! Please feel free to reach out at any stage – we’re always happy to have a conversation. Meanwhile – stay safe!

Kind regards,

Jessica Bonenfant
Artistic Director