Unexpected Spaces

We are delighted to announce the recipients of the 2020 Unexpected Spaces Public Art Residency award, Blanche Godivier & Lucie Lesclauze. Find out more about the Turfu Project.

Turfu Project

Calling all artists with a public art practice!

*** Greywood Arts recognises the significant impact that COVID-19 has had on our artistic community. In response to the disruption it has had on applicants, we have extended the open call deadline for Unexpected Spaces until 22nd April. All applicants will be notified by 29th April. ***

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Greywood Arts is awarding a four week residency 22 August – 20 September to support development of a public art project in the rural East Cork village of Killeagh. The residency provides accommodation, workspace, project support and a stipend of €1,500 to a visual, performing, multi-disciplinary or other genre of practicing artist whose project is experienced in the public realm. This year, the residency precedes Ireland’s nationwide Culture Night (September 18th) and we hope to celebrate the public art project that evening.

The Brief:
Unexpected Spaces aims to support an artist working in the public sphere while increasing access to art in the community of Killeagh. The artwork created during the residency should be situated or presented in the public sphere, or should be viewed from a public space. The public art residency is one component of the project, which will also offer public art themed workshops for different community groups. Unexpected Spaces is made possible by support from Cork County Council.

This year, Unexpected Spaces will tie into Culture Night, Ireland’s annual all-island public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts on Friday, 18th September. https://culturenight.ie/

While we are completely open regarding the theme, topic and medium, the project should be responsive to the setting and context of the village.

Greywood Arts is a welcoming place for creative projects and community engagement. We are part artist residency and part creative hub for the village.  Our mission is to create meaningful experiences, strengthen our sense of community, and help people connect with their innate creativity. We support professional artists in their inquiries, and encourage dialogue and sharing around artistic process. We also aim to make the arts accessible to the people in our locality and believe creativity and culture are for everyone.

Killeagh Village is a typical Irish rural village, situated beside the beautiful Glenbower Wood. With a population of approximately 900, the village contains shops, pubs (including one of the oldest Thatched roof pubs in the country), a hardware shop, a pharmacy, salons and garages. There is a Catholic Church, an old and a new cemetery, and a community hall. Hurling is a very popular sport, and the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) is very active. The Main Street is an Architectural Conservation Area, with a lot of Georgian era buildings.

  • National Inventory of Architectural Heritage – buildings in Killeagh: here.
  • Some statistics about the area from the 2016 census:
    Census 2016

We are seeking a proposal that:

  • Has a strong vision and connection to the artist’s established practice.
  • Will engage and impact viewers.
  • Has significant visibility in the village. It should be situated in, or be able to be experienced from, public space.
  • Considers the safety of the artist and public.
  • Considers the environmental impact of the work – we encourage the use of recycled or natural materials and appreciate sensitivity to the future of the materials (e.g. will they end up in a landfill?)

The residency will include an opportunity for the artist to engage in dialogue with the public. This might be an artist talk, informal meet up, or could take on another shape that supports the artist’s practice or ties into the project (A potluck? A walk? A collaborative working day? Surprise us!)


  • Appropriate workspace for the project.
  • A private room for accommodation, with access to shared communal spaces.
  • A €1500 stipend to cover materials and living expenses, allocated at the artist’s discretion.
  • Greywood serves as a link between artists and our community, and can help facilitate connections between artists and locals, all well as assist in sourcing materials or other resources.
  • Project marketing and PR by Greywood Arts.

The Practicals:

  • Four-week Residency, 22 August – 20 September (There is some flexibility on dates but project must launch on Culture Night, 18 September).
  • Submission Deadline: Wednesday 8th April 2020 22nd April 2020
  • Notification: 15th April 2020 29th April 2020
  • Explore our website to see workspaces and accommodation.
  • Questions: We’re happy to chat with you! Email Jessica at create@greywoodarts.org

Apply online here: https://forms.gle/CuL1j8yKPoUwXFJS7

The application has three sections:

  1. Contact information
  2. Project Proposal outlining your vision, howe the project responds to the site and/or engages the community, what your process will be, and what your practical needs are.
  3. About You – We want to know a bit about who you are, what you do, how you do it, and what your experience is. You must submit 2-3 work samples.

Selection Process:
Applications will be reviewed against the above criteria by a panel consisting of Greywood Arts’ artistic director, a Greywood Arts board member, a local resident and an artist whose practice has a community/public component.


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Greywood Arts welcomed Swedish artist Robert Hais. His projection project Exitman was created in response to – and in dialogue with – the community. It reflected his perceptions of the area, incorporated villagers in the motion capture for the animation, and was projected on the historic old mill building the village centre from October 11th – 16th. Previous iterations of the Exitman series have been seen in  Stockholm and Brooklyn – and now, Killeagh!

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Unexpected Spaces 2019 included the following workshops:

  • Yarn Bombing – Led by Elizabeth Stepney Power and free for the Monday Club Active Retired Group, we learned basic crochet skills and yarn bombed the village centre.
  • Street Art – A workshop for teens covering pasteables and large format stencils.
  • Framing the Landscape – A family workshop based on works by Robert Hais that played with how we look at the world around us and resulted in an installation piece in the village.

Unexpected Spaces is made possible through the support of Cork County Council’s Arts Grant and Creative Ireland. 

Cork County Council Logo 2015