Unexpected Spaces

Unexpected Spaces is the Autumn programme of public art at Greywood Arts, supported by Cork County Council & Creative Ireland in 2019. It includes a public-art focused residency and workshops for teens, adults and families.

We’re delighted to announce Robert Hais as the recipient of the Unexpected Spaces public art residency for 2019. His projection project Exitman will appear in Killeagh Village from October 11th – 16th. Previously iterations of the series have been seen in Sweden and Brooklyn, NY. Now, the animated Exitman comes to Killeagh as a bespoke work created in response to – and in dialogue with – the community.

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Public Art Res

Greywood Arts is delighted to introduce a new residency opportunity for artists with a public art practice. This one-month residency offers accommodation, workspace and materials to a visual or performing artist interested in exploring a public art project in the rural East Cork Village of Killeagh.

We anticipate applications for Unexpected Spaces 2020 will open in March 2020.


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 processes. 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 from Killeagh:

Some statistics about the area from the 2016 census:


The Brief:
Greywood Arts has been open for nearly two years, but what we do is still a mystery to some villagers. In Autumn 2019, we hope to increase the local impact of the artist residency, while supporting an artist working in the public sphere. The public art residency is one component of Unexpected Spaces, which will also offer workshops on street art for teens, yarn bombing for the active retired, and creating a public sculpture for families in September & October 2019. Unexpected Spaces has received support from Cork County Council and Creative Ireland.

While we are completely open regarding the theme, topic and medium, the project should be responsive to the setting and context of the village. We love connecting artists with our community members, and will help facilitate this.

We are looking for 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.
  • 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, or could take on another form that supports the artist’s practice or ties into the project (A potluck? A walk? A collaborative working day? Surprise us!)

To Apply:  Email submissions@greywoodarts.org by June 30th with the following:

Project Proposal (2 pages max) outlining:

  • The vision/concept
  • How the project responds to the site / engages the community
  • Your process – how will the ideas be approached? What are the practicals – how the project will be accomplished?
  • Impact the residency will have on your artist practice  
  • Workspace needs
  • Supports needed from Greywood Arts


  • Materials list & estimated materials cost
  • Of course you probably don’t know details of exactly what you’ll need at this stage, but include any information to help us assess the feasibility of the project here.

Artist Biography / Statement:

  • We want to know a bit about who you are, what you do, how you do it, and what your experience is.
  • Artists may apply with one other collaborator.

Work samples:

  • 1-3 samples submitted as links or attachments
  • Links to website and/or social media if applicable

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

The Practicals:
4-week Residency September 15 – October 15 2019 (There is some flexibility on dates but project must be completed in October).

Submission Deadline: 30th June 2019
Notification: 15th July 2019

Explore our website to see workspaces and accommodation.

Questions: We’re happy to chat with you! Email Jessica at create@greywoodarts.org or ring +353 83 8451750