Greywood Arts is creating a rural arts centre for East Cork.
We're raising funds to transform a derelict coach house in the centre of Killeagh village into:
- A learning space for art classes and workshops
- Studios for local artists
- A large flexible space for cultural events and exhibitions
Growing our space will also increase the scope of our community programmes, where we collaborate with groups like the active retired, Scouts, Foróige, and local schools.
We plan to begin renovations in January, and hope to open the doors of the coach house in September 2021.
The overall cost of the project is €365,000. We're delighted to say the renovation is 75% funded thanks to the generous support of LEADER, Cork County Council, and a charitable trust, plus our own investment. The €15,000 raised here will go a long way towards putting a new roof on the arts centre!
The exact age of the coach house is unknown, but it was part of the Davis family estate from 1767, used by the Royal Irish Constabulary a century later, and from the 1920s-50s it was home to a sawmill. We need to renovate the interior, replace the roof, add plumbing, heating and electrics. We are in an Architectural Conservation Area, so we'll restore the exterior using lime render, sash windows and timber doors.
Since 2017, Greywood Arts has hosted
- over 100 artists
- 40 live performances, in-progress sharings, readings, screenings and events
- 35 workshops
- 7 exhibitions
- 4 Culture Nights
- 2 May Sunday Festivals
- 2 public art projects
- 2 issues of a journal about creativity
Our Artistic Director Jessica Bonenfant has an excellent track record for delivering on projects. She brings her background in performance and arts administration, plus a passion for the creative process, to the project. Greywood has an active and involved board whose relevant skills in finance, law, fundraising and education guide the organisation toward success.
Your support helps us show that the community is behind the development of the coach house. Our success with crowdfunding will help us secure additional patronage and business sponsorship. As we plan to begin renovations in January, time is of the essence!
We're crowdfunding because we believe it truly takes a village to get a project like this off the ground. We've set a high target because many of our planned fundraising events can't go ahead with Covid-19 - but we know we can count on you to help!
Your contribution shows you believe that creativity belongs at the heart of East Cork. We're so grateful for your support in creating a truly special place where the community can come together to explore creativity, learn and make meaningful experiences.
We couldn't do it without you!
Photos by Sarah Kate Photography