105% Funded


Target: €15000


€15,885 Raised


201 Funders

An Arts Centre for East Cork

By Greywood Arts


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



It's happening - thanks to you!

I am delighted to share that the much anticipated coach house arts centre renovation has finally started after numerous pandemic related delays. Niall Guerin Construction recently began work on the project, and the facility is expected to be open by January 2023.


To finally break ground after years of planning and delays is thrilling. We are a huge step closer to our dream of a thriving arts centre that will help shape the cultural landscape of East Cork. And we couldn’t have done it without the tremendous support of our community!



The 158 square meter Coach House was constructed over 250 years ago and was left derelict for decades. Once an RIC barrack in the late 19th century, and then a sawmill producing doors, windows, and timber cart wheels from the 1920s through to the 1950s, it will soon offer workspaces for local artists, a classroom to expand educational offerings such as afterschool art classes for children, and a flexible event space for exhibitions, workshops, and cultural events such as literary readings, film screenings, and musical performances.


We are so excited, and again want to THANK YOU for helping make this dream a reality.


With sincere gratitude,


Jessica Bonenfant

Artistic Director


We did it!


We reached our target of €15,000 to put a new roof on the coach house and enabling us to turn it into an arts centre for East Cork - WAHOOOO! 


We couldn’t have done it with out you - all 194 people who pledged your support - you are amazing! We’re so happy to know you value creativity and community, just like we do. 


We'll be in touch over the next few weeks regarding rewards.



If you're visiting our Fund It page for the first time - it’s not too late to support! 


Thre are less than 24 hours to pledge, and many of our fab rewards are still available (sorry folks, goat on a tote is sold out, but there are 2 spots left in Advice from a Curator) so don't delay. 


Even with hitting our crowdfunding target, we still have a €60,000 shortfall in our overall project budget of €365,000. Any funds over the €15,000 are still much needed and will go toward the renovation. HOW FAR CAN WE GO BEFORE 10AM TUESDAY???


Again, THANK YOU for the incredible support - it warms our hearts to know so many of you appreciate the work we’re doing to create a welcoming space where artists & the community can come together to explore creative process, grow and discover a sense of belonging. 


with gratitude,

Jessica & the Greywood Arts Team


Join us for a Virtual Tour

We'll be doing a virtual tour of the Coach House on Instagram Live tomorrow, Wednesday November 24th, at 10:30am Irish time. 

If you can't take a tea break to tune in then, never fear - we'll be uploading the replay on our social media later that day. 

We have only 6 days left to hit our target! 

We're just over €4,000 away from our goal - can we do it???

We believe we can.

As of right now 126 people have expressed their support for our project - and we are deeply grateful to them. 2020 has show us just how vital a vibrant community is, and we think we can count on ours to get us over the line. 

Just imagine a time in the future when we can all get together at the arts centre & celebrate! 

In their words...

As we head into the last 10 days of our campaign here on Fund It, I wanted to share a series of videos from members of our community. It's incredible to see how our work over the past three years has touched so many people.

We are wowed to see we have nearly 100 supporters here so far, but it's going to take many more than that to reach our ambitious goal! 

Please help us amplify our voice by sharing the link to our FundIt page.  

Click the link below to watch the videos and hear our supporters share what Greywood means to them, in their own words.  

In Their Words - Why Greywood Supporters Want to See an Arts Centre for East Cork

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). 

Rewards for YOU!

Wow - a milestone day - we've made it to 50 funders and it's incredible to know that this is just the tip of the iceberg! 

Today we wanted to share more details of our rewards for our fabulous donors! 

For €20 you can select the Greywood Tote, for €25 the limited edition Goat on a Tote by artist Sarah Randall, or for €30 the Greywood Notebook. Of, if you can't decide, get both a Greywood tote, notebook and postcard in the I LOVE GREYWOOD Bundle for €75. 

These are mock ups of the designs, so actual colours and palcement may vary slightly as we collaborate with the production company. 

One of our most special rewards is a Leaf on the Tree of Gratitude. 

Donors of €100 will receive their name (or name of choice) stamped onto a handcrafted porcelain leaf plaque to commemorate our thanks for your support in renovating the coach house into an arts centre. Made by local ceramicist Susan Herlihy of Craftyhands studio fame, the leaves will be installed on a wall in the new arts centre, becoming part of the fabric of the building. Visitors will be able to find their name on the tree for generations to come - what a wonderful legacy! 

We also have some brilliant opportunities for Creative Mentorship!


In addition to a special version of the Reconnect with your Creativity online course, we have a Creative Consult for Writers and Advice from a Curator. 


Whether you’ve strayed from a once steady creative practice or are taking the plunge trying something new, the Reconnect with your Creativity course (€150) will support you as you (re)discover what gets you excited about creative making.

Limited to 12 places! And anyone who donates by Nov 15 will get an extra 45-minute 1-to-1 Zoom session to help you strategise your creative practice post-course. Also makes a great holiday gift!

The sessions will include exercises for looking inward, for playful creating, and for working together while apart. Discussion will be framed in a non-judgmental way to help the group build trust and camaraderie with other. We might write, sketch, stitch, scavenge, doodle, meditate, or take photos. Materials will be easy to source - you probably already have most of them lying around the house. There will be tasks to do between meetings to keep your creative brain engaged.

The course meets virtually, via Zoom, for 6 1.5 hour sessions in January/February (time TBD with participants). They will be facilitated by Greywood’s Artistic Director, Jessica Bonenfant. Jessica is passionate about the creative process and dabbles across disciplines. She has a background in dance, improvisation, and directing, but also enjoys lino block printing and needle felting. As a teacher and facilitator, she has worked with children, teens and adults – beginners through professional.

Creative Consult for Writers (€200)
A one-hour virtual consultation with writer-in-residence E.R. Murray. A great chance to get advice about writing, agents, publishing or other industry questions. https://ermurray.com/


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 Responses, Reading the Future, Autonomy, Popshots, Banshee, Terrain, Not Very Quiet, Ropes, and Tiny Essays. She lives in West Cork, Ireland. 


www.ermurray.com Twitter: @ERMurray Facebook: ERMurray.Author


Advice from a Curator (€125) is a virtual gathering with 2019 artist-in-residence, curator Clare Patrick limited to 6 participants. She will discuss compiling a portfolio for exhibition proposals, tips on finding the right gallery, advice around pricing work and how to work well with a curator.


Clare Patrick is a curator and artist from Cape Town, South Africa. A recent graduate of the University of Sussex with an MA in Art History, her curatorial practice is grounded in encouraging international collaborations and connections. She has curated exhibitions and presented workshops across South Africa, in the UK, France, Ireland and Morocco. She was brought on board as the Art Director for the first edition of No! Wahala Magazine, a publication focused on highlighting and celebrating contemporary African photography. Currently working in collaboration with L'AiR Arts Residency, Clare is the curator of Site Visit, an ongoing exhibition featuring over 50 artists from around the world.


After we launched this campaign yesterday, it took lots of effort to refrain from refreshing the page every 5 minutes to see what was coming in. By 8pm we were at €805 and I asked if you'd help us get to €1,000 by the end of the day. Did you ever deliver, you rockstars! By the time I went to bed, we were just over €1,300! 

Today I thought I'd share one of our rewards with you: the gorgeous overpainted postcard by Mark Butler. Below is the original, but we'll be making reproduction postcards as the €12 reward.

If you've been to Greywood, you may have noticed it in our front hallway. Mark painted over a sepia toned vintage postcard of the village, even personalising the graffitti on the bridge to the initials of the my husband & myself. You can see Greywood Arts on the left, next to the bridge over the river Dissour.
Mark & his wife Carol Elkovich came to Greywood in 2018, along with their teenage son. Hosting such a wonderful family inspired us to try to accommodate more family residencies. You can read about Carol's work in our online publication Crossing the Dissour here: http://crossingthedissour.ie/wp/portfolio/carol-elkovich/

funders (201)

There are 176 public funders of this project

There are 25 anonymous funders of this project