Greywood Arts’ Opening Celebration Very Well Supported by East Cork and Beyond

By Alan Sheehan

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Greywood Arts held its opening celebration last Saturday, 1 July with approximately 100 people attending the event to see the multi-disciplinary artists’ residency open its doors after two years of preparation.
The opening celebration saw a large crowd attend from East Cork and further afield to explore Greywood Arts and celebrate its opening with food, art and music.
“The event was well attended and the atmosphere was very genial and upbeat,” said Jessica Bonenfant Coogan, who is one of Greywood Arts two proprietors, along with her husband Hughie Coogan. “People travelled from as far as Dublin for it, though most were from East Cork and Cork City. There was definitely the feeling of a celebration.”
The evening included musical performances by Cork singer-songwriter Anna Mitchell and cellist Ilse de Ziah, artist-in-residence Naomi Litvack, who shared some of her in-progress paintings, while Natasha Bourke, the Cork-based artist, experimental filmmaker and performer, held a unique showing of her work Coneface. Exhibitions also included paintings by local artists Belinda Walsh and Sinead Ni Chionaola, the Exile Project Micro Bookshop and the House History Exhibition by Samantha Agneessons.
“The food was delicious and Anna Mitchell's concert was a highlight of the evening,” said Ms Bonenfant Coogan. “Everyone loved her voice. Natasha Bourke's performance art character Coneface appeared and disappeared throughout the night. Children were especially taken with it, joining in at times. Ilse de Ziah was playing cello in the library as everyone came in, and the Exile Micro-bookshop was on display there as well. People really took their time looking at the Greywood House history exhibition Samantha Agneessens put together. Naomi Litvack gave a wonderful talk about how she spent her time as artist-in-residence leading up to the night and she opened up the floor for questions so there was dialogue with attendees.”
Greywood Arts is a guesthouse for artists where they can stay in self-catering accommodation with access to workspace and houses a visual arts studio, a movement studio with a vaulted ceiling, a writer’s desk overlooking the Dissour River, and a library with a piano. Based in a three-story Georgian building on Main Street, Killeagh, that was constructed in 1767 and previously served as a Royal Irish Constabulary barracks, a staging inn and a hardware store, Greywood Arts can accommodate up to eight visitors at a time.

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