Greywood Arts is located in a Georgian building in the quaint village of Killeagh, Co. Cork, Ireland. Formerly a barrack and sawmill, the building from 1767 is currently being converted to an artist’s residency space. Phase one will yield a large movement studio, a visual arts studio, a writer’s den, and a library/music room, as well as accommodations, by spring 2017. There are future plans to renovate the coach house for additional studio space.
We embark with a broad but bold mission: to provide low-cost and no-cost space to investigate, explore, inquire and create. We intend to support the creative processes of performing artists, visual artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians, and arts scholars. We hope to provide a site for education, dialogue and engagement, and to increase our community’s access to the arts. Our mission currently is fluid – we want to listen to what artists need and see how we can respond. You can read about the development of our values in this blog post.
In early 2015 Hughie and Jessica Coogan took a leap of faith and purchased this property to pursue their crazy dream of opening an artist residency and workshop space. They were dreaming of a project where they could turn a place with a great history into a site where their skills in the arts and cultural non-profits could intersect. Hughie is originally from Ireland, and the couple saw the space while visiting. When they returned to the U.S. they couldn’t get its potential out of their heads and decided to go for it! Jessica is an American choreographer and the Creative Director of New York based Lola Lola Dance Theatre. She has an MFA in dance from University of Michigan and has frequently worked in higher education. Hughie, who studied business and French, has worked internationally for various non-profits.