Crithir is a newly established creative hub, providing artists residencies and studio spaces in West Cork. We are working to develop a space that inspires creativity, community and the experience of art in the great outdoors. This makes the farm particularly suitable for a residency stay with a focus on art, play and nature. Our aim is to support artists, writers, researchers, explorers and makers alike, in both developing and nurturing their ideas. We currently have two cats, three chickens and a mix of creatives living in the house.
We are inviting expressions of interest from artists across all artistic practices and are looking for someone to move into our home and studio, to live with us while you work on your practice and enjoy the local surroundings. The ideal artist would integrate well with our current setup and would also be welcome to get involved in the growing concept that is Crithir.
The residency will be coordinated by Tim Daly and there will be an open line of communication with the artist during the residency, as well as providing links into the local arts community.
What is on offer?
We have a residential artists’ studio offering (room and studio), a studio on its own (for local artist) or a bedroom on its own (best suited to artist who does not need a studio space e.g. writer)
Take a step into old Ireland and live in a 100+ year old farmhouse cottage surrounded by rolling hillscapes and inspirational lands. The artist’s residency and studio combination on a 20 acre farm with wooded areas, river, bog and waterfall nearby. Accommodation will be cosy double bedrooms, with writing desks and built-in storage and wardrobes. The studios are a blank canvas and we are happy to work with you in fitting benches or shelving as required. We also have a vegetable garden and chickens and would welcome our resident artists to get involved in the garden.
We have some seating areas in place and will be further developing decking areas, swimming areas, forest walks and rest areas over time. Offering a focused professional development opportunity that supports and nurtures the arts practice of a professional artist, who is interested in developing or sharing their arts practice. Residents will have the option to put a permanent piece on the farm, to help us build our very own living gallery, forested walk, and opportunities to work with local exhibition spaces.
On the farm we are currently growing Oats, Calendula, Chamomile, Hemp and have established an orchard. We have planted 3,500 mixed native Irish trees in the Spring of 2022 and have completed extensive groundworks for infrastructure and rewilding projects, including the creation of lakes and ponds for wildlife habitat and to encourage biodiversity. July 2022 also saw the arrival of our newest residents in their hive, some native Irish bees.
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What are the timeframes:
Deadline for expressions of interest: 21st of August 2022. We are always accepting expressions of interest, so please get in contact to discuss your requirements.
Residency start and finish dates – We are looking for artists to move in from September/October 2022 onwards and are open to applications for longer and shorter terms ( 1-12 months).
And what is the cost for all of this?
Residential Artists’ Studio: Room (€400) and studio (€150) = €550 per month + Electricity (and one month’s refundable deposit upfront). Shorter term rentals will incur higher rental costs and can be discussed individually.
Studio on its own (for local artist): studio @ €150 per month + Electricity (and one months refundable deposit upfront).
Where is the farm located?
Located in the heart of West Cork, we are 6km from the nearest villages (Drimoleague and Drinagh) and 10km from the nearest market town (Skibbereen). There are also countless inspiring coastal and inland locations within stones throw of the farm.
Things to consider before applying:
The accommodation is in a 100+ year old farmhouse and grounds, with rolling farmland, rustic charm and character. The house itself is currently in the final stages of renovation and provides a comfortable living environment.
The residencies are best suited to someone with a car, as there is no shuttle service from the farm. However, Drimoleague and Skibbereen do have regular bus connections to Cork city.
What do we need from you to get the ball rolling?
Expressions of interest should be sent to Tim at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for reading and we are looking forward to hearing from you.