Shankill Castle

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Shankill Castle is set in a formal landscape with a panoramic view of Mount Leinster. This provides artists with a suitable setting which they can use to support the development of their work or to re-energise their creative spirit. This residency program offers the artist the unique opportunity to step back in time and work in a setting surrounded by wonderful views of green rolling hills, the lake and the star-filled sky at night. Artists benefit by being surrounded by fresh air, beautiful woodlands and gardens, walled vegetable gardens and a working farm.

The residency program takes place in the Castle grounds in the Dairy Cottage that looks out over the Victorian walled garden. There is space for two people at any one time. All accommodation is self-catered. There are private and communal workspaces for artists of all media. You are welcome to stay for a period of time from two weeks to 3 months.

What have former participants on the residency program had to stay about Shankill Castle?

“I had a wonderful stay at Shankill Castle and can thoroughly recommend it as a place to recharge the creative batteries and maybe even get some work done. What other retreat offers three kitchen gardens to consult your Muse.” – Mark McCrum

“We enjoyed every minute in Shankill and I wrote two books while I was there.” – Peter Somerville-Large

Residency Programme since: 1991
Description of Organisation:

Shankill Castle was first built as a Queen Anne House in 1708 and was extended and castellated in the 1820s. Steeped in history, it has been a place of inspiration to artists for the last 25 years. Shankill has been home to the Cope family since 1991. Elizabeth Cope is a prolific artist, and her husband Geoffrey an historian. Dedicated to the preservation of this historic home they have carefully maintained and restored the unique and eclectic character of the building. The grounds also include a working organic farm, gardens open to the public and a seasonal cafe. The castle and farmyard are frequently used to host exhibitions and used as studios and attract both Irish and international visitors.

Organisation founded in: please choose
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation
  • Part of a Gallery/Museum
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 2
  • Weeks: 3
  • Months: 1
  • Months: 2
  • Months: 3
Number of studios: 1
Number of artists in residence at one time: 2
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Private Apartment
Private Cabin/House
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Accommodation
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Other
    If other, please specify: Contribute to our blog at the end of the residency
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Exhibition
    • Cafe/restaurant
    • Gardening
    • Family Life
    Selection process: By curator
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Dublin
    Nearest Train Station: Bagenalstown (Muine Bheag)
    How to reach by plane: Dublin Airport is one and a half hours by car. There is also the Waterford bus from the Airport that stops in Paulstown that takes around 2 hours.Waterford airport is 2 hours by car. There are frequent buses from Waterford city centre to Dublin that stop in Paulstown.
    How to reach by train: We are 3 miles from Bagenalstown (Muine Bheag), which is on the Dublin- Waterford train line. Carlow and Kilkenny are the stops either side of Bagenalstown (Muine Bheag). We can arrange collection from the train station.There is a super bus service from Dublin Airport to Paulstown with JJ.Kavanagh buses.
    How to reach by car: From Dublin take the M7 and follow signs for Waterford onto the M9. Take exit 7 of the M9 signposted Paulstown. Turn left at both roundabouts and then drive straight into the village of Paulstown. After the shop and pub on the left carry on and after the bend on the left is the front gate of Shankill Castle.From Kilkenny take the N10 towards Carlow. At Paulstown go straight at the roundabout and then drive straight into the village of Paulstown. After the shop and pub on the left carry on and after the bend on the left is the front gate of Shankill Castle.Taking the bus is the most efficient way of getting to Shankill Castle as JJKavanagh and Bus Eirean buses run regularly from Dublin City, Dublin Airport and Waterford to Paulstown. We can arrange collection from the bus stop.
    Street & Number: Shankill Castle
    Postal Code: N/A
    City: Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny
    Country long: Ireland
    Shankill Castle
    Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny N/A IRL
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