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
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.
- Independent Association/Foundation
- Part of a Gallery/Museum
- Weeks: 2
- Weeks: 3
- Months: 1
- Months: 2
- Months: 3
- Visual Art
- Performing Arts
- Textile Art
- Shared studio / workplace
- Family Life