The Guesthouse is a Cork Artists Collective initiative that was launched in 2009 and is located in the cultural quarter of Cork city. The Guesthouse Project was developed as a creative initiative and experiment in itself and run on a voluntary basis by artists from different areas of the arts that are actively engaged with experimentation and interdisciplinarity. The residency gives visiting artist a point of contact with Cork-based artists and an introduction to Cork city and its arts culture.
The Project responds to the need for visiting artists to work and stay in the city and to create another type of workspace and social space to support collaboration, conversation, and cross-practice exchanges.
Their focus is to preserve the residential and domestic nature of the house in which the visiting artists in residence are central and the kitchen and open events are a key gathering point. The project continues to evolve in response to artists and a changing arts environment.
The Guesthouse Project presents Irish and international artists or groups with an opportunity to develop their work in the context of the Guesthouse Shandon for the duration of a year. The Guesthouse is a shared space set up to facilitate cross-disciplinary activity and to enable artists to experiment, research, test out ideas and strategies for exhibitions, performances and publications and present work.
The residency is free of charge, the organisers would like resident artists to participate in and contribute to their regular programme of events. They invite residents to contribute to the Guesthouse programme by offering to host a lunch, do a presentation, workshop, performance, lecture, discussion, or exhibition or create publications, C.D.s D.V.Ds or print works for their label.
There is a double desk space in the artists' apartment. They have a library room and event space with projector and sound system and is set up for live video and sound streaming. There is a shared makers space with facilities for cutting printing and scanning. A fully equipped kitchen and dining room is available for meetings culinary artists and experimental dining.
The artist in residence is facilitated with a loft apartment that contains a double bedroom and living area with large desk space for working and two single beds and has a fully equipped kitchenette and shower room downstairs.
Residents have access to equipment and tools that are in the Guesthouse a sound system, PA, mics, mixing desk, lighting equipment, tripod and basic hand tools.
Cork city is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland located on the south coast of the island. The city is located on the river Lee, a river estuary and at the mouth of a natural harbour facilitating commercial, industrial, military and recreational facilities. Transport to Cork is serviced by an airport, train and bus service. The Guesthouse is located on a quite residential street in the historic quarter of Shandon and in recent years has been the residential and retail home to a growing multicultural community.