The Guesthouse is an initiative from the Cork Artists Collective 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 Guesthouse responds to the need for visiting artists to work and stay in the city and to create another type of work and social space to support collaboration, conversation and cross-practice exchanges. Visiting artists in residence are central to The Guesthouse, and the focus is to preserve the residential and domestic nature of the space in which 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.
As a result of COVID-19 they have adapted their mode of operation to curate a new programme of residencies and events throughout 2021 called GROUND0 - a collaborative vehicle devised by The Guesthouse Project to experiment with and curate the awkward space left by COVID-19. GROUND0 addresses the need to find a new way of imagining, activating and utilising The Guesthouse building by creating a community of interdisciplinary artists to work together over the duration of a year. This community will be comprised of local artists and the artists in residence.
G0 presents artists with an opportunity to collaborate, share skills and produce new work in a shared space over the duration of 2021. They are interested in artists that have both solo and interdisciplinary practice and enjoy collaborating. The programme of activity will evolve through the process of conversation between the participating artists which will be a combination of resident artists and local artists. The initiative facilitates research and experimentation and the development of collaborations that test ideas and create new approaches to artistic practice in “these strange times”.
For 2021 they are creating new facilities for the artists which include a fully-equipped broadcast unit for sound and video recordings and live streaming. They are also setting up a maker’s space which will have a digital workstation, facilitate workshops and enable the production of limited run multiples and publications.
They plan to establish a multimedia label as a means to present both experimental and ambitious Sound-, Visual-, Print- and Culinary-art works to the public. This label will exist in two forms; a digital library accessible online and as a production house for a collection of physical, limited-edition art objects. They will also programme monthly online and offsite events that will include performances, screenings, lectures and workshops as well as critical explorations of digital media.
The Guesthouse artists are provided with a loft apartment that contains a double bedroom and living area with double desk space for working and two single beds and has a fully equipped kitchenette and shower room downstairs. The maker’s space is available on request. They have a sound and video recording studio available on request, a fully equipped kitchen and dining room is available for culinary artists and experimental dining.
The media facilities available for use are: 27-inch iMac 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5, 24-inch iMac Core 2 Duo/2.8GHz, Final Cut Studio 2 and Adobe Photoshop CS4, NEC Video Projector, portable projection screen, Nikon D3000 SLR camera, Slik tripod, Canon printer & scanner, Mackie mixing desk with PA and sub woofer, Truth monitor speakers, Berhinger Graphic equalizer and wireless internet access.
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.