ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAMME IN IRELAND

Glenkeen Garden Residencies

We’re currently living in an era of redefining how people relate to nature. Art plays a special role in this process: it has the potential to tread new ground and generate ideas. That’s why the Crespo Foundation has initiated a programme that gives artists the ideal setting where they can address the topic: the Glenkeen Garden Residencies – ArtNature/NatureArt on the south coast of Ireland.

Glenkeen Garden Residencies

For whom?
Art collectives

Aim
Artistically exploring the relationship between human beings, nature and art 

Duration
Three months, twice a year 

Location
Glenkeen Garden, West Cork, Ireland

Artists-in-residence in Ireland

Twice a year, from March to June and August to November, the Crespo Foundation invites art collectives to Glenkeen Garden so that they can source inspiration from the location. While living and working in Glenkeen Garden for those three months, the artists take part in an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary exchange about human beings, art and nature, aided by access to a local network of scholars from the humanities and natural sciences.


The location

Glenkeen Garden is a site of around 10 hectares on the coast of West Cork. Extending down to the shore of Roaringwater Bay, it is embedded in a unique landscape of archetypal Irish willows and pristine nature. The founder Ulrike Crespo (1950–2019) found the garden an inspirational place where she could work. Its design creates various zones that have been enhanced by sculptures from well-known sculptors. 

‘A garden changes every day, just like life. Something that’s there today is different tomorrow, or it’s already disappeared. But something else comes along instead. That’s connected with us too. One thing is already gone, but then something new starts in a different spot.’ 

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Ulrike Crespo, founder

THE RESIDENCIES IN NUMBERS

10

hectares of landscape

10

members of the jury

5

partners

GLENKEEN GARDEN RESIDENCIES ON VIDEO

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Christiana Cheiranagnostaki – Konstanza Kapsali, ‘Glenkeen Garden’, 2023, all rights reserved

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PARTNERS

Glenkeen Garden Residencies is a Crespo Foundation programme in cooperation with the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN) in Frankfurt and the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) at University College Cork in Ireland.

CONTACT

Ben Livne Weitzman
Crespo Foundation