The programme provides alternative environments for artistic experimentation and production, and provides artists with extraordinary opportunities to research and develop new work that enables them to test the boundaries of their practice.
Named after a former working farm on the estate, the residency marks a key development in the history of Matt’s Gallery, extending the ethos outside of London. Blackrock launched 36 years after the opening of Matt’s Gallery, Martello Street in September 1979.
During this funded residency, artists are provided with accommodation and studio space within the estate across 4,000 acres of land, with access to a sustainable forestry and sawmill operations, the woodland, an in hand dairy and arable farm, the deer park, and barn and outhouse buildings. The residency also has use of a number of additional buildings, including a spacious 5,000 square foot grain store, used by artists to both make and show work.
In 2016 we developed and converted a gallery space on site at Cross Barn, which now also houses the extensive Matt's Gallery archive. In 2016 this was the site of a solo exhibition by Willie Doherty, Small Acts of Deception, and in 2015 hosted Channels, by Susan Hiller.