Blackrock residency programme awards artists with a generous stipend, a production grant and curatorial support, in order to produce ambitious new works in extraordinary settings.
Accommodation is provided on site for a two month period, during which time artists have full access to the 4,000 acres of land that comprise the estate, along with an extensive range of outhouses, barns and studio spaces to use as they wish.
Blackrock Residency began in 2015, and in its inaugural year was awarded to Rebecca Birch, Brownwen Buckeridge, David Cheeseman and Roy Voss. Following their residency in the spring, the works opened to the public in September, alongside the exhibition of Channels by Susan Hiller.
In 2016 our residency artists were Patrick Goddard, Sally O'Reilly and Alison Turnbull, with an accompanying solo exhibition Small Acts of Deception by Willie Doherty at Cross Barn, our newly converted gallery space. The following feature in frieze by Linda Taylor provides more detailed information on the year's activities.
This year a public programme will run throughout the residency, focusing on educational workshops and artist talks, and an exhibition of the works will open in March 2018. Activity will begin in September 2017, and will always remain open to all with free admission.