Carraig-na-gCat

West Cork, Ireland

Carraig-na-gCat is the Albers Foundation's newest artist-in-residence program. Located in a traditional farmhouse about two miles from the picturesque fishing village of Glandore, it offers wide views of untouched countryside, the ocean, and distant islands beyond.

The main farmhouse at Carraig-na-gCat with the separate stone house studio, the ruined outbuildings and the rolling Atlantic ocean beyond.

About the Residency

Carraig-na-gCat is for artists interested in exploring their artistic practice in a calm and somewhat isolated part of the world.

Here you can sit on a bench gazing over the fields and the sea, walk through the hilly landscapes, or go down to the rocky beach for a swim. You can paint or write in the old stone house in the garden, or read a book by the fireplace in the library.

The Alberses both believed that living in a simple, functional manner was the best base for making art. We would like to offer visiting artists a similar kind of serenity, by providing a simple, beautiful environment in which artists can work without the usual distractions of their own home and everyday environment. We invite the artists to enjoy the landscape, read in the library, cook in the large kitchen, and perhaps even have the experience of boredom. We believe that the change of scenery, and the vacation from habitual activities, will translate into the thinking and into the work, so that new perspectives naturally arise—thoughts and connections that could never have been imagined, or prepared conceptually, in advance.

We have space for one or two artists working on small or large scale projects, with each enjoying the serenity of a separate, private bedroom and a private bathroom.

There is a large shared kitchen, a library, and a nice garden. The residency is located in an old farm house, and the residents are free to create their own work spaces in the rooms, or in the separate stone house in the garden.

We are currently developing the library which will includes, among other books, works by and about the previous owner of the house, the American scholar and psychologist Jerome Bruner.

History

Carraig-na-gCat is an Irish phrase, which translates to “Rock of the Cats,” referring to an age-old folktale about fairy cats who would steal the harvest.

This is how the house with its surrounding area was identified for decades, but the name gradually disappeared, until recently.

Nicholas Fox Weber ​first ​found himself in the house in 1970 when he and his parents stayed in it during a family holiday. This was a year before he met the Alberses—a meeting that would lead him to become the director of what we today know as The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. ​Back then, the house was owned by Estrid Good, a writer, translator and editor​, who was known as the model for Jørgen-Frantz Jacobsens novel, “Barbara.”

In​ 1976​ Estrid Good sold the house to the American scholar and psychologist Jerome Bruner who kept it until his death in 2016, and whose family has graciously supported its new use for artists and writers through the Albers Foundation.

The residency’s historical outbuildings with the outstandingly beautiful Irish coastline behind.

Applications

We are currently open for applications for a residency in late 2023 and 2024. To apply for one of our residencies, please fill out the form here. The deadline for applications is January 8, 2023.

For any questions, please contact Matthias Persson, Artist Residencies Director.
mpersson@albersfoundation.org

Duration

Residencies are generally four to eight weeks long, but timing is flexible and determined in advance with individual artists.

Financing

Residencies are free of charge, but there is no stipend. We will provide an acceptance letter that can be used for fundraising. In special cases, there is the possibility of assistance from the Regina Tierney Fund for Visiting Artists.