About the Centre
The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig is a residential workplace for local, national, and international artists of all disciplines.
Opened in 1981, the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig is a residential workplace for local, national, and international artists, with a range of facilities that support creativity within a welcoming, home-like and trusted environment. It is a place of peace and quiet, and yet of collaboration and creative stimulation. Annaghmakerrig House belongs to the Irish State and as such the house and grounds are maintained by the Office of Public Works. The Centre receives financial support annually from the the Arts Council of Ireland/An Comhairle Ealaíon and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. The Tyrone Guthrie Centre is a registered charity CHY6248.
The centre was founded as the result of theatre director, Sir William Tyrone Guthrie's beqeust to Ireland. On taking over the house after his mother, Norah Guthrie (née Power) died 1956, the house became a hub of creative activity, with a constant stream of vistors from the world of theatre, literature, and the visual arts. On the advice and encouragement of his family, specifically his sister, Susan Margaret (Peggy) Butler, and her daughter, Julia Crampton, Guthrie bequeathed the family home to the State with the proviso that it would be used for the benefit of artists. Over time since opening, the Centre purchased the gardens, original parkland, lake and farmyard, together with its buildings and the leasehold of the woodlands. The re-integrated Annaghmakerrig estate was officially handed over to the Irish State in 2007, and its future was assured through the takeover of maintenance of both house and lands by the Office of Public Works
Annaghmakerrig House, or ‘The Big House’ as it is affectionately known, accommodates up to eleven residents in comfortable rooms. Additional accommodation was created through the refurbishment of the Farmyard Cottages, which provide self-catering accommodation for five additional residents. Cottage 5 has a second bedroom and is suitable for wheelchair access. We also have a self-contained unit close to the Big House which is suitable for wheelchair access. We can accommodate carers in Cottage 5, and in the self contained unit near the Big House. We have eight visual art studios, all well lit, with sinks and easels, along with a dance studio, a performance space with concert pitch grand piano, a composers room with consert pitch grant piano, and a print studio. Artists of all disciplines may apply to become a Tyrone Guthrie resident. If your application is successful you may return, up to twice a year, space permitting. While you do not need to go through the formal online application process to return to us, you are required to email us (do not telephone) to check availability, and to put your name on our waiting list. We will give priority to bursary holders, and to new residents, above those who have been resident twice in one year.
Since opening in 1981 the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig has become essential to the local, national, and international arts infrastructure. We are an internationally recognised artists' residential workspace, and we have many bursaries available to artists. See our Bursaries page for more information.