About the Centre
The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig is a residential workplace for artists of all disciplines.
The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig is a residential workplace for artists, dedicated to supporting and facilitating creativity within a welcoming, home-like and trusted environment. Here artists can find peace and quiet to develop their work, together with the stimulation of living alongside other artists from all disciplines, enabling a rich cross-fertilization of ideas.
Annaghmakerrig 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 Arts Councils, north and south. Thanks to this support, artists are able to spend time at the Centre.
The house was the home of the great theatre director, Sir William Tyrone Guthrie, who died in 1971, leaving it to the Irish State, as an artist’s retreat. Since opening in 1981 Annaghmakerrig has hosted thousands of artists from Ireland North and South and from all over the world.
The centre was founded by the visionary theatre maker William Tyrone Guthrie who, with the advice and encouragement of his family, bequeathed his entire estate and family home to the State with the proviso that it would be used for the benefit of artists. An inspired decision it is one that has positively reshaped the cultural landscape of Ireland ever since.
Situated in a beautiful, tranquil setting amid the lakes and drumlins of County Monaghan the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, often referred to as Annaghmakerrig, is the ideal location to bring focus to your artistic work. Whether developing new work, finding the space to complete a project or simply taking time out to creatively regenerate, Annaghmakerrig provides the perfect environment.
Annaghmakerrig House, or ‘The Big House’ as it is affectionately known, accommodates up to eleven residents in comfortable rooms. Additional accommodation has been added more recently through the refurbishment of the Farmyard Cottages, which now provide self-catering accommodation for six additional residents. Eight studio spaces are also available along with a performance/dance space and a new print studio.
Artists of all disciplines may apply to become a Tyrone Guthrie resident. If your application is successful you may return any time, space permitting, without reapplying. Artist residencies are offered for a maximum period of one month in the Big House and two months in the self-catering Farmyard Cottages.
Tyrone Guthrie Centre is an internationally known artist residency and there are many bursaries available that will cover the cost of residency fees. See our Bursaries page for more information.
History of the Centre
The opening of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, County Monaghan is now seen as a turning point in the cultural life of Ireland. At his death in 1971 Tyrone Guthrie, with the encouragement of his family, left the house in his will to the Irish State for use as a residential workplace for artists. Visionary and dedicated people in both Arts Councils in Ireland pursued Guthrie’s dream at a time of deep political division. The old house was skilfully converted and Annaghmakerrig opened its doors to its first residents on 10 October 1981.
Over time, the Centre purchased the gardens, original parkland, lake and farmyard, together with its buildings and the leasehold of the woodlands. Restoration of the Farmyard cottages has provided additional space for residents on a self-catering basis.
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