Watch this space: the growing popularity of artist retreats

The pandemic and lockdown have revealed that what artists need most is not money but the freedom to create, and retreats around Ireland have been giving them that lifeline

28th February, 2021
Daithí Ó Dronaí and Norma Howard at the Beekeepers in Ballyvaughan in Co Clare Picture: Eamon Ward

How do artists work? There’s no simple answer to that question. Artists work both through collaboration and isolation, through silence and noise. They come together to brainstorm ideas, and they shut themselves away in solitude to work.

No matter the artist, and no matter the process, Covid-19 has upset practice across the board. Those who thrive in the cities are banished from their centres, empty now of life and movement. Those who flourish...

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