It is with great regret that I leave the Arthouse and my studio this week. It has been a wonderful, exciting, creative time for me there.

The Arthouse NCAD Residency has been a fantastic opportunity for me in advancing my career within a collaborative and participatory community arts setting. The Arts office staff in particular, also Laois County Council and NCAD, have been a great support to me both personally and professionally during the last year. I have forged many new, exciting and creative relationships which I know will extend beyond this residency.

The success of my creative time here is attributed to Cultúrbug, the group of local volunteers who stepped into something new to explore, to discover, to learn and to experience all that was there. They embraced this journey with openness, trust and flexibility, as is evident in the large body of work that was undertaken, all of which has informed their final exhibition.

A great big thank you to all Cultúrbug members, fellow artists, and to the wider community of Stradbally.