How to Flatten a Mountain 2017

Dates: April 24th – May 5th, 2017

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How to Flatten a Mountain is an exciting residency opportunity open to emerging and mid-career visual artists whose artistic practice in whole or part, makes use of digital and/or analogue photographic processes.

The aim of this residency is for participating artists to explore possibilities outside their core practice, work collaboratively and produce a cohesive exhibition of work to be presented at PhotoIreland Festival 2017. During the residency, participants will take an active part in a series of workshops led by guest facilitators and as a group will be sharing ideas, making work, processing, printing, editing, as needed, always working in collaboration. As an integral part of the residency, three artists based in Ireland will facilitate day-long workshops to provoke and animate different avenues for thought. Each facilitator brings to the residency new perspectives, challenges and opportunities for participants.

This twelve-day programme is comprised of three component parts; workshop facilitation, open studio time and the installation and opening of an exhibition in Dublin for PhotoIreland Festival 2017. The first five days of the programme will be comprised of a carefully selected series of workshops, readings and presentations designed to stimulate the creative process, facilitate collaboration, familiarise participants with the people and places of the locality and tease out shared curiosities and thematics. The following five days provide the necessary time and space to create new work. Following on from our initial workshops, the open studio time allows for participants to re-visit sites of interest, research, print and finalise work for presentation. The final two days will be spent in Dublin installing the exhibition, culminating in an opening on the final evening of the programme.

This residency opportunity is sure to result in the production of new work, introduce participants to a network of practitioners from a diversity of locations, provide a fantastic exhibition opportunity and open up new possibilities within each participant practice.

Contact

For any further questions about How to Flatten a Mountain, please contact Frank Abruzzese, Co-Director, Cow House Studios.

Price: €950

Price Includes:

  • three delicious and healthy meals daily while at Cow House Studios
  • lunch and dinner while in Dublin
  • most comfy accommodation while at Cow House Studios*
  • informative and challenging readings, workshops and presentations
  • travel to and from Dublin
  • ink and paper for our printers, film and b&w paper for darkroom
  • access to all Cow House Studios facilities, computers, darkroom, and studios

*Price does not include room and board while in Dublin. For a fee, we will arrange accommodation for two nights at the end of the residency for the duration of the install.

Application Guidelines

The application deadline was Sunday, February 5, 2017. Dates for 2018 residencies will be announced in December 2017.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for the residency?
The residency is open to emerging and mid-career visual artists whose artistic practice in whole or part, makes use of digital and/or analogue photographic processes.

How long is the residency?
The residency is 12 days and runs from April 24th – May 5th, 2017.

Do you offer residencies at other times of the year?
Yes, we offer several residency opportunities each year. You can find a list of current opportunities here.

How many artists are awarded this residency?
There will be twelve artists participating in this residency.

How do I apply?
Submit the following documents in PDF format bySunday, February 5, 2017.

  1. Completed application form
  2. Recent CV/resume
  3. A portfolio (only one pdf file). Although there is no maximum number of images that will be accepted, we advise applicants to only submit relevant materials to reduce the size of email submissions. The images should include captions or short descriptions. For videos/films/audio, you may provide links to your own website, Vimeo page, YouTube page, within the application form. Do not attach actual video files.

Please submit electronic copies of the three attachments in ONE email under the size of 10 MB to info@cowhousestudios.com.

You will be contacted by a Cow House Studios representative to confirm receipt of your application within five working days. Successful applicants will be contacted by Monday, February 20, 2017.

What facilities are provided in the studio?
The 343 m2 (3700 ft2) open plan space contains a darkroom and computer lab. Generous individual spaces are provided. There is a large shared open area for specific projects and working methods.

The darkroom consists of three Omega D5XL enlargers with black & white printing capabilities up to 50 x 60 cm (20 x 24 in).
The computer lab consists of four Apple Macintosh computers, a Minolta Dimage Scan Multi Pro high-resolution film scanner, an Epson 4900 A3 17″ wide colour printer, Adobe Creative Suite, two NikonD3300 DSLR cameras with assorted lenses, Zoom H4n audio recorder with assorted microphones and wireless broadband.

How do I get to the Cow House?
If you do not have a car, or are travelling from abroad, you will be collected from the bus stop in Enniscorthy. Artists must arrive in Enniscorthy by 12 noon on the first day of the programme. For detailed bus schedules please visit Wexford Bus or Bus Eireann.

Where is the closest town/village?
Cow House Studios is located in rural farmland. The closest village, Rathnure is three miles away. The nearest town, Enniscorthy is twelve miles away.

Do you provide transport?
Yes, there will be frequent trips into town as well as transportation to Dublin for the last two days of the program. We also have four electric bicycles which can be used locally.

 

Should I bring any materials with me?
We recommend that you bring your own camera. Cow House Studios will provide ink and paper for the printers, film, chemicals and b&w paper for the darkroom. If you would like to use materials other than these please bring them with you.

Where can I buy art materials?
Basic art materials may be purchased in Enniscorthy, New Ross and Wexford. If you need more that what is provided we recommend that you order additional or special materials online that can be delivered directly to the studio.
Building or hardware supplies can be ordered and delivered by a local builders supply.

Do I have to pay for the residency?
The cost of the residency is €950. This includes the following.

  • three delicious and healthy meals daily while at Cow House Studios
  • lunch and dinner while in Dublin
  • most comfy accommodation while at Cow House Studios*
  • informative and challenging readings, workshops and presentations
  • travel to and from Dublin
  • ink and paper for our printers, film and b&w paper for darkroom
  • access to all Cow House Studios facilities, computers, darkroom, and studios

Where will I stay?
Artists live in the Barn during their stay at Cow House Studios. This building lies adjacent to the studio. Each artist shares their room with three other artists.
Cow House Studios is located on the O’Gorman family farm. Rosie’s parents, Michael and Mary, live next door and Michael still works the land. There is a family atmosphere at the Cow House, we have three very friendly dogs, as well as three cats, a horse and a peacock, and we occasionally have family and friends visiting.

What about food?
Delicious home cooked meals are provided three times daily. We are happy to cater for any dietary requirements or preferences.

Do I need a visa to travel to Ireland for the residency?
EU residents and residents from specific countries such as the USA and Canada do not need a visa for travel to Ireland. Citizens of certain countries do require a visa to travel to Ireland. Visa requirements for Ireland can be found HERE. If you need a letter to assist in securing a visa, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Can I have visitors during my residency?
No, due to the intensive nature of this residency we cannot accommodate guests.

Do I need to bring bed linens or towels?
We provide bed linens, but please bring your own towels.

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