Our web gallery of the work created at the Cow House during our 2008 Artist in Residence programme. Check out the gallery here, and to find out more about our Fall Residency and how to apply go here. In the image below from left to right are Haden Nicholl, Aoife Cassidy, Maria Hinds & Peter Allen Hoffmann.
Sunday, 2 November 2008, 12pm - 7pmCow House Studios invite you to meet our Artists in Residence.
The Cow House Studios Artist in Residence Programme provides studio space and accommodation to professional visual artists. During their two month stay, four artists are given the time and space to concentrate on making a new body of work. Cow House Open Studios offers the community a chance to see our new facilities, meet the artists, and view the work they have been creating. Please visit anytime between 12pm and 7pm, or for the scheduled events listed below. Everybody is welcome.
Artists in Residence, 2008...Aoife Cassidy, Galway: Cow House Studios Residency Award, Tulca, Galway, 2007
Maria Hinds, Dublin & New Orleans
Peter Allen Hoffmann, New York
Haden Nicholl, San Francisco
Peter Allen Hoffmann and Haden Nicholl will exhibit work made during their residency at the Wexford Arts Centre in January 2009.
Schedule of Events12pm - 2pm: Puppet Making workshop for children.
This workshop is free. Please book your spot as there are limited spaces.
4pm - 6pm: Artist Talk
Residency artists will discuss their work, addressing their materials and ideas, and questions from the viewers.
6pm: Tea and cakes.
Contact Rosie O'Gorman for further details (086) 2109027
Wexford Arts Centre, in partnership with Cow House Studios have initiated an annual international residency and exhibition programme. This collaboration consists of a ten week residency for an international visual artist at Cow House Studios, which will facilitate an exhibition at Wexford Arts Centre. This programme provides a significant opportunity for international artists to live, work and exhibit in Ireland, and simultaneously exposes Irish audiences to progressive contemporary art from around the world.
The artists awarded the 2008 residency are Peter Allen Hoffmann and Haden Nicholl.
Peter Allen Hoffmann lives and works in New York. He completed his MFA from Hunter College, New York. To date, Hoffman has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Berlin. Hoffmann is represented by Freight + Volume Gallery, New York and Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago.
“These new works represent an ongoing dialogue with aspects of the art historical canon. Disparate as they appear, these paintings function as a collection, where the relationships between them create a forum for the continuation of the conversation.”
Haden Nicholl originally from Colorado, currently lives in San Francisco where he works with troubled teens. He received his MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, California, and his BA in Psychology and BFA from the University of Denver, Colorado. Nicholl has exhibited extensively in California and abroad, including London, Puerto Rico and Ecuador, and his work is represented by the Little Tree Gallery in San Francisco.
“The bulk of my practice involves using symbols and text to provoke introspective reactions in the viewer. Working in a different country and preparing for a show there, has challenged me to develop my understanding of the culture so that I can interact with the audience on a more intimate level.”
Furthermore, Cow House Studios award two additional residencies annually. Applications are open to both national and international visual artists working in any medium. Cow House Studios provide shared accommodation and twenty four hour access to the studio and facilities. The 2400 square-foot open plan space contains a wood shop, darkroom and computer lab. Individual spaces measure 18 square meters, each with abundant natural light.
The 2009 Artist in Residence Programme runs from September 14 until December 1.
The deadline for receipt of applications is 30 January, 2009.
Please have a look at our new online exhibition of some of the great work that was made here during our three week summer course in June and July. There was a great evolution in the work that everyone produced, and we wanted to share the exceptional results with everyone else.
A big thank you to everyone involved with bringing the incredible kids from New Orleans and Tallaght together here at the Cow House for ten intense days of art-making. Rosie and I would like to especially thank Jackie for putting together such an ambitious project, and thinking of our studio as a place to end her residency here in Ireland, Maria for working so hard to ensure that everything ran smooth, and helping out in every possible way be it writing grant applications, cooking in the kitchen, helping out in the studios or designing awesome t-shirts. We would also like to thanks Timeka, Turron and YAYA for bringing such a great group of kids over from New Orleans. We can't wait to see ya'll on your home turf and try out those famed Po-Boys. And of course a fond farewell to Jay, Jasmine, Azania, Chloe, Aine, Padrig, Kwayne, Jourdan and Sarah. You will be missed dearly.
Cow House Studios are proud to announce our support for and collaboration with artist Jackie Sumell in her newest project A=AGHT. For ten days our studios will facilitate a collaboration between students from New Orleans, LA and Tallaght, Co Dublin on projects designed by participating artists including Cow House founders Frank Abruzzese and Rosie O'Gorman.
A=AGHT is a project designed by lead artist Jackie Sumell under the South Dublin County Percent for Art Scheme. Ms. Sumell is currently artist-in-resident through In Context-3 Programme, based in Tallaght and has been working in New Orleans over the last 7 years.
A=AGHT is a concept based on creating the same sound from two entirely different spellings. This serves as the conceptual catalyst for the process of identifying and extracting commoness in seemingly different communities. NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana) and Tallaght (South County Dublin).
A=AGHT is a semi-utopic virtual space/town whose rules, population and culture are generated by a facilitated exchange between youth from New Orleans and Tallaght. Adult artists and cultural workers from both cities will develop projects that encourage youth participants to explore historic moments, social grievances, ethnic and racial disparities in order to invent a place of creative resolve.
The last week of Art on the Farm saw the students working hard on their final projects. Days and nights were spent in the studio painting, printing in the darkroom and drawing sheep. Everyone still managed to have lots of fun along the way. Gaby solidified her postion as reigning cow house ping pong champion, Maddy and Flo contiued their nightly jam sessions, Sophie made sure everyone at the dinner table laughed themselves to tears, Emma and Lea consumed more sugar than anyone we have ever witnessed, Marine became best friends with our three dogs, Bobby, Maeby and Chester, Axel gave everyone a laugh with his ever expanding sheep universe, Russ scared everyone with his creepy portrait of Flo, and Will snuck off to produce some truly beautiful photographs.
During our last week we were also paid a visit by artist Jackie Sumell. We are grateful she made the time to visit and speak with everyone about her practice, and her most current project "The House That Herman Built".
The farm is very quiet now that our first class has oficcialy come to a close, but as we prepare for our next group we are certain that the memory of the past three weeks will live on. We will never forget our first group of budding young artists, and look forward to keeping in touch. Take a look at some of our photos from the final week of "Art on the Farm."
Last wednesday, we went on a trip to Galway, a city in West Ireland. We drove for about four hours, making tons of senic stops, (one of which included the Cliffs of Moher) and finally arrived and checked into our hostle. We got settled and went to have dinner at local resturant where some us enjoyed the local specialty of fish and chips. Galway proved to be an interesting city with tons of street acts and fun things do at night. The next day we woke up and had some free time to walk around and further explore Galway. We got right back in the car and drove on over to the ferry that would take us to the Aran Islands. With some spectacular luck we got the best weather yet! The Aran islands were as beautiful as they were fascinating. We checked into another hostle, then rented bikes for the day. Some of us rode over to the historic site of Dun Aengus and enjoyed a great view, while others relaxed and enjoyed the beautiful weather. The islands were a great place to sketch and to take photos. Some lucky members of the group got to go out late and learn how to do night photography with Frank (the fatigue the next day was entirely worth it.). In the morning we packed up, then went out to explore the rest of the island. We took the 12 O'clock ferry back to the mainland and enjoyed another meal in Galway. We arrived back at the farm tired but happy late that night and all hit the hay pretty hard. Check out our updated photos page.
Thursday morning, we got up early and headed up to Dublin. The trip took about two hours, with a rainy stop at the Glendalough Monastic settlement. The ruins were beautiful, even in the rain. Our first stop in the city was at the Douglas Hyde Gallery on O'Connell Street, where among many other great works we saw the displaced studio of Francis Bacon. After that, we made a stop at our hostel, Avalon House on George's Street. That afternoon/evening we had some time to explore the city, take photographs, sketch and shop. The next morning, we ate breakfast at the hostel and headed for Newgrange, a 5000 year-old enclosed tomb. Later in the afternoon, we went to the Irish Museum of Modern Art, where we had a guided tour of Janaina Tschape's latest works, and hung out in the Formal Garden nearby.
Exhausted from the trip, we slept until noon on Sunday, and woke up to a delicious pancake breakfast! The next few days were spent learning to process our own photographs in the darkroom, and receiving an introduction to oil paints. Our nights have been spent watching classics such as "The Breakfast Club" (twice!), and runner ups..."Fight Club", and "Lost Boys", and presentations of both Rosie and Frank's artwork. Tomorrow its off to the west where we will spend a night in Galway and another on the Aran Islands. Please have a look at our updated photos page, and check back soon for more updates.
The third day on the farm begins as the sleepy, yet eager, students wake up to the smell of fresh coffee and toast. Mary's fresh baked banana bread is a hit when paired with sweet fresh strawberries and a warm cup of tea. The Nutella can't be passed down the long wood table fast enough as conversation buzzes about the art books that Frank and Rosie put on the tables. The leisurely breakfast turns into a scurry for the studios to begin the days activities. Each day brings new opportunities, new experiences, new challenges and new accomplishments. Yesterday, the students worked with Rosie on charcoal pieces that tested their ability to interpret tone, negative space and composition. Frank introduced the students to the dark room and the basics of manipulating a 35mm camera. The more experienced photographer was challenged and thrilled to try a medium format camera. The afternoon adventure had Cow House students galavanting in the town of Wexford with cameras and sketch journals in hand. The students meandered around the Wexford Art Center and examined several pieces on display. The students enjoyed some free time in town to take pictures, sketch or shop for Wellies. Later that evening, Carla Sanchez, the chair of the Board of Directors of the Wexford Art Center, joined us for dinner and shared a behind the scenes look at creating the gallery space. The students were given a unique opportunity to become constructive critiques of the Center. Carla was both appreciative and impressed by the pensive and well articulated comments that the young Cow House students had to share. The day comes to an end and students scatter to work on personal projects, play a spirited game of Jenga or to steal a teacake from the pantry. Please enjoy some of the photos that speak for themselves.
Jenga Gatmaitan, originally from the Philadelphia area, graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Education from McGill University, Montreal Canada. Jenga taught in an elementary school for two few years before returning to school to gain a Master's Degree in Special Education from Vanderbilt University, Nashville Tennessee. Currently, she is residing in Wallingford PA and teaching children with Autism for the Elwyn organization in Philadelphia. Jenga has been fortunate to both travel and live abroad. Her adventures have taken her to Ireland, France, Finland, Philippines, Korea, Japan, Mexico, Canada and all over the United States. Jenga enjoys cooking, hiking, traveling and a good cup of tea.
Jonathan Shearburn grew up in the Philadelphia area. He attained a Bachelor's Degree in Film from Fordham University, New York, NY. Jon moved back to the Philadelphia area and began working on various independent film projects, and is currently the editor for Coyopa Productions. Jon spent several weeks in Ireland helping Frank and Rosie with the initial construction of the Cow House Studios. A dedicated friend, he has made over 5 trips to Ireland in the past 3 years and is very familiar with Dublin and the surrounding areas. Jon's travels include Ireland, Germany, Italy, Canada and all over the United States. Jon enjoys pizza, independent films and an occasional pint of Guiness.
Summer Fare '08 at Greenwich High School, Greenwich CT
Wednesday, January 23 : 6PM - 9 PM
Summer Opportunities Fair, Phillips Academy, Andover MA
Sunday, January 27 : 11AM - 2PM
Summer Opportunities Fair, Concord Carlisle High School, Concord MA
Monday, January 28 : 5:30PM - 8:30PM
17th Annual Camp Fair, Chestnut Hill Academy, Chestnut Hill PA
Saturday, February 2 : 11AM - 3PM
Overnight Camp Fair, Princeton Day School, Princeton NJ
Sunday, February 3 : 11AM - 3PM
Teen Sumer Program Expo 2008, Newton South High School, Newton Centre, MA
Monday, February 4 : 5:30PM - 8PM
Summer Camp & Teen Program Expo, International School, Paris
Wednesday, February 6 : 5:30PM – 8:30PM
Summer Camp & Teen Program Expo, Bilingual School Jeannine Manuel, Paris
Thursday, February 7 : 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Explore! '08, Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford CT*
Sunday, February 17 : 11AM - 1PM
*Cow House Studios representative in attendance only
Hook Lighthouse is one of the local sites we will be visiting this summer. Thought to be one of the oldest operational lighthouses in the world, it is a unique example of an almost intact medieval lighthouse. Dating from the early 13th century it was a major feat at the time of its construction. Purpose built as a lighthouse, it has served sailors and shipping for 800 years, apart from a short closure during the 17th century.