Open Residency Program Spring, 2018

Program Description:

The Open Residency Program at Cow House Studios is intended to offer artists critically valuable time and space to think, research and make new work. The aim of this residency is to minimise distraction and ensure that momentum gained while working in the studio can be acted upon, helping to make even shorter stays highly productive.

Applications are open to both Irish and international cultural practitioners working in any discipline; visual artists, theatre-makers, writers, thinkers, choreographers, designers, performers, filmmakers, sculptors, photographers, etc. are all strongly encouraged to apply.

Cow House Studios provide a private room in our shared accommodation, meals and twenty-four-hour access to the studio and facilities. Generous individual spaces are provided and the 343 m2 (3700 ft2) open plan space contains woodworking tools, a darkroom and computer lab. Additionally, we have a large selection of materials readily at hand that artists may use freely.

Now accepting applications!

Available Dates, 2018:

  • Week 1 – February 5th – 11th
  • Week 2 – February 12th – 18th
  • Week 3 – February 19th – 25th
  • Week 4 – February 26th – March 4th
  • Week 5 – March 5th – 11th
  • Week 6 – March 12th -18th
  • Week 7 – March 19th – 25th
  • Week 8 – March 26th – April 1st

 

Spaces are awarded on a weekly basis beginning on a Monday and ending on a Sunday. Cow House Studios will not accommodate artists for shorter stays. Artists may stay for up to eight weeks and at any given time there will be between four and eight artists residing at the studios.

Contact

For any further questions about the Open Residency Program, please contact Frank Abruzzese, Co-Director, Cow House Studios

Price: €360 weekly

Price Includes:

  • three delicious and healthy meals daily
  • a private room and studio*
  • use of studio tools, facilities and materials
  • transportation to the nearby towns of either New Ross, Enniscorthy or Wexford twice weekly

 

There are 25% student and educator discounts. Additionally, we offer a 25% reduction for participants willing to share a room and studio. These offers can be combined, amounting to 50% off our weekly fee for qualified applicants.

Application Guidelines

Submit the following documents in PDF format by Sunday December 3, 2017.

  1. Completed application form
  2. Recent CV/resume
  3. A portfolio or writing sample (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. Writers should submit up to ten pages of written material.

 

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, December 18, 2017.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for the residency?
Applications are open to both Irish and international cultural practitioners working in any discipline; visual artists, theatre-makers, writers, thinkers, choreographers, designers, performers, filmmakers, sculptors, photographers, etc. are all strongly encouraged to apply. The residency is also open to Irish and international visual art educators and students working in any medium.

How long is the residency?
The residencies can be anywhere from one to six weeks long.

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?
On any given week there will be between four and eight artists working at the studio.

How do I apply?
Submit the following documents in PDF format by Sunday, December 3, 2017.

  1. Completed http://www.cowhousestudios.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Open-Residency-Application-Form-Spring-2018.pdfapplication 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, December 18, 2017.

What facilities are provided in the studio?
The 343 m2 (3700 ft2) open plan studio contains a darkroom, computer lab and lounge. The studios were designed for flexibility of use, the Cow House contains 4 individual spaces, and a shared open studio floor for larger group projects and alternative working methods.

The well-equipped black & white darkroom is capable of making prints up to 50 x 60 cm (20 x 24 in), and our computer lab consists of Apple Macintosh computers, a high-resolution film scanner, an Epson 4900 printer, Adobe Creative Suite and wireless broadband. We have two Nikon D3300 Digital SLR cameras with a variety of lenses, a selection of tripods, studio lights and seamless background papers. Artists may also use our various manual and electric hand tools including a table saw, mitre saw, router, wood plane, circular saw, jig saw, a variety of sanders and power drills in addition to a selection of clamps fasteners and glues.

Supplies provided at the studio include a selection of papers including, newsprint, 100, 150 & 300-gram cartridge paper, 300-gram watercolour paper and a selection of coloured A3 pastel papers. We also have 10 oz (339 gram) unprimed cotton canvas that measures 183cm wide. The studio is stocked with student grade watercolour & gouache by Reeves, a variety of water-based inks by Winsor Newton, Daler Rowney System 3 acrylic paint, student grade oil paint by Winsor Newton, solvent, gesso and a variety of mediums.

Students and artists alike may avail of disposable paint palettes, palette knives, brushes and oil dippers. Additionally, the studio is also regularly stocked to ensure we have plenty of darkroom chemicals, ink for the printers, graphite pencils, charcoal, colour pencils, watercolour pencils, oil pastels, chalk pastels, markers, erasers, scissors, sharp Exacto knives, cutting mats, masking tape, drawing clips, fixative and PVA glue, A3 & A1 size drawing boards and easels.

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 3 pm 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. We also have four electric bicycles which can be used locally.

 

Should I bring any materials with me?
Cow House Studios have a variety of material available for use, however, if there are particular materials you are accustomed to using its best to 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 than 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 €360 weekly. This includes the following.

  • three delicious and healthy meals daily
  • a private room and studio*
  • use of studio tools, facilities and materials
  • transportation to the nearby towns of either New Ross, Enniscorthy or Wexford twice weekly

There are 25% student and educator discounts. Additionally, we offer a 25% reduction for participants willing to share a room and studio. These offers can be combined, amounting to 50% off our weekly fee for qualified applicants.

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?
Yes, you are welcome to have friends and relatives visit during your stay. Your room will have extra beds if they choose to stay overnight. Guests may stay up to one week and must contribute €40 daily for meals.

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

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