Rising from the Hill: Local Systems in Global Contexts

Cow House Studios Autumn Residency, 2017

With the generous support of Wexford County Council & The National College of Art & Design, Cow House Studios presents Rising from the Hill: Local Systems in Global Contexts, a 6-week residency that will explore and develop methods of giving aesthetic forms to real-life, situations. In particular, participants will respond to the local environment of Cow House Studios, in the rural Irish countryside of Wexford. Participants will be encouraged to use ideas, strategies, and metaphors of “systems” to consider the complex relationships between this local context and larger global systems such as economics, telecommunications, meteorology and so on.

This residency was conceived in the spirit of meaningful exchange between practice and theory and as an outcome of on-going collaborative projects between Francis Halsall and Kelley O’Brien investigating social relations through the lens of systems. This means to uncouple systems from individual humans and think of them, instead, as complex interactions of people, architecture, things, communications, and environments. In other words, individuals are not separate from their environments, but rather, an integral part of them.

Through structured conversations, readings, and site explorations residents will articulate different methods for aesthetically “mapping” the historical and contemporary context of Irish relations with global and social systems of power. Residency participants will be invited to develop a proposed project to be presented as both a visual record of research and development through a collaborative exhibition at the gallery at National College of Art & Design, Dublin and a published catalogue documenting the processes of the participants, visiting artists, academics and organisers.

The 6-week studio residency will be accompanied by a series of discussions and dinners led by Francis and Kelley as well as many visiting artists, curators, and academics. 4-6 individuals engaged in a variety of aesthetic practices will be selected to participate via open call process. Successful applicants will come to Rathnure and reside at Cow House Studios from October 30th, through December 10th, 2017.

Practitioners whose practices have strong conceptual and theoretical grounding are encouraged to apply; visual artists, performance artists, filmmakers, writers, architects, designers, thinkers, etc.

During the course of the residency, participants will have time to work independently on their proposed projects, experiment with new processes for exploring, understanding and mapping systems, work collaboratively to produce an exhibition (at NCAD, Dublin Dec. 2017) and subsequently a published outcome to serve as a platform for critical discussion on the interconnectedness of social systems and environments.

Programme Details

Cow House Studios provides a private room in our shared accommodation, meals and twenty-four-hour access to the studio and facilities. Generous individual studios 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.

There is no cost for this residency. With the support of Wexford County Council, The National College of Art & Design and Cow House Studios we are able to offer participating artists:

  • three delicious and healthy meals daily
  • a private room and studio
  • access to all Cow House Studios facilities, computers, darkroom, studios & supplies
  • transportation to the nearby towns of either New Ross, Enniscorthy or Wexford twice weekly
  • informative and challenging readings, workshops and presentations
  • an exhibition of work to be displayed at NCAD gallery, Dublin

 

Application Guidelines

Submit the following documents in PDF format by Sunday, May 14, 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, May 29, 2017.

Contact

For any further questions about Rising from the Hill, please contact Frank Abruzzese, Co-Director, Cow House Studios.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for the residency?
This residency is open to practitioners whose practices have strong conceptual and theoretical grounding; visual artists, performance artists, filmmakers, writers, architects, designers, thinkers, etc.

How long is the residency?
The residency is 6-weeks and runs from October 30th, through December 10th, 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 4 to 6 artists participating in this residency.

How do I apply?
Submit the following documents in PDF format by Sunday, May 14, 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, May 29, 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 and the surrounding area. We also have four electric bicycles which can be used locally.

 

Should I bring any materials with me?
We have an extensive selection of materials and equipment which you may use freely, however, you may want to bring specialised items we may not have available.

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?
There is no cost for this residency. With the support of Wexford County Council, The National College of Art & Design and Cow House Studios we are able to offer participating artists:

  • three delicious and healthy meals daily
  • a private room and studio
  • access to all Cow House Studios facilities, computers, darkroom, studios & supplies
  • transportation to the nearby towns of either New Ross, Enniscorthy or Wexford twice weekly
  • informative and challenging readings, workshops and presentations
  • an exhibition of work to be displayed at NCAD gallery, Dublin

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 has their own private room.
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.

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

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