Fun on the Farm

Cow House Studios is located on the O’Gorman family farm. Much of our time is spent here and in the surrounding area. Outside of the studio, you can enjoy hiking and mountain biking in the Blackstairs Mountains, or gather around one of our campfires. Take time out of the day to seek a private spot under a tree to read a book, or challenge a new friend to a game of ping pong or chess. Play fetch with the dogs or try your luck at fishing in the pond. Sit back and enjoy a movie on the big screen, make some music, or help out in the kitchen baking scones for the next morning’s breakfast. There is sure to be something for everyone to compliment a productive day in the studio.

Excursions

Ireland’s rich cultural history, expansive skies and beautiful landscapes are an endless source of inspiration. You will be exposed to a variety of art, Irish and international, contemporary and ancient which will inspire your work upon returning to the Cow House.

Dublin (Sessions 1 & 2)

Home to many historic treasures, Ireland’s largest city was once an ancient settlement founded by the Vikings over 1000 years ago. Today Dublin has a youthful, vibrant, modern culture with great shopping, cafés, music and restaurants. We visit a selection of museums, contemporary galleries and visit professional artists in their studios.

Through our international artist residency program, we have built meaningful relationships with artists, curators and many art institutions. While in Dublin, we strive to organise an exciting two-day itinerary, facilitating a unique insight into the Dublin art scene.

Some of the places we may visit include…

The Irish Museum of Modern Art
The National Gallery of Ireland
The National Museum
The Douglas Hyde Gallery
The Gallery of Photography
The Kerlin Gallery
Hugh Lane Gallery
Temple Bar Galley & Studios
Fire Station Studios

The West

At the end of our second week, we take a three-day excursion to one of the below locations in the west of Ireland. We explore beautiful dramatic landscapes, early Christian architecture and ancient Celtic structures in these sites of international historical significance.

Galway and the Aran Islands (Session 1)

On this three-day excursion to Ireland’s west coast; we visit Galway city, the Cliffs of Moher and 16th century Dunguaire Castle. We explore the Burren region; this fascinating limestone landscape is home to numerous Megalithic Tombs, such as the Poulnabourne Dolmen, and many monastic Christian structures, as well as rare flora, caves and underground rivers. We spend one night on Inishmore, a small island community off the west coast and largest of the Aran Islands. There, we bike through stunning scenery, soak up traditional local music, and see Dun Aengus, a Megalithic ring-fort enclosed by three massive dry-stone walls built to deter attackers. Undoubtedly the most famous and impressive site on the island, it is perched spectacularly on the edge of a sheer 100-metre cliff that falls dramatically into the Atlantic Ocean.

 

Cork & Cape Clear Island (Session 2)

During this three-day excursion, we visit Cork, Ireland’s largest County. We spend our first night on Cape Clear Island; this Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) is Ireland’s southernmost inhabited island. Through hiking and kayaking, we explore the wild scenery; the sparkling harbours secluded pebble beaches and rolling green hills. Our second day takes us back to the mainland, and to the charming town of Skibbereen where we visit James Turrell’s Irish Sky Garden at Lissard Estate offering a special glimpse into the artist’s contemplative explorations of light. Our third day begins with a visit to the spectacular gardens of Bantry House, followed by a coastal hike to Three Castle Head, the ruin of Dunlough Castle that stands atop the cliffs at the northern tip of the Mizen Peninsula.