Deadline: 30/12/2018

Cow House Studios Open Residency Program, 2019

Our residencies offer artists critically valuable time and space to think, research and make work.

Description of the residency program
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.

Duration of residency
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 two weeks and at any given time there will be between four and eight artists residing at the studios.

Available Dates, 2019:

  • Week 1 – January 28th – February 3rd
  • Week 2 – February 4th – 10th
  • Week 3 – June 3rd – 9th
  • Week 4 – June 10th – 16th

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
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 studios are well-equipped. There is a black & white darkroom capable of making prints up to 50 x 60 cm (20 x 24 in), and a computer lab with Apple Macintosh computers, a high-resolution film scanner, an Epson 4900 printer, Adobe Creative Suite and wireless broadband. There are 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. There is also 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.

Artists may avail of disposable paint palettes, palette knives, brushes and oil dippers. Additionally, the studio is also regularly stocked to ensure 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.

Cow House staff can provide up to one hour of studio assistance daily. This can be arranged directly with Co-Directors Frank Abruzzese and Rosie O’Gorman during regular hours between 10 am and 5 pm.

Accommodation for artists is beside the studio is a 300-year-old barn that has been transformed to provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere for guests. The shared experience of living, eating and spending time together, forms an integral part of life at the Cow House. The Barn contains five en-suite bedrooms, a cosy dining room, a large living area, an expanding visual arts library, and a busy kitchen where Caitriona and Frank prepare home cooked food.

At the Cow House food is taken seriously. Everyone eats three delicious and healthy meals a day, and accommodations can be made for any specific dietary needs, whether it be a food allergy, vegetarian or vegan requirements. A variety of cuisines are prepared, from Irish to Mexican, Italian to Middle Eastern, and use ingredients that have been produced locally: fresh milk and cheese, natural Irish beef and lamb, and delicious root vegetables, not to mention home baked bread, fruit preserves, ferments and delicious desserts.

The Barn is just beside the O’Gorman homeplace and in the past, was used as horse stables, dog kennels, storage for grain and potatoes and at one time housed workers who would have helped work the land. It’s not uncommon for family members to pop in for a chat or share a meal. The Barn is an integral part of the family homestead; giving residency artists a sense of the living history that makes short or long stays at the studio a special experience.

Studio/ workspace
The studios are housed in a lovingly converted stone barn. Built in 1915, it was a working “cow house” until 2006. With its dense stone walls, abundant natural light, and high ceiling supported by striking wooden beams, the Cow House is architecturally unique at twice the width of typical Irish stone barns. Today, 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.

Fees and support
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.

Expectations towards the artist
This residency is intended to provide time and space for artists to make their work independently. Artists are expected to conduct themselves in a manner which allows all participating artists to make the most of their time at Cow House and abide by our guidelines for safe conduct outlined during orientation upon arrival.

Application information
Submit the following documents in PDF format by Sunday, December 30th, 2018.

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

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, January 7th, 2019.

Cow House Studios Open Residency Program, 2019

Cow House Studios Open Residency Program, 2019


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