How to Flatten a Mountain 2017


Dates: April 24th – May 5th, 2017

How to Flatten a Mountain is an exciting residency opportunity open to emerging and mid-career visual artists whose artistic practice in whole or part makes use of digital and/or analogue photographic processes. This residency is an ongoing collaboration between Cow House Studios and PhotoIreland, where 2017 marks the second year for this exciting partnership. The 2017 participants were Benedetta Casagrande, Kate Petley, Lauren Roeder, Mike Callaghan, Nathan Harris, Patricia Howard, Roisin White, Ruth Connolly, Val Patterson, Valéry Pelletier, Yinon Avior, and Zhao Qian.

The aim of this residency is for participating artists to explore possibilities outside their core practice, work collaboratively and produce a cohesive exhibition of work to be presented at PhotoIreland Festival 2017. During the 2017 residency, participants undertook an active part in a series of workshops led by guest facilitators Kim Haughton, Aisling McCoy and Matthew Thompson who facilitated day-long workshops provoking and animating different avenues for thought.

This twelve-day programme was comprised of three component parts; workshop facilitation, open studio time and the installation and opening of an exhibition in Dublin for PhotoIreland Festival 2017.

The first five days of the programme were comprised of a carefully selected series of workshops, readings and presentations designed to stimulate the creative process, facilitate collaboration, familiarise participants with the people and places of the locality and tease out shared curiosities and thematics. The following five days provided the necessary time and space to create new work. Following on from our initial workshops, the open studio time allowed for participants to re-visit sites of interest, research, print and finalise work for presentation. The final two days were spent in Dublin installing the exhibition, culminating in an opening on the final evening of the programme.

This residency opportunity resulted in the production of new work, introduced participants to a network of practitioners from a diversity of locations, provided a fantastic exhibition opportunity and opened up new possibilities within each participant’s practice.


For any questions about How to Flatten a Mountain, please contact Frank Abruzzese, Co-Director, Cow House Studios.

For more opportunities like this, see our regularly updated Artist Residency Opportunities Page.




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