Gap Year Program
Building on over a decade of experience providing both exceptional educational programming and residency opportunities for artists at all levels, Cow House Studios is thrilled to offer FieldWorks gap year, a hybrid residency and enrichment program designed to give students ages 18 to 22 an opportunity to make new work in a remarkable location while being challenged to approach their creative practice from new perspectives. This program provides young artists with the crucial time and space necessary to make new work, additionally, a range of practical workshops, talks, and engaged informal discussions led by prominent practitioners from a diversity of backgrounds will be organised to provoke new avenues for thought and production.
During this 12-week multidisciplinary course, there will be a particular focus on each participant’s individual creative process. This program is student-led, where one-on-one tutorials form a foundation upon which instructors can provide guidance for further research. Additionally, each week will present new opportunities to learn through technical demonstration and novel approaches to the creative process.
Scheduled activities are designed to supplement ample studio time, making each participant’s efforts more productive and relevant to their surroundings. Our studios are designed for a multitude of approaches. With facilities designed for painting, photography, digital media and sculpture, participants will surely have the means to create the work they aspire to.
In addition to time spent at Cow House Studios, there will be weekly organised trips to Dublin, the West and other points of interest in the Southeast region. There will be a particular focus on artist-led initiatives and studio visits with accomplished Irish artists, designers and curators. These trips are intended not only to provide excellent opportunities to experience Ireland’s many spectacular cultural and natural sites but to witness the incredible creativity and resourcefulness of the artistic community. Professional development and fostering one’s ambitions for a career in the arts form a significant component of the program and these visits will expose participants to a network that is connected both nationally and internationally, opening up possibilities for future collaborations or other opportunities.
Contact us for a brochure, to arrange a time to speak with Rosie about the program or to receive the contact details of former students and their parents; they will be happy to share their experiences with you.