How to Flatten a Mountain 2020
How to Flatten a Mountain 2020 Canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Successful applicants will be given an opportunity to showcase their work on the dedicated website howtoflattenamountain.com
How to Flatten a Mountain is a 12-day residency opportunity presented by PhotoIreland & Cow House Studios with the support of Inspirational Arts. This opportunity is open to emerging and mid-career visual artists whose artistic practice in whole or part makes use of digital and/or analog photographic processes.
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. During the residency, participants will take an active part in a series of workshops led by guest facilitators and as a group will be sharing ideas, making work, processing, printing, editing, as needed, always working in collaboration. As an integral part of the residency, two practicing professionals will facilitate day-long workshops to provoke and animate different avenues for thought. Each facilitator brings to the residency new perspectives, challenges, and opportunities for participants.
This 12-day program is comprised of two parts: workshop facilitation and open studio time at Cow House Studios followed by production time in Dublin which includes the installation and opening of an exhibition at Library Project. The first seven days of the program will be 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 provide the necessary time and space to critique new works and get prints and other materials exhibition ready. These final days are spent in Dublin producing and installing the exhibition, culminating in an opening on the final evening of the program. In total, participants will spend 7 days and 6 nights at Cow House and an additional 5 days and 5 nights in Dublin.
How to Flatten a Mountain is sure to result in the production of new work, introduce participants to a network of practitioners from a diversity of locations, provide a fantastic exhibition opportunity, and open up new possibilities within each participant’s practice.
For any further 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.
The application deadline was Sunday, January 19th, 2020. Applications for additional 2021 programing will become available in the autumn, 2020.
Frequently Asked Questions
The well-equipped black & white darkroom is capable of making prints up to 50 x 60 cm (20 x 24 in), and our computer lab consists of Apple Macintosh computers, a high-resolution film scanner, an Epson 4900 printer, Adobe Creative Suite and wireless broadband. We have 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, miter saw, router, wood plane, circular saw, jigsaw 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 watercolor paper and a selection of colored A3 pastel papers. We also have 10 oz (339 gram) unprimed cotton canvas that measures 183cm wide. The studio is stocked with student grade watercolor & 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.
Students and artists alike may avail of disposable paint palettes, palette knives, brushes and oil dippers. Additionally, the studio is also regularly stocked to ensure we have plenty of darkroom chemicals, ink for the printers, graphite pencils, charcoal, color pencils, watercolor 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.
Building or hardware supplies can be ordered and delivered by a local builder’s supply.
- Three delicious and healthy meals daily while at Cow House Studios
- Most comfy accommodation while at Cow House Studios*
- Informative and challenging readings, workshops and presentations
- Travel to and from Dublin to Cow House Studios
- Ink and paper for the printers, film and b&w paper for the darkroom at Cow House Studios
- Access to all Cow House Studios facilities, computers, darkroom, and studios
- A set of exhibition prints produced by Inspirational Arts
- An exhibition of the works at The Library Project
*Artists are responsible for their accommodation while in Dublin.
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. Artists are responsible for their accommodation while in Dublin.