Parenting Artist Residency
Building on Satellite, the very successful pilot residency run in collaboration with The Mothership Project, Cow House Studios, with the support of Wexford County Council is pleased to offer an annual two-week residency designed specifically for parenting artists. The Parenting Artist Residency will make it possible for awarded artists to dedicate time to their work by offering all of the support necessary to do so. We recognize many artists discover they must drop or drastically curtail their creative practice while having children, leaving a cultural gap. This residency will support parenting artists at this key stage in their lives, assisting them to have productive and rewarding careers as they rear their families.
The Parenting Artist Residency is designed specifically for parenting artists with dependants under 18 years of age; children and partners are welcome. Through an open call, this residency will make it possible for participating artists to develop new work, progress existing projects or get back to their practice after taking time out to have children. This residency will offer childcare, a stipend of €500, accommodation and meals.
This residency aims to provide a residency platform that is notably missing from existing offerings; fostering solidarity among artists who often as a result of having a family end up isolated and alienated from existing art structures.
Selected artists and their families will come to Rathnure and reside at Cow House Studios for a period of 2 weeks from March 30th to April 12th, 2020. While here, they will be immersed in the supportive and invigorating environment at Cow House Studios. Meals, technical support and childcare (9 am till 5 pm on weekdays) will be provided allowing artists to focus fully on their work.
The application deadline was Sunday, November 10th, 2019. Applications for the 2021 program will become available in the autumn, 2020.
For any further questions about the Parenting Artist Residency, please contact Frank Abruzzese, Co-Director, Cow House Studios
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 for the artists and their families
- a private room and studio for each artist
- a private room for their child/ children
- use of studio tools, facilities and materials
- €500 stipend for each artist
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.