Parenting Artist Residency

Program Description

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.

Spring Residency

Selected artists and their families will come to Rathnure and reside at Cow House Studios for a period of 2 weeks in spring, 2021. 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.

Application Guidelines

The application deadline was Sunday, November 10th, 2019. Applications for additional 2021 programing 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

Who is eligible for this residency?
Applications are open to all parenting artists; both Irish and international cultural practitioners working in any discipline. Children of applicants must be dependants under 18 years of age.

How long is the residency?
The Parenting Artist Residency is two weeks long.

Do you offer residencies at other times of the year?
Yes, we offer several residency opportunities each year. You can find a list of current opportunities here.

How many artists are awarded this residency?
Two artists will be awarded this residency.

How do I apply?
The application deadline was Sunday, November 10th, 2019. Applications for additional 2021 programing will become available in the autumn, 2020.

What facilities are provided in the studio?
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.

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.

Should I bring any materials with me?
Cow House Studios have a variety of material available for use, however, if there are particular materials you are accustomed to using its best to bring them with you.

How do I get to the Cow House?
If you do not have a car, or are traveling from abroad, you will be collected from the bus stop in Enniscorthy. Artists must arrive in Enniscorthy by 3 pm on the first day of the program. For detailed bus schedules please visit Wexford Bus or Bus Eireann.

Where is the closest town/village?
Cow House Studios is located in rural farmland. The closest village, Rathnure is three miles away. The nearest town, Enniscorthy is twelve miles away.

Do you provide transport?
Yes, there will be frequent trips into town. We also have four electric bicycles that can be used locally.


Where can I buy art materials?
Basic art materials may be purchased in Enniscorthy, New Ross, and Wexford. If you need more than what is provided we recommend that you order additional or special materials online that can be delivered directly to the studio.
Building or hardware supplies can be ordered and delivered by a local builder’s supply.

Is there a stipend?
A stipend of €500 euros is awarded to each artist.

What is provided during the residency?

  • 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

Where will I stay with my family?
Artists and their families live in the Barn during their stay at Cow House Studios. Each family will have 2 bedrooms. The Barn building lies adjacent to the studio and childcare is provided in the Barn.

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.

How is childcare provided?
Childcare is provided on-site in our accommodation building, the Barn. A qualified childminder will be at Cow House from 9 am till 5 pm from Monday to Friday of each week. Artists join their children for lunch.

What is provided for the children?
The atmosphere at Cow House is family-friendly. Along with many areas outside to explore and play, we provide a playroom with toys suitable for varying ages. For younger children and babies we can provide a high chair, a changing table and travel cot.

What about food?
Delicious home-cooked meals are provided for lunch and dinner and breakfast is self-service. We are happy to cater for any dietary requirements or preferences.

Do I need a visa to travel to Ireland for the residency?
EU residents and residents from specific countries such as the USA and Canada do not need a visa for travel to Ireland. Citizens of certain countries do require a visa to travel to Ireland. Visa requirements for Ireland can be found HERE. If you need a letter to assist in securing a visa, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Do I need to bring bed linens or towels?
We provide bed linens, but please bring your own towels.

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