Cow House Studios & Bealtaine Festival 2017

Residency: Sunday, May 7th – Saturday, May 20th
Public Discussion at Wexford Arts Centre: Friday, May 19th (2pm)

We are thrilled to once again host a residency with Age & Opportunity for the 2017 Bealtaine Festival. Following on the success of last year’s residency, artists Vivienne Dick, Kevin Gaffney & Kathy Prendergast have been invited by Bealtaine to take up residence at Cow House for two full weeks from May 7th to the 20th. The premise for this residency is to allow this intergenerational group of artists time to consider their art practice in our rural surrounding.

Image left Kevin Gaffney still from A Numbness in the Mouth, 4K Video, 2016, centre Vivienne Dick still from The Irreducible Difference of the Other, 2013, right Kathy Prendergast, Fujidelic, ink on paper, 2015-2016

Established in 1995, Bealtaine is Ireland’s largest co-operative festival and the world’s first national celebration of creativity in older age. The Bealtaine Festival takes place each May. The ancient festival of Bealtaine or Beltane (held on May 1), marked the midway point between the spring equinox and the summer solstice and heralded the start of Summer. The word Bealtaine is still used in the Irish language and translates as the month of May.

Panel discussion at Wexford Arts Centre with Vivienne Dick, Kevin Gaffney & Kathy Pendergast. Chaired by Linda Shevlin

Join us on May 19th at 2pm for an event with the artists and a local historian at Wexford Arts Centre to mark the end of their residency. Presented in partnership with Wexford Arts Department, the artists will discuss their practice and the experience of working in Wexford in the context of this residency and there will also be an opportunity for critical engagement with the artists.

All welcome, no booking required.

One on One mentoring sessions with Vivienne Dick, Kevin Gaffney or Kathy Pendergast

We are running a limited number of one on one mentoring sessions for artists with the residents. To apply, state who you’d like to have a one on one clinic with and why (200 words). Email this along with 5 images of recent work and a statement to by April 21st.

Sessions will last approximately 45 minutes and places are very limited so applying will not guarantee a place.