Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for the residency?
The residency is open to Irish and international visual art educators working in any medium.

How long is the residency?
The residencies can be anywhere from one to two weeks long, in early April.

Do you offer residencies at other times of the year?
Yes, we offer a ten week residency in the autumn for visual artists, and a ten week visiting artist teaching position during our summer program Art on the Farm. You can read more about the Artist Residency here, and the Visiting Artist position here.

How many artists are awarded a residency?
On any given week there will be up to four artists working at the studio.

How do I apply?
Submit the following documents in PDF format…

1 CV/resume
2 Artist Statement
3 List of images/video Include title, year, medium & dimensions.
4 Completed application form. Download here.

Include 10 – 20 jpeg images maximum of 1200 pixels on the largest side and/or up to 10 minutes of video of your most recent work.

Name each file with your own name in the following format… JohnSmith_01

Please send the files using the service to (application deadline December 1, 2015)

You will receive a confirmation of receipt within five working days.

What facilities are provided in the studio?
The 343 m2 (3700 ft2) open plan space contains a darkroom and computer lab. Generous individual spaces are provided. There is a large shared open area for specific projects and working methods.

The darkroom consists of three Omega D5XL enlargers with black & white printing capabilities up to 50 x 60 cm (20 x 24 in).
The computer lab consists of four Apple Macintosh computers, a Minolta Dimage Scan Multi Pro high resolution film scanner, an Epson 4900 A3 17″wide colour printer, Adobe Creative Suite 6 Professional, Final Cut Pro and wireless broadband.

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 between 12 noon and 3 pm on the first day of the programme. 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?
Each week artists can travel into town (either Enniscorthy, New Ross or Wexford) with Frank or Rosie to buy food, materials and run errands. We also have bicycles which can be used locally.

Should I bring any materials with me?
We recommend that you bring basic materials with you. If you cannot carry materials personally, they can be mailed to Cow House Studios in advance of the residency.

Where can I buy art materials?
Basic art materials may be purchased in Enniscorthy, New Ross and Wexford. 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 builders supply.

Do I have to pay for the residency?
Artists are asked to contribute €40 per week for consumables, studio and housing maintenance, and are responsible for travel and material expenses.

Where will I stay?
Artists live in the Barn during their stay at Cow House Studios. This building lies adjacent to the studio. Each artist is given their own ensuite bedroom.
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 four very friendly dogs, as well as three cats, a horse and a peacock, and we occasionally have family and friends visiting.

What about food?
Artists are responsible for buying and preparing their own food. Transportation will be provided twice weekly to purchase groceries and other supplies. Once a week Frank will prepare a home cooked meal to be enjoyed together.

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.

Can I have visitors during my residency?
Yes, you are welcome to have friends and relatives visit during your stay. Your room will have extra beds if they choose to stay overnight. Guests may stay up to one week.

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

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