Fun on the Farm
Much of our time is spent on the O’Gorman family farm and in the surrounding area. You can enjoy hiking and mountain biking in the Blackstairs Mountains or gather around one of our campfires. Take time out of the day to seek a private spot under a tree to read a book or challenge a new friend to a game of ping pong or chess. Play fetch with the dogs or try your luck at fishing in the pond. Sit back and enjoy a movie on the big screen, make some music, or help out in the kitchen baking scones for the next morning’s breakfast. There is sure to be something for everyone to compliment a productive day in the studio.
Ireland’s rich cultural history, expansive skies, and beautiful landscapes are an endless source of inspiration. You will be exposed to varied artworks, Irish and international, contemporary and ancient, which will inspire your work upon returning to the Cow House.
Home to many historical treasures, Ireland’s largest city was once an ancient settlement founded by the Vikings over 1000 years ago. Dublin has a youthful, vibrant, modern culture with great shopping, cafés, music, and restaurants. We visit a selection of museums, contemporary galleries and visit professional artists in their studios.
Our international artist residency program has helped us build meaningful relationships with artists, curators, and many art institutions. While in Dublin, with our extended network’s support, we strive to organize an exciting day-long itinerary, facilitating unique insight into the Dublin art scene.
Some of the places we may visit include…
The Irish Museum of Modern Art
The National Gallery of Ireland
The National Museum
The Douglas Hyde Gallery
The Gallery of Photography
The Kerlin Gallery
Hugh Lane Gallery
Temple Bar Galley & Studios
Fire Station Studios
During Art on the Farm, we explore our own southeast region on two separate occasions. Brimming with ancient sites, expansive beaches, and charming towns and villages, there is never a shortage of options.
We schedule these trips with the flexibility to make the most of good weather, exhibitions, and other special events that may be taking place. Our excursions may include visits to the nearby towns of Kilkenny and Wexford, Curacloe Beach, the Hook Penninsula, historical sites in the picturesque villages of Graignumanagh and St Mullins, and much more.
Galway & the Aran Islands
In our third week, we take a three-day excursion to Ireland’s west coast. We explore sublime landscapes, early Christian architecture, and ancient Celtic structures,
This trip includes visits to Galway city, the Cliffs of Moher, and 16th-century Dunguaire Castle. We explore the Burren region. This fascinating limestone landscape is home to numerous Megalithic Tombs, such as the Poulnabourne Dolmen, and many monastic Christian structures, as well as rare flora, caves, and underground rivers.
We spend one night on Inishmore, a small island community off the west coast and the largest of the Aran Islands. There, we bike through stunning scenery, soak up traditional local music, and see Dun Aengus, a Megalithic ring-fort enclosed by three massive dry-stone walls built to deter attackers. Undoubtedly the most famous and impressive site on the island is perched spectacularly on the edge of a sheer 100-meter cliff that falls dramatically into the Atlantic Ocean.