How to Flatten a Mountain Facilitator Matthew Thompson

In our second post highlighting the fantastic photographers that will be facilitating workshops during How to Flatten a Mountain, we’re happy to feature the work of Matthew Thompson. The deadline for this residency and exhibition opportunity is quickly approaching. You can find more information about the program and application process here… Matthew is an Irish […]

Summer Program Fairs & 2017 Winter Visit

Summer Program Fairs & 2017 Winter Visit

For the next month, Co-Directors Rosie O’Gorman and Frank Abruzzese will be travelling in the United States visiting schools, attending summer program fairs, meeting with artists, students and families interested in our studios. We are more than happy to take the time to meet with people to discuss Art on the Farm, our summer program […]

Colin Matthes Essential Knowledge

Colin Matthes

Community update with Colin Matthes

Colin Matthes was one of four residency artists during our 2012 autumn residency. His practice includes painting, drawing, installation, zine and graphic production, and public art projects. Matthes has exhibited internationally in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Antwerp, Dublin, Houston, Seville, Ljubljana, Melbourne, and Berlin.

In addition to his residency at Cow House, he has participated in numerous other residencies including Hotel Pupik (Austria) and Werkkamp (Belgium). He won the Mary L Nohl Fellowship for Individual Artists in 2102 (Established) and 2007 (Emerging). In addition, Matthes works collectively with Justseeds, a network of twenty-six artists living in the United States, Canada, and Mexico that runs a print collective, contributes graphics to social movements, and co-publishes books.

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Colin has been extremely generous with is time, taking care in thoughtfully answering our questions. It has been our privilege to catch up and read about all that has happened since his time with us in Ireland four years ago.

Open Residency Program

Applications are now open!

The Open Residency Program at Cow House Studios is intended to offer artists critically valuable time and space to think, research and make new work. The aim of this residency is to minimise distraction and ensure that momentum gained while working in the studio can be acted upon, helping to make even shorter stays highly productive.

Applications are open to both Irish and international cultural practitioners working in any discipline; visual artists, theatre-makers, writers, thinkers, choreographers, designers, performers, filmmakers, sculptors, photographers, etc. are all strongly encouraged to apply.

Associate Artist Position

We are now accepting applications for our new associate artist position!

Cow House Studios, Wexford, Ireland seeks four associate artists to assist in delivering its educational and residency programming throughout the calendar year. The successful candidates must be gifted, exhibiting artists, capable of and eager to teach young and aspirational students. Associate artists will develop challenging and innovative lesson plans alongside Co-Directors Rosie O’Gorman and Frank Abruzzese and play a key role in mentoring young adults while encouraging artistic excellence. Additionally, associate artists will have the opportunity to avail of residency opportunities at Cow House Studios throughout the year and assist in the development and delivery of new residency and educational opportunities.

How to Flatten a Mountain 2017

Dates: April 24th – May 5th, 2017
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How to Flatten a Mountain is an exciting residency opportunity open to emerging and mid-career visual artists whose artistic practice in whole or part, makes use of digital and/or analogue photographic processes.

The aim of this residency is for participating artists to explore possibilities outside their core practice, work collaboratively and produce a cohesive exhibition of work to be presented at PhotoIreland Festival 2017. During the residency, participants will take an active part in a series of workshops led by guest facilitators and as a group will be sharing ideas, making work, processing, printing, editing, as needed, always working in collaboration. As an integral part of the residency, three artists based in Ireland will facilitate day-long workshops to provoke and animate different avenues for thought. Each facilitator brings to the residency new perspectives, challenges and opportunities for participants.

The Centre For Dying On Stage: Performance Date & Times

Date & Time: Saturday, November 12 at 3pm

Location: Wexford Arts Centre

Performance by artists Jessica Foley, Marjorie Potiron & Lisa Hoffmann, Steven Randall, and Alex Mirutziu AKA The Artist and Himself at 29 (TAH29)

Please click here to purchase tickets.

A bus is scheduled to depart from the Irish Museum of Modern Art at 12:30pm and return at 9pm.

Ticket includes:

I like to eat with my hands: Exhibition

Wexford Arts Centre
Saturday 27th August at 3pm

The exhibition I like to eat with my hands is the outcome of our 2015 Autumn Residency residency involving five contemporary, international artists. The participants were artists Taro Furukata, Ann Maria Healy, dancer/choreographer Claire Huber and writer/artist duo KVM – Ju Hyun Lee and Ludovic Burel.

For a period of eight-weeks in autumn last year, they re-located their practices to our deeply rural environment at Cow House Studios. Together, they immersed themselves in research between the studios, the land and the shared accommodation, to create new work, share skills, and reflect on their own and others’ individual practices. Within this activity, the question was asked: can situating oneself within these new ‘Pig Earth’ surroundings potentially radicalise an existing working process?

Their answer comes to you in the form of this exhibition. It comes in the lonesomeness of Taro Furukata’s poignant attempts to assimilate (physically metabolising new spaces in the sanctity of his actual body) and to reach back home (phoning his Grandma for hand-me-down recipes); in Claire Huber’s struggle out of the physical and metaphysical confines of the body (dancing with and in nature in a wild and comic reach for meaning); in Ann Maria Healy’s search for spiritual guidance or resonance amongst dated mythological traditions (removed and ritualised in their almost but not quite kitsch physical form), and in KVM’s more than skin-deep transference of cultural mores (echoes of nasty cultural realities, warts and all).

RGKSKSRG is the paired curatorial practice of Rachael Gilbourne and Kate Strain.

Image: Ann Maria Healy, Beating to be real, 2016, HD video still.

The Centre For Dying On Stage

The Centre for Dying on Stage #3
Autumn Residency programme at Cow House Studios
10 October – 20 November 2016

Cow House Studios and Kate Strain are delighted to announce the participating artists for the upcoming residency programme: The Centre For Dying On Stage #3

The participants of the 2016 Cow House Studios Autumn residency programme are: Jessica Foley, Marjorie Potiron & Lisa Hoffmann, Steven Randall, and The Artist and Himself at 29 (TAH29). The five artists will be invited to reside at Cow House Studios from 10 October – 20 November, with the collective aim of producing an exhibition in the form of a play, to be realised at Wexford Arts Centre, on 11 & 12 November 2016. We look forward to welcoming the incoming resident artists in October.

You can read more about The Centre For Dying On Stage here…

How to Flatten a Mountain 2016 Exhibition

Launch: 7th July, 6:30pm
Running: 8-24 July
Location: Rathfarnham Castle

How to Flatten a Mountain is the title of this exhibition, which marks the culmination of a residency that ran for the first time this year between May 23 and June 1. The residency focused on emerging and mid-career visual artists whose practice in whole or part, makes use of digital or analogue photographic processes.

Congratulations to Kate Strain

We are incredibly excited by the announcement that Kate Strain has been appointed the new artistic director of the Grazer Kunstverein, Austria. Kate is our curator for the 2016 Residency program The Centre for Dying On Stage and previously curated our 2015 residency program I like to eat with my hands with Rachel Gilbourne as part of the paired curatorial […]

Cow House Studios & Bealtaine Festival 2016

Residency: Monday, 2nd May – Saturday, 14th May Public Discussion: Wexford arts Centre, Friday, 13th May (2pm) We are delighted to collaborate once again with Age & Opportunity. Following last year’s artists’ residency and public discussion, Bealtaine has invited sculptor Tina O’Connell, painter Brian Bourke and artist Sarah Tynan to reside at Cow House from […]

A Morning Light

2013 residency artist Ian Clark’s recent film A Morning Light will be screened at the Atlanta Film Festival on April 2nd. The film was premiered at the Torino Film Festival in 2015 and will see further screenings a the Micro-Wave Cinema Series later this year. Ian spent much of his time while at Cow House […]

The Centre for Dying on Stage #3

International Autumn Residency Programme Dates: 11 September – 13 November 2016 Submission deadline: 10 April 2016 Selected artists contacted: 1 May 2016 We are happy to announce the open call for our 2016 Autumn residency. The Centre For Dying On Stage, curated by Kate Strain, is the third endeavour allied with her ongoing research project […]

How to Flatten a Mountain

PhotoIreland & Cow House Studios present a unique 10-day residency. We are thrilled to announce How to Flatten a Mountain, a new residency programme in collaboration with the fantastic PhotoIreland festival. The aim of this 10-day residency is for participating artists to explore possibilities outside their core practice, work collaboratively and produce a cohesive exhibition/publication […]

Hallucination! on the Farm

Schnitzen einer Teufelsmaske, 1965 – Gareth Kennedy, research image as part of Die unbequeme Wissenschaft (The Uncomfortable Science), 2014 Cow House Studios | Hallowe’en Open Day Saturday 31 October 2015, 12noon – 5pm  Please join us for Hallucination! On the Farm as Cow House Studios hosts its annual Open Day. This year, guests are invited […]

Give Way, Exhibition & Gallery Talk

Wexford Arts Centre in collaboration with Cow House Studios are pleased to announce a group exhibition of 2014 residency artists Emma Schwartz (USA), Joey Bryniarska (UK), Mathilde Ganancia (France), Paul Gaffney (Ireland) and Woosung Lee (Korea). Now in it’s eighth year, Cow House Studios is a progressive artist-run school and residency programme situated on the […]

I Like to eat with my hands.

I like to eat with my hands. Image courtesy Fiona Hallinan, 2015 14 September – 8 November, 2015 Cow House Studios in collaboration with RGKSKSRG were delighted to host the recipients of the Cow House Residency for 2015: artists Taro Furukata, and Ann Maria Healy, dancer/choreographer Claire Huber, and publisher/writer/artist duo KVM – Ju hyun Lee […]