It’s been just a few days since our first ever gap year students went their separate ways and looking back on our time with them, it seems as if the past twelve weeks went by in a flash. Here at Cow House, we could not have been more fortunate to host such a wonderful group […]
The farm is quiet this week. We’ve just completed the eighth week of our gap year program FieldWorks and many of our students have taken the Easter break as an opportunity to travel for the week. Some have remained in Ireland while others have travelled to destinations within Europe and still, others have chosen to […]
The Living Arts Project is an artist-in-residence scheme for primary schools in County Wexford. The aim of this project is to provide children with an understanding and appreciation of contemporary visual art. The Living Arts Project exhibition represents a selection of work produced by the participating primary schools.
Additionally, supported by the Creative Ireland Programme, artists Els Dietvorst and Cow House Co-Director Frank Abruzzese worked with pupils from Ramsgrange Community School. The residency, developed with Art Teacher Aoife Power, included workshops on drawing, printmaking, and photography. Included in the exhibition is People Who, a new work by Frank Abruzzese which was made in collaboration with the students over the course of several weeks.
It’s hard to believe we’re already one month into our new gap year program FieldWorks. It has all at once felt like the blink of an eye and a much longer stay. Our students have accomplished a great deal in their time with us thus far, working with Co-Directors Rosie & Frank as well as […]
Meet Co-Directors Rosie O’Gorman & Frank Abruzzese Starting today, Cow House Co-Directors Rosie O’Gorman and Frank Abruzzese will be travelling across the United States to speak with parents and students about Art on the Farm, our summer program for teens and FieldWorks our gap year art program. This is a fantastic opportunity to ask questions […]
Community update with Emma McClurg
Emma McClurg was one of our very first summer program students back in 2008 and returned to Art on the Farm again in 2010. We have such fond memories of those early years at Cow House and were probably learning as much if not more than our students during those first few summers.
In 2015, Emma graduated with a BFA in Visual Communication Design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is now a Senior Art Director at Ogilvy in Chicago, a position she earned after a freelancing gig during her senior year of college. She has kindly taken some time out of her busy schedule to answer a few of our questions.
Community update with Marissa Alper
Marissa was a student during our summer programme Art on the Farm in 2013 and is currently located in Richmond, Virginia where she is pursuing a BFA in Photography and Painting at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Marissa’s work explores her experience bridging the gap between adolescence and adulthood. While exploring this, she touches on different aspects of her personal life and her relationships with those around her.
Recently, Marissa’s work was featured in Lomo Women among many other online and print publications. We’re incredibly happy to see Marissa getting some recognition for her fantastic work and were delighted when she agreed to take a bit of time to answer a few of our questions.
Community update with Zsofia Schweger
Zsofia was one of our visiting artists for Art on the Farm in 2011 and taught painting alongside Rosie for the entire summer. She studied at Wellesley College before moving to London in 2013 where she attended the Slade School of Fine Art, graduating with an MA in 2015.
Zsofia was selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2016 and has been supported by several generous prizes. These include the Jealous Prize, Griffin Art Prize, the Alice C. Cole Award, and the ‘One To Watch’ Award. Her first solo exhibition was held in 2016 at Griffin Gallery.
Zsofia was an exceptionally hard worker and woke up early every morning to paint before her teaching duties began. We had no doubts that she would do well and were thrilled to hear of her success. We’re grateful Zsofia has generously taken some time to answer a few of our questions.
Community update with Paul Gaffney
Paul Gaffney is one of four associate artists at Cow House Studios and participated in his first residency with us back in 2014. As an associate artist, Paul is a regular visitor to the farm and teaches during our summer program Art on the Farm. For the past number of years, he has been investigating different ways of experiencing and representing landscape. His research is focused on developing a meditative approach to landscape photography and explores how the act of image making can enable and disrupt a sense of connection with one’s surroundings.
Paul was recently selected for the Arts Council’s ‘Next Generation Bursary Award’ 2016-17. His books have been nominated for the Photobook Award at the International Photobook Festival Kassel (2013 & 2016), shortlisted for the European Publishers Award for Photography, and selected for several ‘Best Photobooks of The Year’ lists. Gaffney’s work has also been presented as solo exhibitions at the Centre national de l’audiovisuel (Luxembourg), Flowers Gallery (London), Gallery of Photography (Dublin), Belfast Exposed Gallery, Ffotogallery (Cardiff), Oliver Sears Gallery (Dublin) and in group shows and festivals in the US, UK, South Africa, Ireland, Italy, France and China. His images have been published internationally in print and online periodicals including American Suburb X, Harvard Design Review, Creative Review, The New Yorker, European Photography, DU Magazine, Katalog, PaperJam, Source, Photomonitor and Landscape Stories.
Paul recently took time out of his busy schedule to answer a few of our questions. Click through to read his answers.
We are delighted to announce our new associate artists (from left to right) Ann Maria Healy, Mathilde Ganancia, Sarah Tynan and Paul Gaffney who in their new roles will be teaching this summer during Art on the Farm. These four artists represent a diverse set of artistic practices ranging from painting to sculpture, installation, performance, video and photography. In their young careers, all have exhibited widely whilst receiving recognition for their exceptional work as recipients of numerous grants and awards. We look forward to working with them over the next few years and are certain they will have much to add to our educational and residency programming.
We are thrilled to once again welcome a group of girls from Agnes Irwin School. This is the fifth year we have had the pleasure of hosting students for their Special Studies Program (SSP). Running for almost 50 years, the SSP programme at Agnes Irwin is designed to offer students experiences away from the classroom […]
This past Sunday we welcomed a group of fantastic students from Friends Academy in Locust Valley, NY for their Global Studies Scholars programme. For the next week, Rosie and Frank will be working with the group to guide them in creating a handmade artist book reflecting on their experiences in Ireland. Through a series of […]
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 […]
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.
Community update with Manya Fox
Manya is a photographer living in Los Angeles, California and currently works as Visitor Services Director at Hollyhock House, a historic home built by Frank Loyd Wright in 1922. She was a visiting artist for Art on the Farm in 2010 where she taught photography in the darkroom and made a wonderful new body of work. Manya received her Bachelors Degree from Bard College in 2008 and her MFA from UCLA School of Art in 2008.
Community update with Margot Yale
Margot attended our summer programme Art on the Farm in 2012. She is now in her final year at Princeton University studying art history. On a recent trip to Ireland, researching for her senior thesis, Margot took time out to visit us during our final session of 2016. She spoke with the students about her current research, her experiences at Princeton and sat in on our final critique. Margot generously agreed to answer a few of our questions to reflect upon how her experiences at Cow House Studios continue to shape her interests and professional pursuits.
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.
Over the course of seven nights, students from Penn Charter School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania were challenged to observe, explore, collect and curate during their time on our farm and while in Dublin. For this trip, we explored ideas around building and editing collections and how this process might yield unexpected narratives. Through a variety of practical […]
Saturday 13th December, 2pm – 4pm Festive Creations Create a Winter Wonderland Painting and make a Snow Owl decoration to hang on your Christmas tree. Christmas Film: “The Snowman” Sip on hot chocolate and watch this beautifully crafted animation. Cookie Exchange! Bring 2 dozen cookies or biscuits (home-baked if you’re feeling adventurous!) and an empty […]
Cow House Co Director Frank Abruzzese will be exhibiting new work from his ongoing series Live Load at the Wexford Arts Centre from today, June 14th untill July 12th. There will be a gallery talk on Saturday, June 28th at 2pm. All are welcome. You can see the work and read about the process here…