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 […]
Recipe: Nutella & Salted Caramel Stuffed Cookies It might come as no surprise that Nutella is quite popular during our summer program. It’s so popular that on occasion, we have, in fact, had to ration the delicious chocolate and hazelnut spread. After all, sugar highs are usually followed by sugar lows. We think the obsession must […]
In County Cork, nestled just above Mizen Head, Ireland’s most Southwesterly point, lies the ruins of Dunlough Castle or ‘Three Castle Head’. Dunlough Castle or Dun a Locha, which means the fort of the lake, was built by Donagh na Aimrice O’Mahoney in 1207. In its glory days the castle sat proudly as three towers, […]
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 […]
Community update with Woosung Lee
Woosung Lee participated in our residency program in the autumn of 2014. Based in Seoul, Korea, his painting and drawing practice draw upon memory, nostalgia and humor to create whimsical tapestries that can exist both within a gallery setting or unexpected urban settings. In 2017 he provided a wonderful illustration for a limited edition run of mugs to fund the scholarship program for Art on the Farm, our summer art program.
In 2009 Woosung received his BFA in painting from Hongik University, Seoul, Korea and in 2012, his MFA from Korea National University of Arts, Seoul, Korea. Woosung has exhibited his work widely both in Korea and abroad and has taken some time away from his active studio practice to answer a few of our questions.
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 […]
Recipe: Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup with Cheese Toasties
This recipe is a sophisticated twist on a summer camp classic. As a young boy, Cow House Co-Director Frank Abruzzese spent several summers in New Hampshire on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee at Camp Tecumseh. Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup were most definitely a camper favourite and gathering from other peoples’ experiences, this particular combination is a popular one.
A few tweaks elevate this dish, the first simply substitutes a good quality cheddar for the more standard American cheese slice. We shred our cheese to ensure an even melt. As always, Kerrygold butter on the bread is key and finally, the added flavour of roasted peppers in the tomato soup is a big step up from the canned variety usually served.
Twenty minutes from Cow House Studios, just outside Enniscorthy town, lies an area rich in history. Carley’s Bridge Pottery, established in 1654, pre-dates the O’Gorman farm by nearly 200 years and is known as Ireland’s oldest pottery. Founded by two brothers from Cornwall, England, they settled in the area because it was known to be […]
Community update with Ruth Connolly
Ruth Connolly is a photographer living and working in Dublin. She holds a BA in Fine Art Printmaking from Limerick School of Art and Design, and an MA in Photography from Central Saint Martins, London. Her first book, If you lived here, you’d be home by now was published in 2017 by The Velvet Cell.
Her personal work primarily explores the balance and tension between people and place. Commercially, she works with design studios, advertising agencies and businesses, helping to create a tone and feel for a brand through photography. Ruth is a photography lecturer at Dublin Institute of Design.
Ruth participated in our residency How to Flatten a Mountain in 2017 when she made the fantastic body of work Each evening we see the sun set which she made into an exquisite handmade book for the exhibition at Rathfarnham Castle. This work was then published by PhotoIreland Foundation as part of their TLP Editions series. Ruth has kindly taken some time to answer our questions.
Recipe: Beef & Guinness Stew with Mashed Spuds
During these cold winter months, nothing could be better than a comforting bowl of stew. The weather here in Ireland seems perfectly suited for food like this from mid-autumn through early spring and thankfully, the grass-fed lamb and beef, as well as the fantastic root vegetables available here, lend themselves well to this style of cooking.
This recipe uses perhaps Irelands most well-known export, Guinness, the hearty stout from Dublin. When co-directors Rosie and Frank moved to Ireland after studying for their masters at San Francisco Art Institute, they lived for a time in Stoneybatter, a section of Dublin just north of the river and west of the city center. St James’s Gate, where the famous brew is made, was just a short walk away on the other side of the Liffey. Some mornings the sweet and earthy aromas of malting barley were so strong it seemed like it was being brewed next door. Some of those same aromas are strongly present in this fantastic stew.
When we hosted our first group of artists at Cow House eleven years ago, we understood the value of uninterrupted time and space to make work. We strove to create a place where a small artistic community could engage with all the possibilities of making work in our unique environment. We wanted to support artists, […]
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 […]
This past Autumn, associate artist Ann Maria Healy exhibited a new video work titled When Dealers Are Shamans at Pallas Projects. The initial ideas for this project began when Ann Maria was with us for our residency I like to eat with my hands. She became interested in our peacock George and began some initial research. We were […]
Recipe: Gluten Free Christmas Pudding
This recipe has been adapted from one of Darina Allen’s classics. Darina is an enthusiastic advocate for Irish food both at home and abroad, and was instrumental in setting up the Farmers’ Market Movement in Ireland. She set up the Ballymaloe Cookery School with her brother in 1983 and has released numerous cookbooks and television series. Rosie’s sister Edel adapted this recipe from Darina’s book, A Simply Delicious Christmas. Rosie’s mother, Mary, has been using this book for many years, having been gifted to her by Rosie’s father Michael in 1989. Known for his sweet tooth, we still wonder to this day whether this gift was meant to be a hint!
During our Open Residency Program this past Autumn we had the pleasure of hosting two emerging photographers, Luis Alberto Rodriguez and Jewgeni Roppel. This residency was made possible through a collaboration with PhotoIreland Foundation and Futures. Futures is a new photography platform that pools the resources and talent programmes of leading photography institutions across Europe […]
Sarah Lincoln (born in 1980) is a visual artist based in Ardmore, Co. Waterford. She graduated from NCAD in 2004 with a joint degree in Fine Art and the History of Art. She holds an MA in Visual Arts Practice from IADT. Sarah writes for Enclave Review and Critique.
Her work has been included in Claremorris Open, EVA and as part of numerous group exhibitions. The Irish Arts Council, Create and ArtLinks have supported her practice.
Ruby Wallis is an artist and lecturer who completed her PhD at The National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2015. She was an artist in residence at The Irish Museum of Modern Art (2016) and received an Arts Council’s Bursary Award (2017). She was awarded the first prize at Claremorris Open Exhibition and was nominated for the Prix Pictet Photography (2013). She lectures at The Burren College of Art and the National University of Ireland.
Linda Quinlan is a graduate of the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, NCAD, Dublin and Crawford College, Cork.
She has exhibited at Oakville Galleries, Toronto; Bloomberg Space, London; CRAC Alsace, Altkirch; Smart Project Space, Amsterdam; IMMA, Dublin; Loop Gallery, Seoul; Salon Populaire, Berlin; Kolnischer Kunstverein, Cologne; the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin; Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin; Crawford Gallery, Cork; RHA, Dublin; Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin and Glucksman Gallery, Cork. Residencies include The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul; Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris; Picture This, Bristol; IMMA, Dublin, TBG&S, Dublin, University of Tasmania, Hobart and Fondazione Ratti, Como.
Ruth E Lyons is based in Co. Offaly, Ireland. Over the past years, she has created works in the sky (Sky is the Limit, 2012, public commission for Scoil Naomh Eoin, Co. Meath), the sea (Pinking on Sea, 2014, Kinsale Arts Festival) and underground (Salarium 230million BCE – 2023 CE commission with EUSalt Assoc.)
Ciara McMahon is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice includes site-specific performative installations, paint, and video. McMahon has an MA from the combined pathway ACW program (thesis First) NCAD and a BA (First) from NCAD. She is currently enrolled in the Turps Banana Correspondance Course 2018- 2019.
McMahon’s has had solo exhibitions in The Banff Center; NCAD Gallery; the Joinery. Further shows include the Garter Lane Arts Center; Bath Royal Science and Literacy Institution; Birkbeck College, London; Pallas Projects; Annual RUA Exhibition and TULCA amongst others. McMahon has been awarded Audrey E. Klinck scholarship at the Banff Arts Centre; Artist in the Community Award Phase 1 and 2 from CREATE; Arts Council Travel and Training Award and DLR arts grants.
Sally O’Dowd is a visual artist with a socially engaged practice focusing on drawing and performance. As a politically aware artist, her research is concerned with identity and in particular intimate female ritual and investigating the role – self-selected and enforced – of women in contemporary Irish society. Her artwork also focuses on authenticity in documentation by way of performance, film and drawing. She creates often absurd, socially awkward performance, in which costumes and props amount to an abject beauty.
Dorota Borowa is a Polish artist based in Dublin. She holds a Masters from the Painting Department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Dorota has exhibited both nationally and internationally (including the Eight Gallery, Dublin, m² Gallery, Warsaw, By Other Means Gallery, London, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, Platan Gallery, Budapest, Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum, Tønsberg) and has been awarded a number of residency programmes. To date, Dorota has received two scholarships from the Polish Ministry of Culture. In 2016 she was longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize. Her work has recently been selected for the second issue of independent publication Bloomers Magazine: Living Mountain which celebrates the work of emerging female artists based in Ireland. Borowa’s work was also recently featured in the film ‘Monument’ by award-winning Polish director Jagoda Szelc. Dorota is a co-founder of the Borowe Sisters Group. One of her ongoing projects is Map Books, inspired by travelling in South-East Asia. Dorota collaborates with m² Gallery in Warsaw.
Stephen Dunne’s work operates across the registers of painting, drawing and moving image. Works are produced in a spontaneous manner and attempt to draw upon the unconscious as a source material. The process of making, where each thing leads to the next through an experimental and intuitive approach is at the core of this work.
Dunne is a graduate of the M.A in Fine Art painting at the Royal College of Art and of NCAD and his recent exhibitions include “As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics” & “Wilder Beings Command” at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
Niamh Davis is a Dublin based artist. She has a BFA from Crawford Art College, Cork and a Post Grad from UCD. She has had solo exhibitions in Cross Gallery, Dublin, nag Gallery, Dublin, PS2, Belfast and The Andrew Stone Gallery, Westport, as well as many group exhibitions throughout Ireland, Berlin and Timor Leste. In addition to the Mothership Project Satellite Residency in Cow House Studios, awards include Fire Station Artist’s Studio’s Digital Media Residency Award and the Backwater Artists Studio’s, Ciaran Langford Memorial Bursary Award.
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 a short stay highly productive.