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.
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.
Born in Dublin, Úna Quigley graduated from Crawford College of Art, Cork and Winchester School of Art, Spain & U.K. in 2001 with an MA in European Fine Art. She has since exhibited widely such as at the Kassel Film Festival, the Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Centrum Berlin, Project Arts Centre, Ireland, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Ireland, and Crawford Gallery, Ireland.
In recent years she screened her film work at the National Film Archive in Seoul and Berliner Liste, had a solo exhibition The Interval at Centrum Berlin and co-created a cinema in the wilderness for a temporary project entitled Wild-screen in Connemara. She exhibited in Tulca The Headless City in 2016 and is premiering new work at the Istanbul Experimental film festival in 2018.
Quigley has been included in a number of publications, such as Cooling out – on the paradox of Feminism by Lewis Glucksman Gallery/Kunsthaus Baselland, and recently False Optimism published by Crawford Gallery Ireland and All Mountains begin on the Ground, an artists book of essays.
She has received awards from local authorities, Culture Ireland, the Arts Council of Ireland, and Ealaín na Gaeltachta and was most recently awarded an Artists Bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland in 2017.
Susan Montgomery is a visual artist from Wicklow and has lived in West Cork since 2007. She graduated from DLIATD in 1997. Her extensive exhibition record includes Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Doswell Gallery, Rosscarbery, Cross Gallery, Dublin, The Joinery, Dublin, Signal Arts Centre, Bray, Talbot gallery, Dublin and Greyfriars Municipal Gallery, Waterford.
Montgomery is a member of the experimental collective Tellurometer Project; recipient of a Wicklow County Council Award to fund a publication currently in progress. Additionally, educational work at West Cork Arts Centre since 2009 resulted in commissioned work and public engagement touring to Mermaid Arts Centre, Highlands Gallery and Wexford Arts Centre to accompany Mikala Dwyer’s Panto Collapsar. Other educational awards include a Cork County Council Commission by the County Library Service in 2015.
Susan Montgomery’s work belongs in the collections of OPW, Trinity College, Dublin, former First National Bank, The Ice Hotel, Ballina, Touchstone Healthcare and Waterford County Council.
The Mothership & Cow House Studios will host a talk on Saturday 24th November from 2 pm – 4.30 pm at Wexford Arts centre as part of the Satellite Residency.
This autumn The Mothership Project in collaboration with Cow House Studios are running Satellite, a pilot artist residency programme giving 15 parenting artists supported time and space to develop their practice, including childcare and accommodation on-site for children and partners.
Michelle Browne and Leah Hillard of The Mothership, participating Artist Celina Muldoon and Rosie O’Gorman of Cow House studios will discuss the Satellite residency in the context of being a parenting artist in Ireland. This residency aims to generate institutional change in how artists are supported throughout their careers and changing family circumstances, as well as contributing to the debate on affordable childcare, precarious work and attitudes to care work.
This residency programme for parenting artists highlights the difficulty of maintaining an art career as a parent in Ireland. The Satellite Residency is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and Wexford County Council Arts Office and is supported by Visual, Carlow and Wexford Arts Centre.
Recipe: Cow House Celebration Chocolate Cake
Every year during our summer art program there are always a few birthdays and this chocolate cake never disappoints. Our students will even go as far as pretending it’s their birthday to get Caitriona baking. Sweet treats have always been a particularly special part of mealtime at Cow House and while we keep things healthy, occasionally, you need a bit of something indulgent for the soul. The expectation for incredible deserts started with Rosie’s mother Mary who in the early years, would spoil us with her Pavlovas, Banoffi Pies and Black Forest Gateaus then, Rosie’s Sister Edel kept up the tradition with equally tempting additions. Caitriona now expertly crafts a variety of cookies, pies and cakes that are not only delicious but beautifully adorned with decorative touches.
Recipe: Spiced Aubergine & Chickpeas, Radish & Celery Salad, Quinoa & Minted Yogurt
This dinner is adapted from a few recipes in Yotam Ottolenghi’s fantastic book Jerusalem. We absolutely love this book and use it on a weekly basis. If you like this meal, you’ll love the book. Many of the recipes are vegetarian, healthy and really satisfying. This book alone has accounted for about half of the spices we now hold in our red kitchen pantry and well worth having around. A sprinkle of Za’atar on some scrambled eggs with a dollop of Greek yoghurt is a satisfying break from your usual breakfast routine.
Recipe: Irish Brown Soda Bread
We’re thrilled to be launching a new series of posts on our website sharing recipes from our kitchen. We couldn’t think of a better one to start with than the traditional Irish Brown Soda Bread. Brown bread is one of those recipes that can vary from home to home. Everyone adds their own special touch whether they might bake it in a tin or on a stone, add seeds for extra bite or buttermilk for added depth. Cutting this bread requires a steady hand and some strength. The crust is thick and hard and the internal texture is quite delicate. Cut them too thick and you’ll be accused of making “doorsteps” as Rosie’s family likes to say.