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Cow House Studios

Since our first year in 2008 Cow House Studios residency programme has provided studio space for professional visual artists working in any discipline. These residencies offer a valuable support structure for emerging and mid-career artists and bring critically engaging contemporary work to our rural community. We are committed to creating an inspirational environment for artists to explore and challenge new ideas, facilitating both individual research and interdisciplinary interaction.

Artists share the large, adaptable studio allowing them to become acquainted with and challenged by one another's work. Additionally, artists are provided with comfortable shared accommodation where participants regularly enjoy great meals and conversation. Over the years we have changed and expanded our offerings to include residences designed for artists at all levels, educators and curators.

We continue to develop new programming independently as well as in collaboration with key national and international organisations. These partnerships offer unique opportunities for the exhibition and publication of new works as well as professional development through facilitated discussions, public talks, workshops and studio visits. With the generous support of Wexford County Council, we will continue to expand upon these offerings and experiment with new residency models aimed to support our artistic community.

How to Flatten a Mountain 2018
Dates: April 23 – May 4, 2018

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 2018. 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.

This twelve-day programme is comprised of three component parts; workshop facilitation, open studio time and the installation and opening of an exhibition in Dublin for PhotoIreland Festival 2018. The first five days of the programme will be comprised of a carefully selected series of workshops, readings and presentations designed to stimulate the creative process, facilitate collaboration, familiarise participants with the people and places of the locality and tease out shared curiosities and thematics. The following five days provide the necessary time and space to create new work. Following on from our initial workshops, the open studio time allows for participants to re-visit sites of interest, research, print and finalise work for presentation. The final two days will be spent in Dublin installing the exhibition, culminating in an opening on the final evening of the programme.

This residency opportunity is sure to result in the production of new work, introduce participants to a network of practitioners from a diversity of locations, provide a fantastic exhibition opportunity and open up new possibilities within each participant practice.


Rathnure, Wexford: Ireland

Cow House Studios is named for its practical origins on the O’Gorman family farm, where for over 250 years the family has lived and worked the land. Nestled at the foot of the scenic Blackstairs Mountains, it is located three miles from the village of Rathnure, County Wexford. The vision of two artists, Rosie O’Gorman and Frank Abruzzese, fortified by the generosity of the O’Gorman family, has transformed the function of the Cow House from a beautiful stone structure used for bedding cows into a studio committed to facilitating contemporary visual arts practice.


  • Residency Length: 1 to 6 weeks
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 4 to 12
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 16
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 150


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Practitioners working in any discipline are strongly encouraged to apply; visual artists, theatre-makers, writers, thinkers, choreographers, designers, performers, filmmakers, sculptors, photographers, etc.

  • Application deadline: January 14, April 08
  • Additional deadline info:
    Deadlines for specific programs vary. Please visit our website for further details.

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
    Depending on the specific residency, artists will either have a private room and studio or share with up to three other artists. Please read each opportunity carefully and contact us ( to inquire about housing details.
  • Meals: All/most meals are provided by organization
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: no
  • Studios/special equipment: Book Arts, Digital media, Exhibition / Installation, Film / Digital editing, Painting, Photography (digital), Photography (non-digital), Sculpture, Woodworking

Residency Fees

Fees vary for each residency opportunity with some receiving full support. Please read each listing carefully and contact us ( to inquire about fees and/or financial support.

Stipends / other support

Fees vary for each residency opportunity with some receiving full support. Please read each listing carefully and contact us ( to inquire about fees and/or financial support.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Expectations and opportunities vary for each residency. Please read each listing carefully and contact us ( with any questions you may have.

Contact Information

Enniscorthy, Wexford