Building on Satellite, the very successful pilot residency run in collaboration with The Mothership Project, Cow House Studios, with the support of Wexford County Council is pleased to offer an annual two-week residency designed specifically for parenting artists. The Parenting Artist Residency will make it possible for awarded artists to dedicate time to their work by offering all of the supports necessary to do so. We recognise many artists discover they must drop or drastically curtail their creative practice while having children, leaving a cultural gap. This residency will support parenting artists at this key stage in their lives, assisting them to have productive and rewarding careers as they rear their families.
The Parenting Artist Residency is designed specifically for parenting artists with dependants under 18 years of age; children and partners are welcome. Through an open call, this residency will make it possible for participating artists to develop new work, progress existing projects or get back to their practice after taking time out to have children. This residency will offer childcare, a stipend of €500, accommodation and meals.
This residency aims to provide a residency platform that is notably missing from existing offerings; fostering solidarity among artists who often as a result of having a family end up isolated and alienated from existing art structures.
Selected artists and their families will come to Rathnure and reside at Cow House Studios for a period of 2 weeks from March 30th to April 12th, 2020. While here, they will be immersed in the supportive and invigorating environment at Cow House Studios. Meals, technical support and childcare (9 am till 5 pm on weekdays) will be provided allowing artists to focus fully on their work.
Accommodation for artists is beside the studio is a 300-year-old barn that has been transformed to provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere for guests. The shared experience of living, eating and spending time together, forms an integral part of life at the Cow House. The Barn contains five en-suite bedrooms, a cosy dining room, a large living area, an expanding visual arts library, and a busy kitchen where Caitriona and Frank prepare home-cooked food.
At the Cow House food is taken seriously. Everyone eats three delicious and healthy meals a day, and accommodations can be made for any specific dietary needs, whether it be a food allergy, vegetarian or vegan requirements. A variety of cuisines are prepared, from Irish to Mexican, Italian to Middle Eastern, and use ingredients that have been produced locally: fresh milk and cheese, natural Irish beef and lamb, and delicious root vegetables, not to mention home-baked bread, fruit preserves, ferments and delicious desserts.
The Barn is just beside the O’Gorman homeplace and in the past, was used as horse stables, dog kennels, storage for grain and potatoes and at one time housed workers who would have helped work the land. It’s not uncommon for family members to pop in for a chat or share a meal. The Barn is an integral part of the family homestead; giving residency artists a sense of the living history that makes short or long stays at the studio a special experience.
Submit the following documents in PDF format by Sunday, November 10th, 2019.
- Completed application form
- Recent CV/resume
- A portfolio (only one pdf file). Although there is no maximum number of images that will be accepted, we advise applicants to only submit relevant materials to reduce the size of email submissions. The images should include captions or short descriptions. For videos/films/audio, you may provide links to your own website, Vimeo page, YouTube page, within the application form. Do not attach actual video files.
Please submit electronic copies of the three attachments in ONE email under the size of 10 MB to email@example.com.
You will be contacted by a Cow House Studios representative to confirm receipt of your application within five working days. Successful applicants will be contacted by Monday, November 25th, 2019.