How to Flatten a Mountain artists residency for mid-career artists

PhotoIreland & Cow House Studios present a unique 10-day residency
coordinated by Ángel Luis González, Frank Abruzzese, and Kate Strain.
A dynamic group of curators and creative practitioners have been assembled to lead a series of day-long projects, discussions and critiques resulting in new works and an exhibition to be presented at Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin during PhotoIreland Festival 2016.
Residency Details
LocationThe residency project will take place at the fabulous Cow House Studios, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, Ireland. It is open to up to 12 local and international participants. The cost of the ten days residency is €750, and it includes:

Daily healthy meals

  • Most comfy accommodation
  • Informative and challenging instruction
  • Travel to and from Dublin
  • Materials such as ink and paper for printer, film and black and white paper for darkroom
  • Access to all Cow House Studios facilities, like computers, darkroom, and studios.

During the residency, the participants will take an active part in a series of workshops led by guest facilitators Karl Burke, Mark Curran, Paul Gaffney, Miriam O’ Connor, and Luna Dolezal & Fiona Hallinan. As a group, you will be share ideas, create work, processing, printing, editing, etc., as needed, always working in collaboration. Each facilitator brings to the residency new challenges and new opportunities for your practice.
The group will take a one-day trip to Dublin, for an organised visit to selected exhibitions and to meet with curators and artists. Exploring the local area around Cow House Studios, adjacent mountains and forests will also be part of the experience.
Throughout the residency, the participants will work together with the project coordinators on all the practical and theoretical steps towards producing an exhibition/publication of work to be presented at PhotoIreland Festival 2016.
Note that flights and airport transport are not covered.
Application Guidelines:
How to Flatten a Mountain Application FormSubmit the following documents in PDF format to with ‘HOW TO FLATTEN A MOUNTAIN’ in the subject line:

  • CV/resume
  • Artist Statement
  • List of images
  • Completed application form
  • Include 10-20 jpeg images of your most recent work a maximum of 1200 pixels on the largest side. Name each file with your name in the following format: JohnSmith_01.jpg

Please, send the files using the service to by February 29, 2016. You will be contacted by a Cow House Studios representative to confirm receipt of your application within five working days. Selected artists will be contacted by March 31, 2016.

  • Submission deadline: February 29, 2016
  • Selected artists contacted: March 31, 2016
  • Residency dates: May 23-June 1 2016

Incomplete applications will not be considered. A selection panel will review the submissions and make its decision solely on the information provided. The panel members include project coordinators Ángel Luis González, Frank Abruzzese and Kate Strain. Applicants will be notified of the results by March 31, 2016.
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