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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 exchange 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.

We offer several residency opportunities throughout the year. Please visit our website for details about specific programs and application deadlines.


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: April 30, May 14
  • Application Ongoing: No
  • 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
  • Meals: All/most meals are provided by organization
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet
  • Companions: Spouses/partners allowed for full stay, Children allowed for full stay
    We can accommodate families for specific programs. Please contact us directly ( to inquire if the program in question is eligible.
  • Accessibility: no
  • Studios/special equipment: Book Arts, Digital media, Exhibition / Installation, Film / Digital editing, Painting, Photography (digital), Photography (non-digital), Sculpture, Woodworking

Stipends / other support

Additional expectations / opportunities

Contact Information

Enniscorthy, Wexford