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The Friends on tour in Portugal
At the Friends Christmas party Roz O’Brien (centre) founding administrator of the Friends of
the Crawford with on the left Nessa Durcan and Noreen McSweeney, outgoing administrators
and on the right the new administrators Sinead Dineen and Michele Whelan.
Friends of the Crawford Gallery
As an independent support group for the Crawford Art Gallery, the Friends´ aim is to promote awareness of the Gallery, its collections and exhibitions and to foster an interest in all aspects of art and heritage. Through your membership and participation in the Friends´ events we provide support to the Gallery for future acquisitions of art and for exhibitions.

Members of the Friends of the Crawford Art Gallery have the opportunity to attend our spring and autumn series of lunchtime lectures on art history, contemporary art and our local heritage of art and architecture.

Throughout the year the Friends of the Crawford Art Gallery also host short visits and guided day tours to galleries, museums and great houses and gardens of Ireland.

Members have the opportunity to attend short talks by art historians on specific works in the Gallery´s permanent collection followed by tea/coffee and scones in the Ballymaloe Gallery café.

Each year we organise a tour abroad for our members to places of cultural interest throughout Europe. Recent tours have been to Istanbul, Sicily, Malta and Madrid.

Members of the Friends of the Crawford Art Gallery receive notification of, and invitations to, the opening of all Gallery exhibitions.

Details of membership are available from the Friends’ Office beside the Gallery Café.

A Thirty Year Friendship
In 2018 the Friends celebrates thirty years of support to the Crawford Art Gallery. Among its acquisitions for the gallery are Vivienne Roche’s Viapori Bell, three miniatures (watercolour on ivory ) by Frederick Buck and a Picasso print, Maternité. More recently it supported the publication of Made in Cork -The Arts and Crafts Movement 1880s -1920s by Vera Ryan. It organises outings, lectures and trips abroad for its members.


Become a Member
Download the membership form here
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Administrators are present in the gallery on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday between 10.00 am and 14.00 pm.

Please note that the Friends Office has been relocated for 2018. Please request a meeting with a Friends administrator at the gift shop on arrival to the gallery.

Hon Administrators:
Michelle Whelan
Sinéad Dineen

+353 (0) 21 490 7864

friends@crawfordartgallery.ie

2018 Spring Series of Lunchtime Lectures

Friday February 16th 11.30–12.30
Guided Tour of  Heroes & Villains
with Dr Michael Waldron
Admission €10 All Welcome

Join the Friends and Michael Waldron for a private guided tour of ‘Heroes and Villains’ at 11.30 - 12:30 p.m. in the Gibson Gallery.Followed by tea and coffee in the gallery library at 12.30 - 1:30 p.m.
Admission €10 payable on arrival


Friday 23rd February 2018, 1–2pm
‘Harry Clarke-A tale of two churches’
with Patricia Curtin Kelly


Friday 2nd March 2018, 1–2pm
To be confirmed 1 - 2pm


Friday 9th March 2018,  1–2pm
‘Her dairy, her calves & her homespun linen’; Women in the Irish farm kitchen, an interdisciplinary view. 1740–1940. 
Dr Claudia Kinmonth MA(RCA) BTecHND



Friday 16th March 2018,1 - 2pm
To be confirmed
William Gallagher
Lecture to be confirmed


Friday 23rd March 2018,1 - 2pm
John Millington Synge:
'Art and the Rest'
Dr Éimear O’Connor
Author, Curator and Art Historian 

It is little-known that John Millington Synge was a talented photographer. In the late 1890s he took his camera to the Aran Islands to photograph the people and their traditional way of life. This is a fully illustrated talk revealing the nature and extent of Synge's photographs, and their subsequent use by the author, and by painter, Jack B. Yeats. Synge's love of the Aran Islands, and its influence on two other Irish artists, Harry Clarke and Seán Keating, will also be discussed in the context of both the cultural and the nationalist revolution that took place at the time.