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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.

Become a Member
Download the membership form here
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Administrators are present in the gallery on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm.

Noreen Mc Sweeney
Nessa Durcan
+353 (0) 21 490 7864
Lectures will be held in the Gallery Lecture Theatre every Friday
1.00 TO 2.00 PM


24 November 2017
Vera Ryan
Fans and Fantasies
In the Great Exhibition held in London in 1851, there were no prize -winning English fans. Soon afterwards, high quality fan leaves were being designed and made in these islands. When handmade lace became a fashionable material for fan leaves in the 1880s, many were designed and made in Cork. Vera Ryan will discuss their wider history and explore the language of fans in which women could converse without speaking.

Launch of Vera Ryan's book Made In Cork The Arts and Crafts Movement from the 1880s to the 1920s.

We are delighted to invite you to the launch of Made in Cork The Arts and Crafts Movement -1880s to 1920s by Vera Ryan in the Long Gallery following this lecture. The publication is sponsored by the Friends of the Crawford and will be launched by Conal Creedon.

1 December 2017
Fiona Ní Bhriain
The first actress appeared on the legitimate stage in England following the Restoration of Charles II in 1660. Prior to this, female roles were played by male actors, including famously Edward Kynaston. The idea of the actress has a complicated visual and cultural history in Britain and their status was the focus of endless moral and aesthetic debate. This lecture will examine the appeal of female performers by discussing their pioneering roles, their heightened visibility in public through the fashioning of image and celebrity and the balancing act they played between virtue and notoriety.