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Cork Midsummer Festival 2019
Cork Midsummer Festival at Crawford Art Gallery
13–23 June 2019

How It Is Symposium
14 June, 9.30–6.30

How It Is Symposium
14 June, 9.30–6.30

Cork’s own Beckett specialists Gare St Lazare Ireland present their second international Symposium to draw attention to and discuss Samuel Beckett’s 1963 novel How It Is which the company is in the process of staging over three separate productions. Keynote speakers and panellists are a cross section of Irish and international academics, artists and theatre makers and the event is open to anyone with an interest in contemporary fiction, theatre or learning more about the extraordinary achievements of the Nobel Prizewinning author. 

Free but registration required.

How It Is (Part Two) by Samuel Beckett, a co-production with Gare St Lazare Ireland and Coronet Theatre (London) in association with The Everyman, will premiere at The Everyman, Cork, 3 – 7 September 2019, supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

The Fig Reveal
17–21 & 24–28 June

The Fig Reveal

Conservation work and unveiling 
'In Conversation': Thursday 20th June 1pm
Join conservator Eoghan Daltun and discover the secrets behind the Canova Casts and
The Fig Reveal.

The statue that advertises its modesty with a fig leaf really brings its modesty under suspicion.’ Mark Twain

Over the course of two weeks, sculpture conservator Eoghan Daltun will remove the fig-leaves from six male figures in our collection of Canova Casts: Adonis, Apollo Belvedere, Laocoon and His Sons, and the Belvedere Torso. It is thought that these were added in Cork after 1818. Fig leaves have often been used to conceal nudity in art, referring to Adam and Eve’s use of them to cover their modesty. As such, their removal will restore our casts to their original condition. After the ‘fig’ reveal, the plaster leaves will be retained and placed on display separately.


Marianne Keating
21 June - 20 September
10am - 5pm (Mon - Sat)
11am - 4pm (Sun)
Artist talk: 1pm, 21 June

Marianne Keating

Marianne Keating’s multimedia installation will focus on the movement of the Irish indentured labourers and emigrants in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century to Barbados and Jamaica and their legacy in the Caribbean. Tracing the migration of the Irish from ports including Cork, Limerick and Belfast, she explores the 18th century role of the Customs House, where Crawford Art Gallery is now located. Keating determines new narratives in response to the dominant master narratives of Western nationhood, rewriting the histories of the dominated ‘other’. 

Marianne Keating is an Irish artist based between Ireland and London. 

This new artist-directed programme aims to support artist’s interests and connect with audiences through a collaboration with Crawford Art Gallery, its site, collection and location.


Crosstown Drift: A Night at the Gallery

22 June, 6.00pm & 7.30pm

Crosstown Drift: A Night at the Gallery

A trail of tales and scéals across the streets of Cork. Join us in our fourth year as we drift across and around the city hearing some of Ireland’s finest writers, poets and raconteurs in interesting and unusual locations.

Writers Dinner
6pm, 22 June / Crawford Cafe / €45

Join all the writers for some one-off readings in one of Corks finest dining rooms (includes entry to Crosstown Drift: A Night at the Gallery).

A Night At The Gallery
7.30pm, 22 June / Crawford Art Gallery / €25

Drift around the many rooms and spaces of the Crawford Art Gallery promenade-style, with readings, poetry and a little more. Get to hear Wendy Erskine, Conal Creedon, Emilie Pine, Kevin Barry, Sinead Gleeson, Ian Maleney, Sarah Davis Goff, Doireann Ni Ghriofa, Danny Denton, Nicole Flattery, Gerry Murphy, Julie Goo and special guests.

Regular Price €25

As Far As My Fingertips Take Me
14 & 15 June, 11.30am - 4.30pm
16 June, 11am - 3.45pm

As Far As My Fingertips Take Me

As Far As My Fingertips Take Me is an encounter through a gallery wall between an audience member and a refugee. Their fingertips touch without seeing each other. The refugee will mark the audience. The audience will listen to those who have recently challenged border discrimination. Those stories can be kept or washed away.

Tania El Khoury commissioned musician and street artist Basel Zaraa who was born a Palestinian refugee in Syria to record a song inspired by the journey his sisters made from Damascus to Sweden. 

CREATION BY Tania El Khoury
SONG BY Basel Zaraa (vocals, bass and keyboard): with Emily Churchill Zaraa (vocals), Pete Churchill (music production) and Katie Stevens (flute and clarinet).

Commissioned by "On The Move" LIFT 2016 in partnership with Royal Court Theatre, London.

Regular Price €5

Carnivore - Attic Projects / Luke Murphy
17–18 June, 1.30pm & 5pm

photo: David Fishel
Award winning international choreographer Luke Murphy and renowned sculptor Alex Pentek
collaborate on this provocative, atmospheric and energetic dance performance examining the nature
of touch, contact and the electricity of our skin. A large installation of foldable origami pieces will be constructed and deconstructed throughout the performance.

Through a sophisticated marriage of imagery and movement Carnivore interrogates contemporary notions of beauty, identity, communication, intimacy, worth and self.

ln collaboration with Kings College London historians Evelyn Welch and Hannah Murphy, the work examines how the central research questions of the Renaissance Skin project can be applied to contemporary notions of beauty, identity, communication, intimacy, worth and self. Through a series
of physical vignettes in dialogue with a constantly evolving spatial context, Carnivore will mine the sensation, expectation, detachment and feeling of the information our skin feeds us at any given moment.

Made possible by an Arts Council Arts Grant Award 2018-2019 and created through generous residential support at Shawbrook Hatch Residency 2019, DanceNow Silo, Tanztendens Munic,
Ultima Vez and Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre. With thanks to Crawford Art Gallery.

Regular Price €12

Festival Talks
18 / 20 June, 1.30pm & 5.30pm

Conversations and discussions to get some unique insights into the work of Festival artists.

Crawford Art Gallery (lecture theatre)
18 June | 1pm

Enda Walsh, Tony and multi award-winning Irish playwright and director, is joined in conversation with long-time collaborator Pat Kiernan, artistic director of Corcadorca Theatre Company, having first collaborated on Walsh’s Disco Pigs in 1996. In recent years, Kiernan has directed many more of Walsh’s works, including How These Desperate Men Talk (2014), Gentrification (2015) and The Same (2017). In 2019, they reunite on Corcadorca’s production of The Small Things as part of this year's festival.

Crawford Art Gallery (lecture theatre)
20 June | 5.30pm

Join playwright Kaite O’Reilly and director Phillip Zarrilli of Gaitkrash Theatre’s Cosy, receiving its Irish premiere as part of Cork Midsummer Festival 2019, as they discuss our attitudes to end-of-life scenarios with Seamus O’Mahony, writer of the award-winning book The Way We Die Now. Has our society lost the ability to deal with death? Join the conversation as the three guests reflect on their work and the last great taboo: dying.