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BEHIND THE SCENES: Collection at Work

James Barry, Portraits of Barry and Burke as Ulysses and a Companion fleeing the Cave of Polyphemus (detail), c.1776.

26 November 2022 – 10 April 2023

Lower & Upper Galleries

Crawford Art Gallery is home to part of the National Collection, but how well do you know the stories behind it?

BEHIND THE SCENES takes visitors on a journey through the Collection as it unfolds across two floors and several thematic chapters, including Making, Conservation, Representation, and Research.

The exhibition offers an experience of the Collection with a twist, venturing beneath the surface of selected artworks to reveal the process of their making, how they have been collected and cared for, and what questions they may prompt in us.

The exhibition provides an overview of what comprises the Collection and what it expresses. Largely focused on painting – but also featuring photography, watercolour, drawing, and sculpture – the exhibition presents a rich array of artworks from across the centuries.

BEHIND THE SCENES seeks to explore the Collection in meaningful ways designed to intrigue, confront, and demystify. Ultimately the exhibition considers what a collection might say when asked to speak.

The Lower Gallery features artists Jo Allen, George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson, James Barry, James Beale, Pauline Bewick, James Brenan, Jan Brueghel the Younger, Angela Burchill, Suzanna Chan, Sylvia Cooke-Collis, Shevaun Doherty, Willie Doherty, Stephen Doyle, Samuel Forde, Brigid Ganly, Charles Edward Gribbon, Eileen Healy, Grace Henry, Evie Hone, Mainie Jellett, Augustus John, Seán Keating, Anne King-Harman, John Lavery, Roseanne Lynch, Daniel Macdonald, Daniel Maclise, Ferenc Martyn, Norah McGuinness, Colin Middleton, Séamus Murphy, Norah Brigid Ní Chuill, Tony O'Malley, Ann St John Partridge, Moila Powell, George Romney, William Sheehan, Edward Sheil, Paul Signac, Mary Swanzy, Barend van der Meer, Leo Whelan, Anne Yeats, John Butler Yeats.

The Upper Gallery features artists Robert Ballagh, Tom Climent, William Crozier, Gerard Dillon, Eileen Healy, Brian Maguire, Anne Madden, Alice Maher, Janet Mullarney, Peter Nash, Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Tony O'Malley.

Curated by Michael Waldron

Emmett Place, Cork, Ireland
T12 TNE6
Tel: 021 480 5042

Opening Hours
N.B. Last entry is 15 minutes before closing

Monday–Saturday 10.00am–5.00pm*
Thursday until 8.00pm

Sundays and Bank Holidays
11.00 am4.00pm

*Second floor closes 15 minutes before closing
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