First Fortnight…and beyond

First Fortnight (2-16 January 2022) is Ireland’s Mental Health Arts & Culture Festival. We are excited to be a part of this year’s festival programme. 

Artist Annie Mar uses visual journals to map the magic and mundanities of her daily life.  In this video, Annie Mar takes us through the process of creating a visual journal entry.  

A printable PDF zine with a step-by-step folding guide is available on this page to get you started on your own visual journal journey, helping you to explore your emotions this First Fortnight and beyond. There will also be some printed versions available to pick up on your next visit to the gallery and take home with you – while they last!

Click on the image below to download the PDF. 

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Going Dutch | Public Talk

A Public Talk on the Influence of the Netherlands on Cork City in the Seventeenth & Eighteenth Centuries  

The talk explored the Dutch influences on Cork's built environment, history, architecture, and cultural life in the eighteenth century. Historian Dr Tom Spalding shared his research, exploring the layered histories of the heart of our city. This event accompanied the exhibition Rembrandt in Print. 
The Crawford Art Gallery is housed in what was once the city’s custom house, which witnessed the trade partnership with the Netherlands. Salted beef, pork and butter were supplied from our safe harbour to the Dutch West Indies and the ports of Holland.  
Tom is a writer and historian, the author of several books on design history. His book Layers was praised by the Irish Arts Review as expertly researched, deftly written …a worthy addition to the growing body of literature on Irish design history.’ 

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Flash Fiction Winners

We are delighted to announce the winners of our Flash Fiction challenge in partnership with Cork City Libraries. Cork author Danielle McLaughlin created a playful postcard of writing prompts inspired by the exhibition Menagerie: Animals by Artists in the Crawford Art Gallery. 

Danielle McLaughlin’s novel is called The Art Of Falling and it is the chosen book for Cork City Libraries’ One City One Book initiative. It revolves around a fictional sculptor, while artworks inspired by animals thread through her narrative.

A filmed conversation between Danielle and writer Alannah Hopkin on animals in art is freely available to watch from home at

Participants used the prompts to jump-start their own short fiction. The lucky winners won a free signed copy of The Art of Falling, One City One Book choice, 2021.

Below are the lucky winners' entries:

Rajbir Bhattacharjee

A strange electron at rest got on a chariot at twilight and rode forward in time. Another self-confident positron mounted a hawk and flew backward in time. They met near a meadow and gazed forward to see themselves in each other. Richard Feynman woke up after he had this dream, went to his desk and wrote the equations down. 

Ian O’Neill

But to answer your question, Tia, no. I don’t need your duvet. It’s winter. To be fair, you took “cold” literally. I won’t beat you for it. Nothing wrong with being a little literal. It’s a strange old circus. This new city. I can’t find my real reflection in the basin or the bath anymore. My mirror says the most obscene things! This new city. It’s some such other type of “cold” I meant. Don’t worry. I must rest my-self. Take that as literally as you may.

Signing off,

Keep warm. 

Emily Gash

When the winter came, it was cold and dark. A peasant shepherd was finding it hard to feed his family and they were starving. One day the shepherd whose name was Joe decided enough was enough. So, Joe went to see the king. He loaded up his cart and set out. On the way he heard a strange noise, suddenly, he saw a fair??? Now that was strange! He decided to investigate it so off he went. Now, I think you’ll have remembered that Joe has completely forgotten about his family. Luckily, Joe had left them all of the food stores phew! So as Joe went to investigate the fair, a huge eagle swooped him and dropped him in its nest and made him feed her chicks. So, Joe is still there. 

Marie Gethins 

You fly, trailing seaweed like a veil. Escape winter snow and ice. A cruel landscape. The water swallows worry, doubt, each wave a caress, rinse the domestic and fill the space, calm, calm, in the mauve twilight you reach towards the depths and beckoning moonfish. 

Anne Pia

And she trawled the landscape of self, where winter had settled and sought rest. She was a strange kingdom she discovered, of evil beasts, and many moonfish that caught the light; or Jupiter even, the greatest planet of them all. 

Antonia Marin Motos
“Unforgettable winter evening”

All started with indecision: tiredness and laziness were the main reasons to avoid an active and lively night. Positivity, thinking of entertaining the present moment, and living out my opportunities lead me to get ready after enjoying a tasty moonfish with seaweed for dinner. I had gone to the Circus Gallery before, but never during this special night of the year. A strange moment occurred on the second floor; I was going upstairs when I was all of a sudden transported back to the Kingdom of my origins. The music was a beast that stopped me, to stand there, unblinkingly. Classical Flamenco music was being played; it made me feel everything inside of me. A guitarist - unknown to me - was playing, and in that moment everything around me stopped. I only had ears and eyes for him and his music. Since that night I realised that it doesn’t matter where and when I am: what matters is enjoying every landscape I decide to take part in.

Christina Hynes

At twilight, the moonfish peaked out at the winter landscape. She saw a shepherd guarding his beasts. The shepherd, pausing for a rest, noticed a hawk swoop majestically down, gather a moonfish in her talons and fly away, into the cold winter night. 

Joe Power

He paused to rest his beasts of burden hauling a cart of seaweed to the meadows field. In the winter twilight a grass big top. Nestled in the bowl of the old quarry. A hawk hovered in the distant landscape. Smoke rose from a domestic habitat. Time to move he said to himself. No moon fish in his load.

Fiona Ní Chonchubhaile

The winter shepherd rested his cart in the twilight. Then it appeared, as he had hoped, he realised. Moving its wings silently the hawk landed and allowed the shepherd to slip the baby onto its back.

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Lonradh in a Box

The Lonradh programme usually takes place in the gallery with a cuppa. It is an arts programme for older adults. Lonradh is an Irish word, which means to illuminate, (it is pronounced Lun-rah). Join Artists Gillian Cussen and Inge Van Doorslaer as they welcome the changing seasons with multi-sensory art activities.

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Lonradh in the Gallery

Although we still cannot meet in person, we would like to invite you back to the Crawford Art Gallery through a series of filmed art sessions based in the Gallery, which will coincide with an Art envelope posted to participants.

If you would like to get more involved and participate with Lonradh in the Gallery, please contact us at:

Lonradh Programme,
c/o Anne Boddaert
Crawford Art Gallery
Emmet Place,

Phone: 021 4907857 


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Print Studio

This gallery space has been transformed into a Print Studio to complement the exhibition Rembrandt in Print.

Through the work of four contemporary artists, and presented in collaboration with Cork Printmakers, Print Studio provides an overview of key printmaking techniques that existed in – or have developed since – the time of Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669). Associated materials, printing presses, and examples of etching, relief print, lithography, and screenprint are displayed alongside specially made video profiles that enrich our sense of what is involved in printmaking today.

We would like to particularly thank Deirdre McKenna, Fiona Kelly, Dominic Fee, Emma O’Hara, Peter McMorris, John Beasley, Jennifer O’Sullivan, Maeve Lynch, and Aideen Quirke for their collaboration in realising Print Studio.

Established in 1991, Cork Printmakers is a professional print studio, gallery and resource organisation providing artists with facilities and equipment to create artwork through the medium of print. Located at Wandesford Quay in the heart of Cork City it supports and promotes the creation and development of new work through their studios, exhibitions, events, and education programme, promoting the highest standards of practice in printmaking.



Etching is part of the intaglio family of techniques, intaglio meaning “to incise”. Etching uses acid to make marks on a metal plate. The plate is covered with an acid resistant coating and the image is drawn using a sharp needle to scrape through the ground, exposing the plate. The plate is then immersed in an acid bath: the areas of exposed plate (the drawn areas) are bitten back by the acid. The characteristics of the marks produced depend on several factors: the tool used to draw the image, the type of ground used to coat the surface of the plate (hard or soft ground), and the length of time the plate is left in the acid bath.

Aquatint is an etching method introduced in the mid-seventeenth century to create a more subtle tonal range.

Deirdre McKenna works across painting and printmaking, with a focus on etching and aquatint. Influenced by the maritime community of her native Dingle, her work deals with the cultures and traditions of this place and their position in contemporary settings.


Relief Print

Relief printing is a generic term used to describe methods in which the raised areas of the printing plate are inked and printed. It includes linocut and woodblock techniques.

Linocut uses a linoleum block, a material that is easily carved using simple knives and gouges. Woodblock (or woodcut) is one of the oldest and simplest forms of printmaking. Various implements, both hand tools and power tools, are used to cut an image into a block of wood. Both involve inking raised or uncarved areas with a roller and then impressing onto paper, or fabric, either by hand or with a printing press.

Fiona Kelly is a visual artist whose practice primarily investigates demolition and ecology. Her work explores the architectural potential of re-appropriated materials in a state of rejection: waste concrete from demolition sites, recycled glass, cardboard, plywood, bitumen, and limestone dust. Kelly utilises sculpture, installation, and printmaking in her practice.



Lithography is based on the resistance of grease and water. An image is drawn on a smooth limestone. The surface is then treated with resin and talc and covered in gum arabic and nitric acid, which ‘fixes’ the image. The stone is cleaned down with a solvent leaving a greasy image of the drawing. It is then dampened with water and rolled with ink. The greasy image repels water and holds the oily ink while the rest of the stone’s surface does the opposite. The printing is accomplished in a press similar to that used in intaglio processes.

Dominic Fee is visual artist and educator with a particular interest in collaborative projects. His work comprises printmaking, mixed-media sculpture, moving image, and site-specific installation, and has been exhibited both in Ireland and internationally.



Screenprint uses a screen that consists of a synthetic mesh, which has been stretched tightly over a metal or wooden frame. A stencil is then applied to the mesh, and the stencilled image is printed by forcing ink or paint, using a squeegee, through the exposed parts of the stencil and mesh onto paper. The areas beneath the stencil remain un-inked.

Emma OHara is a visual artist working in photography, collage, and screenprint who takes inspiration from everyday encounters with landscape, architecture, and the urban environment. Deconstructing her surroundings, she then rebuilds them through the use of collage-based printmaking to highlight environments through a new lens. O’Hara’s work explores the relationship between mankind and the natural environment.


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Doug Fishbone in conversation with curator Dawn Williams

Join artist Doug Fishbone and curator Dawn Williams for an engaging conversation exploring the artist’s recent projects and practice on the occasion of his solo exhibition ‘Please Gamble Responsibly’ at Crawford Art Gallery, Cork. 

About this event 
In 2019 Doug travelled to Carrigtwohill, a small town to the East Cork and 'saw a half-finished apartment building left derelict for a decade - a ’ghost estate’ - with boarded-up windows, street lamps illuminating an empty road that led nowhere’ (The Guardian, 14 July 2021). 

Fishbone has recreated a vast structure of fragments of the ‘Castlelake’ apartment complex inside the Crawford Art Gallery - fabricated by stage-set builders - serving as a metaphor for the for the ’smoke and mirrors’ financial system which the complex - and society - has fallen victim to. Inside, Fishbone presents a stand-up comedic, surreal light-hearted short film on the inequities of the financial system, the role of money on the housing and rental markets and how we ended up in this mess. 

Based in film and performance work, Doug Fishbone’s practice is wide-ranging and has been described as a ‘stand-up conceptual artist’. Recent exhibitions and performances include: Jews, Money, Myth, Jewish Museum, London; Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival (2019); No Thanks/Thanksgiving, Hauser and Wirth, Somerset, European Media Art Platform, Werleitz/Halle, TATE Modern ‘Writing Photographs Symposium’ (2018); Yinka Shonibare’s Artist Dining Room, Royal Academy, London, Boomin’ Bus Tours,  Look Again Festival, Aberdeen (2016); Made in China, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, Doug Fishbone’s Leisure Land Golf,  56th Venice Biennale (2015).   

This pre-recorded conversation includes a live online introduction, followed by a Q&A with Doug Fishbone and Dawn Williams. 

Click here to view more information on Doug Fishbone's exhibition at Crawford Art Gallery.

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LIVESTREAM TALK: For Those That Tell No Tales

Thursday 17 June at 1pm

Tune in at 1pm this Thursday 17 June for our special IN CONVERSATION event with artist Dara McGrath and Tanya Kiang, Director of the Gallery of Photography Ireland.

To attend the event simply visit our YouTube page to watch the livestream:

Alternatively, you can pre-register via our Facebook Event to receive reminders and updates in advance.

Dara McGrath’s photographs explore in-between places where the landscape and built environments often intersect and where a dialogue – of absence rather than presence – is created. His practice is driven by overlooked human interruptions in urban, suburban and rural contexts. Tanya Kiang is the Director and Co-Curator of the Gallery of Photography, Ireland’s leading centre for contemporary photography.

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Gallery Zoom for Blind & Visually Impaired People

Friday 30 April at 2pm
Friday 28 May at 2pm

Seen-Unseen is an art project led by artist Clare Mc Laughlin for and with people who are visually impaired. We are delighted to collaborate with Clare to host two live conversations on Zoom. We will explore stories behind collection art works with curator Michael Waldron, using tactile packs designed by Clare McLaughlin.  These events are always friendly, fun and free of charge. No previous knowledge or particular art experience is necessary.

Crawford Art Gallery has collaborated with Clare and visually impaired participants since 2014 - with a range of art encounters and tactile visits. Clare’s collaborative work explores the haptic, or sensory experience of art. 

Please contact Clare McLaughlin to book a place

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Lonradh at Home

The Lonradh programme usually takes place in the gallery with a cuppa. It is an arts programme for older adults. Lonradh is an Irish word, which means to illuminate, (it is pronounced Lun-rah). Join Artists Gillian Cussen and Inge Van Doorslaer as they welcome the changing seasons with multi-sensory art activities.

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Virtual Extended Thursday Club with Artist Julie Forrester

The Thursday Club is a weekly art programme. Each session would usually consist of a focused gallery tour, time for tea and a chat, and an art-making session, with materials, supplied. The Thursday Club is currently on pause.

Whether you prefer to look and enjoy, listen or create we invite you to join the Thursday Club online. Develop your existing skills or dip into something completely new.


Click on the video below to view the process

Artist Regina Carbayo joins us from Spain with a bilingual video. Watch Regina at work creating a tonal study. 
Regina says "Seeing values when drawing means identifying the different tones from light to dark. The tonal differences are called ‘values’. I use shading techniques in this video with graphite, pencil and an eraser. I have chosen to work from the sculpture An Strachaire Fir by Joseph Higgins as I find it to be very strong and full of expression. There is a lot of contrast which will help you to easily identify shadows and light”.

To see more from Regina go to:

Initiated by the National Gallery in 2005/ Drawing Day is a nationwide event held in partnership with national, regional and local museums, libraries, cultural and arts centres.

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Jigsaw Puzzles

Beat the boredom! Time yourself and challenge your friends and family with these virtual jigsaws from Crawford Art Gallery collection

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Crawford Supported Studio

Read our Museum Ireland article called Supported Studios: Crawford Artists in Context published by the Irish Museums Association (IMA)

Crawford Supported Studio Artists: 
Katie Whelan, Rosaleen Moore, Tom O’Sullivan, Íde Ni Shúilleabháin, Yvonne Condon, Ailbhe Barrett, Brid Heffernan, David Connolly, Marie Sexton, John Whelan, Stephen Murray, Angela Burchill, John Keating.

What is a Supported Studio?
A supported studio is a sustained creative environment for individuals with specific health or social needs. Supported Studios provide technical artistic support, networks and audiences outside the health and social care settings. 

Karolina Poplawska and Mairead O’Callaghan work as dedicated studio facilitators. They have developed relationships of trust and deep familiarity with individual artists. Both Karolina and Mairead work to actively identify exhibition, training and development opportunities with studio participants.

Crawford Supported Studio exists through partnership with Cork City Council, CIT Crawford College of Art, Crawford Art Gallery and Cope Foundation. Most recently we have collaborated with the School of Visual Arts New York, Atypical University Belfast, Cork Printmakers and ADI Ireland.

Recent Projects

Yvonne Condon began to develop new work based on the cityscape, during July & August 2020. This project is supported by an Arts & Disability Ireland award. We are really looking forward to showcasing Yvonne’s finished work in 2021.

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Yvonne Condon exhibited her work in the University of Atypical Gallery, Belfast in Spring 2020

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You can read an interview with Yvonne published on ADI website 

While the gallery is closed, Rosaleen Moore has been busy at home making drawings from her collection of postcards.

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Rosaleen Moore travelled to Pure Vision Arts Studio in New York as an ambassador for Crawford Supported Studio. Flat Iron Gallery New York presented an exhibition of new work by Crawford Supported Studio artists.

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Ailbhe Barrett, Brid Heffernan and John Keating participated in a series of supported printmaking sessions at Cork Printmakers.

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Ailbhe Barrett submitted a proposal for an Arts & Disability Ireland Connect Mentoring Award with artist Kevin Mooney. Their project is due to be realised in April 2021.

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Íde Ni Shúilleabháin was recently awarded an Arts and Disability Ireland Connect Training Award. Íde was supported in developing her printmaking skills by facilitator Mairead O’Callaghan and Cork Printmakers.

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Tom O’Sullivan and Tom Clement were recently awarded an Arts and Disability Ireland Connect Mentoring Award.
Tom Clement and studio facilitator Mairead O’Callaghan supported Tom O’Sullivan in exhibiting his new work at Scrypt Cafe, Triskel Arts Centre.

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