Music at Midday | 4 June, 12 noon

Location: Upper Gallery

Join us in the Upper Gallery at the Crawford Art Gallery on Sunday 4th June at 12 noon for the final instalment of this year’s Music at Midday series. A performance not to be missed!

Steven Falvey and Lilly Patton are two musicians from Cork who perform regularly in the city’s busiest venues, both independently and as a two piece. 

Originally from Ballinspittle, Lilly has a strong background in blues music, drawing inspiration from her grandmother, herself a renowned jazz singer in Cork for over fifty years. Many say the tone and timbre of Lilly’s voice is unique, championing a low husky register and the ability to delve into low notes with ease!

Steven is originally from Ballincollig and developed his performance skills while busking on the streets of Dublin. Now an established musician, he performs several times a week in a range of different venues and draws inspiration from iconic artists such as John Mayer, Elton John, the Beatles and Paul Simon. Steven’s debut single ‘A Thousand Reasons’ launches on the 26th May, and is currently available to pre-save and pre-order!

Going by the name ‘Old Souls’, Steven and Lilly are a match made in heaven. Their harmonies are tight and their voices complement each other perfectly in a beautiful mix of classic covers and tasteful original music.

BODYWORK Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion
Breda Lynch, Leanne McDonagh and Jennifer Trouton in conversation with curator Dawn Williams

5:30pm, Thursday 1 June, Upper Gallery

Join artists Breda Lynch, Leanne McDonagh and Jennifer Trouton in conversation, delve deeper into the artists’ individual practices and their work featured in the exhibition.
Free | Open to All

Click to visit the main exhibition page here.

Turas Gaeilge | Irish Tour

4 Meitheamh ag 2:30 i.n. | 4 June, 2:30pm

Turas Gaeilge

Tá an-áthas orainn a fhógairt go bhfuil turas uathúil á thairiscint againn ar Ghailearaí Crawford Chorcaí á chur i láthair trí Ghaeilge! Beidh an turas seo ar siúl Dé Domhnaigh, 4 Meitheamh ag 2:30 i.n.

Déan tú féin a thumadh sa Bhailiúchán Náisiúnta agus sna taispeántais atá ar taispeáint faoi láthair ag Gailearaí Crawford Chorcaí  mar threoraí eolach a thugann tú ar thuras tríd an nGailearaí. Cuireann an turas seo deis iontach ar fáil chun tuiscint a fháil ar na saothair ealaíne agus tú ag plé leis an nGaeilge, is cuma má tá tú líofa i nGaeilge nó díreach ag iarraidh taithí a fháil ar an teanga. Tá an turas seo ar oscailt do chách, saor in aisce chun freastal air agus ní gá aon áirithint a dhéanamh roimh ré!

Irish Tour

We are delighted to announce that we are offering a unique tour of Crawford Art Gallery presented through Irish! This tour will take place on Sunday, June 4th at 2:30 PM.

Immerse yourself in the National Collection and exhibitions currently on show at Crawford Art Gallery as our knowledgeable guide take you on a captivating journey through the Gallery. This tour provides a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the artwork while engaging with the Irish language, whether you're a fluent Irish speaker or simply interested in experiencing the language. This tour is open to all, free to attend and requires no prior booking!

Cork Harbour Festival

Cork harbour festival will be hosting a lunchtime lecture series in collaboration with UCC history department, taking place in Crawford Art Gallery’s Lecture theatre.

Lectures are free and open to all.

Lunchtime Lectures: Emerald Isles of the Caribbean

6 June, 2023 
13:10 - 14:00 

‘Emerald Isles of the Caribbean?’: Tracing the lives and legacies of the Irish on Montserrat and St Croix presented by Professor Laura McAtackney.

Dr Laura McAtackney is a Professor of Archaeology attached to University College Cork’s Radical Humanities Laboratory. Her work uses landscape and material culture to explore issues of memory and heritage. She is currently leading a research project on the legacies of colonialism and slavery in the Caribbean.

Link: Lunchtime Lectures: Emerald Isles of the Caribbean 

Lunchtime Lectures: Passage Landing 

7 June, 2023 
13:10 - 14:00 

Passage Landing: The National Army’s Amphibious Attack on the Cork Coast, August 1922 presented by Dr John Borgonovo.

Dr John Borgonovo is a Lecturer in the School of History at University College Cork. He has published extensively on Revolutionary Ireland. Among his publications is Atlas of the Irish Revolution (co-editor) and his monograph: The Battle for Cork: August 1922.

Link: Lunchtime Lectures: Passage Landing 

Lunchtime Lectures: The Ninth Ship 

8 June, 2023 
13:10 - 14:00 

The Ninth Ship: The Irish Naval Service Diving Section, 1964-2014 presented by Martin Buckley.

Martin Buckley is a former Chief Petty Officer now retired from the Irish Naval Service. He served extensively with the elite Naval Service Diving Section, and is the author of The Ninth Ship: The Irish Naval Service Diving Section: An account of operations, training & the recompression chamber, 1964–2014. He has an MA in Strategic Studies from University College Cork.

Link: Lunchtime Lectures: The Ninth Ship 

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Follow your Nose – into the Gallery

Tours for Children
10 June 2023
10:00am- 11:00am and 11:30am-12:30pm

Playful Tours of the Gallery for children aged 4-8!

Never been to the Gallery before? Why not join us for a gentle but fun introduction for children, their adults may even learn a thing or two as well!

Tours are free, but booking is required.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Click here to book.

I Fall Down: A Restoration Comedy by Gina Moxley and company

Gina Moxley and The Everyman in association with Crawford Art Gallery and Cork Midsummer Festival present

I Fall Down: A Restoration Comedy by Gina Moxley and company


Preview WED 14 JUN
Live at Crawford Art Gallery

I Fall Down is a new immersive performance by Gina Moxley taking place across the spaces of Crawford Art Gallery as part of Cork Midsummer Festival. 

I Fall Down is a wildly funny and immersive performance from acclaimed writer Gina Moxley across the spaces of Crawford Art Gallery as it prepares for a major regeneration project over the coming years. A combination of contemporary movement, video and sound installation, opera and barefaced cheek, the audience follows one woman's brazen attempt to right the wrongs of some of the most celebrated works in art history. A last fling before parts of the building are erased forever, she valiantly musters the people of Cork to help her dig into her own past and correct the course of history. A restoration comedy, so to speak.

Gina Moxley (Danti-Dan, Dog House, The Patient Gloria) and company team up with The Everyman, Cork Midsummer Festival and Crawford Art Gallery to bring this explosive show to a beloved Cork city institution where Moxley was an art student in the late 1970s.  

Book through Cork Midsummer Festival here.


Gina Moxley, Emily Terndrup, Amy Ni Fhearraigh, Maria Nilssen Waller and Kath Duggan

CREATIVE TEAM Directed by John McIlduff
Choreographer Emily Terndrup
Production Designer Sabine Dargent
Sound Designer Kevin Gleeson
AV Designer Conan McIvor
Lighting Designer Mick Hurley

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22 June 19:30 | 23 June 19:30 | 24 June 17:00 

SPIN SPIN SCHEHERAZADE is a live artwork by Orla Barry, performed by Einat Tuchman her longstanding collaborator. It blends autofiction and oral history to create a humorous and passionate monologue. The performance is rooted in an artistic form of ‘barefoot anthropology’, recounting Barry’s tenuous interactions with the land, farming, man, and animal. It reflects on the culture of disconnection from the natural world and the boundaries of art and the rural every day. Barry draws on her background running a successful pedigree Lleyn sheep flock alongside her art practice, producing crossover artworks that blend text, narrative performance and visual art, which exist between the theatre and the gallery space.

Written and directed by Orla Barry; Performed by Einat Tuchman and Orla Barry; Design assistance by Tanad Aaron, Lutece Mauger, Adrian Doyle; Commissioned by MuZee, Oostend, and EVA International; Supported by KAAI theater, Wexford Arts Centre, Crawford Arts Gallery, and Cork Midsummer Festival; Funded by the Arts Council of Ireland's Touring of Work Scheme.

Orla Barry lives and works in Wexford. Her recent solo exhibitions include MuZee, Ostend; Crawford Art Gallery, Cork; ARGOS Centre for Art and Media, Brussels; and mother's tankstation, Dublin. Her work has been shown at EVA International and the RHA Dublin, and performed at KAAI theatre, Brussels; Museum M, Leuven; SMAK, Gent; IMMA, Dublin; Dublin Theatre Festival; Project Arts Centre, Dublin; South London Gallery; Tate Modern, London; and De Appel, Amsterdam.



Wexford Arts Centre 

7th 20:30 | 8th 18:00 | 9th 18:00 | 10th 15:00  


Crawford Art Gallery in association with Cork Midsummer Festival 

22nd  19:30 | 23rd 19:30 | 24th 17:00 


Temple Bar Gallery + Studios in association with Dublin Theatre Festival 

5th 18:00 | 6th 18:00 | 7th 16:00 

Booking through Cork Midsummer Festival here.

Ode to joy

Amanda Coogan, Dublin Theatre of the Deaf and Cork Deaf Community Choir

24 + 25 June, 11.30am & 1pm 
Lecture Theatre, Crawford Art Gallery
Free. Spaces Limited - book here 

A stunning live performance exploring one of the most famous works of classical music through the unique perspective of Deaf culture, this participatory project is presented by Cork Midsummer Festival with support from Crawford Gallery. 

The Cork Deaf Community Choir and artist Amanda Coogan will perform Beethoven’s Ode to Joy in Irish Sign Language alongside Lianne Quigley and Alvean Jones of the Dublin Theatre of the Deaf. Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, the European Union’s anthem, has renewed contemporary context as a powerful artistic example of conflict between darkness and light, this performance will be an aural and visual feast.

Beethoven himself was completely deaf when writing this masterpiece - in embodying his music from an Irish Deaf community perspective, the Cork Deaf Choir and the Dublin Theatre of the Deaf bring with them not just a beauty in performance but also an embodiment of the struggle for acceptance and equality. This will be a visually stunning new work of performance art, re-framing the experiences of the oppressed and asking the audience to recognise the resilience in the human spirit.

Accompanying musical performance of Ode to Joy, finale of Symphony No. 9 in D minor by Ludwig van Beethoven, performed by the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and the EU50 Choir conducted by David Brophy, with soloists Amy Ní Fhearraigh (soprano), Deniz Uzun (mezzo-soprano), Saimir Pirgu (tenor) and Leon Kosavic (baritone), at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, on 9 May 2023.  Performance commissioned by the Department of Foreign Affairs for Europe Day 2023 as part of the Ár nAmhrán / Our Anthem EU50 initiative celebrating 50 Years of Ireland's Membership of the European Union.

Supported by the Arts Council and Crawford Art Gallery. Presented as part of Creative Europe funded BEyond PARTicipation project.

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Artist Talk with Anna Furse

1pm, Wednesday 28 June
Lecture Theatre

Anna Furse, who has 40 years of feminist performance research, theatre directing and writing experience, focuses on the body performing in social and cultural contexts. This includes her current project, muscle: a question of power, an immersive audio-guided journey through Crawford Art Gallery’s collection of Canova Casts.

Anna Furse is a theatre artist and Professor Emerita, Goldsmiths, University of London.

Free | Open to all

Children’s Summer Animation Programme

Open Animation Afternoons

Drop-in, family-friendly, all welcome, no fee
Monday 10 to Friday 14 July 2023
Tuesday 18 – Saturday 22 July 2023        

2 - 4:45pm in the Upper Gallery, Floor 1.

Experiment, construct, draw and play with a variety of materials in a friendly space. Learn more about animation and make a movie using stopmotion studio pro app on your phone.
No booking necessary.

Important, please note: children participating in the drop-in sessions will be required to always have adult supervision. You will need your own smart phone with Stopmotion Studio Pro version (Cost is €5.99) installed in order to participate.

This Programme is now fully booked.

Morning Animation Camp for children aged 8 – 12 years

Monday 10 to Friday 14 July 2023       

10am to 1pm
Fee is €100

Experiment, construct, draw and play with a variety of materials in a friendly space. Create imaginative characters and dream up your own soundtrack and sound effects. Learn more about animation and make a movie using stopmotion studio pro app on your phone.
12 places available
To book a place contact

Wiggle Room

Wiggle Room is a space to take some time. In the expansive upper gallery, there is room within a room to sit, dwell, read, stop and wiggle.

With a range of books that complement the exhibitions Anna Furse: muscle – a question of power and Bodywork: recent acquisitions from the Irish Museum of Modern Art and Crawford Art Gallery, and comfy seating, create your own space – whether you choose to wiggle or not.

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Building As Witness Open Call Project Awards

Each worth €12,000

Crawford Art Gallery is committed to exploring our shared histories and to exploratory practice. Up to six project awards are now available as part of the major research project, Building as Witness (6 December 2021 – 17 April 2024). Creative practitioners are invited to apply for one of these €12,000 project awards to develop creative responses that engage with Crawford Art Gallery’s buildings and environs from one hundred years ago.

Creative responses and interpretations can be collaborative, digital, ephemeral, performative, text, events, film, sound or installation based. We are looking for creative ideas that can be produced within the project award budget of €12,000 and can be shared in real or digital life with the public.

Building as Witness focuses on Crawford Art Gallery (previously Cork Municipal School of Art) and its immediate surroundings which was witness to fascinating histories of local, national, and international importance surrounding the Irish Civil War period.

Commencing 6 December 2021 – the centenary of the Anglo-Irish Treaty – Building as Witness spans the duration of the Irish Civil War and will culminate on 17 April 2024, one hundred years after the Gibson Bequest Committee agreed upon the purchase of Seán Keating’s iconic painting Men of the South for Crawford Art Gallery’s collection.

Building as Witness aims to reveal new insights into the everyday comings and goings in this building and its environs. It draws on a range of archives, including photographic, newspapers, committee minutes, Teaching and Student registers, and other documentation to examine the inhabitants and streetscape of those that lived and worked in the proximity of this iconic Cork building.

Click for application form and briefing document.

Creative practitioners must demonstrate the ability to connect and disseminate ideas, histories and communities with the audiences of Crawford Art Gallery. An accompanying overview document has been provided, by Building as Witness researcher Dr Tom Spalding, as an information starting point.

For queries please email:

Free Gallery Tours

Sunday & Bank Holiday Tours, 2pm

Check out Crawford Art Gallery’s expert, friendly tours. Take a journey through the historic building with surprising stories of your national collection and delve into the dynamic programme of temporary exhibitions. Sunday & Bank Holiday tours take place each week at 2pm.

Thursday Tours, 6:30pm

Heading home from work or out for the night? We also provide free evening tours every Thursday at 6:30pm! You can even bring a date!

The meeting point for our free tours is in the Sculpture Galleries. Tours vary weekly and last approximately 45 – 60 minutes.

No booking required | Open to all

This project is in support of the Night-Time Economy and funded by The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. 

The Public Tour scheduled for Thursday, June 15th at 6:30pm will be cancelled in order to accommodate the performance of I Fall Down: A Restoration Comedy as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival. To secure your tickets for I Fall Down: A Restoration Comedy, please visit:

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