Hazel, Lady Lavery - Her Life and Loves 

23 February: Áine Andrews

As part of the Friends Spring Lecture Series 2024

No booking required but places are limited so arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Friends €5 | General Public €8 | Students go free with a valid I.D.

Join art teacher and artist Áine Andrews for a colourful and interesting presentation on The Red Rose by Sir John Lavery. She will explore the background to this much loved painting from the Crawford Gallery and reveal the fascinating story of the celebrity couple and the historical times they lived in.

In Conversation: Joy Gerrard and Gail Ritchie 

6pm, Thursday, 29 February

Lecture Theatre

Hear more from artists Joy Gerrard and Gail Ritchie in conversation about their respective practices and their work featured in new exhibition A MATTER OF TIME.

Free | Open to all | No Booking Required

Joy Gerrard graduated with an MA and MPhil from the Royal College of Art, London. Gerrard is known for multimedia work that investigates different systems of relations between crowds, architecture and the built environment.

Gail Ritchie works in a variety of media from installation, photography to sound and object based pieces, drawing on both cultural and historical references. Ritchie completed her practice based PhD in International Relations at Queen's University Belfast.

‘Will I look a hag?’: Portraits of Elizabeth Bowen 

1 March: Dr Michael Waldron

As part of the Friends Spring Lecture Series 2024

No booking required but places are limited so arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Friends €5 | General Public €8 | Students go free with a valid I.D.

In anticipation of a television appearance, the Anglo-Irish writer Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) expressed her anxiety: ‘Will I look a hag?’ Having sat for several portraits and studio photographs during her career, she was acutely aware of the power of the image and how it could affect the reputation of a public figure. This illustrated talk will feature photographs by Cecil Beaton, Jane Bown, and Gisèle Freund, and portraits by Sylvia Cooke-Collis, Patrick Hennessy, and Mervyn Peake. 

Music at Midday | Sunday 3 March 2024

Directed by Jerry Creedon, Guitar Plus is a professional-level performing guitar ensemble based at MTU Cork School of Music. The group specialises in exciting and colourful works composed and arranged for multiple guitars, and performs regularly in the community in an effort to expand the audience base and promote an appreciation for classical guitar music.

The members of Guitar Plus are all senior students and graduates of MTU Cork School of Music with the group providing a valuable ensemble experience for guitarists of diverse backgrounds whilst maintaining musical excellence.

Curatorial Tour of ALL EYES ON US

Thursday 7 March, 6:30pm

Join us on Thursday 7 March at 6:30pm for a special tour of our exhibition ALL EYES ON US! Focusing on a selection of works from ALL EYES ON US, co-curator Matt Ryan will explore the rebels, revolutionaries, literary lives, and queer voices represented in the exhibition, shedding light on the choices made when developing the show. This event is free to attend, and no booking is necessary! This tour will take place in the Gibson Galleries at Crawford Art Gallery.

Matt is a PhD researcher working on the collaborative practices of sixteenth century creative communities. He also works as a freelance performance maker, teacher, and curator.  Much of his work involves excavating hidden or silenced voices from the past.

Another Famine Story?

The Physical Development of Cobh/Queenstown during the Potato Famine and After

8 March: Dr Tom Spalding

As part of the Friends Spring Lecture Series 2024

No booking required but places are limited so arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Friends €5 | General Public €8 | Students go free with a valid I.D.

An Cóbh is synonymous with the Famine as a port of last resort to tens of thousands of Irish people fleeing deprivation in search of a better life in Britain and further afield. At the same time, there was a small but important group of people making journeys to the town in the opposite direction. This talk will illustrate some of the far-reaching developments which occured in An Cóbh and the lower harbour between 1840 and 1860 and which changed its design and appearance for ever. The cast of characters includes Anglo-Irish landlords, local property speculators and builders and British elite architects. The talk will argue that the Famine is something that happened more through Cove (as it was) than to it, and that by looking at the designed environment we can start to understand the town in a more nuanced way beyond the doom laden emigration-Titanic-Luisitania triangle.

St. Patrick’s Weekend Celebrations 2024

14, 16, 17, 18 Márta | March

Lá fhéile Pádraig sona daoibh go léir.

FÁILTE ROIMH CHÁCH | ALL WELCOME

To celebrate Patrick’s Weekend, Crawford Art Gallery is proud to present a programme of special events featuring live music, family-friendly trails and specially themed tours. 

All Events Are Free | No Booking Required

THURSDAY, 14 MARCH

Déardaoin 14 Márta, 6i.n.
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!
We are delighted to announce that we are offering a unique tour of Crawford Art Gallery presented through Irish!

SATURDAY, 16 MARCH

All Day
St Patrick’s Art Trail

Explore the themes of Irish heritage and culture, good luck and fortune through an interactive trail in the Gallery for St. Patrick’s Weekend.

All Day
Portrait Peek-A-Boo

Roll up, roll up and take a photo through our Portrait Peep Boards! Carnival-style fun for all ages in conjunction with ALL EYES ON US!

SUNDAY, 17 MARCH

All Day
St Patrick’s Art Trail

Explore the themes of Irish heritage and culture, good luck and fortune through an interactive trail in the Gallery for St. Patrick’s Weekend.

All Day
Portrait Peek-A-Boo

Roll up, roll up and take a photo through our Portrait Peep Boards! Carnival-style fun for all ages in conjunction with ALL EYES ON US!

2:00pm (45mins approx)
Tour of ‘Great Irish Artists in the Collection’

In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, Crawford Art Gallery is offering a specialised tour of ‘Great Irish Artists in the Collection’. The tour will highlight some of the most iconic works by Irish artists in the gallery's collection.

 2.30pm – 4pm 
Live Traditional Irish Music

Come to experience live traditional music echo through Crawford Art Gallery on St. Patrick’s Day as you explore the gallery's current exhibitions. (Trio trad players, fiddle, flute and guitar).

MONDAY, 18 MARCH

All Day
St Patrick’s Art Trail

Explore the themes of Irish heritage and culture, good luck and fortune through an interactive trail in the Gallery for St. Patrick’s Weekend.

All Day
Portrait Peek-A-Boo

Roll up, roll up and take a photo through our Portrait Peep Boards! Carnival-style fun for all ages in conjunction with ALL EYES ON US!

2:00pm (45mins approx)
Tour of ‘Great Irish Artists in the Collection’

In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, Crawford Art Gallery is offering a specialised tour of ‘Great Irish Artists in the Collection’. The tour will highlight some of the most iconic works by Irish artists in the gallery's collection.

Turas Gaeilge | Irish Tour

Déardaoin 14 Márta, 6i.n. | Thursday 14 March, 6pm

Tá an-áthas orainn a fhógairt go bhfuil turas uathúil á thairiscint againn ar Ghailearaí Crawford Chorcaí á chur i láthair trí Ghaeilge! 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.

We are delighted to announce that we are offering a unique tour of Crawford Art Gallery presented through Irish! 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!

Sé Daingean Uí Chúise, Co. Chiarraí, áit dhúchais Deirdre McKenna. D'fhreastail sí ar Choláiste Ealaíona agus Dearadh Crawford, i gCorcaigh mar a dhein sí staidéir ar mhínealaíon agus tá sí ag cleachtadh mar ealaíontóir gairmiúil ó shin i leith. Tá spéis faoi leith aici i gcúrsaí priontála agus cló-bhualadh agus is ball í de Cork Printmakers, áit a dhéanann sí formhór dá cuid saothar priontála. Tá a cuid saothar ealaíona le fáil i mórán bailiúcháin, ina measc, i nGailearaí Ealaíne Crawford agus coimisiún ó Oifig na nOibreacha Poiblí (OPW) i dTeach Laighean. Cuireann sí ceardlanna eitseála ar fáil i Cork Printmakers ó am go chéile.

Deirdre McKenna is an artist from Dingle in West Kerry. She has been working as a professional artist since studying fine art at the Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork. Printmaking has become an important part of her multidisiplinary practice and she is a member of Cork Printmakers where she explores the possibilities of etching and relief techniques. Her work is included in many collections including The Crawford Gallery and Leinster House (commissioned by the OPW). McKenna facilitates etching workshops at Cork Printmakers.

Visions from the Irish Rhine: Explorations on the Munster Blackwater

15 March: Bill Power

As part of the Friends Spring Lecture Series 2024

No booking required but places are limited so arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Friends €5 | General Public €8 | Students go free with a valid I.D.

Bill Power is an historian and international award-winning photographer who spent two decades exploring the Munster Blackwater, often referred to in the 19th century as 'The Irish Rhine'. In 2019, he became the founding chairman of Saint George's Arts and Heritage Centre in Mitchelstown. Since its foundation in 2019, €800,000 has been raised to convert the former church into a superb venue for the performing arts. He is the author of 14 books, the most recent of which was 'The Blackwater, History and Images from the Irish Rhine,' published in 2023. This illustrated talk will be based on his photography of the Blackwater and stories from the river that is the fourth longest in Ireland. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the talk.

Artist in Exile: The Last Caravaggio

22 March: Dr Matthew Whyte

As part of the Friends Spring Lecture Series 2024

No booking required but places are limited so arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Friends €5 | General Public €8 | Students go free with a valid I.D.

Baroque sensation Caravaggio is never far from the imagination of art lovers. Furthermore, we need only think of Andrew Graham-Dixon’s famous biography Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane (2010) to remember the jarring contradictions present in his life – the creator of a Counter-Reformation painting style of stirring spirituality, and simultaneously the frequently-imprisoned brawler forced to flee Rome for murder. The last years of Caravaggio’s short life were spent in exile. From Naples, to Malta, to Sicily, and back to Naples, Caravaggio evaded authorities and completed his last paintings. Sometimes pious, often shockingly violent, and at times self-deprecating, these late paintings offer a fascinating image of the artist in exile. This talk parallels with the upcoming exhibition in London’s National Gallery entitled ‘The Last Caravaggio’ (18 April-21 July 2024), offering an introduction to the ways in which we can think about the works of an artist in crisis.

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. 

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