Germinations 13 Touching From a Distance

8 February–23 March 2002

Germinations 13 - Touching from a Distance is an exhibition curated by Kati Kivinen (Finland) which explores insights into new communicative technologies by nine young European artists: Johanna Domke & Friederike Rückert (DK/DE), Sophie H. Ernst (NL), Matias Faldbakken (NO), Ursula Groser (AT), Janusz Grünspek (DE), Katie Holten (IR), Noëlle Pujol (FR) and Sami Sorvali (FI).

As a starting point for the project many questions and ideas surrounding the subject of communication in the era of the new technologies were raised. Issues such as what effect modern communication technologies have on interpersonal relations, and the possibilities and risks of an unlimited exchange of information are central theme of the exhibition. The aim of the project is to make people aware of and to visualise the way the new technologies change and construct our reality.

The exhibition Touching from a Distance is one of five such exhibitions, held over a four month period in five different European cities, under the common title 'Germinations 13'. All these exhibitions are initiated and organised by the cultural foundation 'Germinations Europe', based in Antwerp, Belgium, which has been working for young European artists starting their professional career for 20 years. As reaction towards the recent changes in the field of exhibition making 'germinations europe' in 2000 launched 'germinations 13', a new concept that focuses on 'curating'. Within a European-wide contest five curators were selected, to realise and to develop their exhibition concepts reflecting current themes of the international art scene. (For further information please visit:

For further information please contact:
Dawn Williams, Exhibitions Officer,
Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork, Ireland
phone +353 (0) 21 427 33 77, fax +353(0) 21 480 50 43,
Kati Kivinen, Co-ordinator, FRAME Finnish Fund for Art Exchange,
Lönnrotinkatu 39 B 13, FIN-00180 Helsinki, phone (+358 9) 612 64 220, fax
(+358 9) 612 64 230, e-mail:;

PATRICK SWIFT (1927–1983) An Irish painter in Portugal retrospective exhibition

Although highly acclaimed in critical and artistic circles, the work of the Irish painter Patrick Swift has rarely been publicly exhibited in Ireland since his few early shows in the 1950s. At that time his place in the pantheon of Irish art seemed certain. The art critic of the Irish Times noted the merciless scrutiny of his style, and the way he drew from his subjects some sort of tension which is the property of their existence.Swift moved to London, and became editor of the literary magazine X, which published articles by, and reviews of such figures as Giacommetti and Francis Bacon. He was a respected literary figure himself, yet painting always called to him. The vogue at the end of the 50s for abstract painting was not to his taste, nor could he work with academic realism. He sought an expression of life and human creativity which was meaningful and accessible, yet intensely personal, and inspired by emotion, by landscape. It seemed Ireland and England restricted him. Swift emigrated to Portugal in 1962. He later set up a pottery in the Algarve, whose part in the revival of the regional craft has been recognised. Here Swift made a huge contribution to the popularisation of the Algarve, and to the recognition of the beauty of Portugal's landscape, history and culture. He virtually ceased showing his paintings, and the 1993 IMMA retrospective was a late reminder of Swift's significance as an Irish painter.

This new exhibition, opening on 5 April, will include many Algarve works never previously seen in Ireland. These are some of his most resonant works, where he has found his voice, and in the invigorating new climate the change in his painting was towards an enhanced sensuous warmth, a sense of the integrity of light and a feeling of the integration with nature, of painter and viewer (Richard Morphet, keeper, Tate Britain)

The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue.
Further information from Dawn Williams, Exhibition Officer 021 4273377

John O'Leary (1929–1999)

5 April–18 May 2002

Graduating from Crawford School of Art in 1957 John O'Leary was awarded a Gibson Bequest Scholarship and spent the following year in France where he studied at the Atelier d'André Lhote following in the footsteps of Mainie Jellett and Evie Hone. However, instead of adopting the predominant cubist doctrinaire style, O'Leary was impressed by the teachings of the Russian abstract painter Serge Poliakoff. Although his earlier works explore the line and the figurative it is clear O'Leary's later works reveal the extent of his absorption and passion of the abstract.

Equally, John O'Leary was a fundamental influence on many of today's successful contemporary artists. Having taught in both the Crawford School of Art and the Sligo Regional Technical College, his tuition was strongly based on direct observation and drawing from nature yet one in which he encouraged self-reliance on the part of the student. O'Leary was also instrumental in evolving Ireland's leading small works exhibition - Iontas.

John O'Leary Retrospective will tour to two further venues - Sligo Art Gallery and Model Arts and Niland Gallery - both exhibiting concurrently from May 29 - June 21. The retrospective will feature over eighty works drawn from private and public collections and, in addition, will feature previously unseen sketches and photographs from the Estate of John O'Leary which provide an evocative insight to O'Leary's genuine commitment to the study and teaching of art.

A catalogue will be published to accompany the exhibition.

Michael Warren light, gravity and distance

7 June–10 August 2002

The Crawford Municipal Art Gallery is delighted to present new work by the sculptor Michael Warren entitled Light, gravity & distance.

Known primarily for his site-related, large outdoor works, Warren's new work draws less attention to the making of his work and has created smaller scale steles individual wall panels which are intended to look almost 'unmade' or existing as 'found' objects.

While outwardly minimalist and austere, his sculptures are not cold, remote or flawless, but have a sense of human aspiration and achievement and celebrate natural materials of beauty.

Born in Dublin in 1950, Micheal Warren studied at Bath Academy of Art and at the Belle Arti di Brera (Milan). A member of Aosdana he has exhibited and received national and international commissions and in 2001 Warren was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Architecture Award.

A specially commissioned colour-illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition.

Patrick Scott - A Retrospective

7June–10 August 2002

Patrick Scott is, without doubt, one of Ireland's most significant exponents of pure abstraction art.

This retrospective exhibition at the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, previously held at the Hugh Lane Municipal Art Gallery, Dublin, brings together works from Scott's extensive and prolific career.

Scott's formal training as an architect remains a reference in all his work from his early representational works, in the 1940's and 1950's, of still lifes and landscapes through to his seminal works from the late 1960's represented by the extensive Gold paintings series. The exhibition also reflects Scott's exploration of a diverse range of art forms including tapestries, screens and Tables for Meditation.

Born in Kilbrittan, Co. Cork in 1921, Patrick Scott exhibited in the first Irish Exhibition of Living Artists in 1941 and qualified as an architect in 1945. Working for leading Irish Architect Michael Scott for fifteen years Scott devoted himself fully to art in 1960. By which time he had already established a considerable reputation representing Ireland at the Guggenheim International both in 1958 and 1960 and the XXX Venice Biennale.

This exhibition is a celebration of Patrick Scott's national and international career and is accompanied by a colour illustrated catalogue with essays commissioned specifically for the exhibition.

The exhibition runs concurrently with Michael Warren: light, gravity and distance from Friday 7 June - Saturday 10 August.

Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm (Admission Free). Full wheelchair access.

For more details and visuals please contact:
Anne Boddaert (Exhibitions Officer)

Margaret Fitzgibbon Hortus Conclusus - Enclosed Garden

7 June–10 August 2002

Margaret Fitzgibbon is a multimedia sculptor based in Ireland. The mediaeval term "Hortus Conclusus" has become the grounding concept for an installation through which she has explored ideologies of The Garden and links between architectural space and physical experience. Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 10am-5pm (Admission Free). Full wheelchair access.

Janet Mullarney The Bermuda Triangle

7 June–10 August 2002

Janet Mullarney is an Irish sculptor based in Italy. Recent residencies in both Mexico and Ireland have informed the nature of her work and its relation to space. An exploratory variety of media is used to construct her works of haunting presence and psychological implication.

Shinji Yamamoto-Blue Gold

1–30 November 2011

Shinji Yamamoto is a Japanese artist based in Italy Informed by his residency at the Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh in 1999, where he responded to surrounding sites and landscapes, his installation "Blue Gold'(the economic term for water) ranges from video to sculptural installation and painting

Crawford Open 3 Exhibition of contemporary Art

13 December 2002–25 January 2003

Exhibiting Artists: Barbara Ash, Maria Blake, Gemma Brownem Hugh Watt, Conor Caffrey, Ian Charlesworth, Paul Connell, Frances Donnelly, Clodagh Emoe, Andrew Folan, Paul Hegarty, John Younge, Severine Hubard, Wendy Judge, Juneau Projects, Anthony-Noel Kelly, Sean Lynch, Susan MacWilliam, Lisa Malone, Melissa McDonnell, Brendan Earley, Aoife McGovern, Lorraine Neeson, Gail O'Reilly, Katie Owens, Alan Phelan, Jim Dingilian, Eleanor Philips, Una Quigley, Linda Quinlan, Declan Rooney, Rosemary Shirley, Stem, Brigid Teehan, Alex Walsh, Cian McConn

Crawford Open 3 is the third annual open submission exhibition of contemporary art at the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery.

Selected by Eugenie Tsai (Independent Curator, New York), Hugh Mulholland (Director, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast) and Danny McCarthy (Arti, this year´s theme, Beauty & Corruption, is explored by over thirty artists from Ireland and abroad.

Through various mediums including video, sound installation, painting and photography the work featured interprets Beauty & Corruption from a number of inquisitive and interesting standpoints. In Susan MacWilliam´s video After Image illusion and the paranormal of are exploredEleanor Phillips uses the body as a site for reconstruction and conformity whilst Andrew Folan´s painting Susanna and the Elders confronts the ‘male gaze´.

The exhibition will be accompanied with a full colour catalogue by Gandon Editions which will include artists who participated in Crawford Open and Crawford Open 2.

Private View Thursday 12 December @ 6:30pm
For further information or images please contact:
Dawn Williams
Exhibitions Officer

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