Remembering Seamus Murphy (1907–1975)

–29 September 2007

Seamus Murphy, artist, stone-carver and letterer, was highly regarded in his lifetime. In 2007, the centenary year of Murphy´s birth, the Crawford Art Gallery, in collaboration with Cork City Council and the Murphy family, co-organised the ‘Remembering Seamus Murphy´ programme that will allow a new younger audience to rediscover the work of this unique artist.

Crawford Gallery is publishing a book celebrating the life and work of this extraordinary artist, with essays by Peter Murray, Orla Murphy and Ann Wilson.

30 November 2007–8 February 2008

until November 10 2007

The Crawford Art Gallery is proud to present the exhibition [C]artography: map-making as artform which seeks to explore the techniques and styles of early map-makers, as well as focus on contemporary artists who use mapping methodologies in their art practice, often for very different reasons.

The earliest map in the exhibition, printed in Ulm in 1482, a colour woodcut, is a copy after Ptolemy’s ancient map of Ireland. More recent maps include examples produced by the Ordnance Survey of Ireland, the Royal Irish Academy and computer digital maps produced by the Department of Geography, University College Cork.  The exhibition also includes exquisitely crafted early maps by Richard Blome, William Petty, John Speed, Abraham Ortelius, John Rocque and others.

These early maps and present day computer digital maps will be seen alongside works by Kathy Prendergast, Frank Bowling, Grayson Perry, Stephen Brandes, Jeremy Deller, Mona Hatoum, Dorothy Cross, Tom Molloy and other contemporary artists who explore the relationship between cartography and memory, imagination and meaning. Each work in Mariele Neudecker’s series of Memory Maps, (1996) is a record of an individual’s attempt to remember the political world map. In Satomi Matoba’s Japanese British Isles, (1999) we have, at first glance, a credible map of a detail of Scotland. On closer examination Kyoto can be seen next to Cheshire, London just north of Inverness, the British Isles melded with Japan.  Our expectation of the world map is yet again subverted and we are left on shifting ground. The exhibition features work by Cornelia Parker, Rita Donagh and Patrick Ireland who use mapping techniques to introduce political commentary to their work.

Participating contemporary artists: Frank Bowling, Stephen Brandes, Jon Brunberg, Dorothy Cross, Jeremy Deller, Rita Donagh, Jimmie Durham, Clodagh Emoe, Simon Faithfull, Gary Farrelly, Brian Fay, Tim Goulding, Mona Hatoum, Sean Hillen, Patrick Ireland, Kim Jones, Chris Kenny, Tom Molloy, Satomi Matoba, Mariele Neudecker, Eamon O'Kane, Cornelia Parker, Simon Patterson, Grayson Perry, Kathy Prendergast, Tim Robinson and Chris Wilson.

[C]artography: map-making as artform provides a context for viewers to engage with maps on many levels, not least on a level of fascination with detailed representation of the world, but  also in the information they reveal, distort and often hide.

A full colour catalogue accompanies the exhibition with commissioned essays by art writer Mic Moroney, William Laffan and Professor William J.  Smyth of the Department of Geography, University College Cork.

Crawford Open 2007 'The Sleep of Reason'

30 November 2007–8 February 2008

Crawford Open 2007 is a biennial juried exhibition of contemporary art at the Crawford Art Gallery. This exhibition, the sixth Crawford Open, has as its theme 'The Sleep of Reason'. Each selected artist (to be announced on September 11, 2007) will received €500 with a prize of €5000 being awarded to one artist selected by the Jury at the opening of the exhibition.

Selected artists:
Yvanna Greene (U.K), David Theobald (U.K), Andrew Vickery (Ireland), Michael Gurhy (Ireland), Michelle Deignan (Ireland), Mai Yamashita and Naoto Kobayashi (Germany), Sam Plagerson (U.K.), Paul McAree (Ireland), Martin Healy (Ireland), Lorraine Walsh (Ireland), Amanda Dunsmore (Ireland), Fumiko Kobayashi (Japan), Maggie Madden (Ireland), Abigail O'Brien (Ireland), Tom Molloy (Ireland)

Jury Selectors:
Frances Morris, Head of Collections (International Art), Tate Modern, Enrique Juncosa, Director, Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Outside Perspectives An Exhibition by Soyoung Chung, Anna Konik and Tobias Sternberg

until 27 October 2007

Outside Perspectives is ann exhibition of selected works created by the three artists during a residency at the National Sculpture Factory (Cork) during 2006, as part of the Pepinieres Programme for Young Artists.

A Korean artist born in Suresnes (France), Soyoung Chung graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 2003. Soyoung divides her time between Seoul and Paris. She will show Shattered Galaxy, 3 works which, although independent from one another, all evoke a common intangible and unstable state.

Anna Konik was born in Lubliniec (Poland), She lives and works in Warsaw. 0ur Lady’s Forever is Anna Konik’s latest video work. Made in the former institution for the mentally ill, Our Lady’s Hospital in Cork, her film dwells on the isolation of the individual, on the impossibility of true connection between individual minds.

Born in Sweden,Tobias Sternberg graduated from Goldsmith’s in 2005. He lives and works in London. The sculpture shown, Seven Sins for the Living, is an interactive sculptural exhibition in itself. Focussing on the drawers of an old office desk, the artist invites viewers to sit down by the desk and browse through the drawers at their own leisure.

Linda Quinlan

16 October 16–22 December 2007

This exhibition hosted by the Crawford Art Gallery marks the occasion of Linda Quinlan as The AIB Prize recipient for 2006.

Quinlan’s installations create compelling narratives that navigate a diverse terrain of subject matter in a seemingly random fashion. These meandering manifestations articulate her preoccupation with the interconnectivity of objects and circumstances of her findings. Quinlan’s practice concerns itself with exploring concepts of exploration itself as well as considering the methodologies employed and circumstances of inquiry.

A significant development of present interests stems from a recent residency in Tasmania. On arrival she soon became engaged with the cultural and geographical significance of wilderness of the Island of Tasmania. Her observations led to inquiries and subjects of unresolved situations that resonate concerns with how we can recreate or interpret something that no longer exists.

A publication accompanying this exhibition will be launched in the Crawford Art Gallery on 23 November.
Texts will include an essay by writer and artist Sally O Reilly, a narrative by musician Cathal Coughlan and a fictional conversation between the artist and Dr. Eric Guiller.

The AIB Prize is one of Ireland’s leading arts awards. Every year it identifies a promising Irish visual artist and helps them launch their career. The award does this by providing financial support to an exhibition in a publicly funded venue to supplement exhibition costs and for the publication of a catalogue.

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