SEEN AND HEARD PLAYSPACE

28 June–28 October 2019

October

SEEN, and HEARD PLAYSPACE
Will Sliney Superheroes takeover 
Open Daily Until 28 October 2019*

Will has transformed one of our galleries into a world of legends and superheroes, bound to inspire comic book fans of all ages, budding illustrators, and anyone who dares to dream big!

The parade of characters includes Celtic Warrior: The Legend of Cú Chulainn, Spider-man, Black Widow and Thor among others from Marvel comics. Come and witness supernatural feats of strength, ferocious battles, and tragic destinies as Will transform our Seen and Heard play-space with a cast of larger-than-life heroes.

In addition to the exhibition, there will be opportunities of chance encounters with the artist whilst he is creating a mural over the month.

During October, Will Sliney and 5 selected apprentice illustrators will be working on a comic based on "The Hound"- a new Cork superhero - seen for the very first time in the exhibition. The course will detail how comics are made and put the apprentices through their paces from the layouts to final stage of drawing a comic book. 

CALLING ALL COMIC FANS!
Award-winning comic book artist Will Sliney takes over the Playspace with legends and superheroes. Enjoy chance encounters with the artist as he creates a mural in the Gallery!

CALLING ALL SCHOOLS!BOOKED OUT!
The school programme of visits for primary secondary and third-level schools with the artist is fully subscribed but fans and the curious can meet Will on Saturday 26 October. (details below)

Saturday 26 October
MEET THE ARTIST EVENT

From 11 am to 1 pm the last chance to watch Will at work on his mural and from 2 pm to 4 pm: a presentation and Q+A, a unique opportunity to ask him all the questions you have. The afternoon event is free but places are limited and booking through Eventbrite is essential.

11 am–1 pm
Watch Will work on the mural Drop-in Session, no booking required

2 pm–4 pm
Presentation and Q & A. Booking essential. 

*Closed Thursday 17 October from 5 pm. 18 October all day. Opens 11 am Saturday Morning 19 October.


September / October

SEEN, and HEARD PLAYSPACE
Cork Film Festival Family Films in Crawford Art Gallery   
September / October 2019

As Crawford Art Gallery celebrates childhood in its major survey exhibition SEEN, NOT HEARD, Cork Film Festival is delighted to partner by inviting children to SEE and HEAR the best of world cinema. This autumn, we welcome budding film fans to a fun-packed programme of Irish and international animations and short films which have been specially selected by our Festival programming team for families to experience and enjoy.

22 September, 2 - 3.10pm
Family-Friendly Shorts: Following sold-out screenings of these specially curated family programmes at Cork Film Festival each year, we are delighted to offer you and your little ones a second chance to see this special selection of our popular Family Friendly Shorts from recent years. From musical tales to exciting adventures, this programme presents a variety of colourful short films for children (aged
6+) to enjoy the best of storytelling on film.

29 September, 2 - 3.20pm
The Secret of Kells 10th anniversary Screening (PG): To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Cork Film Festival is delighted to present Academy Award-nominated animated film The Secret of Kells, an enchanting tale inspired by Irish mythology. The story follows young Brendan who lives in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids. A new adventure beckons when a master illuminator arrives with an ancient book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers. 

6 October, 2 - 3.10pm
The Overcoat and Mirette: A delightful double bill of two enchanting films which bring classic books to life for children aged 6+. The Overcoat is an animated adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's classic short story about an office worker (Cillian Murphy) who saves all his money to buy a new coat, only to have fate take a ghostly hand. Mirette brings the award-winning children’s book Mirette on the High Wire to life, featuring BAFTA award-winner Miriam Margolyes, OSCAR® nominee and TONY winner Tom Conti.

Tickets: €25 Family Pass (2 adults & 2 children) per screening
€7.50 for additional adult tickets. €6 for additional child tickets
Limited tickets are available on the door. Booking in advance online is advised. Children must be accompanied by an adult

The 64th Cork Film Festival will take place from the 7th - 17th November. The Family Programme will present the latest and best family films from the international film festival circuit, for young audiences to enjoy, including lots of fun pre-screening workshops, treasure hunts and opportunities to meet filmmakers. Cork Film Festival’s Family Programme is the perfect way to let your children explore the world through film. Programme announced October 15th: watch this space!

corkfilmfest.org


September

Eamon O’Kane Froebel Studio: Institute for Creativity    
31 August–23 September 2019

An interactive space where art, architecture, design, education & play intersect.

Froebel Studio: Institute for Creativity is an interactive installation, making direct visual and conceptual reference to educational play objects devised by educator and inventor of kindergarten, Friedrich Fröebel (1782-1852). Fröebel was one of the pioneers of pedagogy, who placed play at the centre of his teachings as a typical childhood activity that is of great educational value. His “play-gifts” and teaching material continue to be acknowledged to this day, including the basic pedagogic forms he developed of the sphere, cylinder and cube, which are still employed. Fröebel’s construction blocks and movement games were also a source of inspiration for abstract artists and the Bauhaus movement.

Parenthood acted as the catalyst for this inquiry into methods of merging real life with O'Kane's art practice—where his ongoing concerns are the synergetic interplay of art, architecture, design, and education. Despite the art historical references, Fröebel Studio: The Institute for Creativity is designed as a platform for developing creativity, to be experienced by adults and children alike, as well as teachers and schools.

Seen, and HEARD PLAYSPACE in partnership with BEAG, Graffiti Theatre Cork Enchanting performances for very young children and their adults.

BEAG artists use sound, colour, movement and tactile materials to create playful encounters. In partnership with Graffiti Theatre, Cork.

SOLD OUT
Thursday 12 September
10–11am & 12 midday–1pm

What Colour is the Rain? (Suitable for children aged from 0-1 years)

What Colour is the Rain? created for BEAG by visual artist Rachel Doolin soothingly explores sound, rhythm, colour and play in a creative way for the very young. Initially performative, children are then invited to experiment and explore the materials around them encouraging thinking and communication and self-expression.

SOLD OUT
Saturday 14 September
23pm & 45pm
Sticky Pic (Suitable for children aged 18 months-3 years)

Sticky Pic, created for BEAG by actor/artist Rosie O'Regan, is a gentle interactive arts experience using cardboard easels with sticky back paper. Children will explore materials such as paper, plastics, wool and a variety of shapes to create their own illustrations while investigating pattern, colour, shape and design.

SOLD OUT
Thursday 19 September
11am12 midday & 34pm
Paper-Pond Play (Suitable for children aged 1-3 years)

Paper Pond, created for BEAG by visual artist Regina Carbayo and dancer Maria Svensson, is a playful physical performance focusing on language and communication (both verbal and non-verbal) using crayons and paper to tell a story. Children will be invited to play and explore the crayon world that has been created, to add their own ideas and to have their own experience. NB crayons can mark clothing, so old clothes are advised for the full experience.

These sessions are free to attend but booking via Eventbrite is essential: https://bit.ly/2WHD5iB 

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August

SEEN, and HEARD PLAYSPACE
CARDBOARD CORK         
7–11 August 2019

10am–1pm & 2pm–4.30pm

We need you to create a cardboard box town!
There is no right or wrong way to play with a cardboard box and our PLAYSPACE will be filled with boxes for drawing, ripping, taping, constructing, crawling, hiding and more!

Free / just drop in!
Suitable for all ages but children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

SEEN, and HEARD PLAYSPACE
FANTASMAGORIA
Animation Play Space         
12–17 August 2019 
      

10am–1pm & 2pm–4.30pm
Come play with stop-motion animation, invent a world, create characters, add sounds. Bring your ideas, your imagination and any special props. Animate on your own phone or use our equipment. 

All materials provided.
Stay for an hour or two or come play with family and friends every day for a week!

Free / just drop in!
Suitable for all ages but children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

SEEN, and HEARD PLAYSPACE
FORMative in partnership with Cork Printmakers   
19-25 August 2019

An invitation to invent, construct and collaborate. Print your ideas and designs onto geometric cardboard shapes. Experiment with 3-D structures on the floor and walls of a gallery…see an artwork evolve daily!

Monday 19–Friday 23 August        
10 am–12 pm
Workshops for 8 to 12 years old

€25 for the 5 sessions, limited number (12),
booking essential via Eventbrite
https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/formative-tickets-62943122574

Monday 19–Friday 23 August       
1 pm–2 pm 
Free, drop-in session, open to all ages

Monday 19–Friday 23 August       
2:30pm–4:30pm
Workshops for 14 to 18 years old

€25 for the 5 sessions; limited number (12), booking essential via Eventbrite
https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/formative-tickets-62943122574

Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 August
11am–1pm & 2pm–4pm
Free, drop-in session, open to all ages


June / July

SEEN, and HEARD PLAYSPACE
in partnership with Dowtcha Puppets
June–July 2019

A Visit to the Moon with Dowtcha Puppets
Friday 28 June – Monday 5 August

Dowtcha are passionate about puppet making, play and skill sharing. To collaborate with Dowtcha Puppets we will literally fly to the moon, creating costumes, creatures, alien landscapes, props and a parade!


Make Celestial Sculpture
Wednesday 3 July 
(11 am -1 pm) Free but booking is essential
& Saturday 20 July
 (2 – 4 pm) Free / just drop in!
Make a planet, comet using a variety of papercraft techniques, or put your name on a star.
Suitable for 8 years up. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.


Build your own Extra-terrestrial
Saturday 6 July 
(2–4 pm) Free / just drop in!
& Wednesday 10 July (11 am – 1 pm) Free but booking is essential
Using simple hand and rod puppets made from paper, tape and mixed materials, we’ll imagine what kind of fantastic creatures might live in and on the moon. Suitable for all ages. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.


Astronauts & Space Stations
Saturday 13 July 
(2–4 pm) Free / just drop in!
& Wednesday 17 July(11 am – 1 pm) Free but booking is essential
We will explore how we can live on the moon with marionette making, using a combination of recycled and new materials.
Suitable for all ages. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

SURVIVOR ON THE MOON
Saturday 20 July   11 – 1 pm
A workshop towards the Young Persons’ Constitution for Lunar Settlement with Annalea Beattie. How will you survive on the Moon? When the outside environment is poisonous and harsh when it promises instant death when you are confined inside your spaceship under constant surveillance in limited physical space with the same people every day, what do you need to make sure you are mentally and physically well and happy? This two-hour drawing /writing workshop asks you to bring to the gallery one or two objects (or ideas) that you think might be important to your own survival on the Moon.
More info here...

Finger puppets explore the moon
Wednesday 24 July
 (11 am–1 pm) Free but booking is essential
& Saturday 27 July (2 – 4 pm)  Free / just drop in!
This workshop uses stories about the moon as inspiration
for puppet making. Set design and character building will develop in a puppet show.
Suitable for all ages. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Parade & Costume Making
Wednesday 31 July 
(11am–1pm) Free but booking is essential
& Saturday 3 August
 (2 – 4pm) Free / just drop in!
Make a space themed costume out of lightweight materials. Create simple designs of Space-ships, Moon Landers and Rockets.  
 Suitable for all ages.  Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
To make a booking contact: Emma / Anne 021 4907862

To make a booking contact: Emma / Anne 021 4907862
anneboddaert@crawfordartgallery.ie 
emmaklemencic@crawfordartgallery.ie

Cork Puppetry Festival: from Thursday 1 August (See www.crawfordartgallery.ie and corkpuppetryfestival.com for more details)

About Dowtcha Puppets
Dowtcha Puppets is a theatre company based in Cork. Formed in 2002 by the current Artistic Director Cliff Dolliver and Mick Lynch (RIP), Dowtcha has been producing puppetry performances, co-ordinating parades and community projects and undertaking commissions ever since. Dowtcha also produces the Cork Puppetry Festival and operates the Dowtcha Youth Ensemble. 

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SEEN, NOT HEARD

28 June–28 October 2019

For its summer 2019 exhibition, the Crawford Art Gallery will present a major survey exhibition, titled Seen, not Heard.

The selection of work will range from 18th-century to present, examining the representations of children from the historical to contemporary from Irish art collections and Irish artists.

Seen, not Heard will be based on three core sections; ‘Power and Perception’, ‘Portrait’ and ‘Tales of Childhood’.

From these sections, the selected works on display will extend from the extreme contrasts of aristocratic family portraits to the working-class child of 19th and 20th-century Ireland, juxtaposed with contemporary work by Irish artists.

Through these works, the exhibition will examine what these visual representations tell us about how the role of the child has evolved within Ireland and the wider society, the challenging perspectives of the artist and viewer, and aims to encourage the audience to reflect on their own perceptions of childhood.

Learn & Explore Programme to accompany Seen, not Heard: Coming out to play?

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Seen not heard

The proverb Seen, not Heard, has its origins in the 15th century, where children, particularly young women, were meant to stay silent unless spoken to or asked to speak. Children are spontaneous, unpredictable and full of curiosity. How do we capture the voice of children in 2019?
The Upper Gallery will be developed in an experimental, project-based playroom.

As part of the associated Crawford Art Gallery Learn and Explore Programme, Seen, not Heard, will develop an active space concurrent with the exhibition in the upper gallery. The extensive gallery space will be transformed to allow visitors to most definitely be seen and heard, while actively exploring scale from the tiny to the fully immersive; a wide range of art material and even draw on the walls.

June / July

To make a booking contact: Emma / Anne 021 4907862
anneboddaert@crawfordartgallery.ie 
emmaklemencic@crawfordartgallery.ie

Cork Puppetry Festival: from Thursday 1 August
(See www.crawfordartgallery.ie and corkpuppetryfestival.com for more details)

About Dowtcha Puppets
Dowtcha Puppets is a theatre company based in Cork. Formed in 2002 by the current Artistic Director Cliff Dolliver and Mick Lynch (RIP), Dowtcha has been producing puppetry performances, co-ordinating parades and community projects and undertaking commissions ever since. Dowtcha also produces the Cork Puppetry Festival and operates the Dowtcha Youth Ensemble. 

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Graffiti Theatre Company Logo
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DREAMING IN BLUE: Harry Clarke Watercolours

14 December 2018 –
17 February 2019

In 1923, Ireland’s ‘strangest genius’ Harry Clarke (1889-1931) accepted a private commission for a stained glass window. For this, he suggested a number of subjects from which his client, Harold Jacob of Jacob’s Biscuits, selected “The Eve of St Agnes” by John Keats (1795-1821). 

Inspired by the poet’s evocative poem, Clarke wrote to Jacob: ‘I shall set to work on The Eve of St Agnes and submit my first coloured draft for discussion.’ Creating a series of ethereal studies in pencil, watercolour, and gouache, the artist carefully thought out his design before committing his vision to glass. This exhibition presents eighteen of these delicate preparatory works together in sequence for the first time in many years. 

Clarke’s source, “The Eve of St Agnes” (1819), follows the dreamlike romance of Madeline and Porphyro on the moonlit eve of the feast of St Agnes (20 January). Accompanying his works is a vivid interpretation of this long narrative poem by actor Fiona Shaw, specially commissioned for the exhibition. 

Visitors also have the opportunity to consider Clarke’s watercolours in the context of other commissioned work from the period. Included in this display are two small booklets – The History of a Great House (1924) and The Elixir of Life(1925) – illustrated by Clarke for the Dublin-based distillers, John Jameson & Son (Courtesy of Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard). 

Enter the imagination of one of Ireland’s favourite artists!

Curated by Dr Michael Waldron

EARTH, WIND & FIRE: Made in Cork Contemporary

23 November 2018–
17 February 2019

From ancient processes to new (machine) technologies, the exhibition Earth, Wind and Fire: Made in Cork Contemporary will showcase the work of Nuala O’Donovan, Eoin Turner, Alex Pentek, Mary Palmer / Anne Kiely and Joseph Walsh. 6 Cork-based contemporary artists whose artistic practice exemplifies excellence in craftsmanship. Curated by Anne Boddaert, the curatorial focus of the exhibition is to illuminate the synergetic relationship between artistic excellence and technical skill. The exhibition will take place in both the Upper and Lower Galleries, thereby offering space for the distinctly individual artistic voices of those who have been invited to exhibit.

In 2016, the exhibition Made in Cork: the Arts and Crafts Movement from the 1880s to the 1920s examined the Arts and Craft movement and its influence in Ireland. Building on that knowledge, Earth, Wind, and Fire: Made in Cork Contemporary picks up on the theme, at the same time, the exhibition will demonstrate the nature and extent of the stimulating, exhilarating, and exciting work that is being made by Cork based artists in the twenty first century. A Learn and Explore Programme and a wide reaching marketing programme will be designed to attract a broad range of audiences to engage with the exhibition.

Heroes and Villains

Until 14 April 2019 

“Give me the good old days of heroes and villains. The people you can bravo or hiss.” 
– Bette Davis, The Lonely Life (1962)

At a time when we are unsure of who or what to trust, it can perhaps be tempting to return to the certainties of the past, the archetypal heroes and villains of our children’s stories and the simplicity of hindsight. 

HEROES & VILLAINS, a selection of works from the collection, explores the archetypes of good and bad characters, and the middle ground between them. While some heroes and villains are easily identifiable through certain recognisable traits, it is often the case that these categories are not so self-contained. Depending on the contexts of time and place, someone who is once celebrated as a hero may be transformed into a villain, or vice versa. Indeed, these shifting contexts can act as formative influences, with artists and writers alike recognising the power of settings and scenarios on the decisions we make. 

From fallen heroes and reformed villains to accidental heroes, heroes of the moment, and villains for all time, this exhibition showcases a wide variety of real or imagined figures and the many ways that artists have celebrated or presented the shades of good or bad in all of us.

Curated by Anne Boddaert and Michael Waldron

Andrew Kearney / Mechanism

15 March – 26 May 2019

Mechanism is a light and sound installation responsive to the environment by artist Andrew Kearney, comprising of electronic, industrial and theatrical components that combine to respond, listen and react to the everyday life of Cork city centre where the gallery is located.

The installation features three new works which the artist has created specifically for the Crawford Art Gallery and continue Kearney's exploration of the layered history of people and buildings. 
Mechanism continues Kearney’s evolving work that builds on his exploration of the layered experience of space. He scrutinizes how buildings function within a given landscape, how people circulate through spaces and the historical and contemporary power relations that underpin the evolution of architecture[1].
For Andrew Kearney, his interest lies with what the work does – always regenerating, never predetermining, constantly seeking new information to create new sounds and visual possibilities.

Mary Swanzy: Voyages

15 March–3 June 2019

Mary Swanzy (1882-1978) was a pioneering figure in Irish Art who witnessed the birth of Modern Art and after 1914 exhibited at the Paris Salons alongside those artists who are now household names. 

She mastered the academic style of painting at a young age and her work rapidly evolved through different styles: Post-Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, Symbolism and Surrealism; each of these interpreted and transformed by her in a highly personal way. 

Over 70 works will be on display in this fascinating exhibition, initiated by the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) and curated by Seán Kissane.

The exhibition aims to reintroduce audiences to the artist’s extraordinary achievements and reinstate her as a Modern Irish Master.

Ailbhe Ni Bhriain: Great Good Places

22 March – 9 June, 2019 

Ailbhe Ní Bhriain’s mesmeric series of films Great Good Places (2011)is presented at the Crawford Art Gallery to coincide with Recasting Canova which celebrates the bicentenary of the Canova Casts, the prestigious gift that forms the basis of the gallery’s collection. 

Borrowing its title from the Henry James short story ‘The Great Good Place’ this series of films draws on the slippage between dream and reality captured in the story and its strange atmosphere - at once mundane and hallucinatory. James’s Great Good Place is an impossible but obscurely familiar refuge to which the overworked and the overwhelmed find themselves magically transported. Ní Bhriain reimagines a series of generic settings and specific locations including the Crawford Art Gallery’s Sculpture Galleries as such sites of suspension and displacement.  Using a combination of simple collage devices and computer generated imagery, she constructs new hybrid-places; these draw on an odd, associative logic to interrupt our ready-made relationship with certain archetypal locations and remind us of the essential make-believe of representation. In a sense this work proposes the image itself as a Great Good Place - a displaced elsewhere and an imaginative escape. 

THAT ABRUPT MAGNIFICENCE Jonathan Fisher’s Views of Killarney

23 February – 12 June 2019

Killarney has long captured the imagination of visitors and residents alike, from early Christian settlements in the seventh century to the emergence of tourism 250 years ago.

In 1770, Jonathan Fisher (1740-1809) was the first artist to produce a series of views of this County Kerry landscape when he painted six picturesque scenes of Killarney and its environs. These were subsequently reproduced as engravings which helped to develop the town, lakes, and mountains as a tourist destination, a project begun by Thomas Browne (1726-1795), 4th Viscount Kenmare.

Nearly two decades later, Fisher returned to compile a more ambitious portfolio of aquatint engravings entitled A Picturesque Tour of Killarney, describing in twenty views the most pleasing scenes of that celebrated Lake, etc. etc., (1789). These views, dedicated to the artist’s friend and patron John Dawson (1744-1798), 1st Earl of Portarlington, are presented in this exhibition.

Jonathan Fisher is thought to have begun his working life as a woollen-draper in The Liberties area of Dublin, before taking up his artistic career in the 1760s. He consistently exhibited his paintings and engravings, which were primarily devoted to Irish landscapes. He lived at Ship Street, Dublin with his wife Martha Price, the daughter of a Cork merchant, and supplemented their incomewith the post of Supervisor of Stamps at the Stamp Office on Eustace Street, from 1778 until his death in 1809.

MARIANNE KEATING The Ocean Between

21 June–22 September 2019

This new artist-directed programme aims to support artists to pursue their current research interests and connect with audiences through a collaboration with the Crawford Art Gallery, it’s site, collection and location. The programme aims to platform the development of an artist’s career and its often intrinsic relationship with the institution.  

Marianne Keating’s current work addresses the hidden histories of the Irish diaspora in the Caribbean, through narratively reconstructing this history through its archival traces. Her multi-media installation will focus on the movement of the Irish indentured labourers and emigrants in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century to Barbados and Jamaica and their resulting legacies in the contemporary Caribbean. Tracing the migration of the Irish from ports including Cork, Limerick and Belfast, Keating’s project will explore the eighteenth-century role of the Customs House - where the Crawford Art Gallery is now located - to determine new narratives around the Irish diaspora in response to the dominant ‘master narratives’ of Western nationhood, rewriting the histories of the dominated ‘other’.

Marianne Keating is an Irish artist currently based between Ireland and London. Recent exhibitions include New Contemporaries, South London Gallery and as part of the Liverpool Biennial; Arrivants: Art and Migration in the Anglophone Caribbean World, Barbados Museum and Historical Society, Bridgetown, Barbados; Between Us And, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland (2018) and forthcoming exhibitions include Another Land: Experimental Visualisations of Place, Stanley Picker Gallery/ Kingston Museum, London (2019).

SEEN, NOT HEARD 2

28 June–28 October 2019

For its summer 2019 exhibition, the Crawford Art Gallery will present a major survey exhibition, titled Seen, not Heard
The selection of work will range from 18th-century to present, examining the representations of children from the historical to contemporary from Irish art collections and Irish artists.

Seen, not Heard will be based on three core sections; ‘Power and Perception’, ‘Portrait’ and ‘Tales of Childhood’. 

From these sections the selected works on display will extend from the extreme contrasts of aristocratic family portraits to the working-class child of 19th and 20th-century Ireland, juxtaposed with contemporary work by Irish artists. 

Through these works, the exhibition will examine what these visual representations tell us about how the role of the child has evolved within Ireland and the wider society, the challenging perspectives of the artist and viewer, and aims to encourage the audience to reflect on their own perceptions of childhood. 

Learn & Explore Programme to accompany Seen, not Heard : Coming out to play?

The proverb Seen, not Heard, has its origins in the 15th century, where children, particularly young women, were meant to stay silent unless spoken to or asked to speak. 
Children are spontaneous, unpredictable and full of curiosity. How do we capture the voice of children in 2019?
The Upper Gallery will be developed in an experimental, project based playroom.

As part of the associated Crawford Art Gallery Learn and Explore Programme, Seen, not Heard, will develop an active space concurrent with the exhibition in the upper gallery. 
The extensive gallery space will be transformed to allow visitors to most definitely be seen and heard, while actively exploring scale from the tiny to the fully immersive; a wide range of art material and even draw on the walls. 

EVERYTHING OF THAT TIME MIGHT SOON END Between the Wars: The Gibson Bequest

28 September – 24 November

Offering curious insights into the art market this exhibition focuses on the collecting practices of the Gibson Bequest Committee during the period 1930-1940.

Reflecting their different geographic origins, the works displayed are grouped according to the various art dealers from whom they were sourced. The process of acquisition involved a panel of Expert Advisers who - through their knowledge and networks - identified such works and, in turn, recommended them for purchase to the Gibson Bequest Committee. The resulting selection provides a window into the priorities, urgencies, and mobility of interwar collecting.

Included in the exhibition are works by leading artists of the period – Sir William Orpen, Seán Keating, and Philip Wilson Steer – as well as influential and innovative printmakers – Robert Austin, Mabel Royds, John Copley and Iain Macnab. Each artwork speaks to its present time or to one that was fading (or had faded) from view.

Although speaking about novels, writer Elizabeth Bowen described works made in the interwar period (1919-1939) as reflective of "the pre-war time with its high tension, its increasing anxieties, and this great stress on individualism. People were so conscious of themselves, and of each other, and of their personal relationships because they thought that everything of that time might soon end."

Curated by Dr. Michael Waldron

A companion to this exhibition, The Gibson Bequest, 1919-2019: Selecting, Collecting & Philanthropy, may be visited on Floor 1 until 12 January 2020.

Vajiko Chachkhiani: Winter which was not there

Until 8 December 2019

Vajiko Chachkiani’s film Winter which was not there(2017)is presented at the Crawford Art Gallery to coincide with Recasting Canova, our bicentenary celebration of the Canova Casts, the prestigious gift that forms the basis of the gallery’s collection.  

Vajiko Chachkiani works in film, object making and installations delving into human perception and the culture of remembrance, between the reality of the outside world and the inner human psyche. In Winter which was not there, a man watches a sculpture of a man being hoisted out of the sea. Though the subject of the sculpture is not identified, the classic heroic monument bares a strange, somewhat uncanny likeness to the man watching the event. The stone figure is then attached to the man’s truck and a strange narrative ensues as we watch the middle aged man drive, until dusk, through landscapes and ultimately urban settings, alongside his vigilant dog.  In Chachkhiani’s film the sculptural object is the protagonist, we watch in curious disbelief as this stoic character is mercilessly ‘disassembled’.  

Winter which was not there can be viewed as a metaphor for the liberation of an individual from his or her own history, but in doing so asks if one can ever be free from one’s image and past, which ultimately informs how we interact in the present.  It also raises wider societal questions of why historical figures are canonised through the medium of art, and what is the impact on the individual when history eats itself and iconic political and cultural sculptures become obsolete. How does the public and the private sphere interfere with and influence our consciousness? 

Vajiko Chachkhiani (born 1985 in Tbilisi, Georgia) lives and works in Berlin. Solo exhibitions include: Kunstverein, Dresden (2019); SCAI The Bathhouse Gallery, Tokoyo; Georgian Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017), Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Siegen, Germany (2014), State Museum of Literature, Tbilisi, Georgia (2013). Group exhibitions include: Arondit Offspace, Paris (2019); Pinakothek der Moderne, München; 15th Istanbul Biennial (2017), Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg (2017), Carré d’Art–Musée d’art contemporain, Nîmes (2017) and Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn (2015). Vajiko Chachkhiani is represented by Daniel Marzona, Berlin and Scai, The Bathhouse, Tokyo. 

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