KEVIN GAFFNEY: Expulsion

Friday 11 September - Sunday 6 December

Expulsion will be the second exhibition in this new artist-directed yearly programme, which aims to support artists to pursue their current research interests and connect with audiences through a collaboration with the Crawford Art Gallery, its site, collection and location. The programme aims to platform the development of an artist’s career and its often intrinsic relationship with the institution.

Exhibiting in Cork for the first time, artist-filmmaker Kevin Gaffney will premier Expulsion. Shot in part at Crawford Art Gallery. Expulsion imagines a Queer State, an anti-capitalist society whose citizens strive to live in harmony with the environment.

The exhibition will also feature Far from the Reach of the Sun – a film set in a near future where a government-approved drug can alter your sexuality.

“As a natural storyteller, albeit with surreal leanings, Gaffney leaves the viewer with little sense of whether they are witnessing a dystopian or utopian view of the past, present or indeed the future.” Kathleen Soriano, in the exhibition text for Unseen By My Open Eye, 2017

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Citizen Nowhere / Citizen Somewhere

Preview Thursday 22 October 2020
23 October 2020 - 31 January 2021

25 October 2020 is the centenary of the death of Terence MacSwiney, Lord Mayor of Cork, playwright and politician. Following his arrest for being in possession of a police cipher, MacSwiney’s seventy-four day hunger strike gripped international press and political agendas. 

Citizen Nowhere / Citizen Somewhere focuses on the legacy of Terence MacSwiney’s hunger strike and death, and the idea of nation as an imagined state to which MacSwiney’s own essays, Principles of Freedom, aspired.

The exhibition provides an overview of the many countries and individual leaders influenced by MacSwiney’s traumatic dedication to the Republican cause.  It also examines, through the work of contemporary artists, the transitory nature of nationhood from being citizen of nowhere, under direct rule, to being a citizen of somewhere after liberation.

Dawn Williams

Supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 initiative. 

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School of Looking INVISIBLE LIGHT

7 October–29 November 2020

Art meets Science in Invisible Light, an expansive new exhibition from The School of Looking funded by Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) Discover Programme, which reignites the heritage of Crawford Art Gallery as an institution for both artistic and scientific endeavour.

Through an ambitious, collaborative endeavour with Tyndall National Institute and the Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC), Invisible Light imaginatively explores the Electromagnetic Spectrum in its relationship to history, society, artistic creation and art conservation.

Just as we can describe the spectrum of visible light in seven colours – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet – we can also divide the Electromagnetic Spectrum into seven zones. The middle zone – the smallest – is the only one we call visible, but in truth they are all visible to us now. The invention and construction of machine eyes to see all this invisible light has been a collective project since the late nineteenth century, and a vision revolution that has made the whole universe visible to us.

Men and women of science have slowly rendered visible the entire range of energy frequencies that permeates our universe – Gamma Rays, X-Rays, Infrared Radiation, Visible Light, Ultraviolet Radiation, Microwaves, Radio Waves – and imagined extraordinary applications for them, including inventions that have progressed society in countess ways, saving lives, allowing us to see into the molecular structure of our cells, gaze far into the universe, and peer behind micron-thin layers of paint to reveal the secrets of the Grand Masters of art.

Marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of visionary Irish scientist John Tyndall (1820-1893), artists Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly from The School of Looking have worked closely with scientists from Tyndall National Institute and Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC), and curators at Crawford Art Gallery to imagine an exhibition that truly unites art and science.

Invisible Light shares this adventure with the public, through seven newly commissioned artworks, each one exploring a region of the Electromagnetic Spectrum and accompanied by seven Ray Days, days of safe public engagement dedicated to each separate type of radiation.

Invisible Light receives its world premiere at Crawford Art Gallery and, in 2021, will represent Ireland at the Universal Exhibition in Dubai.

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HARRY CLARKE WATERCOLOURS

December 2020 – January 2021

For a limited time only, Crawford Art Gallery reawakens its magical collection of Harry Clarke watercolours and illustrations. From the ethereal figures of the wintry ‘Eve of St Agnes’ to the macabre imagination of Edgar Allan Poe, you are invited to immerse yourself in in the visual details and delights of one of Ireland’s most beloved artists.

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Dara McGrath: For Those, That Tell No Tales

Summer 2021

Between 1919 and 1921, almost 1400 people died in the struggle for the recognition of an independent and free Ireland and included members of the British Forces, the Irish Republican Army and the general public. 

Cork and its county saw the bloodiest of the fighting, in total 528 people lost their lives directly due to the conflict. Beyond the recognised memorials to the volunteers and major landmarks of significance, there are many more sites where men, women, children and members of the British forces lost their lives and are not acknowledged or marked in any way.

Dara McGrath's photographic focus on these overlooked and unmarked sites give a timely, unnerving presence and look to reassert these lost lives into the history and its interpretation of this troubled time during the Decade of Remembrance. 

Supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 initiative.  

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