Cork, its city and environs have for centuries benefited from the natural maritime haven that is its harbour. Amongst the largest of its kind in the world, Cork Harbour has been a porous site of settlement, migration, international trade, fortification, and leisure, and holds deep cultural and economic relevance.
Fittingly presented in the Long Room of the city’s old Custom House (Crawford Art Gallery), this exhibition is inspired by Cork’s motto – Statio Bene Fide Carinis (a safe harbour for ships) – and coincides with the 300th anniversary of the world’s oldest established yacht club: Royal Cork Yacht Club.
Addressing the maritime traditions of Cork and the south of Ireland, this exhibition considers the concept of a 'safe harbour' as an anchorage in cultural, social, naval, and other terms. It features objects that describe the harbour and river, shipping and leisure, defence, mobility of people – including Napoleon’s physician, Dr James Roche Verling – and Cork's global connectedness.
Drawn from Crawford Art Gallery’s own extensive collection, the exhibition includes works by Willem Van de Velde (1611-1693), Sarah Grace Carr (1794-1837), George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson (1806-1884), Robert Lowe Stopford (1813-1898), Norah McGuinness (1901-1980), David Lilburn and Jamie Murphy, among others.
Curated by Dr Michael Waldron
Exhibition and associated programmes made possible with the support of:
Rembrandt in Print
Saturday 22 May – Sunday 23 August 2020
Rembrandt in Print presents 50 of the finest works from the
Ashmolean’s world-class collection of over 200 etchings and drypoints by
Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669).
Widely hailed as the greatest painter of the Dutch Golden
Age, Rembrandt was also one of the most innovative and experimental printmakers
of the seventeenth century. This touring exhibition will present Rembrandt as
an unrivalled storyteller through a selection of fifty outstanding prints
ranging from 1630 until the late 1650s. These works demonstrate Rembrandt’s
inventive techniques and extraordinary skills. They are displayed together for
the first time.
While most other contemporary printmakers made prints of
historical, religious or mythological subjects, Rembrandt delighted in
presenting everyday scenes. The exhibition includes a range of these images
such as intimate family studies, a selection of confronting life-drawn nudes
and carefully detailed characters observed on the streets of his native Leiden,
including peasants, Ringball players and the repugnant Rat Catcher (1632).
This exhibition has been organised by the Ashmolean Museum,
University of Oxford.
Exhibition and associated programmes made possible with the support of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
KEVIN GAFFNEY: Expulsion
Saturday 20 June – Sunday 20 September 2020
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
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