Music at Midday Christmas Special

Join us for a special Music at Midday at Crawford Art Gallery. This month will feature Lorraine Crowley and pianist Denise Crowley (CIT Cork School of Music) in an online feast of festive favourites just in time for Christmas. Let's finish out 2020 with some Christmas cheer surrounded by Crawford Art Gallery’s collection favourites.

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Thursdays, 1pm – 1.40pm
Starting on 15th October 2020

Free but pre-booking is essential through Eventbrite: click here to register!

The School of Looking investigate the art and science of seeing through their exhibition Invisible Light in the Crawford Art Gallery; funded by Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) Discover Programme and developed with scientific collaborators from Tyndall National Institute and Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC). 

The exhibition consists of artworks which each investigate a different form of invisible light, from the mysterious gamma ray to the familiar radio wave.

The School of Looking asks if we can imagine colours that we have never seen, what can we learn from X-Rays, Gamma Rays, and Infrared, and can a banana really create music?

Keep an eye on our website and social media for updates on THE SCHOOL OF LOOKING: INVISIBLE LIGHT and Crawford Art Gallery.


Ray Day 1: Gamma Rays with the School of Looking and Dr. Michael Nolan of the Tyndall National Institute

RAY DAY 2: X-RAYS with The School of Looking and Veronica Biolcati (Tyndall National Institute) 

RAY DAY 3: ULTRAVIOLET with The School of Looking, Dr. Daniela Iacopino (Tyndall National Institute) and Jean O'Donovan (Crawford Art Gallery)

RAY DAY 4: VISIBLE LIGHT AND THE ANIMAL COLOUR DEBATE with The School of Looking and Dr. Daniela Iacopino (Tyndall National Institute) 

RAY DAY 5: INFRARED with The School of Looking and Dr. Brian Corbett (Tyndall National Institute)

RAY DAY 6: MICROWAVES with The School of Looking and Dr. Michael Nolan (Tyndall National Institute)

RAY DAY 7: RADIO WAVES with The School of Looking and Dr. Michael Nolan (Tyndall National Institute)

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Culture Night 2020

Join us on 18th September for some Culture onsite and online at Crawford Art Gallery.

We will extend our opening hours from 5-9pm where you can explore our range of exhibitions in a socially distant way. Click here for our current exhibitions.

Click here to try Up the Crawford Walls,  an Online Puzzle game that allows you find a feature on the Gallery’s building and learn some interesting facts.

Did you know the Gallery building once functioned as a Custom house? This and many other gems to be revealed in  Up the Crawford Walls!

As well as our online puzzle game, Up the Crawford Walls, we will have video coverage of our collection highlights, on the hour every hour from 6-9pm! Tune in to our website and social media channels to hear some interesting stories on key collection works from artists, art historians and art subjects! 

With content available online and onsite, audiences will definitely get their Culture fix from Crawford Art Gallery on September 18th

Click the video below to see Conal Creedon talking about his portrait in Crawford Art Gallery.

Click the video below to see Aoibhie McCarthy talk about Mary Swanzy's Samoan Scene.

Click the video below to see Dr. Michael Waldron talk about Time Flies by William Gerard Barry.

Click the video below to see Stephen Doyle talk about his own work 'Dylan is Ainm Dom'.

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Music at Midday from Home

CIT Cork School of Music students, Ellen & Anna Jansson, have put together a video for all the Music at Midday fans at the Crawford Art Gallery.

These fantastic musicians perform Ravel's Ma mère l'Oye and Dvorák's Slavonic Dances Op. 72, No. 1 from the safety of their home so that you can continue to enjoy some music until we meet again in the beautiful setting of the Crawford Art Gallery.

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Zurich Portrait Prize talk

Thursday 2 April 6pm

Zurich Portrait Prize talk hosted by Dragana Jurišić & Patricia Coughlan

As part of our Lifelong Learning 2020 and Zurich Portrait Prize events, artist Dragana Jurišić will be joined in conversation with Patricia Coughlan (Professor Emerita, UCC) to discuss her work, and its particular relationship with literature, from YU: The Lost Country and Rebecca West's Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, to My Own Unknown and Museum, her collaboration with poet Paula Meehan.

Dragana Jurišić's portrait of Paula Meehan is featured in the Zurich Portrait Prize 2019, which runs in our Gibson Galleries (Floor 1) until 13 April.

Free event | No booking 

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Turas Treoraithe Gaeilge do Lá Fhéile Pádraig: Taispeántas 'Mise Éire’

Tabharfar léargas ar an dtaispeántas reatha 'Mise Éire' sa turas Gaeilge seo. Spreag an dán 'Mise Éire' le Pádraig Pearse an taispeántas, ina bhfuil réimse saothar le feiceáil. I measc na dtéamaí a bhaineann leis tá neamhspleáchas, stair agus náisiúnachas. 

Chítear saothair de chuid ealaíontóirí aitheanta na hÉireann ann, le Robert Ballagh, Rita Duffy, Mainie Jellett, Seán Keating, John Lavery, Mary Swanzy, Jack B. Yeats ar chuid acu. Cuireann an ealaín lenár dtuiscint ar Éirinn thuaidh agus theas sa lá atá inniu ann, agus sna laethanta a caitheadh. 

Bígí linn don dturas speisialta seo mar chuid d'imeachtaí Sheachtain na Gaeilge. 

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St. Patrick's Weekend Celebrations

Join us this St Patricks weekend for these free special events

Sunday 15 March

2pm Family-friendly St Patricks themed workshop

2pm Free Tour of the Gallery

Tuesday 17 March

Turas 'Mise Éire' as Gaeilge le Feena Tóibín

2 pm
Places/Faces Tour of In Transit and Zurich Portrait Prize with curator Michael Waldron

2 pm
SNAKES ALIVE! Family-Friendly Workshop with Julie Kelleher: Make colourful paper snakes and maybe even find a pot of gold!


St. Patrick's Day 2020 Opening Hours
Crawford Art Gallery: 11am-4pm
Crawford Gallery Café: 11am-4pm

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Friends Talk | Donal Ó Drisceoil: Men (and Women) of the South

Friday 20 March 2020 at 12:30 PM

Friends of the Crawford Art Gallery Spring Series

Men (and Women) of the South: A Talk with Donal Ó Drisceoil.

New sources and research are complicating and deepening our understanding of the revolutionary years in Ireland. Using paintings, photographs, documents and maps featured in the Atlas of the Irish Revolution, this lecture will look at how we visualise the revolution and explore the current 'state of the art' of Irish revolutionary historiography.

Dr Donal Ó Drisceoil is a Senior Lecturer in History at University College Cork and one of the editors of the award-winning Atlas of the Irish Revolution (Cork University Press).

Admission €5 | Third Level Students Free with valid ID

All welcome!

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Music at Midday

Upcoming Concerts

5 April

3 May

7 June

4 October

1 November

6 December

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Free Public Tours

All tours are at 2 pm

We provide Free Tours for all at Crawford Art Gallery every Sunday and Bank holiday Monday as well as Saturdays during July and August at 2 pm. Our friendly expert tour guides will bring you on a journey through this historical building with stories of our collection which includes over 3,000 pieces and our visiting exhibitions. Each tour is unique so an original experience is guaranteed every time. Not to be missed!

Saturday 13 June

Saturday 20 June

Saturday 27 June

Saturday 4 July

Saturday 4 July

Saturday 11 July

Saturday 18 July

Saturday 25 July

Saturday 1 August

Saturday 8 August

Saturday 15 August

Saturday 22 August

Saturday 29 August

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Lecture Series 2020

Maclise Art Society
Cork Historical and Archaeological Society
Cork Literary and Scientific Society

Please note all enquires for any of the Lecture details below need to be directed to the relevant organisations 

Cork Historical and Archaeological Society
For all Enquires please contact

Lecture season 2019 for the Cork Literary & Scientific Society  
For all Enquires please contact
Times will be 7.30pm - 9.30 pm,
with lectures beginning at 8pm.

University College Cork 
For all Enquires please contact
Tel; 021 4904 737

TIME: 10:30-12:30
VENUE: Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork

Maclise Art Society
Lectures commence at 7.30 pm
Lectures: Take place on the 1st Friday of every month, excluding June, July & August & Lectures commence at 7.30 pm
All Enquires please contact 
Phone: 086 3829346

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In Transit Artists' Talk

5:30 PM Friday 6 March

Curator Peggy Sue Amison in conversation with artists Gohar Dashti & Tanya Habjouqa

All welcome.

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In Transit Public Curator's Tour

4:30 PM Thursday 5 March

Public Curator's Tour with Peggy Sue Amison at 4:30 pm

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Project Cleansweep Book Launch

Thursday 27 February at 5.30 pm
You are cordially welcome to attend the launch of the photo book Project Cleansweep-Beyond the post-military landscape of the United Kingdom
at the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork on Thurs 27th Feb 2020 at 5.30 pm.

Author Dara McGrath will be in conversation with Dr Sabine Kreibel UCC, book designers Kasia Kaminska and Vinny Gregan of Read That Image.

This event is free, all are welcome.

Refreshments served.

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In Conversation

Stephen Doyle, Debbie Godsell, Jack Hickey

Thursday 27 February, 6–7 pm

Gibson Galleries

Previously shortlisted artists Stephen Doyle and Debbie Godsell, and previous winner Jack Hickey, talk with curator Dr Michael Waldron against the backdrop of the Zurich Portrait Prize exhibition.

The artists will discuss their work and experiences of the portrait prize, what makes a good portrait, who do we choose to see and why.

Free event | No booking | All welcome!

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2pm - 4pm Saturday 8 February

Crawford Art Gallery
Free Entry

Simultaneously playful, bleak and revealing, Jennifer Walshe’s vocal work Volunteer Chorus is a reflection of today’s world through the prism of social media. Fluctuating between harmonious and discordant, this new adaptation of Walshe's piece, THEIR CHORUS is a blend of performance art and music using quotes and reactions to Facebook feeds that unfolds over 2 hours. Tonnta's cast of gender-diverse performers join forces with local singers to create a meditation on body image, social media and gender expression, performed in the evocative Sculpture Galleries of the Crawford Art Gallery.

Kindly supported through funding from Arts Council of Ireland and Cork City Council’s Arts Office. Presented in partnership with Crawford Art Gallery and Quarter Block Party. Developed with the support of Corcadorca's Theatre Development Centre. Produced by Tonnta.

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Daphne Wright Artist Talk & Book Launch

Friday 24 January, 5.30 pm Public Talk:  

Daphne Wright in conversation with Annie Fletcher, Director, Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Book Launch:  A Quiet Mutiny

All Welcome

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Orla Barry Book Launch

Thursday 28 November, 5.30 pm

Shaved Rapunzel, Scheherazade and the Shearling Ram from Arcady

Published by Mu.ZEE, Ostend and Wexford Arts Centre
Partners Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin and Crawford Art Gallery, Cork

Introduction:  Dawn Williams. 

Readings by Alice Maher, Timmy Creed, Orla Barry

Shaved Rapunzel, Scheherazade and the Shearling Ram from Arcadyis a new publication by visual artist Orla Barry that collects her performance texts and written works. The book follows the seasons of a sheep year in south-east Ireland, where Barry runs a flock of pedigree Lleyn sheep. While embedded in the reality of this situation, the book is a fictional and humorous series of short stories that recounts the artist’s tenuous and symbolic interactions with different characters and animals from her unique circumstances.

Deeply rooted in a form of artistic ‘barefoot anthropology’*, Shaved Rapunzel, Scheherazade and the Shearling Ram from Arcady reflects on the culture of disconnection from the natural environment and on the boundaries within art, gender, and the rural everyday. It recounts the personal experiences of the artist, who has left the city and returned to her pastoral roots to be reborn as a hybrid: a farmer-artist.

This collection approaches language as a malleable material, taking its form from the idiosyncrasies of the rehearsal room. This strong aspect of orality is always at the fore in Orla Barry’s work and, as a result, this is not only a book: it is a performance. All of the writing comes from physical action of one kind or another. Like much of the artist’s work, it is motivated by doing — literally research in the ‘field’. For Barry, the combination of culture and agriculture is an ongoing activity that creates the distinctive vocabulary, tone and formal shape-making in her work.

The result is a universe of Mafia Shepherds, Pawn Shepherds and Sophisticated Shepherds; of red lipstick, husbandry, profanity, and animal dramas; of reincarnated sheep, sick sheep and black sheep; of placentas, sexual desire, gender, shit-tanks, and adoption units; of buying, selling, slaughtering, and loving.

*Nancy Scheper-Huges

The book contains the texts from two of Orla Barry’s major performance works, Breaking Rainbows (2016) and SPIN, SPIN, SCHEHERAZADE (2019) and the Meanest of the Flock, An Abcdery of Sheep by Lisa Godson. Design by LuteceMauger(FR).

Bloomers 'Out of Body' Event

21st November 2019, 6.30–8 pm

Admission Free

"The building is a body, arched chest cavities, painted bones and skin. These spaces bcome bodies for time to walk through, thresholds designed for us to note transitions”
—Theo Hynan Ratcliffe, Eidectic Witness, Bloomers Magazine Issue 04: Out of Body.

Bloomers Magazine was founded in February 2018. Its initial premise was to be a bi-annual printed publication that discusses the work of emerging female artists based in Ireland. It has since developed into an art collective that collaborates to produce the printed publication, related events and projects such as Bloomers Zine Stall. By documenting moments that benchmark how emerging female artists are responding to certain themes or what their interests are as a group, Bloomers goal is to provide a platform for these artists to learn about one another and to be learned about by the public.

To celebrate the launch of Issue 04: Out of Body, Bloomers presents an evening of talks lead by Enid Conway (Creative Director of Bloomers) and Kim Crowley (Editor of Out of Body). Out of Body is a collection of visual art and text that explores responses to themes of the body and space made by emerging female artists based in Ireland. Artists Elaine Howley and Róisín McGannon have been invited to speak about their artistic practises and work which will feature in the issue. A screening of work and discussion will follow.

Elaine Howley:
Elaine Howley is a Cork-based musician and producer. Howley is a member of the hypnotic, psychedelic quintet The Altered Hours and also plays in Crevice and Morning Veils.
Howley hosts the fortnightly radio show Cosmosis on Dublin Digital Radio. Her recent video piece Through the Silence, made in collaboration with Mary Kelleher, is discussed in the upcoming issue of Bloomers Magazine. Elaine will be screening this video as part of this event.

Róisín McGannon:
Róisín McGannon is a visual artist based in Dublin. Since graduating from NCAD with a BA Hons First Class in Fine Art Printmaking she has completed residencies in Block T supported by Fingal Arts and in Eoin Moylan Studio, Berlin. She exhibited in her first solo show supported by Fingal Arts in January 2019 in A4 Sounds and has exhibited in the RHA 188th Annual Exhibition Dublin and gone onto show work in Cork and Kerry. Róisín’s work is concerned with the unreliable and uncertain position of being in the body. Through multidisciplinary media she investigates the difference between the functional and the dysfunctional, both physically and emotionally, then in turn obscures and highlights expectation and capability.  

Kim Crowley:
Kim Crowley is a visual artist based in Cork City and editor of Out of Body. She was an invigilator for the Irish Pavilion during the 2019 Venice Biennale and has produced SLAB, a zine examining architectural structures in the urban landscape made in collaboration with artists Niamh Murphy and Eamon Ivri.

Enid Conway:
Enid Conway is Artistic Director of Bloomers Magazine and collective and a freelance curator and designer. She founded and developed the Bloomers collective and edited the three previous issues. She is currently completing an MA in Goldsmiths London.

Follow Bloomers on Instagram and see our Facebook page for updates.

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The Fig Reveal

17 – 28 June 2019

“The statue that advertises its modesty with a fig leaf really brings its modesty under suspicion.” – Mark Twain

Join us this Cork Midsummer Festival for a revealing two weeks as sculpture conservator Eoghan Daltun returns to remove the fig-leaves from six male figures in our collection of Canova Casts: Adonis, Apollo Belvedere, Laocoön and His Sons, and the Belvedere Torso.

It is thought that they were added to our casts in Cork after 1818. Fig leaves have often been used to conceal nudity in art, referring to Adam and Eve’s use of them to cover their modesty following expulsion from the Biblical Eden. As such, their removal will restore our casts to their original condition.

After the 'fig' reveal, the plaster leaves will be retained and placed on display separately.

This live process will take place daily 17-21 June and 24-28 June. It will be accompanied by a free IN CONVERSATION event with Eoghan Daltun and Dr Michael Waldron at 1pm, Thursday 20 June. All welcome!

This conservation project runs as part of RECASTING CANOVA and Cork Midsummer Festival, continuing work begun with the support of The Heritage Council.

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14 – 16 June 2019

As Far As My Fingertips Take Me is an encounter through a gallery wall between an audience member and a refugee. Their fingertips touch without seeing each other. The refugee will mark the audience. The audience will listen to those who have recently challenged border discrimination. Those stories can be kept or washed away.

Creator, Tania El Khoury commissioned musician and street artist Basel Zaraa who was born a Palestinian refugee in Syria to record a song inspired by the journey his sisters made from Damascus to Sweden. Through touch and sound, this intimate encounter explores empathy and whether we need to literally “feel” a refugee in order to understand the effect of border discrimination on peoples’ lives.

As Far As My Fingertips Take Me is presented in our historic Long Room, the hub of what was once Cork’s Custom House, in partnership with Cork Midsummer Festival.

Tickets €5 (limited availability):

14 June, 11:30am – 4:30pm

15 June, 11:30am – 4:30pm

16 June, 11:00am – 3:45pm

Commissioned by "On The Move" LIFT 2016 in partnership with Royal Court Theatre, London. Supported in Ireland by British Council.

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