1pm Friday 20 January

Boxing Day is a sequence of 52 prose poems. One poem for each week of the year. Each poem offers a glimpse into the experience of gender transition, and taken together, the 52 poems present a narrative account of a year of change, apprehension and grief.

Boxing Day is one hour in duration. It is accompanied by projected visuals and text, and is presented in the Lecture Theatre (ground floor) of Crawford Art Gallery.

Free but ticketed | Reserve your place via Eventbrite

William Keohane is a writer from Limerick. In 2021, he was shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award, received a Literature Bursary Award from the Arts Council of Ireland, and was one of ten poets selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions series. His essays have been published in British GQ, BansheeThe Stinging Fly, and The Tangerine. He is the current writer-in-residence at Ormston House.

Closing Tour of Corban Walker: As Far As I Can See with Dr Sabine Kriebel


Thursday 12 January 1pm
Starting in the Gallery Lecture Theatre

Corban Walker’s installation challenges a central aspect of art history’s status quo. How? This combination lecture-tour of mid-20th century art and its 21st century rescripting will root visitors in a pivotal moment in modern art history and, through their embodied participation, help unravel the puzzle: to which questions, exactly, are these provocative works the answer? How do they provoke us to rethink some of our assumptions?

Dr. Sabine Kriebel teaches modern and contemporary art history and theory at University College Cork.  She has served as author, editor, critic, pedagogue, learner, and thought instigator.

Free Event | Places Limited | Booking essential.

Click here to book.

Origami and Mixed-Media Christmas Decoration Extravaganza

Sunday 4 December
Upper Gallery

Make your own decorations with Artist Julie Forrester.

All materials supplied
Free and open to all

Music at Midday | 4 December


Sculpture Gallery

Chroma Quartet & Martin Quartet

As part of the Music at Midday Series, MTU Cork School of Music and Crawford Art Gallery are delighted to present three string ensembles in the wonderful surrounds of the iconic Sculpture Gallery. The award-winning Chroma Quartet (Lucia Murphy, Ellen O'Connell, Karl Riedewald and Grace Hernan) will perform the opening movement of Dvořák's String Quartet in E-flat major (Op. 51); the Martin Quartet will present the Allegro con spirito and Adagio sostenuto from Haydn's String Quartet in G major (Op. 76, No. 1); and a newly formed string trio will perform the first two movements from Dvořák's Terzetto in C major (Op. 74). 

Come join us on Sunday, 4 December 2022, at 12 noon for what promises to be a wonderful afternoon of musical enjoyment. Admission is free and all are welcome!

The Drawing Clinic

Saturday 26 November, 10:30am-1:30pm

THE DRAWING CLINIC with Megan Eustace & Cassandra Eustace

Calling all drawers! Join artist twins Megan and Cassandra Eustace as they bring The Drawing Clinic to Crawford Art Gallery. The Drawing Clinic was set up to create a space for critical conversations about drawing. If you would like to have a non-judgmental chat about your own drawing, please bring it along for a free mini-consultation and some practical tips, analytical advice, and creative block busters.

The Drawing Clinic will be open to the public within the exhibition, DRAWING ROOM, on Floor 2.

Free on a first come, first served basis

Making a mark

Saturday 19 November 11-1pm


Everyone can make a mark, so join artists Gillian Cussen and Inge Van Doorslaer for a morning of drawing surrounded by artworks from the collection. On Saturday 19 November in the DRAWING ROOM exhibition on Floor 2.

No experience necessary, free and open to all ages.


Friday 2 December at 2.30pm

Seen-Unseen is an art project led by artist Clare Mc Laughlin for and with people who are visually impaired. We are delighted to collaborate with Clare to host a online conversation with Artist Corban Walker on zoom, followed by a tactile visit of his exhibition As Far as I Can See.  

These events are always friendly, fun and free of charge. No previous knowledge or particular art experience is necessary.

Crawford Art Gallery has collaborated with Clare and visually impaired participants since 2014 - with a range of art encounters and tactile visits. Clare’s collaborative work explores the haptic, or sensory experience of art. 

Please contact Clare McLaughlin to book a place

For more info: 


Corban Walker: As Far As I Can See

Music at Midday | 6 November

12 noon

Lily Munday, Kate O'Shea, Síomha Marron, Niamh Bourke and Jake Kalilec;

Crawford Art Gallery, in partnership with MTU Cork School of Music, is delighted to announce a heartwarming traditional performance this Sunday, 6 November this Sunday, 6 November 2022, at 12 noon.

Come join us in the Lecture Theatre this Sunday, 6 November 2022, at 12 noon. for what promises to be an exciting afternoon of musical enjoyment!

Admission is free and all are welcome.

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In Conversation: Corban Walker & Sarah Searson

Wednesday 9 November, 1-2pm

Gallery Lecture Theatre

Join us for a public talk about Corban Walker’s new exhibition. Corban will be in conversation with Sarah Searson, Director of The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon.

Entry is free

More about As Far as I Can See by Corban Walker here.

Meat and Potatoes Calendar of Events

16 July – 6 November 

For this exhibition an extensive programme of food related events has been devised by Ellie O’Byrne and Regina Sexton with Anne Boddaert, Ellen Whelan and Eimear Marley of Crawford Art Gallery.

Visitors will be offered talks, tours and some surprising activities such as potato growing, creating edible art and viewing Crawford Collection inspired biscuits to name a few.

Click on the logo below to download the calendar of events.

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Food Futures

Friday 4 November 6 - 8pm

Say farewell to Meat and Potatoes with an exciting closing evening of bite- size TED-style talks. Join speakers Jenny Butler of Green towers, Tom Fouhy of Farming for Nature and others in talks about the future of food. Introduced and moderated by sustainable food systems advocate Ruth Hegarty. Sample an unexpected spread of local nibbles and refreshments accompanying the talks.

Free entry | No booking

Samhain: The Origins of an Irish Halloween and The Festive Foods of Humans and Fairies

Monday 31 October, 3–5:30pm 

After a whole growing season, it’s time for the Crawford to dig their spuds and pick their kale! Join food and culinary historian Regina Sexton and UCC folklorist Dr Jenny Butler for a hands-on afternoon in which we will dig spuds and cook up a batch of colcannon while discovering the traditional dishes of the festival.

Jenny will explain the pre-Christian and folk dimensions of an Irish Halloween and Regina will outline the role of food in the festival. Suitable for all ages, and if you’re going trick-or-treating straight afterwards, fancy dress is welcome too.

Free entry | No booking

Food Price Crisis

Thursday 27 October 5pm 

In the midst of plenty, a large, silent minority are experiencing hunger. Food inflation has pushed the price of foods up by over 5% in the past two years. Meanwhile, one in five Irish people is living in poverty after housing costs have been accounted for, according to Social Inclusion Ireland.

Join Joe MacNamee, Dr Janas Harrington and representatives of Cork food charities for a discussion on food poverty.

Free entry | No booking

Find Your Tribe III x The Brickx club! 

29 October 10am-12pm 

Join us for Find Your Tribe III, a dyslexia friendly workshop for Dyslexia Awareness Month 2022.

This workshop will feature an exciting collaboration with the Brickx club and take place in the Meat and Potatoes Project Space!

Please note this is a workshop for children with dyslexia between the ages of 6-10. 

Tickets are free but booking is essential and specifically for children with dyslexia

Book here through Eventbrite.

Joining in butter to fill a firkin

12:30, Friday 21 October

Lecture Theatre

‘Joining in butter to fill a firkin’
How did Irish women make butter before c. 1900?

Join Claudia Kinmonth for a talk on butter making. Claudia Kinmonth will be bringing in objects for handling and has encouraged anyone with old butter making tools to bring them along for discussion.

€5 members, €8 non-members and students go free with a valid I.D

Thursday Tour Takeover

6:30pm, Thursday 20 October

Claudia Kinmonth is an award-winning author who combines her expertise in Design and Art History, to help understand the ways in which our rural ancestors ate. Join Claudia for an interactive tour of the exhibition Meat and Potatoes, with culinary artifacts for observation and discussion.

Free Event | Open to All

Jazz at Crawford Art Gallery

Sunday 30 October, 2pm – 3.45pm  

"The female-lead Jazzabelles Collective will bring its blend of sensitive jazz at the Crawford Art Gallery on the closing Sunday of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival.

Expect to hear engaging renditions of bossas, ballads, bebop alongside original arrangements of modern jazz standards. Our sound and live performances are always fuelled by what can be described as feminine energy: intuitive, inspired and deeply connected!"

Free entry | No booking required.

Breads of the World

Thursday 13 October 5:30pm

Bread is the Cornerstone of many cultures; Join home bakers Camila Yassuda Martin, Manal Shaladan and Violeta Nimani for live baking demonstrations in the Meat and Potatoes Project Space.

Free Event | Open to All

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IN CONVERSATION: Eithne Jordan & Margarita Cappock

1pm, Wednesday 19 October

Sculpture Galleries

Join us for a special ‘In Conversation’ event with artist Eithne Jordan and curator Margarita Cappock as they discuss the exhibitions Mise en scène, Parts I and II.

Free but advance booking recommended via Eventbrite here.

Curated by Margarita Cappock, Mise en scène, Part II (until 8 January 2023) takes the form of an intervention in our Sculpture Galleries as twenty-one exquisite miniature paintings by Eithne Jordan nestle amongst the historic Canova Casts.

The exhibition’s companion, Mise en scène, Part I ran at Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda from 27 August to 1 October 2022.

Eithne Jordan lives and works in Dublin and in the Languedoc, France. She has exhibited widely in Europe and is a member of both Aosdána and the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), where she holds the position of Keeper.

Dr Margarita Cappock is a curator and art historian. Formerly Head of Collections and Deputy Director of the Hugh Lane Gallery, she now works at Dublin City Arts Office and is Chair of ICOM Ireland.

This event in part of the EITHNE JORDAN: Mise en scène, Part II exhibition programme.

All About Cake Decoration

Sunday 9 October 1 - 4pm

Cork Sugar-craft Association is a big mix of people - young, old, hobbyists and professional cake decorators – who are passionate about cake decorating and all things sugar craft.

Join members to be wowed with a display of their work and then try your hand at some of their cake decorating techniques.

Free Event | Open to All.

Music at Midday | 2 October

12 noon

The Crawford Art Gallery, in partnership with MTU Cork School of Music, is delighted to announce the return of the popular Music at Midday concert series commencing this Sunday, 2 October 2022, at 12 noon.

The first concert in the season will feature David Barnett (French Horn), Méabh Fitzgerald (Piano) and Stéphane Petiet (Double Bass), all of whom are preparing to take part in the prestigious Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year competition. Accompanied by Conor Palliser, the talented trio will present a broad range of dazzling repertoire, including works by Chopin, Mozart and Richard Strauss.

Come join us in the Lecture Theatre this Sunday for what promises to be an exciting afternoon of musical enjoyment! Admission is free and all are welcome.

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Our Daily Bread

This event is now sold out.

Saturday 8 October 11am – 3pm

Eight lucky budding bakers will get a free half-day sourdough workshop with Fanny Leenhardt and Ben Lebon in the Crawford Art Gallery as part of the Project Space for their current food-themed exhibition, Meat and Potatoes, on Saturday October 8th.

Booking is essential to take part, Please ensure you have the time to be present for the entire 4 hours before you book a place. Adult participants (over 18s) only. Even if you can’t get a ticket, an audience is welcome and the workshop is open to all for viewing; there’s still a lot to learn by stopping by to watch the baking happen.

Click here to book this event.

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Straw in Irish Folk Tradition

Thursday 29 September 5:30pm

Ireland has an extensive folk tradition of rituals and crafting with hay, straw and rushes. Join Dr Anne O'Dowd, former curator at the National Museum of Ireland, who will discuss her research based on her work with the National Folklore Commission.

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Ancient Grain

Thursday 22 September, 6pm

Wheat is the dominant crop on which most of the developed world’s bread traditions is based. But what can we learn from our ancestors about diversifying our use of grains in response to climate challenges and food supply chain disruptions? Three grain growers – Donal Creedon of Macroom Oatmeal, Leonie Workman from Dunany Farm, and Fanny Leenhardt of Real Bread Ireland – join UCD ancient food and farming expert and archaeologist Meriel McClatchie for a lively discussion and some tastings and samples.

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