National Drawing Day 2023

Hands-on: Drawing Workshop
Saturday 20 May
2pm – 3.30pm.
Long Room

Join us for an exploration of drawing and collage, referencing a selection of works in the Crawford Art Gallery's permanent collection.

All ages are most welcome | no experience necessary | free, drop-in

National Drawing Day is an initiative led by the National Gallery of Ireland

Bealtaine Activities

During the month of May, we traditionally celebrate creativity in older age. We warmly invite seniors to enjoy a free gallery tour, and Artists’ Inge Van Doorsaler and Gillian Cussen will bring tailored creative activities to St Finbarr’s Hospital and Alzheimer Café.

Free Gallery Tours
Sundays at 2pm and Thursdays at 6.30pm

Take a journey through the historic building with a friendly guide, explore the national collection and delve into the dynamic programme of temporary exhibitions. The meeting point for our free tours is in the Sculpture Galleries. Tours vary weekly and last approximately 45 – 60 minutes.

No booking required | Open to all

Tailored Tours during May

We would love to hear from active-retired and senior groups who would like to visit the gallery for a tailored tour. During Bealtaine we can offer your group a free guided visit with an experienced guide.

Contact: 021 4907862 or to discuss your requirements.

Paper-Play in St Finbarr’s Hospital

We are celebrating Bealtaine in St Finbarr’s Hospital with a tailored session in St. Enda’s Ward on the 8 May.

Artist-facilitators Inge Van Doorsaler and Gillian Cussen will invite staff and residents to explore the tactile qualities of a selection of papers, in a playful session that will incorporate paper hats, planes and fortune tellers. 

A Splash of Colour at the Alzheimer Café, St Finbarr’s Hospital
Friday 26 May, 11am – 12.30

Artist-facilitators’ Inge Van Doorsaler and Gillian Cussen will present a colourful collage session. Experiment with colour and pattern with friends in a welcoming space. A playful session with a focus on enjoyment. 

To find out more about the nationwide Bealtaine Festival see

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St. Patrick's Day Trail

Click on the image below to download a print ready PDF file with St. Patrick's Day activities.

Downloadable PDF

Crawford Supported Studios: Open Studio

Tuesday 28 March 11am - 1pm
Gibson Landing

For Cork Lifelong Learning Festival 2023, We warmly invite you to a relaxed open-studio event held in the heart of the Crawford Art Gallery, open to all ages and abilities. to pop in to the gallery to meet the Crawford Supported Studio Artists. View an exciting blend of fresh artwork and diverse art making techniques.

Supported studios are sustained, creative environments that foster and support the art practice of individuals with health or social needs. Dedicated studio days take place in the Crawford Art Gallery on Tuesdays and MTU Crawford Art College on Thursdays each week.

Free event | No booking required.

Click here to view Crawford Supported Studio's dedicated website.


Tours of exhibition: Site of Change with Dr Tom Spalding

Wednesday 29 March, 1pm
Thursday 30 March, 6:30pm

Site of Change explores how the building of the Crawford Art Gallery has transformed with the times. Repurposed from its original role as Custom House, it has operated as a School of Art, Municipal Art Gallery, and is now a National Cultural Institution. At each shift in purpose, it has adapted and grown in response to the needs of the city and people of Cork, Munster, and Ireland.

Join us for a free tour of the exhibition with Historian Dr Tom Spalding for Cork Lifelong Learning Festival 2023.

Dr Tom Spalding is a researcher for the Crawford Art Gallery working on the Building as Witness project.

Free event

Places Limited | Booking essential

Click here to book.

Link to Site of Change exhibition page.

Link to Building As Witness page.


WAKING THE DEAD: Laura McKenna and Éibhear Walshe on the Writing of Historical Fiction

1pm – 2pm Wednesday 8 March 
Lecture Theatre

Join us as writers Laura McKenna and Éibhear Walshe discuss their approaches to world-building in historical fiction and biofiction. 

This event takes place in the tiered Lecture Theatre (ground floor) of Crawford Art Gallery and runs in conjunction with the exhibition OTHER WORLDS: Harry Clarke Watercolours which is open daily until 19 March.

Free but pre-booking advised | Reserve your place here.

Dr Laura McKenna is a writer of fiction and poetry and worked for many years as a child psychiatrist. Her novel Words to Shape My Name (2021) was shortlisted for The Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award and formed the creative element of her PhD in Creative Writing. Her work has been published in The RTÉ GuideSouthwordBanshee, and New Irish Writing.

Dr Éibhear Walshe is Senior Lecturer in English and Director of Creative Writing at University College Cork. He is the author of novels The Diary of Mary Travers (2014), The Trumpet Shall Sound (2019) – both longlisted for the Dublin Literary Award – and The Last Day at Bowen’s Court (2020), in addition to the memoir Cissie’s Abattoir (2009) and books on Kate O’Brien, Colm Tóibín, and Oscar Wilde.

Virtual Extended Thursday Club with Artist Julie Forrester

The Thursday Club is a weekly art programme. Each session would usually consist of a focused gallery tour, time for tea and a chat, and an art-making session, with materials, supplied. The Thursday Club is currently on pause.

Whether you prefer to look and enjoy, listen or create we invite you to join the Thursday Club online. Develop your existing skills or dip into something completely new.

Crawford Supported Studio

Read our Museum Ireland article called Supported Studios: Crawford Artists in Context published by the Irish Museums Association (IMA)

Crawford Supported Studio Artists: 
Katie Whelan, Rosaleen Moore, Tom O’Sullivan, Íde Ni Shúilleabháin, Yvonne Condon, Ailbhe Barrett, Brid Heffernan, David Connolly, Marie Sexton, John Whelan, Stephen Murray, Angela Burchill, John Keating.

What is a Supported Studio?
A supported studio is a sustained creative environment for individuals with specific health or social needs. Supported Studios provide technical artistic support, networks and audiences outside the health and social care settings. 

Karolina Poplawska and Mairead O’Callaghan work as dedicated studio facilitators. They have developed relationships of trust and deep familiarity with individual artists. Both Karolina and Mairead work to actively identify exhibition, training and development opportunities with studio participants.

Crawford Supported Studio exists through partnership with Cork City Council, CIT Crawford College of Art, Crawford Art Gallery and Cope Foundation. Most recently we have collaborated with the School of Visual Arts New York, Atypical University Belfast, Cork Printmakers and ADI Ireland.

Recent Projects

Yvonne Condon began to develop new work based on the cityscape, during July & August 2020. This project is supported by an Arts & Disability Ireland award. We are really looking forward to showcasing Yvonne’s finished work in 2021.

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Yvonne Condon exhibited her work in the University of Atypical Gallery, Belfast in Spring 2020

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You can read an interview with Yvonne published on ADI website 

While the gallery is closed, Rosaleen Moore has been busy at home making drawings from her collection of postcards.

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Rosaleen Moore travelled to Pure Vision Arts Studio in New York as an ambassador for Crawford Supported Studio. Flat Iron Gallery New York presented an exhibition of new work by Crawford Supported Studio artists.

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Ailbhe Barrett, Brid Heffernan and John Keating participated in a series of supported printmaking sessions at Cork Printmakers.

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Ailbhe Barrett submitted a proposal for an Arts & Disability Ireland Connect Mentoring Award with artist Kevin Mooney. Their project is due to be realised in April 2021.

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Íde Ni Shúilleabháin was recently awarded an Arts and Disability Ireland Connect Training Award. Íde was supported in developing her printmaking skills by facilitator Mairead O’Callaghan and Cork Printmakers.

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Tom O’Sullivan and Tom Clement were recently awarded an Arts and Disability Ireland Connect Mentoring Award.
Tom Clement and studio facilitator Mairead O’Callaghan supported Tom O’Sullivan in exhibiting his new work at Scrypt Cafe, Triskel Arts Centre.

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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.

Portfolio Preparation

Starts 19 January 2023
Thursday evenings 6:00-7:30pm

The fee for 10 sessions is €75. All materials supplied.

Artist & Educator Lynda Loughnane leads this course for Senior cycle students.

The course will focus on:
• Drawing Techniques
• Sketchbook Development
• A Range of Art Materials
• Experimental Work
• Practical and Supportive Advice for your Portfolio.

Booking essential please contact

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

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

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.

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

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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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.

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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