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.

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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

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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

Meat & Potatoes logo - Project Space web

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.

Meat & Potatoes logo - Project Space web

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.

Meat & Potatoes logo - Project Space web

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.

Meat & Potatoes logo - Project Space web


POSTPONED: Due to unforeseen Circumstances, TAKE THE CAKE event will be postponed and taking place on Sunday 23 October at 2pm instead. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Thursday 6 October 5:30 pm

Book here for the Cork Performance at Crawford Art Gallery.

An ongoing project of artist April Gertler, TAKE THE CAKE is a hybrid lecture performance / baking show with the intention of examining the historical trajectory of common ingredients in a cake using a feminist and post-colonial perspective.

As part of her research project, Terms of Consumption, curator Julia Gelezova commissioned Gertler to develop an Irish edition of TAKE THE CAKE, with the performances taking place in Cork and Dublin this October.

Walking Cork’s Food Culture: Past and Present

This event is currently Sold Out.
Saturday 17 September, 10:30am – 2:00pm

Book here

For a period in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Cork was known as ‘The Slaughter House of Ireland’ due to its role in supplying salted beef to the provisioning industry. Discover how the production of salted beef and butter shaped a lot of the character of the city and join food and culinary historian Regina Sexton for a walking tour of this fascinating and sometimes bloody history. Suitable for adults.

Please note this is an active walking tour over several hours. Tour starts on the ground floor of Crawford Art Gallery and ends at the Old English Market


Friday 23 September

Late Opening until 11:00pm 
Save the date! All Eventbrite Bookings will be open on 12 September.

Puppet Tours 5pm & 7pm

Puppets will take on the role of tour guides, showing Children around the gallery. Exploring the Meat and Potatoes exhibition, the puppets will talk about some of the artworks, engage the children with stories and create an interactive fun experience for all.

Booking is essential and will open soon, sign up to our mailing list to hear about it first.

Interactive Workshop in Meat and Potatoes Project Space

5pm onwards

Connecting colour and food this interactive workshop will focus on the ways we can create ecologically friendly art and highlight the role of food in creating a circular economy.

Using inks created by Ashleigh Ellis from different foods, spices and herbs, participants paint, stamp and print artworks. A family friendly event, this workshop will be open to all ages. 

No Booking required

The Crawford Art Gallery in the 1920s:
Witness to Revolution 5pm & 7pm

Join Crawford Art Gallery's historian Dr Tom Spalding for a tour of the vicinity of the gallery and learn about how the building was a witness to the extraordinary events of the revolutionary period and civil war. The area was the cultural heart of Cork and we will discuss how the Opera House and School of Art weathered the war years. Learn about the history of the area, about some of the people who lived here, their lives and how the events of the time affected them: from bomb-makers to room-keepers and from artists to arsonists. 

Booking is essential will open soon, sign up to our mailing list to hear about it first.

Sketching in Drawing Room

5pm onwards

Want to be a part of the new exhibition Drawing Room?

Drawing materials will be made available for you to draw and create your own artworks on Culture Night. Whether you are a beginner or a master, become inspired by the history of drawing practices through selected works from Crawford Art Gallery’s collection.

No booking required

Speed Dating the Collection

6pm onwards

Would you like to get acquainted with iconic works from your National Collection? Why not join us on Culture Night and speed-date the collection! 

Speed-dating the Collection is simple: check the time and location of the artwork, find it in the gallery, and an expert guide will offer a short 10-minute introduction! Several significant artworks will be showcased throughout the night, making Speed-dating the Collection the perfect way to learn about your National Collection.

No booking required

Music at Crawford Art Gallery

6pm onwards

There will be an array of special musical performances throughout the night at Crawford Art Gallery. Enjoy a lively set, with a bit of everything, playfulness, drama and humour.

No booking required

Screening of The Sprawling Octopus of an Elevated Highway (2022)

Premiere: 6pm with Q+A
Further Screenings: 7.30pm, 8.30pm, 9.30pm

Film description:
A look at Cork’s great near miss: the BKS Traffic Plan (1968) proposed a concrete creature to wrap the city, clearing all in its path. From the Port to the Courthouse, Patrick’s Hill to Barrack Street, over 50 acres of demolition and spaghetti junctions would have seen our city surrender to the motorcar.

Fortunately, the City Seventy Group, born of Cork’s first class of architects, provoked something even more powerful: our awareness and rebellion. In this short documentary film, the architects recall their college years in the Crawford School of Art, which led to youthful activism, prolific careers, and an enduring desire to see the city flourish. In her directorial debut, graduate architect Michelle Delea carves a space for cross-generational conversation, prompting questions of our city's past, present and future.

Attending audience will be welcome to a copy of The Sprawling, a public newspaper and sister project to the documentary film, featuring works submitted by the public in response to the city. These projects have been made possible by the support of the Cork Arts Council’s Engaging with Architecture Scheme 2021, MTU Teaching and Learning Unit (TLU), AnSEO, Crawford Art Gallery and the RIAI Southern Region.

Eventbrite will be made available for the Premiere at 6:00pm

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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Bubble and Squeak: Morning Animation Camp

Our 2022 Summer Camp ‘Bubble and Squeak’ is now fully booked.

There will be free drop-in sessions taking place. For more information see here.

Monday 18 – Friday 22 July 2022
Suitable for Children Aged 8 – 12 years old
10am - 1pm

Play with your food in exciting new ways, cut up and paste, doodle and draw, create characters, share and tell stories, record your own fascinating food sound effects and truly scrumptious tracks. Collaborate in small teams to make a movie using your own phone and stop motion studio pro app.

Please note: You will need your own smart phone with Stopmotion Studio pro version (cost is €5.99) installed in order to participate.

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Lego Workshop with the Brickx Club for Cork Harbour Festival and Cruinniú na nÓg 2022

11 June 2022, 2:00-3:30pm
This workshop is now fully booked.

Ahoy maties! 

For Cork Harbour festival and  Cruinniú na nÓg 2022 join us in the Gallery for a workshop with the Brickx club! 

Take inspiration from ships featuring in the Port of Cork Collection exhibition on the top Floor and build your own wonderful floating designs out of Lego. 

A packed with fun drawing and building workshop!

Free, but booking essential through Eventbrite here.

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