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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Tours and Workshops

Our Tours and Workshops in the Gallery building will not take place while social distancing is required. Check out our online activities here for creative ideas and information on our collection!

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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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Music at Midday

Upcoming Concerts

5 April

3 May

7 June

4 October

1 November

6 December

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HARRY CLARKE: Early Stained Glass


Demonstrating the emergence of one of Ireland's best-loved artists, this exhibition presents three of Harry Clarke's earliest stained glass panels in a darkened, secluded setting.

Dating to a highpoint in the Celtic Revival period, these panels were made while Clarke was still a student at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art. For these, he was awarded a highly coveted gold medal at the South Kensington National Competitions in 1911, for which work by students from England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland was adjudicated. These panels offer early evidence of the artist's emerging creativity and also forecast the inventiveness and originality of his later work, particularly his first major commission at the Honan Chapel (1916), University College Cork.

The three stained glass panels are presented to visitors in order of creation: The Consecration of St Mel, Bishop of Longford, by St Patrick (1910), The Godhead Enthroned 
1911), and The Meeting of St Brendan with the Unhappy Judas (1911).

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Recasting Canova


Recasting Canova celebrates the bicentenary of the Canova Casts, the prestigious gift that forms the basis of our collection. The exhibition will present a re-energised and streamlined display of twelve historic sculptural casts. These faithful reproductions of renowned sculptures from Antiquity and the early 1800s were created under the supervision of the great Neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova (1757-1822).

Reproducing some of the greatest works of Ancient Greek and Roman sculpture in the Vatican Museums, the Canova Casts were commissioned by Pope Pius VII as a gift for the Prince Regent (later King George IV) in thanks for Britain’s role in deposing Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo (1815). Made in Rome, these casts were subsequently dispatched from Deptford, London in October 1818 and, since their arrival in Cork, have transformed the ways in which art has been appreciated, studied, and practiced in the south of Ireland.

Recasting Canova offers visitors the opportunity to encounter this curious footnote to the Napoleonic era, and to explore the Classical style of Ancient Greece and Rome, the ways in which it has influenced the art of later times, and how its idea of perfection has been imitated, refashioned, and reproduced by artists.

Curated by Dr Michael Waldron

You can download the Exhibition Brochure here.

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Friends of Crawford Art Gallery

SPRING 2020 Lunchtime Talk Series

(Please see Hardcopy brochure for more details)

Friday 13 March      
12.30 – 13.30 pm       Gallery Lecture Theatre
'The Life and Death of Terence MacSwiney' A Talk with Gerry White, military historian and author.

 Photo © Credit: John Lavery, Sketch for the Funeral of Terence MacSwiney, Lord Mayor of Cork 1920, 1920. © Collection Crawford Art Gallery
Photo © Credit: John Lavery, Sketch for the Funeral of Terence MacSwiney, Lord Mayor of Cork 1920, 1920. © Collection Crawford Art Gallery

Gerry White is a Cork military historian and author. Gerry will discuss the life of the former Lord Mayor of Cork (28 March 1879 – 25 October 1920) and events that lead to the Irish playwright, author and politicians’ death.  Terence MacSwiney's death on the 25th October 1920 after 74 days on hunger strike brought him and the Irish Republican campaign to international attention.

Friday 20 March      
12.30 – 13.30 pm       Gallery Lecture Theatre
‘The Men (and Women) of the South: Reframing the Irish Revolution’
A talk with Dr Donal Ó’Drisceoil, Lecturer UCC.

Photo © Credit: Cork University Press
Photo © Credit: Cork University Press

Dr Donal Ó’Drisceoil is a Senior Lecturer in History at UCC. He is one of the editors of the award-winning Atlas of the Irish Revolution.

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.

Friday 27 March      
12.30 – 13.30 pm       Gallery Lecture Theatre
‘The influence Irish writers have brought to my work in recent years’
A Talk with Angie Shanahan, visual artist.

Image: © Angie Shanahan 'Wind Toppled Nest'.
Image: © Angie Shanahan 'Wind Toppled Nest'.

Angie Shanahan, a visual artist in the narrative style, will give an illustrated talk on the influence Irish writers have brought to her work in recent years.  As a young graduate, Angie won a Taylor Bequest Award for painting and also a Vision Award adjudicated by James White, former Director of the National Gallery.  In the last year, she has exhibited in selected group shows in London, Sligo, Dublin, Cork, Berlin and New York. 

Angie works out of a studio on Wandesford Quay - the south channel of the River Lee - with the Backwater Artists Group which celebrates its 30th year in 2020. Like the river which weaves its way around the city and into the hearts of city dwellers, the influence of writers such as Derek Mahon, Tim Robinson, William Butler Yeats and William Wall has wound its way into Angie’s work, inspiring in her both an emotional and collaborative response. 

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