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Edward Yen Sang Reflections, Parliament Bridge, Cork, c. 2002. Acquired by Firends of Crawford Art Gallery in 2002.

As a support group for Crawford Art Gallery, the Friends ́ aim is to promote awareness of the Gallery, its collections and exhibitions and to foster an interest in all aspects of art, culture and heritage.

The Crawford Art Gallery is assisted in its fundraising by the Friends of the Crawford Art Gallery, an independent support organisation, established in May 1989.

Join the Friends of the Crawford Art Gallery membership programme: it’s a fun, social, creative and educational way to engage with exhibitions and events at the Gallery! Members are invited to participate in a program of events including talks, exhibition previews, and private tours.


Office hours: Wednesday and Friday 10.00 am and 14.00 pm. 

Address: Friends’ Office, Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork, 
Ireland, T12 TNE6

Tel: +353 (0) 21 490 7864 


Friends Autumn Lecture Series 2021

Self portrait with Saskia 1636 © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
Self portrait with Saskia, 1636 © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Friday Nov 19th
Matthew Whyte
Rembrandt’s Psychology: Uncovering the Artist’s Insight

This talk will use a selection of etchings from the exhibition ‘Rembrandt in Print’ to explore the ways in which the Dutch master explored human psychology, emotion, and feeling through a variety of genres. Unlike many of his more monumental paintings, Rembrandt’s etchings afford an opportunity to study the artist’s work in extraordinary proximity, the smaller scale and intense attention to detail inviting the close and personal engagement of his viewers. Rembrandt is known for his ability to portray psychological insight to a degree that set him apart from his contemporaries; his etchings, with their clear sense of line and dramatic chiaroscuro, allow the viewer to examine each individual mark made by the painter before understanding how they come together as a whole. Using his self-portraits, his religious scenes, and his portraits, this talk will seek to convey the extent to which human psychology, whether of his subject or his viewer, captivated Rembrandt and preoccupied his visual language.

James Mahony, The Official Opening of 'The National Exhibition of the Arts, Manufactures and Products of Ireland' Cork, 1852
James Mahony, The Official Opening of 'The National Exhibition of the Arts, Manufactures and Products of Ireland' Cork, 1852

Thursday November 25th 6.30-7.30
Kieran McCarthy
Talk on Sir. John Benson

Thursday 25th November 6.30-7.30pm sees up teaming up with the IEI as they celebrate their Cork Regions’ 80th year with this live zoom talk by Kieran McCarthy on Sir. John Benson. This talk resonates well with The Friends as it celebrates our most recent acquisition, a stunning historic watercolour by James Mahoney which depicts a building designed by Benson. 
You can view this wonderful painting now which is on display in our Gibson Galleries, a fitting location given its proximity to the buildings' location back in 1855, which is the present day location of Cork Opera House.

Edith Somerville, Character Sketches, c.1890. Collection Crawford Art Gallery, Cork.
Edith Somerville, Character Sketches, c.1890. Collection Crawford Art Gallery, Cork.

Friday Nov 26th
Michael Waldron
Edith Somerville: Artist, Writer, Suffragist

Join us as assistant curator Michael Waldron explores Crawford Art Gallery's small but intriguing collection of sketches, witty character studies, and beautifully observed oil paintings by Dr Edith Somerville (1858-1949), one half of the partnership Somerville & Ross, authors of The Irish R.M. stories. Delve into the Parisian studios she attended, the European travels she undertook, and the observations she made closer to home, including The Goose Girl (1888).


Membership Options:
Membership runs from date subscription payment is received and can be renewed annually. 

Individual A: 12 Months            
€60 with Paperless / Email only correspondence

Individual B: 12 Months            
€65 with email and Postal correspondence    

Couples A: 12 Months               
€90 with Paperless / Email only correspondence

Couples B: 12 Months               
€95 with email and Postal correspondence   

Life membership                 
Annual subscription Fee x 10

Gift Membership                
Options are available for any occasion e.g. birthdays, Christmas, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and retirement. 

Membership Forms

Download membership /renewal forms from the links below or obtain a hard copy form at the gallery.
Friend’s Brochure 

Subscription Details 

Standing Order Form 

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Emmet Place, Cork, Ireland
T12 TNE6
Tel: 021 480 5042

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Monday–Saturday 10.00am–5.00pm*
Thursday until 8.00pm

Sundays and Bank Holidays
11.00 am4.00pm

*Second floor closes 15 minutes before closing
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