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Friends of Crawford Art Gallery

Edward Yen Sang Reflections, Parliament Bridge, Cork, c. 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.

CONTACT US

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

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

Tel: +353 (0) 21 490 7864 

Email: friends@crawfordartgallery.ie


Friends Spring Lecture Series 2024

John Lavery, The Red Rose, 1923, Collection Crawford Art Gallery, Cork © the artist’s estate

John Lavery, The Red Rose, 1923, Collection Crawford Art Gallery, Cork © the artist’s estate

23 February: Áine Andrews

Hazel, Lady Lavery - her life and Loves 

No booking required but places are limited so arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Friends €5 | General Public €8 | Students go free with a valid I.D.

Join art teacher and artist Áine Andrews for a colourful and interesting presentation on The Red Rose by Sir John Lavery. She will explore the background to this much loved painting from the Crawford Gallery and reveal the fascinating story of the celebrity couple and the historical times they lived in.

Patrick Hennessy, Portrait of Elizabeth Bowen at Bowen's Court, 1957. Collection Crawford Art Gallery, Cork. © the artist's estate.

Patrick Hennessy, Portrait of Elizabeth Bowen at Bowen's Court, 1957. Collection Crawford Art Gallery, Cork. © the artist's estate.

1 March: Dr Michael Waldron

‘Will I look a hag?’: Portraits of Elizabeth Bowen 

Dr Michael Waldron

No booking required but places are limited so arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Friends €5 | General Public €8 | Students go free with a valid I.D.

In anticipation of a television appearance, the Anglo-Irish writer Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) expressed her anxiety: ‘Will I look a hag?’ Having sat for several portraits and studio photographs during her career, she was acutely aware of the power of the image and how it could affect the reputation of a public figure. This illustrated talk will feature photographs by Cecil Beaton, Jane Bown, and Gisèle Freund, and portraits by Sylvia Cooke-Collis, Patrick Hennessy, and Mervyn Peake. 

March 8 : Dr Tom Spalding

8 March: Dr Tom Spalding

Another Famine Story?: The Physical Development of Cobh/Queenstown during the Potato Famine and After

No booking required but places are limited so arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Friends €5 | General Public €8 | Students go free with a valid I.D.

An Cóbh is synonymous with the Famine as a port of last resort to tens of thousands of Irish people fleeing deprivation in search of a better life in Britain and further afield. At the same time, there was a small but important group of people making journeys to the town in the opposite direction. This talk will illustrate some of the far-reaching developments which occured in An Cóbh and the lower harbour between 1840 and 1860 and which changed its design and appearance for ever. The cast of characters includes Anglo-Irish landlords, local property speculators and builders and British elite architects. The talk will argue that the Famine is something that happened more through Cove (as it was) than to it, and that by looking at the designed environment we can start to understand the town in a more nuanced way beyond the doom laden emigration-Titanic-Luisitania triangle.

March 15: Bill Power

15 March: Bill Power

“Visions from the Irish Rhine: Explorations on the Munster Blackwater’. 

No booking required but places are limited so arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Friends €5 | General Public €8 | Students go free with a valid I.D.

Bill Power is an historian and international award-winning photographer who spent two decades exploring the Munster Blackwater, often referred to in the 19th century as 'The Irish Rhine'. In 2019, he became the founding chairman of Saint George's Arts and Heritage Centre in Mitchelstown. Since its foundation in 2019, €800,000 has been raised to convert the former church into a superb venue for the performing arts. He is the author of 14 books, the most recent of which was 'The Blackwater, History and Images from the Irish Rhine,' published in 2023. This illustrated talk will be based on his photography of the Blackwater and stories from the river that is the fourth longest in Ireland. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the talk.

Caravaggio, Beheading of St John the Baptist (1608; Valletta, Malta, St John’s Co-Cathedral).Credit: Wikipedia Commons.

Caravaggio, Beheading of St John the Baptist (1608; Valletta, Malta, St John’s Co-Cathedral).Credit: Wikipedia Commons.

22 March: Dr Matthew Whyte

‘Artist in Exile: The Last Caravaggio’

No booking required but places are limited so arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Friends €5 | General Public €8 | Students go free with a valid I.D.

Baroque sensation Caravaggio is never far from the imagination of art lovers. Furthermore, we need only think of Andrew Graham-Dixon’s famous biography Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane (2010) to remember the jarring contradictions present in his life – the creator of a Counter-Reformation painting style of stirring spirituality, and simultaneously the frequently-imprisoned brawler forced to flee Rome for murder. The last years of Caravaggio’s short life were spent in exile. From Naples, to Malta, to Sicily, and back to Naples, Caravaggio evaded authorities and completed his last paintings. Sometimes pious, often shockingly violent, and at times self-deprecating, these late paintings offer a fascinating image of the artist in exile. This talk parallels with the upcoming exhibition in London’s National Gallery entitled ‘The Last Caravaggio’ (18 April-21 July 2024), offering an introduction to the ways in which we can think about the works of an artist in crisis.


MEMBERSHIP

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 

Emmett Place, Cork, Ireland
T12 TNE6
Tel: 021 480 5042
info@crawfordartgallery.ie

Opening Hours
N.B. Last entry is 15 minutes before closing

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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