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Current Exhibitions



Exhibition dates: Saturday 26 August 2023 – Sunday 7 January 2024

Official opening: Saturday 9 September from 12noon

Art is a doing thing, and this exhibition is about making and learning together.

The art is often playful and experimental. Technique and materials are explored and tested.

The artwork was made in the gallery, at MTU Crawford College of Art & Design, St. Finbarr’s Hospital and through zoom calls in partnership with Cork Migrant Centre.

Crawford Art Gallery Learn and Explore programmes support a range of learning and exploratory activities including: children’s art classes, children’s animation programme, a collaborative art programme with Cork Migrant Centre, teen programmes, portfolio preparation, a supported studio in partnership with MTU Crawford College of Art & Design, a long-term memory-loss and dementia-friendly creative programme, tours and art and well-being workshops.

A dedicated team of artists and art historians lead the programmes expertly and imaginatively; they are Gillian Cussen, Rebecca Crunden, Sue Dolan, Julie Forrester, Mary Galvin, Chloe Griffin, Karolina Clénet, Lynda Loughnane, Danielle Sheehy, Mary Timmons, Avril O’Brien, Mairead O’Callaghan, Fionn Van der Noll, Inge Van Doorslaer, Matthew Whyte.

We hope that the diverse range of subject matter free-wheeling in the gallery space will delight the visitor, and spotlight the role that art can play in building connection and confidence; teaching techniques or the ‘how to do,’ and exploring imaginative ideas through drawing, painting, printmaking and 3d making.

Saturday Art Classes for children aim to build confidence; teaching techniques or the ‘how to do,’ and exploring imaginative ideas through drawing, painting, printmaking and 3d making. Artists leads are Mary Timmons and Mary Galvin, with Roan O’Boyle Sheehy and Emma Price assisting.

The Children’s Summer Animation programme has been showing children how to make their own start-stop animations for over a decade. Workshops focus on play, invention and working collaboratively. Artist lead Julie Forrester with Emma Price assisting.

We have been Following our Noses into art with young people and Cork Migrant Centre.

We meet on Zoom on Saturdays to chat, draw, make things, and have silly fun.

Artist lead Julie Forrester, with support from Fionnuala O’Connell, Youth Worker at Cork Migrant Centre and Emma Klemencic.

Teen Art Programmes invite young people to draw inspiration from art in the gallery, to study art works up close; developing responses using drawing, collage, print and mixed-media. Artist lead is Sue Dolan. Our Portfolio Preparation Programme focuses more intently on drawing techniques, sketchbook development, self-portraits and print making. Artist lead is Lynda Loughnane.

A supported studio is a creative environment that centres disabled artists. Crawford Supported Studios provide technical artistic support, friendship, and networks outside health and social care settings. Dedicated studio days led by Karolina Clénet and Danielle Sheehy take place in the Crawford Art Gallery on Tuesdays and MTU Crawford College of Art & Design on Thursdays each week.

Lonradh at the Crawford Art Gallery is an arts programme for older adults experiencing memory loss, their families and carers. While memory may change, creativity and the scope for self-expression remains. Artist leads are Gillian Cussen and Inge Van Doorslaer

Presented by MTU Crawford College of Art & Design the Arts & Wellbeing programme offers creative activities, in the gallery and art college space, supported by a reflective process. Artist lead is Avril O’Brien.

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

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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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