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Meat and Potatoes

Deirdre O’Mahony, The Persistent Return, Still 2 Photograph Tom Flannagan 2018

16 July – 6 November 

Eye-catching, thought-provoking and mouth-watering in equal measure, Meat and Potatoes will open across two floors of exhibition space at Crawford Art Gallery this summer.

Bringing together works by historic and contemporary artists who have used food as their muse in myriad ways, the exhibition will be organised into three primary sections – BREAD, MEAT and POTATOES – which will be presented as staples in the history of food-focused art, as well as our personal diets throughout the ages. Visitors will have the opportunity to survey an abundance of food-related artworks produced over the last four centuries, from still lifes, to dining utensils and cookware, to video works and installations that consider the politics and concerns that have shaped perspectives on food right up to our present moment. 

A feast for all the senses, Meat and Potatoes will whet the appetite of anyone who has ever thought about food as a source of sustenance not only for the body, but also for the eyes, the mind, the soul, and society at large.

This exhibition features the work of Comhghall Casey, Monika Crowley, Lisa Fingleton, Mary Kelly, Anne Kiely and Mary Palmer, Maria McKinney, Abigail O’Brien, Geraldine O’Neill and Deirdre O’Mahony, in addition to Jean in Bed with Jaundice by John Bratby and Tommy Sutton Getting in the Spuds in the Snow by Camille Souter, which are on kind loan from the Glebe Gallery in Donegal.

Click on the links below to download an essay in pdf format.

Ellie O’Byrne: Art is always food for thought, not least when it’s art about food.

Cristín Leach: Consuming Beauty: There’s Eating and Drinking in that.

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

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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