Crawford Art GallerySubscribe
The Friends on tour in Portugal
At the Friends Christmas party Roz O’Brien (centre) founding administrator of the Friends of
the Crawford with on the left Nessa Durcan and Noreen McSweeney, outgoing administrators
and on the right the new administrators Sinead Dineen and Michele Whelan.
Friends of the Crawford Gallery

As an independent support group for the 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 who as an independent support organisation were established in May 1989 under Mrs. R. O'Brien, comprising over four hundred art lovers whose financial support is invaluable. These generous art patrons are dedicated to assisting the Gallery and to building public awareness of the superb collection, which contributes so much to the visual arts of Ireland.

Join the Friends of the Crawford Art Gallery membership program: 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 lectures, exhibition previews, and private tours.

  • Through your membership and participation in the Friends ́ events we provide support to the Gallery for future acquisitions of art and for exhibitions. Most importantly, you will also have the satisfaction of knowing that your annual subscription is directed to the Gallery's Acquisition Fund.
  • Members of the Friends of the Crawford Art Gallery receive notification of, and invitations to, the opening of all Gallery exhibitions.
  • Members of the Friends of the Crawford Art Gallery have the opportunity to attend our spring and autumn series of lunchtime lectures on art history, contemporary art and our local heritage of art and architecture.
  • Throughout the year the Friends of the Crawford Art Gallery also host short visits and guided day tours to galleries, museums, great houses and gardens of Ireland.
  • Members have the opportunity to attend short talks by art historians on specific works in the Gallery ́s permanent collection followed by tea/coffee.
  • Each year we organise a tour abroad for our members to places of cultural interest throughout Europe. Recent tours have been to Istanbul, Sicily, Malta and Madrid

A Thirty Year Friendship

In 2018 the Friends celebrates thirty years of support to the Crawford Art Gallery. Among its acquisitions for the gallery are Vivienne Roche’s Viapori Bell, three miniatures (watercolour on ivory) by Frederick Buck and a Picasso print, Maternité. More recently it supported the publication of Made in Cork The Arts and Crafts Movement 1880s -1920s by Vera Ryan.


There's never been a better time to become a Friend.
Join us in our 30th anniversary year to enjoy the very best of our 2018 itinerary.

Membership options for 2018/2019 are as follows:

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

Types of Membership

  • Individual: €60 with Email only correspondence
  • Individual: €65 with email and Postal correspondence
  • Couples: €90 with Email only correspondence
  • Couples: €95 with email and Postal correspondence
  • Life membership: Annual x 10

A subscription to the Friends can also be given as a gift and is popular for birthdays, Christmas, Mother's Day, Father's Day, and retirement.

You can Download membership /renewal forms here or obtain a form at the gallery.

Become a Member

Subscription Details (PDF)

Friend's Brochure (PDF)

Standing Order Form (PDF)

Please complete your form and forward payment:

  • By Cheque: via post: Friends’ Office, Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork,
    Ireland, T12 TNE6

  • By Standing Orders: By Post or Scan via email:

  • By Cash / Cheque* : Visit the administrators at the Crawford Art Gallery.

* Cheques payable to: Friends of the Crawford Art Gallery

Administrators are present in the gallery on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday between 10.00 am and 14.00 pm.
Please request a meeting with a Friends administrator at
the gift shop upon arrival.

Please note that the Friends Office has been relocated for 2018. Please request a meeting with a Friends administrator at the gift shop on arrival to the gallery.

Hon Administrators:
Michelle Keohane
Sinéad Dineen
+353 (0) 21 490 7864

+353 (0) 21 490 7864

Autumn Lecture Series

Friday 26th October
12.30 - 13.30 pm

‘Robert Flaherty and Man of Aran’
with Éimear O’Connor

Admission €5   *Third Level Students Free with valid ID

Friday 2nd November
12.30 - 13.30 pm  

CANCELLED LECTURE: ‘Treading the Boards’ with Fiona Ní Bhriain

'Old Friends and Overlooked Necessities: The design of Cork's street furniture’ with Tom Spalding 

Admission €5   *Third Level Students Free with valid ID

Friday 9th November
12.30 - 13.30 pm  

‘Mission and Vision’ with Director, Mary McCarthy
An opportunity to hear of plans for 2019 and future developments at Crawford Art Gallery, from our Director, Mary McCarthy. 

Admission FREE.

Thursday 6th December, 5-9pm

Save the Date

30 Years Festive Celebration
The Friends of the Crawford Art Gallery will be holding their
30 Years Festive Celebration on Thursday 6th December
from 5 - 9pm
Invitations to follow!

For more information contact: 021 4907864
or Email: