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SAMUEL FORDE Visions of Tragedy

Three Heads, One with Dragon Helmet (Detail) c. 1828

Friday 17 Jan.–Sat. 22 March 2014

In January 2014, the Crawford Art Gallery presents the first exhibition to celebrate the work of Cork-born artist Samuel Forde (1805-28). The exhibition – curated by Michael Waldron and Dr Shane Lordan - focuses on Forde as an early student of the Cork School of Art and a product of the wider visual arts culture of the later Georgian period. Central to the exhibition is an in-depth analysis of Forde’s unfinished masterpiece, Fall of the Rebel Angels (1828), in conjunction with his preparatory sketches and excerpts from his diary. It also considers the influence of artists, writers, and material from the School itself to deconstruct Forde’s works and contextualise his creative and intellectual significance. Ahead of the Canova Casts’ bicentenary, this timely exhibition seeks to recover Samuel Forde’s artistic legacy and restore his memory to public consciousness.

Access and Participation programme

Friday 17 Jan.

1pmInaugural tour of the exhibition
Thursday 23 Jan.6:30Painted by candlelight –
drawing session

Saturday 1 Feb.

2:30The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan
Thursday 13 Feb.6:30Painted by candlelight –
drawing session

Saturday 15 Feb.

2:30Guided tour of the exhibition
Saturday 22 Feb.

2:30Making a Heaven of Hell
Thursday 6 March6:30Painted by candlelight –
drawing session

Thursday 13 March

6:30Guided tour of the exhibition
Saturday 15 March

2:30Visions of Tragedy

Painted by candlelight
Participants will have the unique opportunity to make studies from works of art lit by candlelight, recreating Samuel Forde’s studio conditions. Participation is free but places are limited. Sessions last for 90 minutes.

Education Officer
Anne Boddaert
+353 (0)21 490 7862

Emma Klemencic
+353 (0)21 490 7857

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

General Opening Hours
N.B. Last entry is 16:45

Monday–Saturday 10.00am–5.00pm
(2nd floor closes at 4:45 pm)
Late opening Thursdays until 8.00 pm
(2nd floor will remain open until 7:45 m on Thursdays commencing 19 March)

Sundays and Bank Holidays
Gallery: 11 am4 pm
Café: 11 am4 pm

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