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The Crawford at the Castle

Sir John Lavery The Red Rose 1923

11 March–10 June 2017

Three Centuries of Irish Art from a National Collection

This exhibition showcases master works from our national collection. 

Here the works have been carefully refigured, following their formal display in the State Apartments and Coach House Galleries at Dublin Castle (October 2016 - February 2017). 

Since 1204, Dublin Castle has operated as a fortress, vice-regal court, prison, government complex, seat of power, and has now been re-imagined as an cultural site. The Crawford at the Castle exhibition displayed a selection of works from the Crawford Collection and allowed for the creation of multi-layered resonances exploring themes of power, state, and identity. Returning to Cork, this exhibition offers a unique juxtaposition of historical and contemporary art and examines recurring themes in our social history and personal narratives. 

Featuring works by, among others, Robert Ballagh, James Barry, Barrie Cooke, Dorothy Cross, Rita Duffy, Micheal Farrell, Seán Keating, Daniel MacDonald, Brian Maguire, F.E. McWilliam, Alanna O’Kelly, Tony O’Malley, Vivienne Roche, Nigel Rolfe, Mary Swanzy, and Jack B. Yeats, it also marks a homecoming for Sir John Lavery’s The Red Rose (1923) after several years at Áras an Uachtaráin. 

The Crawford at the Castle seeks to invite our audiences and community to reflect on the historical narratives that we accept through the lens of three centuries of Irish art. 

Free guided tours: 

* Saturday 18 March, 1pm 

* Thursday 6 April, 5:30pm 

* Friday 7 April, 1pm 

Free public lecture  Thursday 6 April 1pm 

All Through the Years: Images of the Social and Political in The Crawford at the Castle exhibition 

by Dr Éimear O'Connor, HRHA 

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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