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2010 Exhibitions
Close to Hand

July 23 – October 9 2010

Close To Hand
Image: Lorraine Burrell, ‘Pictures from a Family Album´ 2007 ©the artist &Third Space Gallery, Belfast

Within the current economic downturn, the media´s concentration on the home as a symptom and symbol places an incontrovertible focus of the relationship between dwellers and buildings. The habitat in which we reside and its extended environment dualistically offers opportunity and restriction, being a potential centre for comfort and conflict, rituals and reverie and a site for rich aesthetic exploration.

‘Close To Hand´ focuses on investigations and processes of eight artists: Lorraine Burrell; Gary Coyle; Cleary + Connolly; Katie Holten; Nick Miller; Collette Nolan and Nathalie du Pasquier who continue to invoke the personal and physical relationship of their surroundings within their practice. Exploring and exposing the blurring or ‘entanglements´[1] between life and its environs, the exhibition celebrates the creative impetus that is the familiar and the overlooked within our everyday context and thereby prompts the viewer to ‘look again´ at the relationship with one´s immediate surroundings.

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2009 Exhibitions
Terror and the Sublime:Art in an Age of Anxiety
Between Truth and Fiction:The Films of Vivienne Dick
'The Hero With a Thousand Faces
Presentation Sisters by Tacita Dean

Gallery Calendar 2010

Press Release: November 24th, 2009
Media Contact: PJ Tague,


Crawford Art Gallery Launch 2010 Calendar that commemorates a music legend.

Celebrating the launch of the Crawford Art Gallery 2010 Calendar titled ‘ Aloys Fleischmann Centenary´, were the daughters of Aloys Fleischman, Senator Dan Boyle and Director of the Crawford Gallery Mr. Peter Murray. The calendar, features well known images from the Crawford´s collection such as The Fiddler by Leo Whelan and Madeline, Still Behold by Harry Clarke. All illustrations share a musical theme. The beautiful design of the calendar and its theme make it the perfect gift for both music and art lovers alike. The calendar is on sale for €10 and is available from the Crawford Art Gallery, the Glucksman Gallery in UCC and Cork City Library.

The calendar is also the Crawford Gallery´s contribution to the programme of civic events to commemorate the birth of Aloys Fleischman (1910 – 1992). The Aloys Fleischmann Centenary 2010 programme which includes a series of
concerts and recitals, exhibitions, dance performances, broadcasts, conferences, public lectures, and a number of publications programme will be of[icially launched in City Hall on Friday 22 January.


Terror and the Sublime: Art in an Age of Anxiety
20 November 2009 - 27 February 2010

Critical Assemblyh
Jim Sanborn, Critical Assembly (detail), (courtesy of the artist)

Terror and the Sublime: Art in an Age of Anxiety features works by thirty-three artists, from the late eighteenth century to the present, whose subject-matter reflects the spirit of their times. Whether it is the nineteenth century painter Francis Danby, identifying in the mountains of Norway a metaphor for the challenges facing his survival as an artist, or contemporary sculptor Jim Sanborn, creating a replica of the first atom bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, the exhibition gives an insight into the way artists respond to the times they live in, but also how their works shape the way we look at the world.

The uncertainties and fears resulting from political and social upheavals such as the American War of Independence
or the Revolution in France informed Edmund Burke´s political views, but it was his 1757 essay on aesthetics, "A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful" that directly inspired artists such as George Barret and James Barry, whose paintings form the starting point of the exhibition. Terror and the Sublime also includes dramatic and visionary paintings from the Romantic period, by James Arthur O´Connor, Francis Danby, and the Cork artist Samuel Forde. ese historic paintings are juxtaposed with works in a variety of media by contemporary artists, including Andreas Gursky, Cecily Brennan, Nigel Rolfe, omas Ruff and Clare Langan, artists who continue to address the same issues of human vulnerability and the tensions that exist between the individual and society.

Irrespective of the century in which they were born, the work of each of these artists resonates with a psychological intensity, drawn in part from uncompromising themes, but also from the spirit of their age. While the
Crawford Gallery exhibition may not have the power to “transform human kind by unlocking the Ancient Mysteries”, it does allow visitors to view the world through the eyes of artists whose creativity, and responsiveness
to concerns that have remained pertinent through the centuries, enriches and informs our world.

Artists: George Barrett, Aideen Barry, James Barry, William Bradford, Cecily Brennan, Oliver Comerford, Gary Coyle, Francis Danby, Michelle Deignan, Willie Doherty, Jonathan Fisher, Mary FitzGerald, Samuel Forde, James Forrester, David Godbold, Andreas Gursky, Clare Langan, Robert Longo, Fergus Martin, Paul Nugent, John Martin, Eoin McHugh, Theresa Nanigian,James Arthur O´Connor, Hughie O´Donoghue, George Petrie, Nigel Rolfe, Thomas Ruff, Jim Sanborn, Sean Shanahan, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Paul Winstanley and the writer Edmund Burke.

A catalogue, artists talks and a full education programme will accompany the exhibition.

For further information please contact: Crawford Art Gallery
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Between Truth and Fiction:
The Films of Vivienne Dick

September 18 – November 7, 2009

Vivienne Dick\

The first and long overdue retrospective of Vivienne Dick´s artistic practice, will include an ambitious selection of video, 16mm film and Super 8 work by Dick. Curated by Treasa O´Brien, the exhibtion is indicative of the crossover and hybridity of forms in Dick´s films, which do not easily sit in the usual distinctions of documentary, fiction, video art or music video, yet owe something to each.  

Vivienne Dick´s career - and identity as a film-maker - was kickstarted in New York, when she emigrated from Donegal in 1975 and entered into the world of the post-punk ‘No Wave´ scene.  Her early films cast musicians and friends as the protagonists acting out disjointed narratives on NY streets, with a vérité style and a voyeurism, influenced by Warhol and the Factory, Jack Smith as well her contemporaries, Nan Goldin and others. With an emphasis on fragmentary narratives and socio-political themes, the early films evoke a time and mood of experimentation, wonder and collaborative cultural production in New York in the late 70s and early 80s. Her subsequent body of work, made in Ireland and London, continued these elements while taking a more documentary lead, and later as multi-channel installation. Her work is notable also for its exploration of gender and relationships much of her work featuring female protagonists, in fiction and document. Occasional footage shot in Ireland acts as testament to the 80s social politics (most notably in ‘Visibility Moderate´, 1981) interspersed with New York footage giving new context to the burgeoning globalisation of the times through the eye of the insider/outsider emigrant.

A special 16mm programme featuring She Had Her Gun Already, London Suite and Rothach will run in conjunction with the exhibition from Monday 18  September to Friday 25 Septmber and concurrently with Cork Film Festival from Monday 2 November until Friday 5 November.

Gallery opening hours: Mon-Sat 10.00am to 5 pm, late opening Thurs until 8pm

For further information, please contact: Anne Boddaert, Assistant Curator.
T: 021 4907857    E:
Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork, Ireland. W. 

23 February 2009
An exhibition of portraits of Irish Writers
March 6 to May 30, 2009
Admission Free

The Hero With a Thousand Faces

Portraits of Joseph Brodsky and Seamus Heaney, London, 1991
John Minihan, Collection: Crawford Art Gallery, Cork

An exhibition celebrating the extraordinary range and talent of Irish writers from the eighteenth century to the present day, opens at the Crawford Art Gallery Cork on Friday 6 March 2009. The exhibition presents over 60 works drawn from the collections of the Crawford Gallery, The Abbey Theatre and The Arts Council.

The title of the exhibition is inspired by Joseph Campbell´s seminal work “The Hero of a Thousand Faces”, and suggests that while each writer is a unique and distinct personality and talent, when taken collectively, their contribution to the identification of Ireland as a country of intense literary activity has been profound. In its broader sense, the phrase also alludes to the Jungian concept of universal archetypes, and to that subconscious wellspring which is the greatest inspiration of the writer, as an observer, a commentator and indeed a shaper of society.

The title is also a wry reference to Patrick Kavanagh´s famous remark, made in the 1950s, that “of the legion of poets in Ireland there are never less than ten thousand”, an assessment mixing in equal measure pessimism and optimism, and which, even allowing for poetic licence, illustrates the impossibility of an exhibition of portraits of Irish writers ever being considered in any way complete, or all encompassing. Nonetheless, good progress is being made, as can be seen from the works that will be shown.

The recent acquisition by the Crawford Art Gallery of Edward McGuire´s Portrait of Anthony Cronin (1972) represents a significant addition to a developing collection of portraits of Irish writers both commissioned and acquired by the Crawford. Cronin follows Jonathan Swift, whose 1735 portrait by Francis Bindon was acquired by the Crawford Gallery in 2007 to mark its accession to the status of National Cultural Institution. Portraits of writers commissioned by the Gallery include Conal Creedon by Eileen Healy (2006), Micheal O´Shiadhail by Michael O´Dea (2005) and Aidan Higgins (2003) by Suzy O´Mullane.

Other notable writers represented include Edmund Burke in James Barry´s painting ‘Burke and Barry in the Characters of Ulysses and Companions fleeing from the Cave of Polyphemus; Elizabeth Bowen by Patrick Hennessy, and three portraits, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, and W. B. Yeats, by Louis le Brocquy. Frank O´Connor is represented by an early work by Norah McGuinness. The recently garlanded writer Sebastian Barry is shown in a 1991 study by John Minihan, a photographer well known for insightful portraits of Irish writers, most notably Samuel Beckett, but also Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, Mannix Flynn, Eilean Ni Chuilleanain, Seamus Heaney, Patrick Galvin, and John McGahern.

The outstanding portraits being loaned for this exhibition by the Abbey Theatre include Gerald Festus Kelly's Portrait of Lady Gregory, Sean O'Sullivan's Portrait of W. B. Yeats, and Carey Clarke's Portrait of Tom Murphy. These are iconic images of Ireland´s literary revival and also of the finest of present day writers. The portrait of Hugh Leonard from the Abbey Collection had been intended to travel to the Crawford, but on the news of the writer´s death, has been kept on exhibition in the Abbey Theatre, as a mark of respect. From the Arts Council Collection, the portraits on loan to this exhibition include writers Conor Fallon´s studies of his father, the poet Padraic Fallon, a Portrait of Francis Stuart by Jack Crabtree and James Joyce´s Tie by Michael Farrell.

The Crawford´s collection of portraits of Irish writers is developing, but it remains far from complete. Many notable writers remain unrepresented, not least Laurence Sterne, Lady Morgan, Mary Lavin, Benedict Kiely and John B. Keane. Nevertheless, the formation of the collection over the past two decades does provides a template for the further development of an important aspect of the national art collections of Ireland in future years, particularly when seen in the light of existing portrait collections such as those at the Abbey Theatre, the Arts Council, and also the National Gallery of Ireland. The Ulster Museum collection also includes fine portraits of writers, not least Seamus Heaney and Michael Longley.

The exhibition will be formally opened by Michael Longley, Ireland Professor of Poetry, on Tuesday 10 March at 6:00pm. The exhibition will be open to the public, from Friday 6 March to 30 May, 2009.

Free guided tours accompany the exhibition on Thursdays at 6:30pm and Saturdays at 2:30 pm.

For further information and for visual material, please contact: Anne Boddaert

T: +353 21 4907857

Dawn Williams
Exhibitions Officer

Crawford Art Gallery
Emmet Place

t: +353 (0) 21 4907853

Presentation Sisters by Tacita Dean
A film made in Cork in 2005 by the internationally renowned contemporary artist Tacita Dean
Scheduled daily screenings, Friday March 6 – Saturday 21 March 2009

Presentation Sisters

Commissioned by Cork 2005, as part of Cork´s tenure as European Capital of Culture, Presentation Sisters was made during a residency by the artist Tacita Dean. Documenting a number of weeks in the lives of an order of nuns, as they go through their daily religious and domestic rituals, the film is an evocative portrait of a passing way of life. At the time Dean made this film in Cork, the Presentation Convent had been sold and the order of nuns were preparing to move to a new home. The building itself plays an important role in the film, its spaces redolent of the age of Victorian institutions. Presentation Sisters has been acquired as part of the Crawford Art Gallery´s permanent collection.

SCREENING TIMES Until Saturday 21 March
Duration – 1 hour

Monday 9th. 15:00
Tuesday 10th. 11:00
Wednesday 11th. 15:00
Thursday 12th. 11:00
Friday 13th. 15:00
Saturday 14th. 11:00
Monday 16th. 15:00
Tuesday 17th. Closed
Wednesday 18th. 15:00
Thursday 19th. 11:00
Friday 20th. 15:00
Saturday 21st. 11:00

2008 Exhibitions
Daniel Maclise (1806–1870), Romancing the Past
There, Not There
Recent Acquisitions
Realism and Modernism in Irish Art (1900-1990)

Daniel Maclise (1806–1870), Romancing the Past
October 24, 2008 - February 14, 2009

The FalconerThe exhibition will opened on October 25th. 2008 and continued through to February 14th 2009. With over two hundred works, including oils on canvas, drawing and prints, on loan from institutions and collectors throughout Britain and Ireland, the Maclise exhibition will be the most important project organised by the Crawford Art Gallery in over three years.. The show will be accompanied by a catalogue, contributors to which include Prof John Turpin, who contributed to the 1972 Maclise exhibition at the Tate, Prof. Fintan Cullen of Nottingham University, Dr. Nancy Weston, whose biography of Daniel Maclise was published recently, and Prof. Tom Dunne, editor of the catalogue for the 2005 James Barry exhibition at the Crawford. There will also be a series of lectures and an education programme for schools. The exhibition and catalogue, will give a new insight into an artist famed in his day but whose florid and Romantic style fell out of favour in the 20th century.

Born in Sheares Street, Cork, the son of a discharged British soldier who had set up as a cobbler (or as a tailor) in Patrick Street, Daniel Maclise was, from an early age, an artist of precocious ability. After a short period working in Newenham´s bank, in 1819, when the Cork School of Art was established in the former Apollo Theatre, Maclise was one of the first students to enrol. He would have been thirteen years of age. The impetus for setting up the school came from the arrival in Cork of a set of sculpture casts from the Vatican Museum. Among them were some of the most important Graeco-Roman sculptures and Maclise made the most of this opportunity, demonstrating great skill in drawing from the antique.

Lady BlessingtonA relatively impoverished art student, Maclise received support from a number of patrons, including the antiquarian Richard Sainthill and, later in London, the writer Crofton Croker. His quick facility and talent for catching a likeness were demonstrated in 1825, when Sir Walter Scott, on a visit to Cork, called in to Bolster´s Bookshop on Patrick Street, where Maclise made a portrait sketch of the celebrated writer. The demand for this sketch was such that Maclise, never slow to recognise an opportunity, made at least three versions. It is said that the portrait was lithographed, but the surviving versions all appear to be pencil on paper.

The success of the Scott sketch led to commissions for portrait drawings of members of leading families in Cork, and military officers stationed in the city. Maclise also toured through Kerry, Waterford and Cork, making drawings of picturesque river scenery, houses, abbeys and castles. In 1827, aged still just nineteen but already an established local artist, Maclise went to London, where the following year he enrolled as a student at the Royal Academy schools, where in 1831 he gained the Gold Medal for History Painting.

His paintings from this period are generally ambitious attempts to portray scenes from British and European history, such as the work in the National Gallery of Ireland, Charles I, King of England and his Children, before Oliver Cromwell. In 2007, the Crawford Art Gallery acquired, at Sothebys, the painting Francois I and Diane of Poitiers, painted in 1834, that depicts a scene from sixteenth century French history. Maclise also attempted Irish subject-matter, most notably in the painting that blends folk beliefs with literary portraiture, Snap Apple Night (1833) and more controversially in The Installation of Captain Rock, depicting outlaws and social unrest in rural Ireland.

The Bunch of GrapesMaclise´s history paintings were often inspired by literary works, such as the plays of Shakespeare, and in his work the distinction between illustration and fine art is blurred. He produced many illustrations for works of literature, such as Tom Moore´s Irish Melodies, the poems of Tennyson, and woodcuts for some of the ‘Christmas books´ of Charles Dickens, such as The Chimes, and The Cricket on the Hearth. Maclise´s style can perhaps be described as Neo-Gothick, in that while it is clearly indebted to Northern European realist tradition, there is also a strong vein of whimsy and the grotesque in the imagery he employs.

In London, most of Maclise´s friendships centred on the Tory periodical Fraser´s Magazine, for which he produced dozens of lithographed portraits of leading writers and politicians. However, the high point of his career was reached in the mid-1840´s, when he was commissioned to paint murals for the Houses of Parliament. One of these works, The Marraige of Strongbow and Aoife (1854) is now in the National Gallery of Ireland, but the two largest works, The Meeting of Wellington and Blücher (1861) and The Death of Nelson (1865) are in the Royal Gallery in the House of Lords. After the death of Prince Albert, who had revelled in the military detail of these paintings, Maclise discontinued his work in the Houses of Parliament. Although he strove for, and achieved, success, when offered the presidency of the Royal Academy, Maclise refused, and he refused also the offer of a knighthood.

It is anticipated that over 100,000 visitors will visit the exhibition.

Further reading:
Richard Ormond and John Turpin, Daniel Maclise, 1806–1870 (National Portrait Gallery, London), 1972.
Nancy Weston, Daniel Maclise: An Irish Victorian Artist in London, 2000

There, Not There
July 25 - September 27

There, Not There features the work of five contemporary  Irish painters – Felicity Clear, Elizabeth Magill, Mark McGreevy, Paul Nugent and Orla Whelan, who explore within their individual practice the boundaries between memory, perception and time.

Each artist plays with the properties of paint, photographic references and personal experience to interrogate the blur between the natural and the fabricated image, and the real and the perceived, and question how the memory processes what is real and what is imagined.

Many of the paintings offer a subtle lie or an exaggerated truth, and the substance of the paint is used to articulate the concerns of each artist. Felicity Clear uses light, thinly applied, acrylic paint to create heavy, unsettlingly unpopulated urban landscapes, while Paul Nugent´s  traditional technique of oil painting and glazes conveys layered meanings of subjectivity and experience. In the paintings of Elizabeth Magill, the paint activates palpably familiar yet strangely foreboding landscapes. Mark McGreevy luxuriates in the rich fluidity of the medium, creating distorted realities whilst Orla Whelan denies such privileges to the oil paint in her paintings forcing the luscious energy of the flesh to be a static skin.

How the mind processes vision is dependent upon a subjective amalgamation of the past and present -sometimes what we perceive to be real is different to what we have viewed and experienced. In merging the image of a photograph with the images from the cognitive and the imaginary, the paintings in this exhibition present a shared sense of memory as if the images created by the artists could belong to the viewer´s own experience or dream.


Blue Constrictor
Elizabeth Magill
Blue Constrictor (2006)

Crawford Art Gallery

Untitled YellowFelicity Clear
Untitled Yellow (2007)

Courtesy of the Artist and
Rubicon Gallery, Dublin


Kissy, Kissy
Orla Whelan
Kissy, Kissy (2008)
Orla Whelan

Courtesy of the Artist

Untitled 1Paul Nugent
Untitled 1 (2008)

Courtesy of the Artist and
The Third Space Gallery, Belfast.

Rarely Farmed ThingsMark McGreevy
Rarely Farmed Things (2007)

Courtesy of the Artist and
The Third Space Gallery, Belfast.



Recent Acquisitions
May 22 - July 12

Artists include Rita Donagh, William Gerard Barry, Michael Mulcahy, Harry Moore, Billy Foley.

Eilis O'Connell
Eilis O'Connell
Each Day
Alex Rose Untitled (for Jasper) (x2)
Alex Rose
Untiltled (for Jesper) (x 2)
Paper, collage and glass
Billy Foley Painting 24
Billy Foley

painting 24.10.2005, No 3
oil on paper
50 x 40.5cm
Harry Moore Courthouse
Harry Moore
pin hole photography
100 x 51 cm
Donagh, Rita The Downing Street Joint Declaration. 15th December 1993
Rita Donagh
The Downing Street Joint Declaration. 15th December 1993
laser print and acrylic on paper
56 x 44 cm.
donated by the artist
Joan Jameson
Barges unloading Turf, Grand Canal, Dublin
c. 1943
Oil on canvas

Realism and Modernism in Irish Art

Selected work from Crawford Art Gallery’s Collection

Until Saturday 3 May

Realism and Modernism in Irish Art (1900-1990) highlights the best of the Crawford Art Gallery's permanent collection, bringing together works for the first time from three parts of the collection: The Gibson Fund acquisitions since the 1930's: the Fr. McGrath collection bequeathed in the 1990's, and the Great Southern Collection donated by the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism to the Crawford Art Gallery in 2006. 

The exhibition reveals how the prevailing approach to Academic Realism was gradually challenged, in the 1920's and decades following, by the introduction of new ideas from Europe.

Whilst Modernism can be seen as defining the burgeoning industrialised countries in Europe and North America, the art that came to represent the new Irish Free State in the 1930's was essentially a form of Academic Realism which was rooted in the seventeenth century in the art of Velasquez and Murillo it was also influenced by French Realism, which sought to convey an objective vision of contemporary life. The Realist painters and sculptors, many of them graduates of the Dublin Metropolitan School and the Crawford School of Art in Cork - William Orpen, Sean Keating, James Sleator and Soirle MacAna - held sway as pillars of the art establishment in Ireland.

Gerard Dillon

Gerard Dillon (1916-1971), Evening Star, c.1959, Crawford Collection

However, many Irish artists began to be influenced by Modernist principles, often directly from Europe and through scholarship funded by the State education system.  One of the main strands which influenced the roots of Modernism lie in Picasso’s and Braque’s Cubism – the fracturing of the image, the rejection of perspective and the emphasis of the two-dimensionality of the canvas.

Mainie Jellett, Evie Hone and Norah McGuinness who trained at the Dublin Metropolitan School, embraced Modernist principles, following their respective studies in Paris in the studio of Andre Lhote. Jellet and Hone also studied by with Cubist artist and theorist Albert Gleizes. They returned to Ireland inspired by these developments and became key influences in Ireland.

During the years of World War II, Ireland became a haven for progressive artists from Europe, and a surprisingly sophisticated art world developed. The White Stag Group founded in 1935, led by Basil Rákóczi and Kenneth Hall, encouraged a move from Academicism to Modernism, and their “Subjective Art” strongly influenced the work being made at the time by Irish artists such as Louis le Brocquy and Patrick Scott. The exhibitions of the White Stag Group inspired the establishment of the Irish Exhibition of Living Art in 1943 by Louis Le Brocquy, Norah McGuinness, Mainie Jellett and Jack Hanlon, amongst others which continued annually for over three decades.  The popularity of the IELA showed that there was a real enthusiasm amongst Irish art collectors for more radical trends. However, the version of Modernism they most appreciated was adapted to a more conservative aesthetic.

Patrick Scott

Patrick Scott (b.1921), Under the Pier, oil on board

It has become routine to dismiss the visual arts of 1950's Ireland as being inward-looking, but in fact many talented artists were continuing to work quietly during these years, creating paintings and sculptures of real quality. When, in the 1960's, industrial progress did come to Ireland,  the visual arts reflected this economic up-turn with the emergence of movements such as Pop Art, Minimalism and performance art – notably by Robert Ballagh, Cecil King and Noel Sheridan respectively.

Threshold Orange

Cecil King (1921-1986), Threshold Orange, 1975, Limited edition screenprint

A downturn in the economy in the 1980's saw a resurgence of an expressive form of realism, exemplified in the work of Barrie Cooke, Rita Duffy and Brian Maguire, where raw painting perhaps conveyed a sense of anger at the return of high unemployment and emigration.

The visual arts in Ireland today continues to reflect simultaneously an inward and outward gaze, absorbing influences from abroad but also creating compelling art that reflects the concerns and dynamics of contemporary Irish society. One of the questions posed by this exhibition is: which of the variety of contemporary art forms employed by Irish artists will be held in the future to embody the spirit of the present day, in the same way as Patrick Scott expresses clearly the optimism of economic and social development of the 1960's, or a generation earlier, that Norah McGuinness and John O’Leary had cleverly adapted the raw lessons of Cubism to a realist tradition, creating an art that was progressive but also acceptable to a conservative and insular art audience.

Joan Jameson - Barges Unloading Turf

Joan Jameson (1892-1953), Barges unloading Turf, Grand Canal, Dublin, c1943,
Crawford Collection, donated by the Jameson family (2008)

2007 Exhibitions
Linda Quinlan
Outside Perspectives
The Sleep of Reason
[C]artography: Map-Making
Remembering Seamus Murphy

Linda Quinlan
October 16 - December 22 2007
This exhibition hosted by the Crawford Art Gallery marks the occasion of Linda Quinlan as The AIB Prize recipient for 2006.

Quinlan’s installations create compelling narratives that navigate a diverse terrain of subject matter in a seemingly random fashion. These meandering manifestations articulate her preoccupation with the interconnectivity of objects and circumstances of her findings. Quinlan’s practice concerns itself with exploring concepts of exploration itself as well as considering the methodologies employed and circumstances of inquiry.

A significant development of present interests stems from a recent residency in Tasmania. On arrival she soon became engaged with the cultural and geographical significance of wilderness of the Island of Tasmania. Her observations led to inquiries and subjects of unresolved situations that resonate concerns with how we can recreate or interpret something that no longer exists.

A publication accompanying this exhibition will be launched in the Crawford Art Gallery on 23 November.
Texts will include an essay by writer and artist Sally O Reilly, a narrative by musician Cathal Coughlan and a fictional conversation between the artist and Dr. Eric Guiller.

The AIB Prize is one of Ireland’s leading arts awards. Every year it identifies a promising Irish visual artist and helps them launch their career. The award does this by providing financial support to an exhibition in a publicly funded venue to supplement exhibition costs and for the publication of a catalogue.

Outside Perspectives
An Exhibition by Soyoung Chung, Anna Konik and Tobias Sternberg
until 27 October

Outside Perspectives is ann exhibition of selected works created by the three artists during a residency at the National Sculpture Factory (Cork) during 2006, as part of the Pepinieres Programme for Young Artists.

A Korean artist born in Suresnes (France), Soyoung Chung graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 2003. Soyoung divides her time between Seoul and Paris. She will show Shattered Galaxy, 3 works which, although independent from one another, all evoke a common intangible and unstable state.

Anna Konik was born in Lubliniec (Poland), She lives and works in Warsaw. 0ur Lady’s Forever is Anna Konik’s latest video work. Made in the former institution for the mentally ill, Our Lady’s Hospital in Cork, her film dwells on the isolation of the individual, on the impossibility of true connection between individual minds.

Born in Sweden,Tobias Sternberg graduated from Goldsmith’s in 2005. He lives and works in London. The sculpture shown, Seven Sins for the Living, is an interactive sculptural exhibition in itself. Focussing on the drawers of an old office desk, the artist invites viewers to sit down by the desk and browse through the drawers at their own leisure.

Crawford Open 2007
'The Sleep of Reason'

November 30 2007 - February 8 2008

Crawford Open 2007 is a biennial juried exhibition of contemporary art at the Crawford Art Gallery. This exhibition, the sixth Crawford Open, has as its theme 'The Sleep of Reason'. Each selected artist (to be announced on September 11, 2007) will received €500 with a prize of €5000 being awarded to one artist selected by the Jury at the opening of the exhibition.

Selected artists:
Yvanna Greene (U.K), David Theobald (U.K), Andrew Vickery (Ireland), Michael Gurhy (Ireland), Michelle Deignan (Ireland), Mai Yamashita and Naoto Kobayashi (Germany), Sam Plagerson (U.K.), Paul McAree (Ireland), Martin Healy (Ireland), Lorraine Walsh (Ireland), Amanda Dunsmore (Ireland), Fumiko Kobayashi (Japan), Maggie Madden (Ireland), Abigail O'Brien (Ireland), Tom Molloy (Ireland)

Jury Selectors:
Frances Morris, Head of Collections (International Art), Tate Modern, Enrique Juncosa, Director, Irish Museum of Modern Art

[C]artography: Map-Making
until November 10 2007

The Crawford Art Gallery is proud to present the exhibition [C]artography: map-making as artform which seeks to explore the techniques and styles of early map-makers, as well as focus on contemporary artists who use mapping methodologies in their art practice, often for very different reasons.

The earliest map in the exhibition, printed in Ulm in 1482, a colour woodcut, is a copy after Ptolemy’s ancient map of Ireland. More recent maps include examples produced by the Ordnance Survey of Ireland, the Royal Irish Academy and computer digital maps produced by the Department of Geography, University College Cork.  The exhibition also includes exquisitely crafted early maps by Richard Blome, William Petty, John Speed, Abraham Ortelius, John Rocque and others.

These early maps and present day computer digital maps will be seen alongside works by Kathy Prendergast, Frank Bowling, Grayson Perry, Stephen Brandes, Jeremy Deller, Mona Hatoum, Dorothy Cross, Tom Molloy and other contemporary artists who explore the relationship between cartography and memory, imagination and meaning. Each work in Mariele Neudecker’s series of Memory Maps, (1996) is a record of an individual’s attempt to remember the political world map. In Satomi Matoba’s Japanese British Isles, (1999) we have, at first glance, a credible map of a detail of Scotland. On closer examination Kyoto can be seen next to Cheshire, London just north of Inverness, the British Isles melded with Japan.  Our expectation of the world map is yet again subverted and we are left on shifting ground. The exhibition features work by Cornelia Parker, Rita Donagh and Patrick Ireland who use mapping techniques to introduce political commentary to their work.

Participating contemporary artists: Frank Bowling, Stephen Brandes, Jon Brunberg, Dorothy Cross, Jeremy Deller, Rita Donagh, Jimmie Durham, Clodagh Emoe, Simon Faithfull, Gary Farrelly, Brian Fay, Tim Goulding, Mona Hatoum, Sean Hillen, Patrick Ireland, Kim Jones, Chris Kenny, Tom Molloy, Satomi Matoba, Mariele Neudecker, Eamon O'Kane, Cornelia Parker, Simon Patterson, Grayson Perry, Kathy Prendergast, Tim Robinson and Chris Wilson.

[C]artography: map-making as artform provides a context for viewers to engage with maps on many levels, not least on a level of fascination with detailed representation of the world, but  also in the information they reveal, distort and often hide.

A full colour catalogue accompanies the exhibition with commissioned essays by art writer Mic Moroney, William Laffan and Professor William J.  Smyth of the Department of Geography, University College Cork.

Remembering Seamus Murphy
until 29 September

Seamus Murphy, artist, stone-carver and letterer, was highly regarded in his lifetime. In 2007, the centenary year of Murphy´s birth, the Crawford Art Gallery, in collaboration with Cork City Council and the Murphy family, co-organised the ‘Remembering Seamus Murphy´ programme that will allow a new younger audience to rediscover the work of this unique artist.

Crawford Gallery is publishing a book celebrating the life and work of this extraordinary artist, with essays by Peter Murray, Orla Murphy and Ann Wilson.

2006 Exhibitions
James Barry (1741-1806) "The Great Historical Painter”

James Barry (1741-1806)
"The Great Historical Painter”
October 22 2005 - March 4 2006

James BarryA major exhibition celebrating the work of the most significant artist to have been born and trained in Cork will be held at the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery in October 2005 in partnership with Cork 2005 and The Bowen Group.


Survival and Celebration in 19th Century Irish Art
May 4 – August 26 2006

"Whipping the Herring" will be the inaugural event of the Crawford's new status as a national cultural institution. The exhibition will run from May 6 to August 26, 2006.

2005 Exhibitions
Figure & Ground Rembrandt to Mondriaan
Clive Murphy 'I want to be with you'
'On Reflection' Bank of Ireland Collection
Maritime Paintings of Cork
Mara Adamitz Scrupe

Maritime Paintings of Cork
Mara Adamitz Scrupe

“Figure & Ground - Rembrandt to Mondriaan”
Landscape and People in Netherlands Art 1520-1920
An Exhibition at the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery

14 February - 2 April 2005

Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, in association with PM (Project Management Group) and in celebration of Cork's designation as European Capital of Culture 2005, will present an exhibition which brings together 60 watercolours and drawings spanning four centuries and including the works of Dutch artists including Rembrandt van Rijn, Piet Mondriaan, Jan van Goyen and Heindrick Avercamp. Exhibition dates are February 14 until April 2 2005.

Figure and Ground – Rembrandt to Mondriaan, is drawn from collections at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, Chatsworth House and from other leading collections. The exhibition explores how Dutch artists, while separated by three centuries, are united by recurring themes, common values and concerns. The exhibition is a unique opportunity for the Crawford Gallery, Cork and Ireland. This is the first time that most of these drawings will be seen in Ireland.

The title Figure and Ground has two meanings. The first is literal, in that this exhibition sets out to document the lives of ordinary people in the Netherlands, who for centuries have worked hard to create and protect their own land. The travails of seventeenth-century labourers, inn-keepers and fishermen are documented in a direct way by artists, who were often eye-witnesses of the scenes they depicted, The clear and pragmatic vision of Hendrick Avercamp, Jan van Goyen, Esaias van de Velde and van Ruisdael is sometimes influenced, but rarely overshadowed by the academic conventions of French and Italian art.

Perhaps more than any other Dutch artist, Rembrandt van Rijn demonstrates an economy of means in his drawings, an ability to suggest a road or line of trees, with just a few strokes of the pen. The balance Rembrandt achieves between representation and abstraction, sketching figures adroitly but also letting pen and ink determine their own path, suggests the second, parallel theme of the exhibition. This examines the way in which artists, particularly in the twentieth century, moved beyond the conventions of perspective space and the illusion of depth, ultimately dissolving the distinction between foreground and background - between ‘figure’ and ‘ground’.

Located in the heart of the city, the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery is a critical part of Cork’s cultural and tourism infrastructure, welcoming over 200,000 visitors a year.

PM is an international provider of professional services in project and construction management, engineering design and technical consulting. Headquartered in Ireland with 1,100 employees, PM has offices in Cork, Dublin, the UK and Poland


For further information and visuals contact:
Anne Boddaert (Exhibitions Officer)
Crawford Municipal Art Gallery
Emmet Place Cork Ireland
T: +353 21 4907857

by Clive Murphy
August 12 – October 1 2005

I Want To Be You examines the phenomena of the bouncy castle, its components and how its bizarre architecture – why a castle? – has become a  familiar object in today’s society. Deconstructing the materials of a bouncy castle with lo-tech materials Murphy creates a playful, emblematic installation in the Project Room which reflects Murphy concerns.

Clive Murphy’s practice constantly considers ideas relating to the position of the individual in terms of an increasingly ‘mass’ oriented environment, exploring themes of alienation and desire within this context. Through a combination of humor, pathos and incongruity he infiltrates commercial, urban and visual literacy in order to deconstruct rhetorical systems and prepackaged aspirational frameworks in an effort to carve out some sense of human space. Working in a characteristically lo-fi manner using materials and techniques that exist quite far down on the artistic food chain he strives for ends greater than the sums of their parts in an effort to elevate and democratise.

Clive Murphy is currently exhibiting in Bloomberg New Contemporaries (2005) and the Off-Site exhibition at the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin organised by Pallas Studios (2005). He has been awarded a residency in New York by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland commencing in October of this year and has recently been selected to attend the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s International Residency Programme.

Dawn Williams
Assistant Curator
Crawford Municipal Art Gallery
Emmet Place
Cork  Ireland
T: +353 (0) 21 4907853
F: +353 (0) 21 4805043

On Reflection, Modern Irish Art from the 1960's to the 1990's
A Selection from the Bank of Ireland Collection
August 6 - October 1

The Bank of Ireland Art Collection is strongest in terms of acquisitions made between c. 1969 and c. 1985. Of particular interest is the theme of Irish artists encountering and adapting different artistic movements taking place internationally and the relationship of International Modernism to an Irish situation.

BOI CollectionThe narrative will start with Norah McGuinness, founder of the Irish Exhibition of Living Art (IELA) in 1947, bringing a flavour of the School of Paris to the Dublin Art scene, In the late 1970’s IELA exhibitions were often held in the Bank of Ireland offices on Baggot Street [fact check] Artists such as George Campbell and Patrick Collins developed this, exploring a type of lyrical abstraction, still rooted in the landscape. A more assertive large-scale reaction to Modernism and Pop Art is evident in the work of Michael Farrell and Robert Ballagh. Artists such as James Coleman are also represented in the collection. Tapestries by Louis le Brocquy and Tim Goulding will add colour and diversity to the exhibition, as will sculptures by F. E. McWilliam and Gerda Fromel.

The exhibition runs from Saturday 6 August until Saturday 1 October 2005 at the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork

An Exhibition at the Headquarters of the Port of Cork Company.
18 May until 29 July 2005

Long famed for its safe anchorages and aesthetic beauty, Cork Harbour has been a favourite subject of artists since the eighteenth century. Crawford Municipal Art Gallery and Port of Cork Company, in celebration of Cork's designation as European Capital of Culture 2005, present an exhibition which draws together all the historical strands to tell the story of Cork Harbour from the seventeenth century to the present day.

The exhibition includes paintings, engravings and maps, as well as documentary material and artefacts from the Port of Cork Company collection, the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, the Irish Naval Service, Cobh Museum and private collectors.

The exhibition is being held in the Cork Custom House, the head office of the Port of Cork. Built in 1818, the building was designed by William Hargrave for the Cork Harbour Commissioners at a time of rapid expansion of port activities. In 2005, the port is again experiencing sustained growth.

As well as documenting the history of Cork Harbour, it is hoped that this exhibition will prompt discussion and reflection on the future development of the harbour in terms of industry, recreation and the preservation of the natural environment.

A full-color catalogue (240 pages) has been published to coincide with the exhibition. It is available from the Port of Cork Company and the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery.

The exhibition runs from Wednesday 18 May until Friday 29 July
at the Headquarters of the Port of Cork Company, Custom House Street, Cork

Opening hours: Mon to Fri: 12 to 5 pm, Sat: 11 to 4 pm

Admission is free

The Fota Lichens Project,
August 9 – 26, 2005

ScrupeA new environmental installation by Mara Adamitz Scrupe,to be exhibited at Fota House and Arboretum, in cooperation with the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery and the Sirius Arts Centre, Cork, Ireland

June 2005, Cork, Ireland – The Fota Lichens Project, an installation featuring transparencies of native Irish lichens photographed at the Fota Arboretum and accompanied by live specimens in glass terrariums will be on view at Fota House and Arboretum from August 9 – 26, 2005. Mara Adamitz Scrupe is known for her environmental projects growing, collecting, documenting, and reintroducing native and heirloom plants. The Lichens Project is made possible by support from The Sirius Art Centre, The Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, and The National Sculpture Factory, Cork, Ireland, with funding provided by The Irish Arts Council. A color catalog of the exhibition, which includes essays by James Elkins and Paula Owen, will be available.

The installation will include ten large, detailed and richly colorful photographic transparencies of lichen specimens in biomedical light boxes, accompanied by hand-blown glass cloches containing living lichens. Each image and corresponding specimen will be identified with the lichen species’ name, its status (common, endemic, threatened, endangered, species of special concern), and its significance as a bioindicator for gauging air and water pollution. Printed materials describing the ecological significance of lichens, and their usefulness for assessing environmental conditions will also be made available free of charge to Fota Arboretum visitors.

James Elkins writes of her work: “Mara Scrupe’s work is exemplary environmental art: she does not worry the art content, but the environmental message. Her work is driven by commitment to environmental issues, and the art follows. She dares to write about the “potential for service to society” and other such notions — daring, I would say, to be identified with right-wing conservative hopes for a more moral and ethical art. It is possible, she thinks, to speak “conscientiously and responsibly” to one’s audience, and even to educate that audience. In this exhibition the photographs are art, and so is the entire installation, but those are the vehicle: what matters is what you can learn from what you see, and what you can then do with that knowledge.”

Mara Adamitz Scrupe was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She lives and works in Washington, DC and on a farm in rural Virginia. She currently holds the Barbara L. Bishop Endowed Chair of Art, Longwood University, Virginia, and has exhibited her projects nationally and internationally at Grand Arts (Kansas City), The Aldrich Contemporary Arts Museum (Connecticut), Harvard University, Europos Parkas Open Air Museum (Vilnius, Lithuania), and the Taipei Fine Arts Museum (Taiwan). She has completed numerous research fellowships including artist residencies at USF Verftet/Stiftelsen Kulturhuset, Bergen, Norway; The Baltic Sea Residency Network, Konstepidemin, Goteborg, Sweden; and The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland and the MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire.

The Fota House and Arboretum, a historic nineteenth century Irish great house surrounded by magnificent gardens containing rare plant species, is located on Fota Island just outside Cork City, Ireland. The House is open Monday – Saturday, 10:00AM – 5:00PM, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 11:00AM – 5:00PM and is easily accessible from Cork City on the local commuter train. For more information please contact Anne Boddaert at The Crawford Municipal Art Gallery at Telephone: +353.21.4907857, and Fax: +353.21.4805043, and Email: or Sarah Iremonger at The Sirius Arts Centre at Telephone: +353.21.4813790, and Email:

Four Centuries of Cork Silver and Gold

Chased pear-shaped cream jug by John Nicolson, Cork,
c. 1765.
The ‘Alsona Miaghe´ Chalice, Cork, c. 1598.
Maker unknown.
Coffee Pot
by Anthony Semirot, Cork,
c. 1715.

As part of the Cork 2005 celebrations, a unique exhibition “Airgeadóir – four centuries of Cork silver and gold” – begins on Saturday, April 16th, 2005 at the Crawford Art Gallery. Sponsored by The Bowen Group, Airgeadóir brings together for the first time over 250 examples of the work of Cork’s silversmiths and goldsmiths.

“We are privileged to showcase this magnificent collection, highlighting the work of Cork craftspeople over four centuries”, said Mr. Peter Murray, Curator, Crawford Art Gallery. “Airgeadóir is truly one of the highlights of Cork’s programme during its tenure as European Capital of Culture”, he said.

Cork 2005 Assistant Director Thomas McCarthy commented: “Airgeadóir presents a rare opportunity to appreciate the magnificence of the work, skill of craftsmanship and beauty of design of the silversmiths and goldsmiths of Cork over the past four hundred years. I would encourage as many people as possible to see this historic collection.”

Mr. John R. Bowen, Chairman of The Bowen Group, has commissioned a piece from well-known Cork silversmith, Chris Carroll of Sean Carroll and Sons, bringing the theme of the exhibition – four centuries of Cork silver and gold - right up to date. The piece, a conical silver fruit bowl, will be featured in the exhibition.

The items for the Airgeadóir exhibition come from a number of sources across two continents. The pieces have been lent by museums, church authorities, public bodies and corporations, as well as by a number of private collectors.

Airgeadóir is presented in a series of self-contained “themes” which, taken together, offer a comprehensive look at the work of skilled and talented craftspeople. Some of the earliest items on display are communion cups, chalices and other items of church silver, including items dating from the early 1600’s. These will feature in the “Ecclesiastical” section of the exhibition, as will some superb 20th century gold and silver gilt items by Cork firm, William Egan & Sons Ltd.

A highlight of the exhibition is sure to be the inclusion of a number of Cork Maces, including that of University College, Cork, commissioned in 1910 from William Egan & Sons. The exhibition will also feature a number of gold and silver freedom boxes, including examples presented by the county towns of Bandon, Youghal, and Kinsale. These boxes were used to contain the scroll or parchment recording the admission of a recipient to the rank of “Freeman of the Borough”, which were typically presented to visiting dignitaries.

Domestic silver will form the core of the Airgeadóir exhibition, and the variety of items is truly amazing. Ranging from large soup tureens, to tiny spoons, this section of the exhibition includes coffee and teapots, trays, nutcrackers, asparagus tongs, tankards, sugar bowls, salvers, mugs, beakers, tea caddies, sauceboats, and mustard pots. The styles of these items progress from plain well-fashioned items of elegance in the 1600s and early 1700s through the exuberant rococo style of the middle of the century, which in turn gave way to the neoclassical style of the 1785-1815 period.

The Airgeadóir exhibition will showcase the work of approximately 50 silversmiths and goldsmiths, and will allow visitors to gain an appreciation of the surprising degree of artistic achievement by the Cork silversmiths and goldsmiths of days gone by.

A book has been published to coincide with the exhibition. Co-authored by John R. Bowen and Conor O’Brien “Cork Silver and Gold – Four Centuries of Craftsmanship” is published by Collins Press and is available in hardback and paperback format.

further details available by contacting:
Crawford Municipal Art Gallery
Emmet Place
Cork Ireland
T: +353 (0) 21 4907853/57

2004 Exhibitions
C2 1995-2005
CrawfordOpen 5 'Diffusion'
Print Fair
Eye Language
Marshall Hutson
Gottfried Helnwein
Jaakko Niemela
Ciara Moore
George Petrie
Dara McGrath


CRAWFORD MUNICIPAL ART GALLERY announces an OPEN SUBMISSION in preparation for a Cork 2005 exhibition.

C2 will be an overview of over one hundred contemporary visual art works from Cork city and county celebrating Cork´s designation as European Capital of Culture in 2005. An extensive catalogue will accompany the exhibition.

Eligibility: Artists selected for the exhibition should be either born in Cork, be resident in Cork, or be closely associated with the city or county. The exhibition will focus on works of art made during the period 1995 – to the present. The exhibition will be selected through open submission and invitation.

Work can be submitted by the following ways:
1) Artists can make a postal application with clearly marked documentation of work submitted in the following forms. 1) six x 35 mm slides. 2) VHS Tape. 3) DVD. 4) photographs.

A current C.V. and an artist´s statement (no more than 200 words) should accompany the application and sent to: . C2 Exhibition, Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork , Ireland.

Please note: Actual work cannot be left at the Gallery – documentation only. Images cannot be accepted on CD Rom format. Work submitted must have been realised after 1995. Deadline for postal submission: Tuesday 21 September 2004.

2) Artists are invited to leave their portfolios for review at the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery:
Portfolio Drop-In Day: Tuesday 21 September 12:30 - 18:30 Collection of Portfolios: Friday 24 September 11:00 - 17:00 and Saturday 25 September 11:00 - 17:00 Please note: Images cannot be accepted on CD Rom format.
Work submitted must have been realised after 1995.

The list of participating artists will be announced on September 30 2004.

Exhibition dates: December 10, 2004 – January 29, 2005

For further information contact:
Anne Boddaert or Dawn Williams
Crawford Municipal Art Gallery
Emmet Place, Cork, Ireland
T: +353 21 4907857 / T: +353 21 4907853

Crawford Open 5
Crawford Municipal Art Gallery

Crawford Open

Applications are no longer being accepted

This years Selectors are Iwona Blazwick – Director of Whitechapel Gallery, London, Frances Hegarty - Artist
Mick Wilson - Course Co-ordinator for IADT's MA. Vis

Deadline for application forms: Friday 30 July 2004 at 1pm.
Exhibition dates: October 16 – November 27 2004

Further details available by contacting:
Crawford Municipal Art Gallery
Emmet Place
Cork Ireland
T: +353 (0) 21 4907853/57

Dates: Friday 10 and Saturday 12 September 2004, 10.30 am - 5.00 pm

Print FairCrawford Gallery is pleased to announce its first original print fair. Exhibitors from Ireland and England participating in the fair will offer an extensive array of high quality original prints from the eighteenth century to the present day. While most of the prints on sale will have an Irish bias, European and American artists will also be on view.

The Cork Original Print Fair will be accompanied by a print lecture series and a number of workshops in which participants can learn the various techniques, skills and the history of printmaking.

Organised in association with the Friends of the Crawford Gallery. All proceeds will benefit the Crawford Gallery Acquisition Fund.

For full programme please contact:

Anne Boddaert

Crawford Municipal Art Gallery
Emmet Place
Tel: 00 353 (0) 21 4273377
fax: 00 353 (0) 21 4805043

Geraldine O´Reilly & Denise Curtin
17 September – 9 October 2004

Eye Language“Eye Language” is a collaborative work by the poet Denise Curtin and visual artist and printmaker Geraldine O´Reilly.

The exhibition features ten poems written by Curtin accompanied by ten photo-etchings by O´Reilly from their hand printed book Eye Language. The images and language combine to evoke an exploration of the senses set against a midland backdrop.

Curtin is a native of Athy, Co Kildare, now resident in Portlaoise, Co. Laois. She has received a number of awards for her poetry including the Cecil Day Lewis Award for poetry and first prize in the Syllables Poetry Competition.

O´Reilly is a native of Killucan, Co. Westmeath and is presently resident on Inis Oírr, Aran Islands. She has a degree and diploma in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. To date she has had nine solo exhibitions and appeared in numerous major group shows.

For further information and visuals contact:
Anne Boddaert (Assistant-Curator)
Crawford Municipal Art Gallery
Emmet Place Cork Ireland
T: +353 21 4907857

Marshall C. Hutson-A Retrospective
Sept 17 – October 9 2004

HutsonMarshall C. Hutson was an artist of great versatility. This retrospective celebrates the life and work of this much respected and influential artist.

The works shown in this exhibition are but a small part of the large and varied œuvre completed by Marshall Hutson during a career that spanned almost eighty years. Marshall C. Hutson (1903-2001) was originally from Nottingham, but adopted the city of Cork when he took up a teaching position at the Crawford School of Art in 1930 where he would continue to teach until his retirement in 1966.

Primarily a painter and sculptor working in wood and stone, Marshall C. Hutson also promoted a wide range of artistic disciplines both in his own practice and his teaching. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Hibernian Academy (R.H.A.) for over fifty years between the 1930s and 1980s, and in 1958 he was elected Associate of the R.H.A.
Hutson also exhibited at the Royal Academy, London.

A prolific artist, Hutson worked as a designer for the Irish Ballet Company, and received numerous commissions for church murals, public sculptures, including University College Cork, Cork Harbour Commission (completed in 1958). and Cork Public Library.

This exhibition is made possible with the kind support of the Marshall C. Hutson Estate.

Gallery hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 16:45
admission free, full wheelchair access

For further information and visuals contact:
Anne Boddaert (Assistant-Curator)
Crawford Municipal Art Gallery
Emmet Place Cork Ireland
T: +353 21 4907857

'Irish and Other Landscapes'
July 3 – September 4 2004


Continuing the Crawford Gallery´s theme of documenting the landscape, internationally renowned artist Goffried Helnwein will exhibit a number of large-scale (some are of seven metres in length), photo-realist canvases depicting landscape. Helnwein divides his time between Co. Tipperary and Los Angeles and his paintings draw upon the sublimity and drama of these contrasting environments as well as revealing the parallels of Irish and American terrains.

Perhaps more recognised as a painter of highly emotive portraits, this exhibition will reveal the influence of landscape throughout his career from the early Vienna cityscapes to the present series of Irish landscapes and recognises the impact in which the German romantic artist Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) has had on Helnwein´s work. In addition four new smaller scale canvases will also be on view. A full colour catalogue with an essay by Mic Moroney will accompany the exhibition

Gottfried Helnwein, (born in Vienna in 1948), is a formidable artist and his work has often been seen as controversial because it functions as moral probes. He continually reveals affecting issues within his work practice.
He has exhibited extensively at key venues throughout the world and is currently preparing for a one-man show at the Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco (July 31 2004 – January 16 2005) and will have a retrospective exhibition at the China National Museum of Fine Arts, Beijing in 2005.

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April 30 – June 26, 2004

NiemelaMourning´ is a series of installations by Finnish artist Jaakko Niemelä at the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery.

For his first exhibition in Ireland Niemelä has completely transformed the lower gallery of the Crawford and divided it into several areas. Each area is a dark space in which a distinct story is told.

Characteristic of Jaakko Niemelä´s work is scale: the relationship and tensions of small and large visual and audio elements. Other themes such as childhood plays and playing, concepts of memory and control also inform his work.

“There is a constructive drive in the works of Jaakko Niemelä (b. 1959). Not constructivist or formalist, but constructive in its purest sense. He builds, assembles, amasses, disassembles, and reorganises. The world is recognisable with all its bizarre details, but somehow different.

A lot of his works have involved toys. It could make you jump into the conclusion that he is a particularly childish artist. This might even be true, but is beside the point. Just as childhood can be just as full of pain and horror as any other period in life, the works of Jaakko Niemelä construct, reconstruct and represent dark emotional landscapes from a world of toys. These are the killing fields of growing up, but involving the playful act of mock and caricature. The city is reinterpreted as a miniature, equipped with surveillance cameras and the sounds of modern warfare and of popular fiction - sounds produced by the toys themselves. He distorts the scale by projecting minimal details into huge formats. The worlds he builds are strangely alien, though recognisable in every detail.”
Pontus Kyander, Art critic, curator, Chief editor, SVT Bildjournalen

The exhibition has been made possible with the support of The Finnish Fund for Art Exchange (Frame), The Finnish Institute in London, Sirius Arts Centre and Suomen Kulttuurirahasto.

‘The Lios´
by half/angel
March 13 – May 8, 2004

The LiosThe Lios is a new installation work by innovative Cork-based company half/angel. half/angel (Jools Gilson-Ellis and Richard Povall) have been making experimental work involving new technologies, poetic text, sound, video and performance since 1995.

Known for their work with contemporary dance theatre and motion-sensing technologies, The Lios transfers this knowledge to a gallery space, so that instead of dancers triggering sound / text scores, visitors to the installation trigger voices by their movement and interaction with the work itself.

The Lios is thematically focused on the lios at Warren Beach, near Ballymacoda in East Cork, and the surrounding area. Through a combination of audio walks, and interviews with young and elderly local residents, the work builds up layers of memory and time. The Lios evokes one version of the emotional geography of place by combining oral history with experimental motion-sensing / haptic interfaces in an immersive installation environment.

The Lios is imagined as a poetic mapping of this site, into which visitors enter singly or in couples. As they move in and touch the space, they raise whispers and laughter and cacophonies of voice ghosts. In one space they must remove their shoes, to tread barefoot, and conjure voices out of water with their hands. In another space, emptiness gives way to light and narrative, as the visitor moves in the intelligent environment.

At the bottom of the boreen, the path splits into two. One takes you down to the rocky beach, the other lifts you up to the cliff edge. Here there is an old summer house, a shed really. Carla wonders about it. She can see that someone loved it once. But the wind and vandals have torn some of the shutters away from the windows. And there is a hole in the roof. On the sea side, if you stand on the old shutters, and shade your eyes from the light, you can see in. Here, curtains blow in the breeze, beyond them, a table and chairs, a rug, a sink and a dresser with china on it. And a closed door. What happened here? Here on the edge of the cliff, where no one comes.
Jools Gilson-Ellis 2003

For further information and visuals contact:
Anne Boddaert (Exhibitions Officer)
Crawford Municipal Art Gallery
Emmet Place Cork Ireland
T: +353 21 4907857

Ciara Moore
March 13 – April 17, 2004

Ciara MooreThe inspiration of ‘Echoes´ was drawn from historical records of a part of the Killarney Lakes´ history where tourists were taken by boat to the ‘Eagles Nest´. During these trips the call of a bugle or the firing of a cannon lured the Golden eagle, which resided in the eagles nest at the time, from its nest. The situation of the ‘Eagles Nest´ meant that such sounds created multiple echoes. The parallels, which exist between the elements of echo and reflection (both having qualities of duality, repetition and distortion) are explored in the installation. Ciara Moore´s work also documents the landscape which is a theme currently examined throughout the gallery´s temporary exhibitions programme.

With special thanks to Kerry County Council and Kerry Water Services

Ciara Moore was born in Dublin in 1966 and graduated at National College of Art & Design, Dublin in 2000. In 2002, Moore was granted an Arts Council of Ireland Commission Award to produce an Art Video for Cork Film Centre and in 2003 she was a recipient of the ‘Pépinières européennes pour jeunes artistes´ where she undertook a three month residency at the Rethymnon Centre of Contemporary Art in Crete.

In Spring 2004 Moore is exhibiting in a group show featuring Canadian and Irish female video artists entitled ‘Locus Suspectus´ at Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast and four venues in Canada.

Exhibition runs: March 13 – April 17 2004.

For further information and visuals contact:
Dawn Williams (Assistant Curator)
Crawford Municipal Art Gallery
Emmet Place Cork Ireland
T: +353 21 4907853

‘George Petrie: Artist and Antiquarian´
March 13 – April 17, 2004

George PetrieGeorge Petrie: ‘Artist and Antiquarian´ is an exhibition at the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery in which over eighty drawings, watercolours and engravings will be re-evaluated and re-contextualised.

Although George Petrie´s (1790-1866) interests were wide-ranging he is, perhaps, best remembered as ‘the father of Irish archaeology´; engravings of Petrie´s work were used to illustrate guidebooks to Ireland published in the 1802´s, when tourism first became a feature of Irish life and the Irish economy.

Petrie invests his Irish landscape with a strong romantic flavour. Besides attaining considerable reputation as a painter of landscape he devoted much time to the illustration of the antiquities of the country. In 1828, he was appointed to conduct the antiquarian and historical section of the Ordnance Survey of Ireland, and through his work with the Ordnance Survey, the Royal Irish Academy and other bodies, he laid the foundations of modern Irish archaeology. His Essay on Round Towers, for which he received the prize of the Royal Irish Academy, still ranks as a standard work. His topographical drawings and watercolours are an invaluable record of Irish sites and landscapes, such as Clonmacnoise and Glendalough in the early 19th century.

In 1832 he became the editor of the Dublin Penny Journal, a periodical designed to disseminate information among the masses, to which he contributed numerous articles on the history of fine arts in Ireland.

Somewhat of an idealist Petrie believed that through opening people´s eyes - particularly the wealthy and literate middle classes - to the beauties of Ireland, to the wealth of its history and culture, and to the inherent qualities of the native population, that the root cause of social unrest would be swept away and replaced by a new age of high civilisation. Petrie died of fever on January 17th 1866 in Dublin.

The exhibition is accompanied by a specially commissioned book George Petrie (1790 – 1866): The Rediscovery of Ireland with essays by Professor Tom Dunne (University College Cork), Professor Joep Leerssen (University of Amsterdam) and Peter Murray (Curator, Crawford Gallery)

For further information and visuals contact:
Anne Boddaert (Exhibitions Officer)
Crawford Municipal Art Gallery
Emmet Place
Cork Ireland
T: +353 21 4907857

Dara Mc Grath
‘By The Way´
January 30 – March 6, 2004

Dara McGrathCrawford Municipal Art Gallery is pleased to present ‘By the way´, an exhibition of photography by AIB prizewinner 2003 Dara McGrath.

The exhibition depicts the changing landscape of Ireland´s national road network. McGrath takes direct and arresting images of the current condition of these roads as they expand and sprawl, and invade the Irish countryside.

Born in Limerick in 1970, Dara McGrath is a graduate from Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. In 1999 he was awarded a Young European Artist Award (Pépinieres européennes pour jeunes artistes) During his residency he produced a body of work on the internal European borders, which was subsequently published in Source Magazine - with text from writer Colm Toibin. This series of work also sparked his current interest in the ‘borderlands´ of roads under construction.

Drawing on landscape painting tradition, his compositions are poetic, witty and pragmatic. The 13 photographs included in the exhibition “render the hinterland of our new roads in acute focus, every element razor-sharp in vivid colour. The concentration and clarity of the image is almost surreal, the human eye could never see so much : every speck of stone in an upturned field, the tiniest fragments of strewn debris, the surface and texture of both fabricated and natural world.” (Fiona Kearney, in By the Way 2003)

Exhibition runs in the second floor galleries from Friday 30 January to Saturday 6 March 2004. Private view at 6.30 pm on Thursday 29 January.

For further information and visuals contact:
Anne Boddaert (Exhibitions Officer)
Crawford Municipal Art Gallery
Emmet Place Cork Ireland
T: +353 21 4907857 E:anneboddaert@eircom

The artist will be available for interview by appointment

2003 Exhibitions
Daphne Wright
Topographical Tradition in Ireland
Danielle Sheehy
Suzy Mullane
Yacamini and the Permanent Collection
Robert Ballagh
Inge Van DoorsLaer
Conroy & Sanderson
Yuko Shirashi
Conroy & Sanderson

Herve Robbe
Pat Moran
John Shinnors
Art Reach 3

Irish Outsider Art


Daphne Wright
'These Talking Walls'
October 10 - November 29 2003Daphne Wright

The exhibition coincides with Croon, a multi-disciplinary production in collaboration with theatre director, Johnny Hanrahan of the Meridian Theatre Company, Cork and the National Sculpture Factory.

Danielle Sheehy
‘Inscribed Landscape´ and ‘Memory of Water´

January 30th to Saturday, February 1st. 2003

(City and County Residency)

In a partnership between the National Sculpture Factory, Cork County Council and Cork Institute of Technology, artist Danielle Sheehy was selected to undertake a twelve week residency to produce an artwork relating to the interface between the Rural and Urban in Cork City and County.

This project has three components, a preliminary component at the Cork Institute of Technology, in which the artist painted on a disused tennis court and created a major floor-based work in the cafeteria; an installation component, (‘Inscribed Landscape´), to be exhibited at the Crawford Gallery Project Space; and an exterior temporary installation component, (‘Memory of Water´), proposed for Emmet Place, during the Midsummer Festival in 2004.

Danielle Sheehy is concerned with expressing the patterns we create and through which we move in the landscape and bringing back to light the lost waterway movement underlying the contemporary fabric of Cork City. These movement patterns will be expressed in ‘Inscribed Landscape´ as line - based ‘drawings´ into wall mounted ceramic and cement panels, as well as large-scale works on paper.  ‘Memory of Water´ will bring line images of ships back to Emmet Place, which was once an area of Maritime Traffic and where ships would have been moored by the Customs House, (now the Crawford Gallery).

This exciting project is an interesting prelude to the Capital of Culture celebrations in 2005, reminding us of the unique and fascinating history of Cork City and County. The work traces the historical pathways often defined by redundant methods of transport, which we re-surface and continue to use and contrasts it with modern roads designed far away from the location for cars not people.

Suzy O'Mullane
August 30 - October 4 2003

Suzy O'Mullane
"The Weimar Mouth" is an exhibition of new works by Irish figurative painter Suzy O'Mullane.

Dealing solely with women as a subject the title refers to the shape of the made up lips of a Weimar Republic chanteuse and the strength of women's character this often personifies.

The exhibition marks a shift in O'Mullane's work from earlier formal concerns towards the psychological potential of the human portrait.

Her subject matter of the female figure presents a varied vision of femininity, from the quirky to the sultry to the often direct gaze, which the viewer experiences as voyeur.

The exhibition consists of a series of charcoal drawings and oil on canvas paintings which together create a provocative experience for the viewer.

Of her new work O'Mullane has said: 'The interaction between humans is very important to my work. The inherent potential for drama is endless, and the potential for intrusion and violation of artist to sitter is inevitable, but unavoidable. This causes an interesting dynamic in the work, which I am presently exploring".

Suzy O'Mullane has exhibited widely and recent exhibitions include Backwater 2003 Cork, Sligo and Antrim (2003) Solo Show, Blue Leaf Gallery, Dublin (2003), The Figure Show Berlin, (2000).

Portraiture from the Yacamini Collection
and the Crawford Gallery's Permanent Collection

'Just Be Sure You Have My Tie Right'
August 30 - October 4 2003

YacaminiYacaminiCrawford Municipal Art Gallery presents an exhibition of selected works from the Yacamini Collection and the Crawford Gallery's Permanent Collection.

The title is a quotation by James Joyce to the Irish painter Tuohy when Joyce was having his sitting for his portrait "Never mind my soul. Just be sure you have my tie right." (Ellman, p.566).

The exhibition explores the relationship between the viewer and the portrait subject and in doing so compares and contrasts the multitude of visual techniques the artist employs to encapsulate, hide or recreate 'the soul' of the sitter.

The Yacamini Collection focuses predominately on Scottish and Irish artists of the twentieth century and includes works by the renowned Scottish artists James Cowie and Charles Hemingway.

Highlights from the Crawford Gallery's Permanent Collection include the unveiling of two newly commissioned portraits of the writer Aidan Higgins by Suzy O'Mullane and the poet Micheal O'Siadhail by Mick O'Dea.

Community of Faces
August 30 - October 4 2003

BallaghThe exhibition brings together Robert Ballagh's most intriguing portraits, which span the artists' long career and his ongoing exploration of personal and public issues.

''Random tumbling potential"

May 14 - June 28 2003

Crawford Municipal Art Gallery presents an exciting new site-specific work by artist Inge Van Doorslaer.

Van Doorslayer"A gathering of winged seeds tumbling gracefully at random into space simultaneously lifted up, airborne; all of a sudden all over the place hopeful potential held gently aloft, on a passing breeze, in temporary suspension, somewhat restless, containing the promise of something".

(Inge Van Doorslaer, April 2003)

Rambling tumbling potential is a mixed media wall installation specifically developed for the Project Room space. The work will allow natural light to become an element of the work

Inge Van Doorslaer has exhibited widely across Ireland, Europe and the USA.

Her process is concerned with an attentive gathering of understanding of our everyday world, and a curiosity about the perception of the ordinary.

She enhances the subtle qualities of a wide variety of media, from textiles and printmaking to photography and the sculptural.

In her work, a re-contextualising of the banal allows subtle presences to emerge, revealing the hidden qualities of objects and drawing attention to the process of discovery.

Crawford Municipal Art Gallery presents Conroy & Sanderso's first exhibition in Ireland.
May 14 to June 28 2003

Conroy & SandersonNeil Conroy and Lesley Sanderson make collaborative work that engages with an exploration of physical displacement.

This is used metaphorically to suggest an anxiety about how one is positioned within specific societies. Feelings of belonging or alienation are made visual by an emphasis on the physical relationship or dislocation that the subject might have with their surrounding, be that a domestic space or a landscape.

Elsewhere brings together several related works which explore these themes through different mediums. The exhibition includes an installation which uses drawing with moving light and intermittent sound; a series of colour photographs which are seen alongside drawings emphasising certain elements within the image; and a performative video of the artists. In these works the subjects are isolated, floating or out of context, which infers that their sense of belonging is 'elsewhere'.

Conroy & SandersonBoth acclaimed artists in their own right, Lesley Sanderson, a Chinese/Malaysian artist has been working in collaboration with British born artist Neil Conroy over the last five years. Previous exhibitions include East International, Norwich 2002, Leeds Metropolitan Gallery, Leeds 2002 with forthcoming exhibitions Cruel/Loving Bodies touring X-Ray Art Center, Beijing and Para/Site, Hong Kong.

These Colours Run 2001 courtesy of the artists.

Crawford Municipal Art Gallery presents Yuko Shiraishis first solo exhibition in Ireland.

"There & Back"
April 17 - June 7 2003

YukoYuko Shiraishi's work at once engages and informs the viewer - and is inspired in part, from European colour field paintings by superimposing different hues layer by layer.

Shiraishi's work not only provides a new interpretation of painting but will be viewed in a unique way - as a site-specific installation on the walls and ceilings in the architecturally dynamic upper gallery.

The gallery's curved 'wave-like' wall will be the starting point of Shiraishi's site-specific installation painting hues of colours into the deep curve of the gallery's wall.

Accompanying the installation will be seven large-scale canvases and over twenty box paintings from an ongoing project.A dialectic between the Eastern and Western comprehension of language informs her approach to visual communication. The idea of "tacit understanding", an understanding through silence which is rooted in Japanese culture is evident in her approach to painting.

The critic Waldemar Januszczak wrote of her pure and quiet abstract works: "It strikes me that she collects colour in the way that a scientist collects samples or a butterfly collector collects butterflies"

YukoBorn in Tokyo in 1956, Yuko Shiraishi left Japan in 1974 to live in Vancouver for three years before permanently settling in London in 1977. She has successfully exhibited to great acclaim internationally and her recent exhibitions include As Dark as Light, St. Ives Tate Gallery (1999), Shigeru Yokota Gallery, Tokyo (2001), Colour - A Life of its Own, Kunsthalle Budapest, Hungary (2002), Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, (2002) and Infinite Line Museum Wiesbaden, Germany (2002).

Yuko Shiraishi is represented by Annely Juda Fine Art, London

'Moon' 2002
oil on canvas
167 x 152cm

May 14 – June 28 2003

Neil Conroy and Lesley Sanderson make collaborative work that engages with an exploration of physical displacement.

This is used metaphorically to suggest an anxiety about how one is positioned within specific societies. Feelings of belonging or alienation are made visual by an emphasis on the physical relationship or one is positioned within specific dislocation that the subject might have with their surrounding, be that a domestic space or a landscape.

Elsewhere brings together several related works which explore these themes through different mediums.  The exhibition includes an installation which uses drawing with moving light and intermittent sound; a series of colour photographs which are seen alongside drawings emphasising certain elements within the image; and a performative video of the artists. In these works the subjects are isolated, floating or out of context, which infers that their sense of belonging is 'elsewhere'.

Here We Are – courtesy of the artists
Here We Are – courtesy of the artists
Fabrication 2002 –courtesy of the artists
Fabrication 2002 –courtesy of the artists
Both acclaimed artists in their own right, Lesley Sanderson, a Chinese/Malaysian artist has been working in collaboration with British born artist Neil Conroy over the last five years. Previous exhibitions include East International, Norwich 2002, Leeds Metropolitan Gallery, Leeds 2002 with forthcoming exhibitions Cruel/Loving Bodies touring X-Ray Art Center, Beijing and Para/Site, Hong Kong.

Crawford Municipal Art Gallery in collaboration with the Institute of Choreography and Dance
presents a multiple video installation by dance choreographer Hervé Robbe.

''Permis de Construire"
April 17 - May 3 2003

Herve RobbeThe theme of the house suggests itself as the subject for this innovative choreography. Choosing this space of reference is to question its symbolism, Mythology and architectural materiality. The dancer, who will be present only in images, will become the subject of, and character in, the different pieces of video fiction.

The physicality of the minimal space in this installation allows image and sound to recompose the fragmented scenography. The use of space and projection will echo the multiple components of the dancing bodies who renew themselves unceasingly.

Hervé Robbe sees the coexistence of choreography with video and sound as a way to create new qualities of space and to allow a re-invention of the way the choreographic event unfolds. The architecture of the installation encourages a perceptive process by the public, as "the spectator is confronted with mystery".Robbeís collaborators include composers such as Andrea Cera and Etienne Cuppens and filmmakers such as Christian Boustani.

Open: Monday - Saturday 10am-5pm (Admission Free). Full wheelchair access.

For more details and visuals please contact: Anne Boddaert (Exhibitions Officer)

Pat Moran Retrospective
1 March - 5 April 2003

Self Portrait
"Self- Portrait"
gardiners_street "Gardiners Street, Dublin" summerhill
Summerhill/Lower Glanmire Road, Cork

Crawford Municipal Art Gallery is delighted to present a retrospective of the artist Pat Moran. To mark the tenth anniversary of his death over forty-five works have been assembled to provide a comprehensive overview of this fascinating and much respected artist.

Pat Moran's work centres on an almost 'romantic' vision of cityscapes and provides an enthralling and very personal record of the changing urban environments of Dublin and Cork. His work is lucid, responsive and communicates an intimacy of place and a real affection for lived in, often shabby and neglected spaces of urbanity. 

Pat Moran was born in Port Laoise in 1961.  He studied Fine Art Painting at Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design and at the National College of Art and Design from 1982 - 1983. His working life was mostly spent in Dublin in various studios and derelict buildings throughout the city. In addition he spent a year painting in Italy in 1984 - 1985 and travelled in Mexico studying mural painting in 1986.

He exhibited his work regularly in group shows and had his first one-man exhibition Local Colour in the Temple Bar Gallery in 1988. He was involved in a number of community art and mural projects throughout Dublin.  In 1990, Moran moved to Cork, as part of the Triskel Arts Centre's Artists in Residence scheme and worked from a studio in the Cork Artists' Collective. His work matured and developed considerably during this period culminating with his second solo show at the Triskel Arts Centre in 1991. He continued to live in Cork and became involved in the Artist in Prison scheme as a teacher in Port Laoise Prison. Pat was in the process of moving back to Dublin when he died on Sherkin Island, Whit Weekend 1992.

This exhibition, which will tour to Dunamaire Arts Centre, Port Laoise will raise the public profile of this very accomplished artist and will provide a definitive record of Pat Moran's work through the publication of an extensive catalogue published by Gandon with an essay by Aidan Dunne.

"Pat Moran painted pictures and he painted pictures of what he knew and experienced. The honesty to paint cars - no one paints cars in the romance language of cityscape. Giddily leaning lampposts clawing in to blue and green streetscapes - black and white expressions of inner city grubbiness. Pat painted as he lived with vitality and directness, and of course in the usual confusions of our being"
(Richard Gorman, 2001)

14 February - 5 April 2003

1 - 22ND FEBRUARY 2003

The National Training and Development Institute instigated eleven, six month artist-in-residence projects, in as many locations throughout Ireland during 2002.

This exhibition represents a cross section of work produced and NTDI are proud to present Art Reach 3, in association with the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery.

2003 has been designated the European Year of Disabled Citizens as a direct response by the European Commission to the fact that there are 37 million people in Europe who experience disability. The key objectives of this endeavour are:

  • To promote understanding and acceptance of citizens with disabilities
  • To encourage disabled people to express their views
  • To take action in order to improve disabled peoples lives.

Art Reach 3 endeavoured to provide those who work and train in NTDI with the opportunity to discover their ability and interest in the visual arts. For many participants this exhibition represents their first engagement with the arts. Approximately 300 people with disabilities across Ireland have engaged with the project.

Artist in Residence - William Frode de la Forte

"Access and participation to creativity are essential to peoples life. Programmes like Art Reach are vital. The role of the artist in a programme like this is a wonderful one. It is to take people on a journey into unchartered waters, a journey of experiment, challenge and discovery. This one was a great trip, full of energy, curiosity and talents. Thanks to everyone involved."

Artist in Residence - Ronnie Fitzgerald

"The human potential for creativity is not limited by physical or developmental disabilities. Through cultivation of artistic expression, people with significant challenges can develop creatively. I believe people with different abilities should have access to cultural activities, and should be able to participate fully in those activities. Most artists believe that talent and quality should be the most important criteria in evaluating their work. This certainly applies here"

NTDI Longford
Artist in Residence - Lucy Tormey

"It has been a wonderful and enlightening experience to work with a group of such energy and generosity of spirit. The colour, vibrancy and creativity of each individual are evident in the works that the participants have produced. In preparation for this exhibition, the participants have begun to unfold and develop their own creative language and have been building on existing talents, skills and resources. Their commitment to the project has been outstanding and all are to be congratulated on their immense achievements"

Artist in Residence - Trish Brennan

The photographic process is constantly used for identification purposes; we are frozen in a still image, which represents us to the world. Photographs furnish evidence of our existence, this image may be distorted, but there is always a presumption that something exists, or did exist, which is like what's in the picture. For this exhibition the participants photographed each other over a few sessions and edited the images to select the one they were most comfortable with and reflected upon the image. The results are an extremely honest and frank expression on photographic representation.















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Art reach 3 has been carried out with the support of the European community, culture 2000 funding initiative.

The content of this project does not necessarily reflect the position of the European community, nor does it involve any responsibility on the part of the European Community.

A personal choice by Alannah Hopkin, writer and critic.
5 July – 23 August 2003

Outsider Art - art created outside the mainstream of the contemporary art scene - has gained increasing recognition internationally in the past thirty years. It is an exciting new area, in which the terms are still being debated and defined.

Outsider artIncreasingly, the term Outsider Art is used as an umbrella term incorporating various forms of non-mainstream art, including naive and self-taught painters, folk art, graffiti art, art produced by psychiatric patients and by visionaries, and three-dimensional built or decorated environments.  

The exhibition is Alannah Hopkin´s personal selection of paintings by Tory Island painter Patsy Dan Rogers, Robert Matthews who took to painting his local environment late in life, Michael Sheehan of Allihies, Paddy Gray of Kinsale, and Finola Leane of Listowel, Co. Limerick who has painted local scenes and childhood memories with exceptional verve all her long life. Works by Tom Walsh of Ballinacurra, Co. Cork by Bill Griffin, previously an oil-rig contractor, who started painting soon after his fiftieth birthday, and has never stopped, John Kingerlee, who works in isolation in his cottage near Eyeries, produces work that combines great sophistication with direct expressiveness, John the Painter of Cork and John Bourke of Limerick are also featured in the exhibition.

The works exhibited are, by and large, cheerful, celebratory works, that speak directly to the viewer, pleasing to look at in the way that children's art can be pleasing. You do not need any specialist knowledge to appreciate the appeal of this work, and yet the exhibition does contain adult assessments of the passing of time, and records changing ways of life, changes in local topography, and changing iconography.

2002 Exhibitions
Jo Allen
Crawford Open 3
Shinji Yamamoto, Janet Mullarney and Margaret Fitzgibbon
Patrick Scott
Michael Warren
John O'Leary
Patrick Swift
Germinations 13
Romio Shrestha

Crawford Open 3
Exhibition of contemporary Art
13/December/2002 - 25/January/2003

Crawford 3Barbara Ash
Maria Blake
Gemma Browne
Hugh Watt
Conor Caffrey
Ian Charlesworth
Paul Connell
Frances Donnelly
Clodagh Emoe
Andrew Folan
Paul Hegarty
John Younge
Severine Hubard
Wendy Judge
Juneau Projects
Anthony-Noel Kelly
Sean Lynch
Susan MacWilliam
Lisa Malone
Melissa McDonnell
Brendan Earley
Aoife McGovern
Lorraine Neeson
Gail O'Reilly
Katie Owens
Alan Phelan
Jim Dingilian
Eleanor Philips
Una Quigley
Linda Quinlan
Declan Rooney
Rosemary Shirley
Brigid Teehan
Alex Walsh
Cian McConn


Crawford Open 3 is the third annual open submission exhibition of contemporary art at the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery.

Selected by Eugenie Tsai (Independent Curator, New York), Hugh Mulholland (Director, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast) and Danny McCarthy (Arti, this year´s theme, Beauty & Corruption, is explored by over thirty artists from Ireland and abroad.

Through various mediums including video, sound installation, painting and photography the work featured interprets Beauty & Corruption from a number of inquisitive and interesting standpoints. In Susan MacWilliam´s video After Image illusion and the paranormal of are explored, Eleanor Phillips uses the body as a site for reconstruction and conformity whilst Andrew Folan´s painting Susanna and the Elders confronts the ‘male gaze´.

Piss Stains
Paul Connell Piss Stains I
Skin 1
Katie Owens  Skin #1

Crawford Open 3 artists: Barbara Ash, Maria Blake, Gemma Browne, Conor Caffrey, Ian Charlesworth, Paul Connell, Frances Donnelly, Clodagh Emoe, Andrew Folan, Paul Hegarty & John Younge, Séverine Hubbard, Wendy Judge, Juneau Projects, Anthony Noel Kelly, Sean Lynch, Susan MacWilliam, Lisa Malone, Melissa McDonnell & Brendan Earley, Aoife McGovern, Lorranie O´Reilly, Katie Owens, Alan Phelan with Jim Dingilian, Eleanor Phillips, Una Quigley, Linda Quinlan, Declan Rooney, Rosemary Shirley, Brigid Teehan, Alex Walsh & Cian McConn, and  Hugh Watt.

Bucket Man
Ian Charlesworth Bucket Man
Declan Rooney
Red Carpet
Frances Donnelly Red Carpet

The exhibition will be accompanied with a full colour catalogue by Gandon Editions which will include artists who participated in Crawford Open and Crawford Open 2.

Private View Thursday 12 December @ 6:30pm
For further information or images please contact:
Dawn Williams
Exhibitions Officer


Twofold Screen
Twofold Screen (reverse)

Patrick Scott is, without doubt, one of Ireland's most significant exponents of pure abstraction art.

This retrospective exhibition at the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, previously held at the Hugh Lane Municipal Art Gallery, Dublin, brings together works from Scott's extensive and prolific career.

Scott's formal training as an architect remains a reference in all his work from his early representational works, in the 1940's and 1950's, of still lifes and landscapes through to his seminal works from the late 1960's represented by the extensive Gold paintings series. The exhibition also reflects Scott's exploration of a diverse range of art forms including tapestries, screens and Tables for Meditation.

Born in Kilbrittan, Co. Cork in 1921, Patrick Scott exhibited in the first Irish Exhibition of Living Artists in 1941 and qualified as an architect in 1945. Working for leading Irish Architect Michael Scott for fifteen years Scott devoted himself fully to art in 1960. By which time he had already established a considerable reputation representing Ireland at the Guggenheim International both in 1958 and 1960 and the XXX Venice Biennale.

This exhibition is a celebration of Patrick Scott's national and international career and is accompanied by a colour illustrated catalogue with essays commissioned specifically for the exhibition.

The exhibition runs concurrently with Michael Warren: light, gravity and distance from Friday 7 June - Saturday 10 August.

Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm (Admission Free). Full wheelchair access.

For more details and visuals please contact:
Anne Boddaert (Exhibitions Officer)

Known primarily for his site-related, large outdoor works, Warren's new work draws less attention to the making of his work and has created smaller scale steles individual wall panels which are intended to look almost 'unmade' or existing as 'found' objects.

While outwardly minimalist and austere, his sculptures are not cold, remote or flawless, but have a sense of human aspiration and achievement and celebrate natural materials of beauty.

Born in Dublin in 1950, Micheal Warren studied at Bath Academy of Art and at the Belle Arti di Brera (Milan). A member of Aosdana he has exhibited and received national and international commissions and in 2001 Warren was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Architecture Award.

A specially commissioned colour-illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition.






For more information or visuals please contact: Anne Boddaert (Exhibitions Officer)

John O'Leary (1929 - 1999)
Press Release April 5 - May 18
The Crawford Municipal Art Gallery is delighted to announce the first major
retrospective of the artist John O'Leary (1929 - 1999).

O'LearyGraduating from Crawford School of Art in 1957 John O'Leary was awarded a Gibson Bequest Scholarship and spent the following year in France where he studied at the Atelier d'André Lhote following in the footsteps of Mainie Jellett and Evie Hone. However, instead of adopting the predominant cubist doctrinaire style, O'Leary was impressed by the teachings of the Russian abstract painter Serge Poliakoff. Although his earlier works explore the line and the figurative it is clear O'Leary's later works reveal the extent of his absorption and passion of the abstract.

Abstract Composition 1995

Equally, John O'Leary was a fundamental influence on many of today's successful contemporary artists. Having taught in both the Crawford School of Art and the Sligo Regional Technical College, his tuition was strongly based on direct observation and drawing from nature yet one in which he encouraged self-reliance on the part of the student. O'Leary was also instrumental in evolving Ireland's leading small works exhibition - Iontas.

John O'Leary Retrospective will tour to two further venues - Sligo Art Gallery and Model Arts and Niland Gallery - both exhibiting concurrently from May 29 - June 21. The retrospective will feature over eighty works drawn from private and public collections and, in addition, will feature previously unseen sketches and photographs from the Estate of John O'Leary which provide an evocative insight to O'Leary's genuine commitment to the study and teaching of art.

A catalogue will be published to accompany the exhibition.

PATRICK SWIFT (1927 -1983)
An Irish painter in Portugal retrospective exhibition

This new exhibition, opening on 5 April, will include many Algarve works never previously seen in Ireland. These are some of his most resonant works, where he has found his voice, and in the invigorating new climate the change in his painting was towards an enhanced sensuous warmth, a sense of the integrity of light and a feeling of the integration with nature, of painter and viewer (Richard Morphet, keeper, Tate Britain)

The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue.
Further information from Dawn Williams, Exhibition Officer 021 4273377

Germinations 13 - Touching From a Distance
8 February - 23 March, 2002

Germinations 13 - Touching from a Distance is an exhibition curated by Kati Kivinen (Finland) which explores insights into new communicative technologies by nine young European artists: Johanna Domke & Friederike Rückert (DK/DE), Sophie H. Ernst (NL), Matias Faldbakken (NO), Ursula Groser (AT), Janusz Grünspek (DE), Katie Holten (IR), Noëlle Pujol (FR) and Sami Sorvali (FI).

As a starting point for the project many questions and ideas surrounding the subject of communication in the era of the new technologies were raised. Issues such as what effect modern communication technologies have on interpersonal relations, and the possibilities and risks of an unlimited exchange of information are central theme of the exhibition. The aim of the project is to make people aware of and to visualise the way the new technologies change and construct our reality.

The exhibition Touching from a Distance is one of five such exhibitions, held over a four month period in five different European cities, under the common title 'Germinations 13'. All these exhibitions are initiated and organised by the cultural foundation 'Germinations Europe', based in Antwerp, Belgium, which has been working for young European artists starting their professional career for 20 years. As reaction towards the recent changes in the field of exhibition making 'germinations europe' in 2000 launched 'germinations 13', a new concept that focuses on 'curating'. Within a European-wide contest five curators were selected, to realise and to develop their exhibition concepts reflecting current themes of the international art scene. (For further information please visit:

For further information please contact:
Dawn Williams, Exhibitions Officer,
Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork, Ireland
phone +353 (0) 21 427 33 77, fax +353(0) 21 480 50 43,
Kati Kivinen, Co-ordinator, FRAME Finnish Fund for Art Exchange,
Lönnrotinkatu 39 B 13, FIN-00180 Helsinki, phone (+358 9) 612 64 220, fax
(+358 9) 612 64 230, e-mail:;

2001 Exhibitions
Richard Gorman
ProtoAcademy, Cork
Irish Artists in Brittany
Tony O'Malley
Brian Maguire

7 November - 14 December 2001

'Within contemporary art today the emphasis on photography, video and installation work seems all pervasive. So it is with some radicalism that we present the work of the abstract painter, Richard Gorman, It is not, as some would believe, that painting is dead, it is just that painting is hard, and competency takes its time, and that time must be full of the practice of painting.'
Patrick T. Murphy, Director, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin

Richard Gorman was born in Dublin in 1946. He had always wanted to be an artist, but being the eldest son was expected to assume responsibilty for a family-run business. At the age of 30 he finally realised his original ambition and became a full-time painter.

Having studied at Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design, Gorman moved to Paris in 1983, where he established a studio and specialised in lithograph printing. In 1984 Gorman moved to Milan where he is currently based.

Today Richard Gorman is one of Ireland÷s foremost Irish artists working in the area of abstraction. Until the mid-1990÷s Gorman was known for his highly worked and textured canvases, whose animated surfaces were built up with heavy layers of paint.

However, in his most recent paintings his style has been sublimated into an increasinlgy minimal language of reduction, in which colour, form, and balance are the most imprtant elements.

This sense of balance and polished simplicity can be clearly seen in the series of NINE PAINTINGS selected specially for this solo exhibition, previously shown at the R.H.A Gallery in Dublin. Painting in a mixture of oil and tempera on heavy linen canvas, Gorman uses soft brushes or rubber spatulas to achieve a 'lucid, flat, and factual quality to the painted surface.'

He says of his work: 'My paintings are not conceptual in the sense of being planned out in advance, and may go through many stages in their period of evolution. I try to remain open to the possibility of surprise, while searching to achieve unity in the tensions and balances between areas of colour and their relationship with the edge of the canvas.'

The exhibition opens Wednesday 7 November , and continues until 4 December. A fully illustrated catalogue is available.

Further information from: Anne Boddaert, Exhibitions Officer.

Protoacademy: 'Alternative Strategies' Cork
November 16 - December 1, 2001

The Protoacademy 'Alternative Strategies' Cork is an 'umbrella-term' for a continually changing, international organisation that brings a collective of artists and theorists together to form a forum for progressive thought on art, creativity and learning. The Protoacademy takes a more definite shape periodically through a series of events which take place in different cities throughout Europe. This becomes an intense period of production and discussion inspired by its location and intended to act as a catalyst for further future contact and participation.

Protoacademy 'Alternative Strategies' Cork will include an exhibition installation, a public lecture by Charles Esche (Director of Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö, Sweden) and a public lecture and forum chaired by Dr. Sheperd Steiner.

List of Events:

Open Public Lecture and Forum - Thursday 15 November
Dr. Shepherd Steiner presents a paper on 'The Old Mole': Photography Neighbouring on Materialism (examining the work of Roy Arden) followed by an open public forum with selected guest panellists. Admission free. 3:00pm Crawford College of Art & Design, Sharman Crawford Street, Cork

Public Lecture - Friday 16 November
A lecture by Charles Esche on 'Alternative Strategies' in association with the 'Critical Voices' programme of the Arts Council of Ireland. Admission free. 6:00pm (sharp)
Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork

Exhibition - Friday 16 November - Saturday 1 December
'Alternative Identities' at the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery. Open 10am - 5pm. Monday - Saturday. Admission Free.

For further information please contact:
Crawford Municipal Art Gallery
Emmet Place, Cork, Ireland
T: +353 21 4273377
or David O'Brien

Picasso: Watercolours and Drawings 1896-1934

femmeThe Crawford Municipal Art Gallery is organising of the most significant exhibitions in its 127-year history. Picasso: Watercolours and Drawings, 1896-1934 will bring to Cork sixty drawings by the twentieth century master and pioneer of Cubism, Pablo Ruiz Picasso. The exhibit will be on display from September 14 until October 27, 2001.

“This is a concrete confirmation of the Crawford Gallery’s expanding level of activity in the European arts community, and a testimony to Cork’s continuing emergence as an important cultural centre,” said Director Peter Murray. “None of these drawings has ever before been seen in Ireland, and they represent a tremendous opportunity for Irish audiences to experience in person the work of one of the acknowledged geniuses in the history of art.”

On loan from the Musée Picasso in Paris, the drawings span the diverse range of styles that Picasso (1881-1973) explored during his long and remarkably prolific career, but are linked by a fundamental theme: the human figure. They trace the Spanish-born artist’s development from working in Barcelona in the 1890s, through his move to Paris in 1902, with the last exhibited work dating from 1934. By that time Picasso had forged the path to Cubism – the deconstruction of form that shocked the world and irreversibly altered the course of modern art.

“Most people identify Picasso exclusively with Cubism, but this show demonstrates his incredible versatility, as well as his current personal concerns – his mistresses, pleasures and preoccupations are represented,” said Mr. Murray. “Picasso himself said, ‘The way I paint is my way of keeping a diary.’”

meurtreThe sixty drawings, executed on paper in pencil, charcoal ink and goauche, are on loan from the Musée Picasso in Paris. They will be displayed in the Crawford Gallery’s striking new two-storey extension, designed by Dutch architect Erick van Egaraat. The Crawford Gallery is now able to host such fragile works as these, thanks to the extension’s sophisticated climate controls.

“Picasso drew constantly, compulsively, and left behind a vast body of work,” according to Crawford Gallery Exhibitions Officer Anne Boddaert, who has organised Picasso: Watercolours and Drawings, 1896-1934. “These works range from sketches on the back of an envelope to formal studies for oils that are now classics in the Picasso canon, such as ‘Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.’”

Other drawings demonstrate the underlying technical skill, classical training, and emotional acuity that Picasso brought to the humblest of subjects.

A full-colour catalogue will be on sale, and an education outreach programme is planned. A special supplement to The Irish Examiner to be published in September will include education materials for primary and secondary school students and teachers.

Picasso: Watercolours and Drawings, 1896-1934 at the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery is made possible by the generous support of Project Management Group; The Irish Examiner; The Ireland Funds; Cork Corporation; The French Embassy; Punch Shoe Care; and CDGA Engineering Consultants.

The Crawford Municipal Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 until 5. Admission is free.

For further information contact:
Anne Boddaert P: +353 (0) 21-4273377 F: +353 (0)21-4805043 E:

14 MAY - 7 JULY 2001

Head of a Breton Peasant Girl (C1893)
Head of a Breton Peasant Girl (C1893)
Roderic O'Conor
Oil on wood
Private Collection,
courtesy of the Frederick Gallery, Dublin

Following the immensely popular 'Peintres irlandais en Bretagne' exhibition at the museum of Pont-Aven in 1999, the exhibition 'Irish Painters in Brittany' will be shown at the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery between May 14th and July 7th 2001.

At the turn of the twentieth century, Brittany and particularly Pont-Aven, became a chosen place for many artists during the summer months. Among the artists of various nationalities the Irish occupied an important place. Their predilected subjects tended to be Breton people and their everyday life.

The exhibition, curated by Dr Julian Campbell includes pictures of Breton subjects by painters as diverse as Helen Trevor, Roderic O'Conor, William Scott, May Guinness, Aloysius O'Kelly and Samuel Taylor etc. Some of the paintings have never been exhibited in Ireland before.

An Irish Vision - Tony O'Malley

Tony O'Malley

Tony O'Malley photographed in Callan
by John Minihan, Spring 2000


Bahamian Butterfly

1979 - oil on board


Sea Requiem

1987 - oil on board
Tony O'Malley is one of the major figures in Irish contemporary art. He has exhibited widely since the 1950's in England, Ireland and Europe. This prestigious exhibition is co-curated by the Crawford Art Gallery and the Phillips collection, Washington where it exhibited at the Kennedy centre before returning to Cork.

The exhibition includes approximately thirty-five works spanning over forty years of O'Malley's career, and chronicles the evolution of his artistic style. His paintings represent a uniquely poetic expression in Irish art that is intimately personal and abstract. In his work, the visual description is secondary to his expression of the underlying experience of the places that he loves and paints including Ireland, Cornwall and later the Bahamas

O'Malley became a full-time painter in 1959, though not without considerable frustration at what he felt was an impenetrable wall of polite disregard towards his efforts in Ireland. Moving to Cornwall in 1960, O'Malley opened himself to an abstraction based on natural forms that had originated in Central Europe in the 1920's. In addition he found inspiration in the freedom of the international artist community of St. Ives where Hepworth, Heron, and Peter Lanyon had already established themselves. O'Malley's succes within this context lay in his ability to absorb almost intuitively the contrasting aesthetic strands of European and British art he encountered in Cornwall whilst remaining faithful to his own inner sense and purpose.

His work often holds a strong spiritual element which is illustrated by his works which he has painted annually on or around Good Friday. These works express his sense of struggle in the individual to achieve a form of redemption and the struggle of the artist. While O'Malley has moved towards abstraction he has always retained specific references to specific landscapes in his paintings.

In 1974, O'Malley's first visit to the Bahamas inspired a series of paintings (e.g. Bahamian Butterfly 1979) which are markedly different to the paintings inspired by Irish and Cornish landscapes; black is rarely used and he moves towards a more colourful palette from the more brooding earlier work.

Moving back to Ireland in 1990, Tony O'Malley still works every day unwilling to break the habits of a lifetime. His awareness of self continues to provide a wellspring of inspiration. Every painting is still a distillation of experience and place, where memory interweaves with the present moment.

In 1993, Tony O'Malley was conferred by President Mary Robinson with the Aosdana title of Saoi, an honour confined to only five living artists. He has also received the prestigious IMMA/Glen Dimplex Lifetime Achievement Award.

Inside / Out - Brian Maguire
10 February - 31 March 2001

Figure Silenced

"Figure Silenced"
Brian Maguire (1991)
acrylic on canvas
174 x 128cm

'Memorial/Republican Grave'
'Memorial/Republican Grave'
Brian Maguire
acrylic on canvas
109 x 205cm
Courtesy Kerlin Gallery, Dublin

The touring exhibition Inside / Out comes to Cork after its opening at the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery in Dublin, and a subsequent showing at Houston's Contemporary Arts Museum. The work covers ten years of Maguire's career, and during this period he worked in a number of residencies at prisons and other institutions. He represented Ireland at the 1998 Sao Paolo Bienal.

These works are characterised by primitive imagery and raw gestural freedom, relating to neo-Expressionism. Using a variety of two-dimensional media, Brian Maguire considers the contemporary spectres of isolation and voicelessness, recalling Munch, Beuys, and Bacon.

Born in Dublin in 1951, Brian Maguire graduated from the National College of Art and Design in 1975. He has exhibited extensively in Ireland, Europe and the U.S.A. and was recently appointed Head of Fine Art at N.C.A.D. in Dublin. Among the many collections, public and private, in which he is represented are those of the Crawford Minicipal Gallery in Cork, the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery in Dublin, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Alvar Alto Museum in Finland, and the Gemeente Museum in the Hague.

For more information, please contact:
Anne Boddaert

2000 Exhibitions
Crawford Open 2

Crawford Open 2