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Friends of the Crawford Gallery

As an independent support group for the Crawford Art Gallery, the Friends´ aim is to promote awareness of the Gallery, its collections and exhibitions and to foster an interest in all aspects of art and heritage. Through your membership and participation in the Friends´ events we provide support to the Gallery for future acquisitions of art and for exhibitions.

Members of the Friends of the Crawford Art Gallery have the opportunity to attend our spring and autumn series of lunchtime lectures on art history, contemporary art and our local heritage of art and architecture.

Throughout the year the Friends of the Crawford Art Gallery also host short visits and guided day tours to galleries, museums and great houses and gardens of Ireland.

Members have the opportunity to attend short talks by art historians on specific works in the Gallery´s permanent collection followed by tea/coffee and scones in the Ballymaloe Gallery café.

Each year we organise a tour abroad for our members to places of cultural interest throughout Europe. Recent tours have been to Northern Italy, Provence, St Petersburg, Berlin and Barcelona.

Members of the Friends of the Crawford Art Gallery receive notification of, and invitations to, the opening of all Gallery exhibitions.

Details of membership are available from the Friends’ Office beside the Gallery Café.

Upcoming Events.
At the beginning of September the Friends are travelling to Malta for a seven-day guided holiday.  The trip includes visits to St John’s Cathedral to see Caravaggio’s The Beheading of St John, a tour of the Island of Gozo and a visit to the three Megalithic temples of Tarxien.

The autumn lunchtime lectures will be held on Fridays from October 31st to December 7th and focus on the publication by the Royal Irish Academy and Yale University Press, of Art and Architecture in Ireland a five-volume exploration of all aspects of Irish art and architecture from the early Middle Ages to the end of the 20th century.

We will have talks from the editors of four of the volumes of this major directory of Irish art. Paula Murphy, Irish Sculpture, 600 – 2000, Nicola Figgis, 1600 – 1900, Rachel Moss, c400 – c1600, and Catherine Marshall, 20th century Irish art.

Vera Ryan will give a lecture that looks at the life and work of Cork sculptor Joseph Higgins focusing on his work from 1912 to his death in1925.

Continuing our marking of the centenary of the outbreak of WW1 Myles Dungan will talk about the art and use of recruitment posters during World War One.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10.30 am – 12.30 pm

Noreen Mc Sweeney
Nessa Durcan
+353 (0) 21 490 7864

Become a Member
Download the membership form here
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