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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 Istanbul, Sicily, Malta and Madrid.

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.

Become a Member
Download the membership form here
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Administrators are present in the gallery on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm.

Noreen Mc Sweeney
Nessa Durcan
+353 (0) 21 490 7864
Autumn 2016
Lunchtime Lecture Series


Friday December 2nd                                   
Mary Healy
Dept of Art History, UCC
Visualising the 'Orient': a French Woman Orientalist in North Africa, 1893-1909
Until recently only one female artist was recognised in the canon of French Orientalist art. Through empirical research Dr. Mary Healy has recorded eighty six, largely ignored French female artists whose works—for a period of their practices—show influence of Orientalist subject matter.

This lecture will focus on the artist Marie Lucas-Robiquet and a selection of her Orientalist paintings, which she created in North Africa between 1893 and 1909.

Dr. Healy will position Lucas-Robiquet in French Orientalist scholarship by questioning what role her paintings played in France’s aspiration to visualise the 'Orient'.

Friday December 9th
The Friends’ Christmas Party will be held in the Long Gallery
Admission including entry in Christmas raffle €15

Bring a friend and make a friend of the Crawford Art Gallery!
Details will be posted to members closer to the date.