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.
Lunchtime Lecture Series
Lectures will be held in the gallery lecture theatre
from 1.00 to 2.00 pm
The autumn series focuses 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.
Friday 31 October
Paula Murphy, Lecturer, School of Art History and Cultural Policy, UCD
Irish Sculpture 1600–2000
Paula Murphy is editor of Volume III of Art and Architecture of Ireland, Sculptors and Sculpture,1600–2000.
Irish sculptors have made a significant contribution to the development of their art form both within and outside Ireland. This volume affords the unique opportunity to explore four centuries of their work.
Friday 7 November
Graph Architects and Lecturer, School of Art History UCD
Architecture 1600 - 2000
Livia Hurley is one of the four editors of Volume IV of Art and Architecture of Ireland, Architecture 1600 - 2000, which is the most complete survey of architecture in Ireland ever published. The essays in this volume cover all aspects of Ireland’s built environment, not only buildings but infrastructure, landscape development, town, cities, public and private construction and much else.
Friday 14 November
Catherine Marshall, Art Historian and former Senior Curator at IMMA
Twentieth Century Irish Art
Catherine Marshall and Peter Murray are the editors of Volume V of Art and Architecture of Ireland, Twentieth Century, which examines not only the works of art created in twentieth-century Ireland but also the critical contexts from which they came. Definitive biographies of the key artists of the age are included and the volume also addresses the main political and social issues that lay behind twentieth-century Irish art.
Friday 21 November
Vera Ryan, Author and Art Historian
Joseph Higgins from 1912 -1925
Joseph Higgins (1885-1925) was a brilliant artist whose death from tuberculosis at the age of 40 prevented him fully realising his talents. His sculptures are of exceptional merit, revealing a particular feeling for children. Vera Ryan will consider this Cork artist in the context of the Arts and Crafts movement and discuss his relationship with Daniel Corkery and Terence Mac Swiney.
Friday 28 November
Myles Dungan, Historian and Broadcaster
The Art of Recruitment World War One
As part of our lectures marking the commemoration of World War One, Myles Dungan, historian and broadcaster will give a talk on the art and use of recruitment posters during the war.
Friday 5 December
Nicola Figgis, Lecturer School of Art History and Cultural Policy, UCD
Irish Painting 1600 -1900
Nicola Figgis is editor of Volume Two of Art and Architecture of Ireland, Painting 1600 -1900, which has over three hundred entries providing biographical information on Irish painters of the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; all are based on original research, much of it undertaken in hitherto unexplored archives.
Administrators are present in the gallery on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm.
Noreen Mc Sweeney
+353 (0) 21 490 7864
Become a Member
Download the membership form here
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