A recent photo of the Friends of the Crawford Gallery at the Ggantija Temples on the island of Gozo, in Malta,
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Lunchtime Lecture Series
FROM 1.00 TO 2.00 PM


Friday February 27th
Vera Ryan, Art Historian and author
The watson archive

Vera Ryan, curator of the current exhibition of cartoons and watercolours from the Crawford Art Gallery’s recent acquisition The Watson Archive will talk about the archive and the Watson Stained Glass Studio.

The Watsons made stained glass windows in Youghal for over 100 years. The acquisition by the Crawford of their paper archive at auction in December will help the story of this important firm to be told. The current exhibition of figurative drawings for church windows gives a glimpse of their skill. Vera Ryan, curator of the exhibition, will lecture on.

Friday March 6th
Rachel Moss, Art Historian
Medieval Art and Architecture

Rachel Moss editor of the acclaimed Medieval Volume of the RIA’s Art and Architecture in Ireland will conclude our talks on this significant publication.

Rachel Moss is the editor of Volume One of Art and Architecture in Ireland. Looking at all media from c. 400-1600 this volume provides a reference source for identifying and contextualising the visual culture of medieval Ireland and for understanding the factors that influence its production and appearance. This lecture brings to a conclusion our talks from the editors of the five volumes of the acclaimed RIA’s publication Art and Architecture of Ireland.

Friday March 13th
Julian Campbell, Art Historian
From Clonakilty To London - Alfred Elmore (1815–88)

We also celebrate the bi-centenary of the birth of Cork artist Alfred Elmore with a talk by art historian, Julian Campbell.

Although less well known than fellow artists James Barry, John Hogan and Daniel Maclise, Elmore studied in
London, Paris and Rome and became a highly successful painter of historical and literary subjects and a member of
the Royal Academy. His painting ‘A Classical Beauty’ is in the collection of the Crawford Art Gallery. The year,
2015, the Bi - Centenary of his birth, provides the opportunity for a reassessment of Elmore’s life and work.

Friday March 20th
Barbara Dawson, Director Dublin City Gallery
The Hugh Lane
Centenary Lecture On Hugh Lane (1875–1915)

For the spring series of lectures we are delighted to welcome Barbara Dawson, Director of the Dublin City Gallery - The Hugh Lane, to give a talk on Hugh Lane in this the centenary year of his death.

On the centenary of the death of Hugh Lane, Barbara Dawson, Director of The Dublin City Gallery - The Hugh Lane, will talk about the life of this remarkable man and his contribution to the visual arts in Ireland. Born in Co Cork he is best known for establishing the first public gallery of modern art. Although he lived out of Ireland for most of
his life he worked tirelessly for the promotion of the visual arts in Ireland until his death in 1915 on board the Lusitania.

Wednesday March 25th
Patrick Quigley, Author And Biographer
Casimir And Constance Markievicz In The Ukraine

Patrick Quigley, author of The Life and Times of Casimir Markievicz, will lecture on Casimir and Constance Markievicz and their time spent in the Ukraine.

Patrick Quigley is the author of The Polish Irishman - The Life and Times of Casimir Markievicz, the first published
account of the life of Casimir Markievicz, artist, playwright, soldier and husband of Constance Gore-Booth. Patrick Quigley talks about their travels in Ukraine and its influence on their life and art with reference to the Crawford’s
painting by Casimir Markievicz and photographs taken by Constance on her visits in 1902 and 1903, never before
shown in public. This lecture gives an insight into a fascinating figure in Irish art history.

Please note that this lecture has unfortunately
been cancelled.

Friday March 27th
Dr Angela Ryan, Lecturer UCC
Blue, Beauty And Belief - The Cathedral Of Chartres

We welcome back Angela Ryan of UCC who will lecture on Chartres Cathedral and its magnificent stained glass windows.

The cathedral of Chartres is considered one of the finest and most representative of the great French cathedrals. The celebrated “bleu Chartres” glass, a technique developed at Chartres, contributes to the magnificence of its windows and makes it a masterpiece of French Gothic art.

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.

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