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Spring 2016 Lunchtime lecture Series

Lectures will be held in the gallery lecture theatre
From 1.00 to 2.00 pm
Admission is €5 and all are welcome

In the commemoration year of the Irish Rebellion three of our spring lectures focus on Irish art and social and political history at the beginning of the twentieth century with lectures from James G.R. Cronin, Dr Roisin Kennedy and Dr Eimear O’Connor.

To coincide with the gallery’s exhibition, Adam Buck (1759 -1833) A Regency Artist from Cork, we look at the life and work of Regency artist, Adam Buck, with Dr Alicia St Leger.

Peter Murray, Director of the Crawford, looks at the influence on modern Irish art of the American artist, Morris Graves, who lived in Ireland during the fifties and early sixties.

We are delighted to welcome Dr Dora Thornton, curator at the British Museum, who will explore the Waddesdon Bequest and the setting up of a new gallery space for this magnificent collection at the British Museum.

Friday 12 February
James G.R. Cronin
, University College Cork
William Orpen’s Irishness: Fluidity of national identity during a revolutionary decade 1912-22

William Orpen’s Irishness: Fluidity of national identity during a revolutionary decade 1912-22In this lecture James Cronin responds to the paintings of Dublin artist William Orpen, portrait painter, art educator and war artist, as a series of meditations on the theme of the fluidity of national identity produced during Ireland’s revolutionary decade (1912-22). How did Orpen define "Irishness" during this turbulent period? What lessons can we learn from Orpen's ideas of Irishness as we approach the pivotal event in the decade of commemorations?

Friday 19 February
Dr Alicia St Leger, Historian
Adam Buck - A Regency Artist From Cork

Adam Buck - A Regency Artist From CorkTo coincide with the gallery’s exhibition Adam Buck (1759 -1833) A Regency Artist from Cork, Dr Alicia St Leger will talk about the Cork artist whose portraits depicted the literary, theatrical, social and political figures of the Regency period. Alive to the political issues of his day his early sitters were members of the United Irishmen, including John Sheares.

Friday 26 February
Peter Murray
, Director Crawford Art Gallery
Morris Graves Contrarian, Recluse or Genius?
Graves in Ireland 1954 -1964

Morris Graves Contrarian, Recluse or Genius? Graves in Ireland 1954 -1964A highly respected and reclusive American artist, Morris Graves, came to Baltimore in West Cork in 1954 and thereafter, for the next ten years, lived in various locations around Ireland. Peter Murray analyses his contribution to modern Irish art during this period

Friday 4 March
Dr Róisín Kennedy
, School of Art History and Cultural Policy UCD
Art and Rebellion in Ireland

Art and Rebellion in IrelandArtists played an important role in the 1916 Rising and its aftermath both as participants and more significantly as observers and as interpreters. Dr Roisin Kennedy looks at the ways in which art contributed to revolutionary ideas on Irish identity and how it responded to the reality of violent insurrection and its subsequent impact on Irish life. The lecture will include the work of Beatrice Elvery, Lady Glenavy, William Orpen, Estella Solomons, Jack B. Yeats, Sean Keating and John Lavery amongst others.

Thursday 10 March 1–2pm
Dr Éimear O’Connor
Conflicting Visions in a Turbulent Age 1900–1916

Conflicting Visions in a Turbulent Age 1900–1916Dr Eimear O’Connor is the curator of the gallery’s forthcoming exhibition, Conflicting Visions in a Turbulent Age 1900 – 1916. This exhibition will focus on themes, both social and political, that affected Ireland between 1900 and 1916. It also looks at artistic responses to the Rising at the time and again in 1966 and 2016. The exhibition will include paintings sculpture, posters photographs and film footage. Dr O’Connor explores these themes in her lecture.

Friday 11 March 1–2pm
Dr Dora Thornton
, Curator British Museum
The Waddesdon Bequest at the British Museum

The Waddesdon Bequest at the British MuseumThe Waddesdon Bequest named, after the home of its collector Ferdinand Rothschild, contains some of the most impressive works in the British Museum’s European treasures. It consists of about 300 medieval and Renaissance objects. The Holy Thorn Reliquary, from the Collection, was described by Neil MacGregor as “a single-object museum” in the BBC series - A History of the World in 100 Objects. Dr Dora Thornton, the curator of the Bequest and Renaissance Europe at the museum, will talk about the collection and the design of the new gallery that
allows, for the first time, a close up viewing of the collection with additional screens that give a 3D screening of the
objects in fine detail.

The Friends of the Crawford Gallery presents Amsterdam, the Rijksmuseum & the Dutch Masters
3 days from €694 Departing 29th March 2016

Day 1
We meet at our designated pick up points and transfer by coach to Dublin Airport for our mid afternoon Aer Lingus flight direct to Amsterdam Schipol. On arrival we meet our tour manager and transfer to the centrally located 3* Best Western Apollo Museum Hotel in Amsterdam for a two night stay on bed and breakfast basis.

Day 2
We visit the recently refurbished Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam this morning for a guided tour of this world renowned art collection, the most famous of which is Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’, but which also includes many Dutch Old Masters such as Jan Steen, Frans Hals and Vermeer. As well as paintings, the collection includes sculptures, clocks, Delft Blue, porcelain and Asian and Oriental art. We enjoy a guided tour at the Van Gogh Museum this afternoon. The museum is home to the largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh in the world.

Day 3
The morning is at leisure in Amsterdam and on an individual basis you may choose to enjoy a cruise where you can admire some of the city’s stunning architecture from the picturesque canals. This afternoon we enjoy a guided tour at the Stedelijk Museum, one of the most innovative and interesting museums of modern art in the world. The museum is home to an extraordinary pre-war collection that includes works by Cézanne, Picasso, Matisse and Chagall, and a collection of paintings and drawings by Malevich. Post 1945 artists represented include De Kooning, Newman, Ryman, Judd, Stella, Lichtenstein, Warhol, Nauman, Middleton, Dibbets, Kiefer, Polke, Merz and Kounellis. We return to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for our scheduled evening Aer Lingus flight direct to Cork.

For more details and booking form, please click on the links below.

Click here for Link to Amsterdam Trip webpage.

Click here for Link to Brochure and Booking form.

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
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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