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Arts & Museums
Gallery 44 contains three vibrant galleries on three floors in a beautiful vaulted ceilinged space. Restored wooden floors and attractive brickwork evoke an atmosphere of fine craftsmanship. Exquisite antique Irish pine furniture anchors the first gallery. Upstairs, rotating exhibits of fine art share two additional galleries. About six solo shows, often introduced with gala openings, unfold each year. A friendly and professional staff are glad to offer help and tailored framing services.
The Lavit Gallery is located off Father Mathew's Quay, and is a great spot to catch up on what's happening in the ever-changing world of art. The exhibitions are mostly of modern art and sculpture. Work is displayed by both established and up-and-coming artists in an atmosphere that's perfect for quiet contemplation. Recently there have been shows by Tim Goulding and Martin Finnin, and a wonderful exhibition of stained glass and paintings by the talented Carin MacCana.
One of the most important buildings in the city center, the Crawford Art Gallery is host to a good collection of Irish artists, both contemporary and historical, including James Barry, Nathanial Grogan, Walter Osborne, Jack B. Yeats, Tony O'Malley, and Louis le Brocquy. Some of Cork's present-day working artists are also represented, including Vivienne Roche, Maud Cotter and James Scanlon. A new wing has just been added for the purpose of exhibiting modern contemporary art from Ireland and abroad. After browsing through the exhibits, be sure to check out the Crawford Gallery Cafe where you can enjoy some fine food in pleasant surroundings. Check website for more details.
The Vangard Gallery is located in the trendy Huguenot Quarter of the city centre. It hasn't been open too long but has already gained a good reputation for stylish and well-judged exhibitions. The emphasis here is on modern art, both figurative and abstract. Recent exhibitions have included paintings by Bridget Flannery and new works by Janet Pearse. Other artists whose work has featured are Felim Egan and Gwen O'Dowd.
Tig Fili Arts Centre offers a warm welcome to all artists and art lovers to enjoy a delicious variety of experiences in its flexible space. The Poet's Table Cafe presents home-made soups, vegetarian delights like potato savoyade, and satisfying sweets like apple meringue pie, along with poetry and music at lunchtime on Thursdays. The Tig Fili Gallery itself displays a healthy variety of performance art, sound art, paintings, prints, and sculpture. Still hungry? Tig Fili serves courses in creative writing and art for adults and children and welcomes new members to the Cork Women's Poetry Circle.
Opened in 1770, the Butter Exchange was responsible for grading all shipments before they were exported to the rest of the world. It formerly supplied butter to Great Britain's Royal Navy. By 1892, the exchange was exporting around half a million casks of butter every year, bringing prosperity to the city. Although the exchange closed in 1924, the museum has since become a popular tourist attraction. The Butter Museum is situated in the heart of Shandon, on the north side of the city, opposite the famous Bells.
Cork Vision Center is a gallery and exhibition centre at St. Peter's which regularly showcases the local artistic bounty of the city as well as the surrounding areas. They manage to set a fine example in conservation and promotion of arts. The gallery in itself, has been restored from an 18th century church and also serves as a multipurpose hall for weddings, receptions, launches and seminars and is well equipped with the facilities required. Being in the heart of the city's historic center, it is well accessible to locals and tourists alike.
Buckley Fine Art gallery Exhibits and sells contemporary fine art mainly, as they describe, of artists who have significant contributions to make to Irish Art. Their pieces are carefully selected and can be viewed at their galleries in Clonakilty and Cork. Some of the prominent works they house are of artists like Mark O'Neill, Lorna Millar, Mary Grant, Martin Finnin, Hughie O'Donoghue, Marina Hamilton among others whose list you can peruse on their website.They help you make your choices more informed for a better investment for both a personal collection or a commercial set up.
Fenton Gallery is a commercial gallery in Cork city and is a most welcome addition to what is a burgeoning art scene. Occupying over two thousand square feet, with large windows allowing in a lot of natural light, it's a very good exhibition space indeed. The best in Irish painting, sculpture, prints and ceramics continue to be displayed and can be previewed on the gallery's web site. Shows have included work by Brian Maguire and Charles Tyrell.
Lewis Glucksman art gallery is a building whose brilliant architecture has been the recipient of many prestigious awards. It is located on the campus of the University college grounds and has 3 floors of display spaces and showcases temporary as well as permanent exhibits. Its unique concept of exhibiting art all around the campus ground on a rotational basis and its building enables the visitors a tour of the campus grounds and has a reputation as major patron of Contemporary Irish art and features many distinguished Artists from all over. Apart from Exhibitions, the gallery undertakes initiatives to educate visitors about art and conducts numerous art workshops and conferences. With over 350 works in its collection, this gallery is a marvel in itself and a definite visitors stop. The Gallery also includes a shop from which art books, catalogs, magazines, cards and museum gifts can be purchased or ordered online. A cozy cafe is also a part of this museum which serves all the meals for the day as well as caters to conferences and small functions.
This 18 acre site with a Georgian house was presented to the Cork Corporation in 1907 by the Cork International Exhibition Association. The site became Fitzgerald Park, a lovely garden in a clean part of the city. The building, known as the Shrubberies, was first turned into a museum in 1909. It became the location for the Municipal offices after the burning of the city hall by the Black and Tans, and re-opened as the present museum in 1945. The collections cover local history and date back to the Mesolithic period, with particular emphasis placed on civic regalia and the trades and crafts of the 19th and 20th centuries. Other collections include Cork silver and glass and delicate Youghal lace.
Cork Heritage Park offers the visitor personal audio tours in French, English, or German. This tour leads one through the multi faceted history of the city including the burning of Cork, the maritime adventures of the coastal county and the development of the city itself. The center is found in the scenic six acres of the former Quaker Pike Family estate. Souvenirs can be purchased at the craft shop and the restaurant offers an alternative to those who prefer not to picnic.