The Crawford Art Gallery

- Posted on: 18/05/2021 -



The Crawford Art Gallery is a National Cultural Institution dedicated to the visual arts, both historic and contemporary. 


Originally built in 1724 as the city’s custom house, the Gallery is home to the famous Canova Casts, gifted to the city of Cork two centuries ago. Well-known and loved works by 20th century Irish artists such as Seán Keating, Harry Clarke, Norah McGuinness, Mainie Jellett and Jack B. Yeats feature in the gallery’s historic collection, while the modern collection features work by contemporary artists such as Eilis O’Connell, Gerard Byrne, Dorothy Cross, Maud Cotter and Hughie O’Donoghue


With ongoing and changing exhibitions there’s always something new to see and some old favourites from the National Collection. Located in the heart of the city it is a critical part our city’s history and culture.


The Crawford Art Gallery offers a range of free, family-friendly activities every Sunday, including guided gallery tours, musical performances, kids' art workshops and storytelling sessions. (Can you take this out for the moment as tours and workshops have been paused at least for the summer or until restrictions have been lifted)


The Crawford Art Gallery is open 7 days a week | No booking required | Free to Enter | Family Friendly


Checkout the gallery online for some visitor information, a virtual tour of the historic building or some online activities before your visit:


Upcoming Summer Exhibitions: 

Zurich Portrait Prize & Zurich Young Portrait Prize 

16 April – 29 August 2021 

Dara McGrath: For Those That Tell No Tales 

24 April – 29 August 2021

Visit these City locations using the Online Map. The photographs of contemporary artist Dara McGrath elevate these spaces as sites of memory for those individual lost lives during the War of Independence. 

Doug Fishbone: Please Gamble Responsibly

21 May – 29 August

Doug Fishbone is an internationally renowned artist who creates projects and exhibitions which unearth, question and examine societal misconceptions through humour and manipulation of context.

Menagerie: Animals by Artists

4 June 2021 – 6 March 2022

Animals abound in all shapes, sizes, and guises. What might we learn of animals seen through an artist’s eye?


Cork's Vienna Woods has a connection to Crawford Art Gallery. The uncle of AF Sharman Crawford previous of owner of Vienna Woods Country House Hotel funded the extension of the old Custom House at Emmet Place and donated many works of art to the new school.


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