Crawford Art Gallery takes another major step towards its capital project with a necessary four-week closure to the public from 21 March to 21 April 2022 – Security Alerts in Cork

Survey work will begin at the Crawford Art Gallery on March 21 to inform final design decisions and ahead of a planning submission to Cork City Council in late 2022.

Cork-based construction firm PJ Hegarty and Sons will work with the Crawford Art Gallery and its design team led by Grafton Architects and the Office of Public Works to carry out a series of detailed on-site surveys. For public safety reasons, this requires the gallery to be closed to the public for a period of four weeks.

By undertaking this work now, it will provide a greater degree of certainty as we move forward through this extremely important time for Crawford. We are sorry for the inconvenience caused to our public and visitors during the temporary four-week closure, but we are confident that by doing so now, the project will face fewer disruptions and uncertainties once it will enter the major construction phase in mid-2023. We encourage visitors to visit us virtually during these four weeks, using our innovative virtual tours of current exhibitions and our extensive and regularly updated online resources. We look forward to reopening and continuing our vibrant on-site programs, said Mary McCarthy, Director of the Crawford Art Gallery.

Last year Taoiseach, Micheál Martin TD and Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin TD announced that the design contract for the redevelopment of the historic Crawford Art Gallery had been awarded to Grafton Architects. The overall plan includes considerable investment under the Ireland 2040 project for the redevelopment of the gallery buildings over the next four years.

A Taoiseach commented “Grafton Architects are an internationally renowned architectural firm with projects spanning from Milford to Milan, and from Lima to London, and I have no doubt that they will bring their experience and skills to interpret and develop the unique features of the Crawford Art Gallery.’

When the gallery reopens in April, members of the public will be invited back to a bustling gallery, where they can view new exhibits, such as the Zürich Portrait Prize 2021 and Zurich Young Portrait Prize 2021.

Ahead of the temporary closure, Crawford is planning an extensive St. Patrick’s Day Festival program with tours, workshops and music, which will run throughout the weekend, all free to the public.


St. Patrick’s Day

Children and their adults can enjoy a workshop led by artist Siobhan Catinot in the Long Room on March 18 and 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. on the occasion of Saint Patrick’s Day this year. Based on the exhibited works, the workshop will focus on the link we have with nature.

Enjoy tailor-made tours with our expert and friendly guides, learn about your national collection, Cork’s history and the history of the building.
Listen to live traditional music echo through the galleries as you visit some of our exhibits.
Don’t miss Saturation: everyday life transformed, The Port of Cork Collection and Botanica: the art of plants.

Learn more about PJ Hegarty

Established in 1925, PJ Hegarty & Sons UC is one of Ireland’s most progressive building and civil engineering companies. The company undertakes projects throughout Ireland and the UK from offices in Cork, Dublin, Limerick and London and is a leading company in large infrastructure, commercial and industrial installations.

The main activity is to undertake large complex projects in commercial, retail, tourist, pharmaceutical, high-tech and institutional buildings, renovation and civil engineering.

Learn more about the Crawford Art Gallery

Crawford Art Gallery is Ireland’s national cultural institution, dedicated to contemporary and historical visual art, housed in a significant heritage building in the heart of Cork City. Offering a dynamic program of changing exhibitions, it is also home to a collection of national significance which tells a fascinating story of Cork and Ireland over the last three centuries.

Originally built in 1724 as the city’s customs office, the gallery houses the famous Canova casts, donated to Cork two centuries ago. The gallery’s collection of over 3,000 objects includes contemporary artists Aideen Barry, Gerard Byrne, Maud Cotter, Dorothy Cross, Tacita Dean and Sean Scully. as well as acclaimed works by Irish artists James Barry, Harry Clarke, Mainie Jellett, Seán Keating, Daniel Maclise, Norah McGuinness, Edith Somerville and Jack B. Yeats.

An oasis of peace and quiet, the Crawford Art Gallery is open seven days a week, free entry and a must-see for locals and tourists alike. Welcoming over 265,000 visitors a year, the gallery has an award-winning cafe in a beautiful setting, serving fresh local produce for which Cork is famous.

Opening hours

Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nocturne on Thursday until 8:00 p.m.
Sundays and public holidays

Gallery: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Free admission

Upcoming exhibitions

BOTANICA: The Art of Plants

March 17 – September 18

DOROTHY CROSS: Jellyfish Lake

April 22 – May 15

Zurich Portrait Prize 2021 & Zurich Young Portrait Prize 2021

April 23 – July 17, 2022


Free visits on Sundays and bank holiday Mondays 2 p.m.

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