The OPW and the Crawford Art Gallery welcomes ‘The Crawford at the Castle' Exhibition to Dublin Castle

19 October 16

Minister Heather Humphreys, TD. Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (19 October 2016) officially launched an exhibition entitled ‘The Crawford at the Castle’ in Dublin Castle. 

The Crawford at the Castle: Three Centuries of Irish Art from a National Collection sees the collection of the Crawford Art Gallery travel to Dublin for the first time in its near 200-year history. A selection of 59 works of Irish art from the Crawford’s permanent collection will be exhibited in both the historic State Apartments and Coach House at Dublin Castle, establishing interesting resonance between the two institutions.

Crawford Art Gallery is uniquely positioned as the only visual arts National Cultural Institution outside of Dublin and possesses a long and significant history. Founded as a school of art and ‘saloon of sculpture’ in 1819, the collection began with the prestigious gift of Canova Casts from the then Prince Regent who, as King George IV, visited Dublin in 1821.   In the intervening two centuries the Crawford has championed Irish artists and now has over 4,000 works in its collection ranging from painting and sculpture to photography and film.

The Exhibition provides a chronological survey of Irish art from the eighteenth century to the present day and, within this chronology, the State Apartments explore pertinent themes of enlightenment and revolution, national identity formation, the environment, political engagement and activism. In addition to the State Apartments, Crawford Art Gallery presents a selection of lens-based works in the Coach House at Dublin Castle.

Event Programme:

In addition to guided tours, a series of free public lectures and events will run in parallel with the Exhibition. The dates are as follows:

  • Public Lecture: Thursday 27 October 2016 - Bedford Hall
  • Public Lecture: Thursday 1 December 2016 - Bedford Hall
  • Public Event - "Living Artists in National Collections": Thursday 12 January 2017 - Bedford Hall

The exhibition is open to the public until 12 February 2017.

Photography will be available after the event from Fennell Photography

For more information, please contact OPW Press Office on 046 942 6517

Notes to Editors:

About Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle has been at the heart of Irish history since the arrival of the Vikings in Dublin in 841 AD. From its construction in 1204 it served as the headquarters of the English and later British administration in Ireland for over 700 years. Its palatial State Apartments were for centuries the seat of an aristocratic court led by a viceroy who represented the British monarch. On 16 January 1922 the last viceroy handed the Castle over to Michael Collins; an act that signalled the end of British rule and the establishment of the Irish Free State. Dublin Castle now serves as a major government complex in the modern Republic of Ireland and plays host to key State events including the inauguration of the Irish President.

About the Crawford Art Gallery

Crawford Art Gallery is a National Cultural Institution and regional art museum for Munster, dedicated to the visual arts, both historic and contemporary.   The permanent collection comprises over 2000 works, ranging from eighteenth century Irish and European painting and sculpture, through to contemporary video installations. At the heart of the collection is a collection of Greek and Roman sculpture casts, brought to Cork in 1818 from the Vatican Museum in Rome.

Through its temporary exhibitions, publications and education programmes, the Crawford Art Gallery is committed to fostering recognition, critical assessment, and acknowledgement of historical and contemporary Irish and international art practice. Located in the heart of Cork city, the gallery is a critical part of Ireland's cultural and tourism infrastructure, welcoming over 200,000 visitors a year. 

Listing Information

Exhibition:          The Crawford at the Castle

Location:             State Apartments & Coach House, Dublin Castle

Dates:                 Open until 12 February 2017

Times:                 Monday to Saturday 09.45 - 16.45

                            Sunday & Public Holidays 10.45 - 16.45



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