Opening this week: 22 – 28 June

We have made it to the last week in June and what a month for visual art in Cork and it is not over yet. The Crawford Art Gallery launch Figure/Abstract, an exhibition of Sean Scully’s early work this Friday with a talk between Seán Scully and curators Marc O’Sullivan and Tina Darb. This exhibition is the first of its kind in Cork and it features many works that haven’t been exhibited before. CIT Crawford College of Art and Design Art Therapy Summer School are celebrating 25 years with the exhibition Over Time which features work from Art Therapists from throughout Ireland. Backwater Artist Group member Chris Samuels has an exhibition of his jewellery at The Lord Mayor’s Pavilion in Fitzgerald’s Park that opens this Friday at 6pm.

Sean Scully pic (self-portrait)
Crawford Art Gallery presents Figure Abstract, a major exhibition by the internationally celebrated artist Seán Scully from June 26 – September 12. Figure Abstract is Scully’s first ever museum show in Cork and coincides with his seventieth birthday on June 30. A talk between a talk between Seán Scully and curators Marc O’Sullivan and Tina Darb begins at 5pm on Friday 26th June followed by a reception at 6pm.

Scully_Taped_Painting_Cream_and_Black_1975_acrylic and tape on canvasFigure Abstract will feature works from 1964 to the present, most of which have never been exhibited before. Scully is best known for the epic ‘stripe’ paintings he has made since the early 1980s: few are aware that he explored figurative painting before turning to abstraction. The exhibition will feature examples of his earliest drawings and paintings, tracing his evolution as an artist through the 1960s and into the 1970s and beyond. The largest work featured is Horizontal Soul (2014), a monumental oil on canvas over eight metres in length.

To mark the occasion, and to celebrate Scully’s achievements as an Irish artist on the international stage, the Crawford Gallery will restore the sinead fada over the ‘a’ in the spelling of ‘Seán’ for the duration of Figure Abstract‘s run in Cork.

Approaching the Secret Beach IMG_5569Over Time is the 25th Anniversary of CIT Crawford College of Art and Design, Art Therapy Summer School exhibition curated by Helen Farrell. Rupert Cracknell will officially open the exhibition at 6.30pm on Friday 26th June. The exhibition runs at CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery from 27th June – 11 July.

The Over Time exhibition  will showcase the wide range of contemporary art being made by Art Therapists in Ireland.  It will demonstrate their art practise showing their engagement with their own creative processes and their work as artists. This exhibition will underline the importance of the continued engagement for therapy practitioners in their creative process as both a way of expressing their creativity, as well as supporting their own therapy practice.

The Art Therapy Summer School offers up to sixty participants annually, a unique opportunity to learn about and experience the Art Therapy process. Every year this course, with its intensive workshop and lecture series, proves to be an invaluable personal encounter, whatever one’s motivation for attending.

The exhibition is curated by Helen Farrell. Helen is a Cork based artist and part-time tutor at CIT Crawford College of Art and Design and has co-ordinated the Art Therapy Summer School on a number of occasions. She is currently completing a PhD in Aesthetics and Philosophy at University College Cork.

Established in Europe and America as a profession since the 1960s, Art Therapy is practiced with a variety of client groups, including individuals and groups availing of psychiatric services, children and people with learning disabilities. Its history can be linked to the development of arts in social and health contexts, from Outsider Art and Art Education to the development of Psycho-analysis/Psychotherapy in the 20th century. CIT Crawford College offers a range of trainings in Art Therapy and in the use of arts in social and community settings. 


An exhibition of jewellery by Chris Samuels runs at The Lord Mayor’s Pavilion in Fitzgerald’s Park from Monday 22nd – Monday 29th June. The opening reception will take place on Friday 26th June at 6pm. The Pavilion will be open from 2-4pm each day for viewing. There will be a great collection of pieces on display and for sale.

Chris Samuels was born in Liverpool in 1962. He completed a College Foundation Course in Liverpool in 1981. Chris received a BA in Jewellery, Silversmithing & Design in 1984. He was self-employed as a Jewellery Designer in Birmingham until 1990. Chris moved to Ireland in 1990 and joined the Backwater Artists Group where he also served on the Board for 10 years. 


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