The National Collection

Homing- recent aquistition for the National Collection

The National Collection is the art collection of the State, which includes Crawford Art Gallery, IMMA, the National Gallery of Ireland, the Arts Council, and the Office of Public Works, for example. This acquisitions fund is therefore a major investment and vote of confidence in contemporary art, living artists, and the National Collection. As the cultural repositories for the country, the role of the National Cultural Institutions is to reflect Ireland and her people and tell the story of our country.

The Artworks

This is the first time in over a decade that substantial funding has been specifically allocated towards building the National Collection to reflect contemporary culture.The body of 422 artworks by 70 artists from across the country has been selected through a rigorous process by both institutions to ensure strategic and thoughtful acquisitions for the nation. Spanning from 1972 to 2021, the 225 works Crawford Art Gallery has acquired consist of paintings, photographic work, prints, drawings, sculpture, installations, moving image, sound work, film, digital work, embroidery and performance.

The Artists

Below is a list of the 39 artists whose work Crawford Art Gallery has acquired to add to the National Collection. We’ll be profiling each artist on this list on our social media channels and website over the coming weeks and months in our #YourNationalCollection series: stay tuned for updates.

Aideen Barry, Sara Baume, Stephen Brandes, Angela Burchill, Declan Byrne, Elaine Byrne, Tom Climent, Yvonne Condon, Elizabeth Cope, Gary Coyle, Stephen Doyle, Rita Duffy, Amanda Dunsmore, Kevin Gaffney, Debbie Godsell, Michael Hanna, Marie Holohan, Katie Holten, Brianna Hurley, Andrew Kearney, John Keating, Fiona Kelly, Anne Kiely & Mary Palmer, Roseanne Lynch, Brian Maguire, Evgeniya Martirosyan, Danny McCarthy, Rosaleen Moore, Peter Nash, Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, Íde Ní Shúleabháin, Nuala O’Donovan, Sarah O’Flaherty, Tom O’Sullivan, Michael Quane, Jennifer Trouton, Charles Tyrrell, Daphne Wright.


Below & Time Between

Installation shot by Brian MacDomhnaill

We live on a restless Earth. To think in deep time can be a method of reimagining our problematic present; countermanding its hasty alterations and instabilities with older, slower stories of making and unmaking. An awareness of deep time brings us to consider our historical legacy, what we are leaving behind for the aeons and for the beings that will follow us.

Below, and Time Between is an interplay of two practices meeting through an experimental installation by artists Carol Anne Connolly and Fiona Kelly. Dealing with unfolding landscapes and methods of mapping, their work considers geological and political themes within the contemporary narrative of land use and deep time.

Below, and Time Between from Backwater Artists Group on Vimeo.

Video Podcast with artists Carol Anne Connolly and Fiona Kelly with arts writer and curator Sarah Kelleher.

Loquium is a new online lecture series looking at the materialised forms of sculptural practices and the knowledge they produce. We hope to delve into the differences in artistic material enquiry and its material possibilities. We look to develop a new vocabulary to engage in discourses around how these sculptural enquiries lead into unknowable territories and spaces of not knowing where often the artistic research is not separable from the art itself and how artists themselves bring new thinking into the world that is often beyond traditional academic understanding.

The National Sculpture Factory is a place of production; a place where artworks are always becoming, we are interested here not simply in the finished artworks themselves but the disparate origins of ideas that spur artists to make what they make.

Visions of an Unsettled Earth – Panel discussion

‘Visions of an Unsettled Earth’ is an exhibition that explores ideas of temporality, transience and transformation in the environment. It features new and recent works created by the Cork County-based artists Debbie Godsell, Fiona Kelly and Sarah O’Flaherty.

Join us for a panel discussion with the artists and the Cork city-based art critic Sarah Kelleher on Saturday, 3 October, at 2pm. The event is free but advance booking via Eventbrite is required (link below).  COVID-19 prevention-related measures are in place.

Interview on the Impact of Covid-19 on the Arts Industry.

Cáit Caden for The Currency

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(Also in the works)

Overburden, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork City, IE. (Closed early due to Covid19) Land of Some Other Order, Lavit Gallery, Cork,. IE (Lockdown / never opened)
Formed by Chance, Studio 12, Backwater, Cork City, IE. (Solo. Postponed until 2021)
New Impressions, Draíocht Arts Centre, Dublin,. IE. (Postponed, under review)
a field of multiple destructions, Lecture Series, National Sculpture Factory, IE. (Postponed)

Visions of Half-Light, Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, IE. (Under review)