Equality and Diversity

We are proud to partner with UCC's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Unit to promote and embed the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion across all areas of our work. 

We facilitate participation in Glucksman programmes for people who may not ordinarily or easily access cultural experiences, and in particular the Traveller community and young refugees and asylum seekers.

Traveller Community Workshop In The Glucksman

This Is Who I Am: Exhibition celebrating Traveller culture

11 - 16 June 2019, 10am - 5pm, Admission Free

Showcase of artworks created by local Traveller groups in workshops at the Glucksman 

Over the past number of years the Glucksman has been working on creative projects with the Cork Traveller community that celebrates its unique culture and heritage. In May 2019, a group of talented teenagers from Meelagh Young Girls Group, Mahon visited the Glucksman to take part in a creative workshop exploring Traveller ethnicity. The girls worked together to create bags, posters and a large-scale painting that depicts the Traveller Ethnicity Pin.

This Is Who I Am presents the Cork Traveller flag created by artists Claire Coughlan and Helen O’Keeffe with members of Cork Traveller Visibility Group and Cork Traveller Women’s Network at the Glucksman in 2018. The flag is currently flying over City Hall as a gesture of inclusion. Also displayed are a series of drawings and paintings by young girls from Spring Lane halting site. The girls have been visiting the Glucksman over the past year, engaging in different projects and events. Their artworks depict their ideal homes and include designs that combine futuristic features with Traveller heritage. 

Presented as part of Cork Traveller Pride Week

Sanctuary Runners Clare Keogh

Sanctuary Runners

28 May - 9 June 2019, 10am - 5pm, Tuesday - Saturday 2pm - 5pm, Sundays, Free

UCC is a University of Sanctuary and we proudly celebrate the Sanctuary Runners as a community integration movement. 

The Sanctuary Runners enable Irish People to run alongside, and in solidarity with those in Direct Provision with the goal of fostering friendship, positivity and respect while bringing greater awareness to the system in which asylum seekers live. Established in Cork in February 2018 by feature writer and broadcaster Graham Clifford and photographer Clare Keogh, the movement now has over 1200 members and will have over 350 runners taking part in the Cork Marathon on 2 June 2019.

This photographic display captures the spirit of the runners and the positive impact the initiative has had on the residents of Direct Provision Centres, on their families and on the Irish people who run alongside them. The photographs taken by members of the Sanctuary Runners give a glimpse at the friendships formed and the precious memories that are created. 

The Sanctuary Runners model brings together Irish people and asylum seekers in Direct Provision enabling them to run on the same Sanctuary Runners team. They are non-political and the focus is on humanitarianism and positive action. The positive impact of physical exercise and the normality brought by running shoulder-to-shoulder with others benefits asylum seekers and Irish runners alike.

University College Cork achieved University of Sanctuary status in 2018 and the Glucksman is proud to be part of this ethos, by enabling the creative agency of young asylum seekers, refugees and migrants through participative projects funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Participants in Creative Agency

UCC Refugee Week exhibition

22 - 27 January 2019, 10am - 5pm, Admission Free

An exhibition of artworks in the Glucksman Foyer Space by young refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.

Since 2015, the Glucksman has programmed creative projects and events for young asylum, refugees and migrants. Children and teenagers living in Direct Provision Centres across Cork County have worked with professional artists to learn new skills and communicate their own experiences through visual culture.

This exhibition running throughout UCC Refugee Week highlights the talent of the young people who have engaged with the Glucksman since 2015 and captures the joy and creativity that they have brought to the museum’s community programme. Students from UCC Amnesty International Society and UCC STAR Society have volunteered their time to assist artists with the delivery of art projects while staff from across the university have brought their research and experience to encourage and enhance the impact of the programmes. 

Our creative work with young people living in Direct Provision is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and private philanthropy through Cork University Foundation. 

Banner Moving Still

Moving Still

12 August - 9 November 2018

An exhibition of photography by young asylum seekers, refugees and migrants on display on city billboards and in the Glucksman.

Artists: Damilola Samuel Akinbote, Emmanuel Akinbote, Faith Akinbote, Femi Akinlade, Sandra Olawunmi Akinlade, Jana Alkarajeh, Lilian Eberechi, Prince Charles Matsetto, Nanette Ndlov, Pahalavan Premareji, Thamarai Premareji, Craig Sibanda

Project artists: Maeve Lynch, Darn Thorn, Inma Pavon

Curated by Tadhg Crowley

Through a series of creative workshops, the young artists explored photographic techniques and imaginative approaches to making images. They were encouraged to communicate their own experiences through visual art.

During the weekly sessions, the teenagers, aged between 13 and 16, worked with project artist Maeve Lynch and Glucksman curator Tadhg Crowley to investigate ideas of movement and expression through photography. In workshops with contemporary dancer Inma Pavon, they explored improvisation and how movement can be a representation of individuality, while artist Darn Thorn taught the group about photographic techniques and ideas of scale, exposure and lighting. 

We hope that you will discover the artworks in the gallery and as they pop up around our city.

Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, the exhibition will take place at the Glucksman and throughout Cork city until the end of October 2018.

Traveller Girls

In Touch with Tradition

18 - 26 August 2018, From Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm Sunday 2pm - 5pm Monday closed , Admission Free

This Heritage Week the Glucksman showcases the creativity of local Traveller girls responding to their heritage in our foyer exhibition space.

The artworks were produced during workshops at the Glucksman and in collaboration with Cork Traveller Visibility Group, and Mayfield Youth Café. The girls learned new art-making techniques to explore their heritage. 

The young girls live in Spring Lane halting site where an outgoing campaign is taking place to highlight the poor living conditions residents endure. The artworks comprising of portraits, banners and sculptures look at the challenges the traveller community face in maintaining their heritage and traditions in the 21st century.