2019 Artistic Programme

We are pleased to announce our 2019 programme of exhibitions, projects and educational events. 

The Glucksman's 2019 Artistic Programme

The Glucksman's artistic programme is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, Cork County Council, Creative Ireland, Cork Chamber and private philanthropy through Cork University Foundation. 

Prism: the art and science of light continues until 10 March 2019.

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Close Encounter: Meetings with remarkable buildings
In partnership with the Irish Architecture Foundation
5 April – 30 June 2019

Architects: A2, Boyd Cody, Noreile Breen, Bucholz McEvoy, Carr Cotter & Naessens, Clancy Moore, DePaor, Donaghy + Dimond, Kevin Donovan / Ryan W. Kennihan, GKMP, Hassett Ducatez, Heneghan Peng, Mary Laheen / Aoibheann Ní Mhearáin, Steve Larkin, Dominic Stevens / JFOC, and TAKA.

Curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara (Grafton Architects) for the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, Close Encounter: Meetings with remarkable buildings features installations developed by sixteen invited architects (and architectural teams) whom the curators asked to investigate and present a building by an architect of the past, as a concrete act of that “generosity” in which the main theme of this year’s Biennale is rooted.

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The Parted Veil: Commemoration in photographic practices
12 April – 30 June 2019

Artists: Dervla Baker, Lian Bell, Lisa Butterly & Lisa McCormack, David Creedon, Adrian Duncan, Cáit Fahey,John Halpin, Roseanne Lynch, Tom Molloy, Vukasin Nedeljkovic / Asylum Archive, Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, Miriam O’Connor, James Parkin, Alan Phelan, Amelia Stein, and Mhairi Sutherland

The Parted Veil is an exhibition and publication of Irish artists who use the photographic image to consider ideas of remembrance and celebration, and especially to reflect how intimate experiences express the wider events shaping our contemporary world. A dedicated publication accompanies the exhibition and will feature images from the exhibition, a contextual essay by Adam Hanna, and poems from invited Irish writers Ailbhe Darcy, Vona Groarke, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Billy Ramsell, and Leanne O’Sullivan.

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Beckett and the Wake: Photography by John Minihan
12 April – 30 June 2019

Irish photographer John Minihan photographed the great playwright Samuel Beckett many times in Paris and London, capturing moments that have become iconic images of twentieth-century culture. Minihan’s friendship with Beckett began through a conversation about Minihan’s acclaimed exhibition ‘The Wake of Katy Tyrell’ which he shot in the 1977, while visiting his hometown Athy in County Kildare. UCC Special Collections has recently acquired the archive of John Minihan and this exhibition will present the Athy wake photographs as well as images that he took of the notoriously reclusive writer.

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Richard Proffitt: May the moon rise and the sun set
14 - 23 June 2019

May the moon rise and the sun set is a new Glucksman off-site project by artist Richard Proffitt that will premiere during Cork Midsummer Festival. Proffitt will transform the interior spaces of the UCC Music Department premises at St. Vincent’s Church into an uncanny, atmospherically immersive environment. A transient midsummer offering, Proffitt's installation will exist only in this edition, for this time in this space.

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Nicholas Fox Weber Curatorial Residency: Lesley Young
14 - 23 June 2019

The Nicholas Fox Weber Curatorial Residency programme welcomes Lesley Young as our third resident. Lesley Young is an independent curator based in Glasgow and a founding member of Chapter Thirteen, a co-operative and project space conceived to explore the social, critical and material potentials of the curatorial. Between 2014 and 2017 she lead the MLitt Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art) for the University of Glasgow, a course run jointly with The Glasgow School of Art, integrating teaching with Annette Krauss, Roger Hiorns, Christine Borland and Can Altay. 

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Peripheries: Electronic literature and new media art
10 – 17 July 2019

The Glucksman presents a week-long exhibition of cutting-edge expression in electronic literature and media art as part of UCC's hosting of the international ELO conference and festival in Cork. Considering the confluence of digital culture and electronic literature, this exhibition will build on the curatorial expertise of Chris Clarke who has curated several exhibitions of new media art and James O'Sullivan, who is a scholar who explores the ways in which the digital is transforming modes of cultural production. 

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Circadian Rhythms
1 August – 3 November 2019

All life on earth - humans, other animals, plants and even bacteria - carry out biological processes to a 24-hour pattern of activity that mirrors the length of the earth day. Such processes are said to be subject to circadian rhythms as they oscillate at different points during the 24-hour cycle, always following the same rhythmic pattern of activity. Circadian Rhythms presents the work of Irish and international artists who explore these invisible forces through reflections on time, the cadence of working life, sleeping patterns, as well as through the impact of modern technologies that disrupt the natural world.  

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The Classroom Museum
Spring 2019

The Classroom Museum is a new initiative from the Glucksman that enables schoolchildren in rural Ireland to participate in an imaginative programme of creative learning based around contemporary artworks from the UCC art collection.

With the support of Creative Ireland, this Spring the Glucksman will bring the Classroom Museum to three Primary Schools in Munster – Cappoquin Primary School in Waterford; St. Joseph’s National School, Dromcollogher,Co. Limerick; and Ballyporeen National School, Tipperary.

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Future Forms
Spring 2019

Future Forms is a creative engagement project that invites Cork schools, third-level students and community groups to work with artists to create artworks that imagine what their city and urban environment might look like in 200 years time. Participants will explore future visions of Cork through a focus on active citizenship, encouraging all of us to think about ways in which we can get involved in positively influencing the form of our own city. 

In 2019, Cork Chamber celebrates 200 years of representing business in Cork, we’ll be encouraging participants young and old to imagine what Cork city and urban environment might look like in the future. The collaborative artworks made during the workshop sessions will be presented in the Glucksman's main spaces in a public exhibition in March 2019. 

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Art + Health - A creative exploration of rural medical practices in Ireland 
Spring/Summer 2019

This pilot project supported by the Cork County Council Creative Communities Scheme seeks to shine a light on the work of public health nurses in rural Ireland. Artist Colin Crotty will work with a group of public health nurses to create a new body of work that will reflect on their working life in the community. 

The nurses will engage in a series of creative activities, talks and discussions at the Glucksman. The artist will interpret the accounts of the nurses daily practices and these stories will be presented back to the community through a public display of the new artworks. 

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Bealtaine Film Poem
Spring/Summer  2019 

In 2019, the Glucksman will curate a project for Bealtaine that sees artists Gerry Murphy (poet/writer) and Collette Nolan (visual artist) working with the Ballyphehane/Togher Community. Through a series of creative workshops, talks and discussions held at the Glucksman, the artists will work with the community group on the creation of a new film that responds to Bealtaine's theme of hospitality, hosting and welcome. The created film will be screened to the public at the Glucksman in May 2019 before beginning a tour of cultural venues around the country. 

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For further discussion of the programme, press images or more detailed information, please contact:

Chris Clarke, Senior Curator, The Glucksman, University College Cork. exhibitions@glucksman.org / +353 21 4901844