2020 Artistic Programme

We are pleased to announce our 2020 programme of exhibitions, projects and residencies.

The Glucksman's 2020 Artistic Programme

The Glucksman's artistic programme includes exhibitions, artist and creative engagement projects, as well as two international residencies. Our programme is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the European Solidarity Corps and private philanthropy through Cork University Foundation. 

Moving Spaces continues until 15 March 2020.
Viewpoints continues until 22 March 2020.


Home: Being and belonging in contemporary Ireland
10 April – 12 July 2020

Artists: Sara Baume, Tinka Bechert, Martin Boyle, Brian Duggan, James L. Hayes, Kerry Guinan, Eileen Hutton, Julie Merriman, Doireann Ní Ghrioghair, Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Treasa O’Brien, Julia Pallone, Amanda Rice, Ciara Roche, Kathy Tynan, Mieke Vanmechelen

Home: Being and belonging in contemporary Ireland marks the concluding instalment of a trilogy of exhibitions presented at the Glucksman to mark the Decade of Commemorations through contemporary Irish art. While the exhibitions 2116: Forecast of the next century considered visions of the future ahead and The Parted Veil: Commemoration in Photographic Practices reflected on how we remember the past, this final show brings viewers back to the present to explore concepts of being and belonging in contemporary Ireland.


Bassam Al-Sabah: Artist Project
12 - 21 June 2020

The Glucksman and Cork Midsummer will co-commission a new site-specific work by artist Bassam Al-Sabah as part of the 2020 festival. Building on the success of our 2019 off-site project by Richard Proffitt, this multi-media installation in Cork city centre will extend Al-Sabah’s exhibition practice into a seductive and polyphonic presentation in the public realm. His work explores the fluidity of memory as an amalgamation of various narratives - both false and true. Al-Sabah’s previous exhibitions include Solstice Arts Centre; The LAB; Pallas Projects; Royal Hibernian Academy; and Tulca.  


Nicholas Fox Weber Curatorial Residency: Ximena Moreno
15 - 28 June 2020

The Nicholas Fox Weber Curatorial Residency programme welcomes Ximena Moreno as our fifth resident. Ximena  is a researcher and Coordinator of Visual Arts at Matucana 100, a Cultural Center located in Santiago, Chile. Her work focuses on managing visual arts projects and research for publishing and curatorial purposes. She has previously written for Artishock and La Panera Magazine and is co-founder of Revista Porvenir, a visual culture digital magazine. 


Fashion Show: Clothing, costumes and contemporary art

31 July – 1 November 2020

Fashion Show is a major exhibition of Irish and international artists that looks at fashion design as a subject and inspiration in contemporary art. Through artworks that explore the shifting patterns of the industry, from the high turnover of so-called ‘fast fashion’ retail stores to the proliferation of online sites selling crafted, artisan clothing, Fashion Show captures how art has shaped contemporary fashion - and vice versa.  


Data Streams: Art, algorithms and artificial intelligence
28 November 2020 – 7 March 2021

 Machine Learning is the basis of artificial intelligence, as computers extract, organize and analyze data in order to improve their understanding of patterns, pictures and processes. This has already impacted our day-to-day lives, through automation, advertising and the autonomy of vehicles and gadgetry. Data Streams is an exhibition of work by Irish and international artists that looks at how artists are engaging with the increasing advancement of A.I., data collection and automation and how these technologies are transforming society. 


See You, See Me: A creative engagement project exploring children’s rights
January – March 2020

The Glucksman invites young people from schools and community groups to take part in a creative project that explores children’s rights. Taking its inspiration from the exhibition ViewpointsSee You, See Me gives children the opportunity to develop a greater awareness of their rights and to interpret rights-based themes through their own original artworks. Artworks created by young people over the course of several facilitated creative workshops will be presented as part of a public exhibition in March 2020.


Art in Action: A European Solidarity Corps Project
February 2020 – January 2021

Art in Action is a 12-month project delivered by the Glucksman in collaboration with University College Cork students that will provide creative opportunities for young asylum seekers living in the Direct Provision system. The project will be led by a group of UCC students, members of UCC Failte Society, and will enable young asylum seekers aged 6-12 years to engage in creative activities and events and to work with artists in the civic space of the Glucksman museum. 


Tales of a City: A community art project exploring popular culture, memory and identity
February – May 2020

Tales of a City invites members of St. Brendan’s Senior Community, The Glen, Cork to work with artist Cassandra Eustace and the Glucksman team to develop a project that will be presented during Bealtaine Festival 2020. Through a series of creative consultations at the Glucksman the community will be invited to share stories from their lives providing the content and inspiration for the artist to create a new body of work. Cassandra Eustace will create a series of drawings responding to the group's stories that will go on display during Bealtaine Festival alongside prints and stories by St. Brendan's Senior Community in a limited edition book published to commemorate and celebrate the project.


My Generation: A Creative Agency project
August – October 2020

My Generation is a project that invites teenage asylum seekers, refugees and migrants to explore fashion and taste in youth culture. The young people will develop innovative approaches to artmaking through guided workshops at the Glucksman. Participants will learn about important youth culture movements and incorporate their own beliefs, styles and interests to design artworks and costumes for public exhibition. 


Viewpoints: touring exhibition
Autumn 2020

The Arts Council has enabled the Glucksman to develop an original print version of the exhibition Viewpoints to travel to rural schools, Millstreet Direct Provision Centre and small-scale community and cultural venues. This touring initiative will be supported by online resources that introduce the artworks and enable children to explore their rights through creative activities. 


Love to Draw: public engagement project
May – November 2020

The Glucksman is partnering with Voluntary Arts on an initiative that invites diverse groups of people from across the region to participate in drawing workshops and activities with professional artists. In May 2020, drawing workshops with children living in Direct Provision, young Travellers and with an intergenerational group will take place in the museum. Their artworks will be exhibited in a public exhibition at the Glucksman in November 2020 alongside works created by communities with Artlink, Co. Donegal, and Carlow County Council in a public exhibition at the Glucksman in November 2020. 

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