Douglas Street just got another creative resident.
Contemporary artist Cora Murphy will open the doors of her new home and studio space in the heart of Cork City this Jazz Weekend with a unique show that celebrates her biggest paintings to date.
After many years of struggling to find a home and workspace in the city, Cora bought the building earlier this year.
“I am so relieved to have found my home in Cork,” she told us.
“As is well documented, finding secure, permanent housing and workspace is beyond challenging – it is terrifying. I was increasingly worried about it as I was getting older. I was sure I would have to leave town and start again somewhere very remote.
“Buying in Douglas Street felt ‘guided’. I am so happy to be here. It really is a village in the heart of the city and my neighbours have been incredibly welcoming and kind. The recent Douglas Street Autumn Fest was a terrific example of a community coming together in kindness to do good and have fun.”
Threshold, an exhibition of ten five-foot-tall oil paintings and Cora’s first physical show in years, will open from 5pm on Thursday, October 27th at 42 Douglas Street opposite Fionnbarra Bar.
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“These are my biggest, brightest paintings to date. It marks the beginning of so much newness for me.” Cora told us.
“This site-specific exhibition was created to honour the house (built pre-1900). It is a giant celebration of this moment, a new beginning in this building, its past and future. The paintings feel like illuminations to me, each one a blessing – garnering light from all that has gone before and giving light to all that is yet to be.”
The exhibition will remain open from 11am – 5pm all weekend, including Bank Holiday Monday.