Craving a relaxed amble around an art gallery?
The latest restrictions have kicked that particular pleasure down the road for another six weeks at least, but Cork’s Crawford Art Gallery has come up with a clever way to scratch the itch in the meantime.
Art lovers and the curious can now explore the national collection in this much loved historic building from the comfort of their kitchen or the safety of the sofa.
The Crawford Art Gallery has been working closely with Cork Software technology firm DigiSoft to allow virtual visitors to roam gallery spaces 24/7 via their phones.
You can start downstairs in the Sculpture Gallery which houses the famous Canova casts, gifted to Cork two centuries ago, then head upstairs to the Gibson Galleries and the Harry Clarke collection on the top floor.
Originally built in 1724 as the city’s Customs House, the Gallery’s vast collection of 3,000 objects includes well-known and much-loved works by Irish artists James Barry, Mainie Jellett, Seán Keating, Daniel Maclise, Norah McGuinness, Edith Somerville, and Jack B. Yeats, as well as contemporary artists Gerard Byrne, Maud Cotter, Dorothy Cross, Eilis O’Connell, and Hughie O’Donoghue.
“This view inside the gallery will allow those at home get a taste of what to expect when they can visit in the future and also get an appreciation of this National Institution if they cannot get there in person.” says gallery Director Mary McCarthy.
“The gallery may be closed due to government restrictions but this new virtual offering will allow the public to see parts of the gallery that are ordinarily not open the public like its Library which has panoramic views of Opera Lane and Emmet place.”
Got 20 minutes to spare? Make a cuppa and take the tour at crawfordartgallery.ie.
Image: Jed Niezgoda