Maclise Art Society
The Maclise Art Society is Cork's longest established and most prominent painting society, and one of the most active artist-groups in Ireland today. Established over 25 years ago, by Vera Owens, Aideen McNamara, John Fogarty, Helen O'Canainn, and others, it is dedicated to the practice and appreciation of all types of painting (oils, watercolours, acrylics etc.), and membership is open to anyone with an interest in fine art, from leisure painters to professionals.
The Society honours the name of Corkman
Daniel Maclise (1806-1870),
the internationally famous historical painter renowned for his two monumental
paintings on the walls of Westminster Palace in London: The Meeting
of Wellington and Blucher, and The Death of Nelson (1858-64).
Upon completion of these masterpieces, Maclise was offered the presidentship
of the prestigious Royal Academy, which he declined due to ill-health.
See also: Cork Art News.
Benefits of Membership
A very active and friendly art group, The
Maclise Art Society offers members a range of benefits.
Members are invited to attend live demonstrations by professional Irish artists in a lecture hall at the Crawford Gallery once a month during September-May, on the first Friday in the month.
During each demonstration, the invited artist completes a picture, explaining his/her technique in the process, and answers questions from the audience as the work progresses. Artists who have demonstrated in the past include: Philip Gray, Arthur Maderson, Gretta O Brien, John Jermyn, Barbara Barrett, Michael Downes and Brother Albert Cooney, to name but a few.
Upcoming Painting Demonstrations for
Note: The Maclise Society's program of art demonstrations stops for the summer and then continues from September to December.
- Time: Demonstrations start at 7.30pm
sharp, so please arrive a little before.
(2) Group Exhibitions
All members are eligible to submit a painting
to the society's two annual group exhibitions. Exhibitions have been held
at various galleries around Cork including the Cork
Vision Center, and The Mill Gallery, Midleton.
DVD Library Members have access to a DVD
arts library, including DVDs from well-known artists demonstrating in
oil and pencil.
The DVD library is available at the monthly demonstrations.
President: Raymond Connole
Highly recommended for any artist, from absolute beginner upwards. Contributes immensely to visual art in Cork.
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in Ireland, see: Homepage.