West Cork Arts Centre
Review of Municipal Art Gallery in County Cork: Exhibitions, Community Arts Program, Opening Hours.

Irish Art Exhibitions


West Cork Arts Centre

Founded in 1985 in Skibbereen, County Cork, the Centre has become an important institution in the Cork art scene, providing local access to international and Irish art by world renowned artists from Ireland and abroad. As well as displaying modern and contemporary Irish painting and Irish sculpture from both established and unknown artists, the West Cork Arts Centre operates an educational and community program, providing resources, and other assistance to individual artists, and other Irish art organisations to facilitate a variety of artistic goals. The Centre is now a key institution in the cultural life of West Cork and its rural community.

In 2015, it moved to a new location and rebranded under the name Uillinn.

For details of other venues in
West Cork, see:
Doswell Gallery (Rosscarbery)

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of arts in Ireland, see:
- National Gallery of Ireland
- National Museum of Ireland
- Irish Museum of Modern Art
- Hugh Lane Gallery Dublin
- Chester Beatty Library
- Trinity College Dublin Library
- National Self-Portrait Collection
- The Hunt Museum (Limerick)
- Ulster Museum.

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auction sale prices achieved by
by Sotheby's and Christie's, see:
Top 10 Most Expensive Paintings

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achieved by painters here, see:
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Exhibition Program

Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, West Cork Arts Centre combines with local, national and international artists, and arts organisations to foster a program that offers an in-depth experience of contemporary visual arts, including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, performance, installation and lens-based art.

Previous exhibitions have included: numerous workshops, performances, talks and tours for children; paintings by Colin Martin alongside a projection installation by Clare Langan; works by Johanna Connor and Gabrielle Byrne, two West Cork-based artists; a collaborative showing of mixed media works by Cork-based artists Sandra Minchin and Chris Hurley; an exhibition of paintings exploring cityscapes and urban scenes; an exhibition of drawings and works on paper by Dutch artist Arno Kramer; a series of video works exploring an interest in the precarious balances that exist between the human body and mind; a selected show by invited curator Sarah Foster, linked to the West Cork Craft and Design Guild’s 10th Birthday Celebrations; and much more.

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Arts Education

Above all, West Cork Arts Centre places enormous importance on education, and supports a wide range of arts workshops, community-based projects and film screenings, as well as seminars, talks and gallery tours. The Centre is active in commissioning new artwork, art publishing, promoting artists and maintains numerous partnerships with other organisations and agencies in order to strengthen the appreciation, understanding and practice of visual arts in Ireland.

Gallery Viewing Hours

November-March: Mon-Sat: 10am-5pm.
April-October: 10am-6pm.

For more details about the County Cork-based and other Irish painters or sculptors shown by this longstanding heritage and artistic centre, its program of art exhibitions and the services it offers to the West Cork community, contact:

West Cork Arts Center
North Street
Co. Cork
Phone: 028-22090
Website: westcorkartscentre.com/

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