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Future is bright for Crawford

Wednesday, 11th April, 2018 5:09pm

The Crawford Art Gallery has received a huge boost in the form of €22 million. The Project Ireland 2040 plan has committed to the project which is the largest single refurbishment project in the history of the gallery.

An initial €4 million will be used over the period of 2018–2021 and will enable the gallery to make immediate infrastructural improvements.

From 2021–2027, the remaining €18 million will allow for an expansion and reconfiguration of spaces for storage, new exhibition and project spaces, education and learning areas, as well as administration and enhanced public spaces.

The recently appointed Director, Mary McCarthy, welcomed the announcement and the possibilities it creates for Crawford Art Gallery, saying: “To renew its purpose and mission in its extraordinary Cork city centre site. Cork is expected to see unprecedented growth over the next ten years and Crawford Art Gallery intends to contribute to that growth and be a dynamic place to connect audiences, artists and communities of interest.

“We look forward to collaborating with the arts community and other sectors in Cork and in the region, as well as with our national colleagues in the national cultural Institutions to ensure Crawford is well prepared for future generations of artists

and publics,” she concluded.

The Chair of the board of the gallery, Rose McHugh said: “The Crawford Art Gallery has been very resilient over the last number of years in the face of limited available resources. This investment will support the transformation of the Crawford Art Gallery to meet the expectations of our visitors and artists and will enable it to take its place as a significant national cultural institution, that is locally relevant and nationally and internationally connected.”

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