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The Crawford Art Gallery set for art shopping spree

Wednesday, 14th October, 2020 2:29pm

Money can’t buy you love, but it can buy you art, and that’s exactly what the Crawford Art Gallery plans to do with its share of a substantial new acquisition fund.

The fund of €400,000, allocated by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Art, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, will enable the gallery to invest in works from contemporary artists working in Ireland, thus enhancing the national collection.

The overall fund of €1million is to be divided between the Crawford Art Gallery and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) in Dublin.

It is hoped that the expansion of the collection with this fund will increase local, national and international interest in the famous Leeside gallery.

Mary McCarthy, Director of Crawford Art Gallery, said: “With exhibition opportunities and international touring opportunities limited due to Covid, this acquisition fund will enable us to continue to promote artists and their work.”

Rose McHugh, Chair of Crawford Art Gallery, added: “This new fund will ensure that Crawford Art Gallery can continue to build its collection for future generations and to extend our connections with artists in ways which are so important at this time.”

The Crawford Art Gallery collection comprises over 3,000 works, ranging from eighteenth-century Irish and European painting and sculpture to contemporary film and photography. As well as the purchase and receipt of donated artworks throughout the years, the collection has been greatly enhanced and expanded through the Gibson Bequest (1919), Fr McGrath Bequest (1998), Great Southern Collection (2006), and part of the AIB Art Collection (2012).

The Crawford Art Gallery is currently closed due to Covid-19 level three restrictions with plans to reopen once restrictions are eased.

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