Friday 15 June 2012
THE PORT OF CORK MARITIME COLLECTION OPENS AT SIRIUS ARTS CENTRE
The Port of Cork Maritime Collection, an exhibition of maritime themed paintings and models is now open at the Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh. The exhibition, which will run until 22nd July, will showcase a selection of the Port’s historic maritime art pieces dating back from the 1800s. Highlights of the collection include a number of paintings by marine artist George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson and Robert Lowe Stopford who is known for his series of panoramic views of Queenstown.
This exhibition offers the public a chance to view this one of a kind collection of paintings and models which are usually housed in the Port’s headquarters in Custom House. In 2005, to celebrate Cork’s year as Capital of Culture, the Port of Cork hosted an exhibition of maritime art dating back to the 1700s which drew hundreds of visitors from far and wide. In 2010, paintings also went on loan to Dachau museum for an exhibition which formed part of a year-long commemoration of the life and works of renowned Cork composer and conductor Aloys Fleischmann. More recently, in April 2012, paintings went on loan to Belfast Port to form part of their ‘Kings of the Tides’ exhibition.
Speaking about the exhibition, Chief Executive of the Port of Cork Brendan Keating said “The Port of Cork is delighted that we are able to share our exceptional collection of paintings and models with the people of Cork and beyond. These works give us a glimpse of how our harbour has changed over the years and also reminds us of the rich history of Cork’s shipping business. I would like to thank Sirius Arts Centre for hosting our collection and to Peter Murray and the Crawford Gallery for making this exhibition possible.”
Entry to the exhibition is free of charge. For further information, see www.siriusartscentre.ie or phone 021 4813790.
Gallery Opening Hours:
Wednesday – Friday: 11AM - 5PM
Saturday & Sunday: 2PM - 5PM
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
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