The Port of Cork Company's headquarters at Custom House is home to a fine collection of historic maritime art. Most notable among the collection are a number of maritime paintings by George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson. Atkinson painted ships and maritime views and his work gives us a great insight into the shipping of the time and glimpses of a harbour long since changed.
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. The exhibition included works from the Port of Cork, the Crawford Gallery and private collectors. The exhibition drew hundreds of visitors to the Custom House from far and wide. In 2010/2011, paintings went on loan to Dachau museum for an exhibition which formed part of a year long commemoration of the life and works of Cork renowned composer and conductor Aloys Fleischmann. In April 2012, paintings went on loan to Belfast Port to form part of their "Kings of the Tides" exhibition and in the summer of 2012 the Port of Cork Company in conjunction with the Sirius Arts Centre hosted an exhibition of its Maritime Paintings which ran for six weeks from June to July 2012.
See some images below from our “Maritime Paintings of Cork 1700 – 2000” catalogue. Please contact Gillian O’Leary at firstname.lastname@example.org for any further information.