The Society was formally launched by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Lorraine Kingston, at the Inaugural Lecture given by Dr Nicola Gordon Bowe on 17th October at Christchurch, Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin Street, Cork (for a full account, see, Menu, The Society’s Inaugural Year).
CorkDFAS focuses on
- the advancement and study of the decorative and the fine arts
- the conservation of the artistic and cultural heritage
- a cultural and aesthetic focus for education and participation
- for all who share an interest in the cultural heritage
- without regard to age, background or locality
Regular lectures cover the fine and decorative arts with a leaning towards conservation practices, material culture, design, craft, history, archeology and architecture. Topics may also include the lives and influences of artists, makers, craftspeople, curators and patrons.
CorkDFAS engages lecturers who are recognised experts in the field and also known to be engaging speakers.
The Inaugural Year Speakers
There are now seven lectures each year, three in autumn/winter, four in spring/summer (from October 2015 – May 2016). Lectures are held in the evenings, on the first Wednesday of the month.
The regular venue is at the Metrople Hotel, MacCurtain Street, Cork City Centre.
CorkDFAS’ first public lecture, “Aspects of the Arts & Crafts of The Honan Chapel in its Centenary Year” by Virginia Teehan (Director of Cultural Projects, UCC) and James Cronin (Lecturer in Teaching & Learning (Enhancement), UCC), will be held on 21st September 2016 at Cork City Central Library at 7:00 p.m., with generous assistance from Cork City Heritage Grant Scheme.
CorkDFAS acts as a centre for news of related heritage, historical, and artistic events and activities (see, News Page, and also Facebook, and Twitter (see below)).
Visits by members to museums, private and public collections, and significant buildings, are organised by the Events Coordinator.
We are also prepared to facilitate study groups in areas of member interest within the objects of the Society.
CorkDFAS is creating opportunities for its members to volunteer to become involved in particular activities that would assist certain bodies that are engaged in the field of conservation or hold collections that require ‘conservation’ in the broadest sense. These activities can range from minor but necessary tasks to some members ultimately becoming involved in actual conservation activities, following suitable instruction and training, and under professional supervision.
During Heritage Week in 2015 some 20 members of CorkDFAS acted as host guides to the Moments In Time exhibition at the Cork City & County Archives.
Thanks to the efforts of the Volunteering Coordinator and President 13 volunteers from among CorkDFAS’s members are presently engaged on a church recording project with St Anne’s, Shandon, Cork, a first in Ireland, with generous assistance from the Cork City Heritage Plan.
A second workshop was held this year on Wednesday, 7th May: CorkDFAS Workshop ‘Identification of Cultural Objects’: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at UCC Western Gateway building Room WGB_G18, registration at 10 a.m., with generous assistance from the Cork City Heritage Plan, and UCC Heritage Services.
Our first Workshop, “Best Practice in Preventative Conservation for Volunteers”, took place on 27th September 2014. It was led by a professional conservator and by a professional archivist and former museum director, and was held at UCC (details to be found on the sub-menu, Best Practice Workshop).
CorkDFAS gratefully acknowledges the assistance provided by UCC and the part-funding provided by Cork City Council Heritage Grant Scheme.
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The Society is supported by the following bodies as institutional members:
CIT Crawford College of Art
Cork City and County Archives
Crawford Art Gallery
Cork City Libraries
UCC Heritage Services
Lewis Glucksman Gallery
Cork Public Museum
We are sponsored in kind by the East Cork Journal, and supported by the bodies below (see, Menu, Our Sponsor and Supporters):
IRISH DECORATIVE & FINE ARTS SOCIETY
TRISKEL ARTS CENTRE