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 (from October – December)
- four in spring/summer (from February – May).
- Lectures are held in the evenings, on the first Wednesday of the month.
- The regular venue is at the Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street, Cork City Centre.
CorkDFAS’ second public lecture will be held on Thursday, 21st September 2017 at 7.00 p.m. at Cork City Central Library, Grand Parade, Cork.
“From Witness to Spectacle: Encountering Irish Eviction in the 19th Century”
by Dr. Emily Mark-Fitzgerald, Lecturer/Assistant Professor, School of Art History and Cultural Policy, UCD, again with generous assistance from Cork City Heritage Grant Scheme.
CorkDFAS’ first public lecture was held on 21st September 2016 at Cork City Central Library, “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) 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 on Wednesday, 7th May 2016, the CorkDFAS Workshop ‘Identification of Cultural Objects’, under the leadership of Philip Sheppard, Director of Sheppard Fine Art Auctioneers, 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
Friends of the Crawford Art Gallery
Cork City Libraries
Lewis Glucksman Gallery
Cork Public Museum
We are also supported by the bodies below (see, Menu, Our Sponsor and Supporters):
UCC Heritage Services
IRISH DECORATIVE & FINE ARTS SOCIETY
TRISKEL ARTS CENTRE