About CorkDFAS

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).

Committee and Deputy Lord Mayor with Speaker at Launch of Society © East Cork Journal
Committee and Deputy Lord Mayor with Speaker at Launch of Society © East Cork Journal


CorkDFAS  focuses on

  • the advancement and study of the decorative and the fine arts
  • the conservation of the artistic and cultural heritage

CorkDFAS provides

  • 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

CorkDFAS offers


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.

Associate Fellow, Faculty of Visual Culture, NCAD (NUI); Visiting Professor, Research Institute, School of Art and Design, University of Ulster, Belfast; Honorary Research Fellow, University of Wales; Honorary Fellow, British Society of Master Glass Painters
Nicola Gordon Bowe
Associate Fellow, NCAD (NUI); Visiting Professor, University of Ulster; Honorary Research Fellow, University of Wales; Honorary Fellow, British Society Master Glass Painters: "The Arts & Crafts Society of Ireland & the decorative arts during the early C20th Celtic Revival"
Peter Murray
Director, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork: "Cork's Maritime Paintings"
Vera Ryan
Crawford College of Art & Design: "Tony O'Malley, A Celebration of his art, in his centenary year"
John Bowen
Chair, Board of Directors, Crawford Art Gallery: "All that glitters: Cork Silver"
Virginia Teehan
Director of Cultural Projects, UCC, formerly Director, Hunt Museum: "The Hunt Museum Bronze Horse: a journey in provenance and discovery"
Roger Stalley
Professor, Fellow Emeritus, Trinity College, Dublin: "The Book of Kells: an art historian's perspective"

………….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.Metropole_Reverse_Cork_CMYK
  • The regular venue is at the Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street, Cork City Centre.


CorkDFAS’ first public lecture will be held on 21st September 2016 at Cork City Central Library at 7:00 p.m.,

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.Heritage-Plan-Logo




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.

Richard Wood elegantly interpreting Burges' cartoons at the Glucksman Gallery to enthralled members
Richard Wood elegantly interpreting Burges’ cartoons at the Glucksman Gallery to enthralled members


Study Groups

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.

Heritage-Plan-LogoThanks 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.

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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.Heritage-Plan-Logo

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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).

Courtesy of Physics Dept. NUIG, and Susan Corr
Courtesy of Physics Dept. NUIG, and Susan Corr

CorkDFAS gratefully acknowledges the assistance provided by UCC and the part-funding provided by Cork City Council Heritage Grant Scheme.Heritage-Plan-Logo




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The Society is supported by the following bodies as institutional members:

© Cork Institute of Technology
© Cork Institute of Technology


CIT Crawford College of Art



Cork City and County Archives 

Crawford Art Gallery

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© Cork City Council
© Cork City Council


Cork City Libraries






UCC Heritage Services


© Lewis Glucksman Gallery
© Lewis Glucksman Gallery


Lewis Glucksman Gallery



© Cork City Council
© Cork City Council



Cork Public Museum



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We are sponsored in kind by the East Cork Journal, and supported by the  bodies  below (see, Menu, Our Sponsor and Supporters):



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