CorkDFAS organises visits by members to museums, private and public collections, and significant buildings, possibly in conjunction and cooperation with other local bodies. These events are sometimes open to non-members.
Schedule of Events/Excursions
A talk on the CorkDFAS Church Recording Project in St Anne’s, Shandon by Committee Members, Tom Spalding and David Ryan,
as part of Heritage Open Day.
Saturday, 19th August at 2.30 p.m.
Words of Introduction
Rev Sarah Marry, Priest-in-Charge, St. Anne’s, Shandon; Chaplain, St. Luke’s Home
According to its website Cork Decorative and Fine Art Society focuses on the advancement and study of the decorative and the fine arts and the conservation of the artistic and cultural heritage. These may not seem like priorities, these things aren’t going to change the world or wipe our world hunger. They are in many ways only noticeable by their absence. If there were no one to stand for our artistic and cultural heritage then Cork would be a poorer place for it. Our art and culture endures, it stands to witness to us of the people who have been here before us, those who left their mark, who had something to say, who responded to the needs and fashions of their day to share something of themselves and how they saw the world. Their wisdom, their reflections, the marks they made teach us how we might respond to the world we find ourselves in today no matter how different it may appear. It is good to be reminded of the bonds of common humanity; the enduring ability of people to survive and thrive no matter how harsh the conditions. And for those who visit St. Anne’s, particularly as we approach the 300th birthday of this beautiful building, it is good to reflect on the generations of people who have faithfully gathered here to worship over those years, people who found the walls and witness of this place to speak of peace and hope and the love of their Creator. As a church we value tradition, we stand on the shoulders of the Christians who went before us tracing our roots back to the very apostles. But like every generation of Christians, we are not hostage to tradition but rather we seek to find ways of living out our faith in our own time; taking the issues and challenges of the day and putting them under the lens of faith as we seek to God’s purposes and share his love with a broken world. Our buildings are an important and controversial part of how we do that. They are costly to maintain and take much love and attention, but they also speak powerfully of our heritage, of our history and witness to those around of a Christian presence. St. Anne’s is fortunate as an icon of this city to have a considerable advantage in that task of bearing witness; our building is instantly recognisable and attracts people from all over the place as Marisa will tell you; but it’s entire purpose is to bear witness to the Gospel; it’s value and utility for us goes beyond it’s heritage and cultural value but as we use it in the Cork of today we also appreciate it’s place in the heart of Cork; its value as part of this city’s heritage and culture. And so for that reason we are delighted to welcome Cork Decorative and Fine Art Society tonight, to thank them for their work which reminds us how much richer our lives are today for the preserving and celebrating of all that was created in the past. And so I hand you over to Tom and to David who’ll tell you more about what they’ve been up to.
Tour of Fota House
Saturday, July 22nd at 12 noon
A tour of some previously hidden features in the library of the house which were uncovered during recent renovation work and the rest of the house.
The cost will be €6 per person. Meet outside the main entrance for 11.30 a.m. After the tour all can enjoy lunch in their café.
CorkDFAS guided tour of the current exhibition in the UCC Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Set In Time: Drawings from the Serge Lifar Collection.
Saturday, 13th May at 11.30 a.m.
There is a cost of €5 per person. Numbers are strictly limited to 25 and priority given to CorkDFAS members.
CorkDFAS guided tour of the National Sculpture Factory facilities and working studios.
Tuesday, 29th November at 10 a.m.
The tour will be free of charge. However, the numbers are strictly limited to 15.
A few tables have been for us at El Vino at the Elysian for 11 a.m., so all are welcome to come along for coffee and a chat afterwards.
The National Sculpture Factory is located on Albert Road.
The rest of the programme of events will hopefully include the following:
A Saturday morning visit to Holy Trinity Church guided by Trisha Curtin-Kelly, possibly linked to a tour at the Crawford Gallery, which could be completed with lunch in the Crawford café.
A tour of the Masonic Hall on Tuckey Street, Cork, guided by the lodge’s archivist.
A tour of Arthur Mayne’s with a conservation architect to include some additional sites, e.g., houses attached to St Finbarr’s Cathedral.
Schedule of Events/Excursions for 2015-16
November: Saturday, 11th Printmakers Studio Tour: DONE
April: Sunday, 17th Elizabeth Fort at noon, a one-hour guided tour, all welcome, no charge, run in conjunction with Lifelong Learning Festival: DONE
May: Saturday, 7th, Workshop “Identification of Cultural Objects”, UCC, Western Gateway Building: DONE
May: Trip to Doneraile Gardens and Tearooms, linked to trip to Masonic Lodge, Tuckey Street: POSTPONED
June: Saturday, 11th, Tour of UCC Art Collection, Glucksman Gallery, 10 a.m., max. 25 people, tour takes 45 mins approx. coffee in the gallery afterwards. DONE
July: Wednesday, 6th, Fota House Lunch and Tour: a tour by Jennifer McCrea, Irish Heritage Trust
Head of Audience Development and Engagement, focusing on the wallpaper archive of Fota House.
11:00 – Arrival and tea & coffee plus scone for the group
11:30 – Specialised Fota House tour with Jennifer McCrea, including access to the Fota House Wallpaper archive.
13:00 – Lunch (soup, sandwiches, tea/coffee) in the Café at Fota
14:30 – 15:30 Guided tour of Fota’s restored award winning Victorian Frameyard Garden
The cost of the day will be €25 per person. Non-members are welcome to come along. Please notify attendance, see, Menu, Contact Us. DONE
July: Barryscourt Castle: POSTPONED DUE TO RENOVATIONS
August: Saturday, 20th, Walking tour with Tom Spalding – “20th Century Architecture: Guide to Cork Architectural Heritage”, commencing at the Berwick Fountain on Grand Parade, Cork, at 10 a.m., as part of Cork Open Day and Heritage Week. FULLY BOOKED!
A LOOK AT SOME COMPLETED EVENTS/EXCURSIONS
“20th Century Architecture: Guide to Cork Architectural Heritage”
Saturday, 20th August 2016, Walking tour with Tom Spalding
CorkDFAS kicked off National Heritage Week in Cork at 10 a.m. with a heritage walk led by our Volunteering Secretary, Tom Spalding (engineer, lecturer and author), who took a fascinated 37 people around the best of the iconic buildings of Cork that had been erected during the 20th Century. Everyone whom stayed right to the end! Congratulations, Tom, for a sparkling and informative 90 minutes.
Fota House Lunch and Tours
Wednesday, 6th July 2016: Fota House Lunch and Tours
We enjoyed a splendid day at Fota House, commencing with scones and coffee/tea in the café at 11 a.m. and then a tour by Jennifer McCrea, Irish Heritage Trust (Head of Audience Development and Engagement), focusing on the unique wallpaper archive of Fota House.
After lunch there at 1 p.m. we had a guided tour at 14:30 of Fota’s restored award-winning Victorian Frameyard Garden with a most informative talk on the gardening history of Fota House.
Tour of UCC Art Collection
Saturday, 11th June 2016, Tour of UCC Art Collection, Glucksman Gallery, 10 a.m.
Members and friends of Cork Decorative & Fine Arts Society enjoyed an informative and fun tour in sunny weather of the UCC Art Collection last Saturday under the expert guidance of Sarah McCauliffe of the Glucksman Art Gallery.
Workshop “Identification of Cultural Objects”
Saturday, 7th May 2016, 10:30 a.m., UCC
CorkDFAS held a very successful Workshop at UCC on the proper Identification of Cultural Objects led with great good humour and bountiful experience by Philip Sheppard, Director of Sheppard’s Fine Art Auctioneers, Kilkenny, ably assisted by Donal Robinson-Ryan of Sheppard’s. A detailed talk was followed by the attendees handling a wide range of objects separated by time and type with instruction from Philip and Donal.
Elizabeth Fort Tour
Sunday, 17th April 2016, noon
Members & guests enjoyed an interesting and informative guided tour of Elizabeth Fort today under Sean’s amusing tutelage as part of the 13th Cork Lifelong Learning Festival.
The Fort is a fascinating place and Sean gave a neat overview of Cork history in just one hour from the battlements of the site, and for many centuries the building, around which that history swirled in all its political, dynastic and religious complexity.
Cork Printmakers Studio Tour
Saturday, 14th November 2015, 11 a.m.
CorkDFAS members thoroughly enjoyed a guided tour on Saturday morning, 14th November, to Cork Printmakers Studio, Wandesford Quay, in Cork.
The studio provides resources to Cork artists to work through the medium of printmaking.
The extensive tour was given by Frances O’Connor, Assistant Director, and was superbly done and much enjoyed by the members, who were introduced not just to the workshops and exhibition centre but also to the varied techniques and skills offered by and practised at the Printmakers Studio.
HERITAGE WEEK 2015 PROGRAMME
“Cork’s Shortest Walking Tour”
Saturday, 22nd August 2015, 2:30 p.m. (start of Heritage Week)
commenced from the Vision Centre at St Peter’s Church on North Main Street
This tour packed 250 years of Cork’s history into 900 yards, in the vicinity of Grand Parade, making it the shortest, most cram-packed, walking tour of Cork!
Part of Cork 2015 Heritage Week and run in conjunction with the Cork Decorative and Fine Arts Society, it explained the design, manufacture and history of our street furniture – the small but indispensable elements of our surroundings, such as post boxes, bollards, railings and signage. We learned about ‘Nigerian B’s and about the cannon buried muzzle-down in the city centre.
There was time available afterwards for questions and an opportunity to purchase Tom’s books.
“Words on the Street”
Saturday, 22nd August 2015, 10:30 a.m., also as part of Heritage Week
Many people joined Design Historian Tom Spalding (our Volunteering Coordinator) in an exploration through the city of Cork and its signs, lettering and place-names. This walk was ideal for all lovers of local history, typography and graphic design. Whether one already knew an Egyptian ligature from a sans serif, or were just as curious about this aspect of our built environment, this was the walk for everyone and was full of surprises which interested young and old. There was time available afterwards for questions and an opportunity to purchase Tom’s books.
Supported by Cork Civic Trust.
Outing to Rockrohan House, Cork
Tuesday, July 14th 2015, 2:30 p.m.
followed by afternoon tea in the dining room
€5 per person
CorkDFAS members and guests were cordially received on Bastille Day at his home in Cork by Richard Wood, the well-known and much respected connoisseur and art lover.
Richard led the members and guests an enthralling tour of the gardens and house and its art collection and provided informative and entertaining guidance.
This delightful tour was followed by a convivial tea together in the delightful Dining Room.
Tour of Bells and Tower at St Anne’s Church, Shandon
Tuesday, June 16th 2015, 11 a.m.
with tea/coffee and scones afterwards
at the nearby Maldron Hotel
€8 per person
Tuesday, 16th June was the CorkDFAS Tour for members and guests beginning at 11 a.m. of the Bells and Tower at St Anne’s Church, Shandon one of Cork’s oldest buildings at almost 300 years old and the oldest church in continuous use in the city. The visit provided members with an opportunity to tour the church, ring the Shandon bells, view the internal workings of the “Four-Faced Liar” and enjoy 360° spectacular views of the city from the balcony of the Shandon Bells tower.
The tour was introduced with a sparkling introduction by Shandon volunteer guide, Cliff Wedgbury, and included a personally sung rendition of his own tribute to the church and bells, sung to the tune of “Three Score and Ten”, which received a well-deserved appreciation from the members and other visitors to the church.
The tour also included tea/coffee and scones afterwards at the nearby Maldron Hotel.
A great trip out to one of Cork’s finest monuments.
Walk “The Design of Cork’s Street Furniture”
26th April 2015
Members of CorkDFAS and a couple of lucky non-members thoroughly enjoyed a history walk in Cork City on 26th April 2015, and in glorious sunshine, under the expert guidance of the Society’s Volunteering Coordinator, Tom Spalding, who pointed out things that even 30-year residents of this fair city were unaware of. Everyone was much impressed.
This walk was a continuation of Tom’s excellent CorkDFAS lecture on 1st April on “The Design of Cork’s Street Furniture” at the Clarion Hotel.
For all information on this Workshop please go to MENU, CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERING, Best Practice Workshop