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 talks 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 speakers who are recognised experts in the field and also known to be engaging speakers.
- There are now seven talks (plus one free public talk) each year:
- three in autumn/winter (October – December)
- four in spring/summer (February – May).
- Talks are held in the morning at 11:30 on the second Saturday of the relevant month
- With the exception of Public and Commemorative Talks all talks are given at Nano Nagle Place, Douglas Street, T12 X70A, Cork: see, Menu: Partner Nano Nagle Place. Each talk at Nano Nagle Place begins at 11:30 a.m.
- The free public talk is held in September at the Cork City Central Library, Grand Parade, Cork.
CorkDFAS’ first public talk 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 heritage, historical, and artistic events and activities, particularly related to our Sponsor, Partner and Associated Members (see, Announcements 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 Secretary(ies).
CorkDFAS avails of 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 involve minor but necessary tasks 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 Associate members:
Cork Public Museum
Our Corporate Member and sponsor is Morgan O’Driscoll Irish and International Fine Art Auction House
No. 1 Ilen Street, Skibbereen, Co Cork, Ireland
The Society partners with and is supported by:
Douglas Street, T12 X70A, Cork