About Us


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

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 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.

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 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.Heritage-Plan-Logo



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).

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


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. Heritage-Plan-Logo



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.

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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.Heritage-Plan-Logo CorkDfas poster fin Workshop Cultutal Objects Philip



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.

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

© Cork Institute of Technology
© Cork Institute of Technology

  CIT Crawford College of Art archives_cc-ca-logo Cork City and County Archives  Crawford Art Gallery Friends of the Crawford Art Gallery

© Cork City Council
© Cork City Council

  Cork City Libraries Lewis Glucksman Gallery © Lewis Glucksman Gallery     © Lewis Glucksman Gallery  

© Cork City Council
© Cork City Council

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

internet: morganodriscoll


email: info@morganodriscoll.com



The Society partners with and is supported by:


Douglas Street, T12 X70A, Cork

internet: nanonagleplace

email: info@nanonagleplace.ie