Talks for 2022-23

        Programme, Season 9, 2022-2023


All lectures apart from our Free Public Lecture at Cork Central Library, will take place in the Conference Room at Nano Nagle Place at 11:30am on the second Saturday of each month, unless public health recommendations dictate otherwise.


Barrack Square, Victoria (Collins) Barracks, C19th.



September 14th, 2022

Mr Gerry White, Military Historian

‘The Architecture, Art & History of Collins Barracks, Cork’

with generous assistance from Cork City Heritage Plan Grant Scheme


October 8th, 2022

Adrian le Harivel, National Gallery of Ireland

‘Return of the Marquis, conserving and exploring a luxury portrait’

Sponsored by Morgan O’Driscoll Fine Art Auctioneer


Louis-Philippe de Rigaud, Marquis de Vaudreuil (1724-1802) by Alexander Roslin (1718-1793), NGI


Photo, Prof Paula Murphy


November 12th, 2022

Paula Murphy, Professor Emeritus, UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy

 ‘The Pedestal – occupied and empty – The O’Connell Plinth outside, City Hall in Dublin’




December 10th, 2022

Dr Matthew Whyte, History of Art, UCC

‘Donatello, il Rinascimento: Considering the Breadth and Impact of the Landmark Exhibition in Florence’s Palazzo Strozzi (19 March-31 July 2022)’



February 11th, 2023

Dr Sabine Kriebel, History of Art, UCC

‘Art, Design, Empathy; this lecture will consider how things summon, entice, and perform empathy for the user and beholder’



March 11th, 2023

Dr Michael Waldron, Assistant Curator, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork

‘Edith Somerville: Artist, Illustrator, Writer’



Sketches of passers-by, c.1902, E Somerville (1858-1949), Crawford Art Gallery


St Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh, from the southwest. (Jim Wilson)


April 8th, 2023

Dr Ann Wilson, Munster Technological University, Cork

‘Visions Materialised: St Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh 1868-1919’




May 13th, 2023

Dr Tom Spalding, Researcher, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork

A Little Bit of Italy: the Italianate Architectural Style in Cóbh, 1840-1870




Former Harbour Commissioner’s building, East Beach, An Cóbh, from the west. (Dr Tom Spalding)