Glucksman Gallery

Then + Now: Evolving Art Practices

Dorothy Cross, Udder Chair,courtesy of the Kerlin Gallery

An exhibition featuring selected artists from the UCC Art Collection. The exhibition sets up a dialogue between old and new works by the featured artists, exploring how their art practices have developed over time.

Then + Now: Evolving Art Practices is an exhibition featuring selected artists from the University College Cork Art Collection. The exhibition sets up a dialogue between older and newer works by the selected artists, exploring how their art practices have developed over time and, in some cases, through different media.

Then + Now represents changing ideas in Irish art, highlighting works from the 1960s to the present day. The exhibition further explores a number of sub-themes, including the enduring significance of the Irish landscape to artists as diverse as Barrie Cooke, Billy Foley and Clare Langan, and the development of figurative painting in works by Hughie O’Donoghue and Louis le Brocquy.

Then + Now also brings together works by MaudCotter, Alice Maher and Dorothy Cross; contemporary artists who have each played a major role in re-thinking the possibilities of sculpture. As a special feature of the exhibition, the seminal artist and writer Brian O’Doherty has constructed a version of one of his early ‘rope drawing’ installations.

The inclusion of works from the UCC Art Collection tells the story of 25 years of visual art at University College Cork. The collection has shaped the memories and experiences of students, academics and visitors to the college, as well as contributing to the creative landscape of Cork city and beyond. In 1985, University College Cork began collecting significant works of Irish art, demonstrating a strong commitment to the local artistic community whilst providing a platform for art practices on a national level.

Then + Now offers perspectives on individual artworks and the creative processes that underpin them, asking the question: what defines art practice? Whereas many art practices express a clear sense of continuity and a prolonged engagement with a chosen set of themes and techniques, others show decisive breaks in styles, demonstrating how artists have sought new forms of expression in their work.

Then & Now: Evolving Art Practices includes a number of artworks presented outside of the Glucksman Gallery and distributed throughout the campus. A programme of curatorial tours and educational events encourage audiences to further explore the Art Collection and its place within the academic environment of University College Cork.


For Further information please contact:

T. +353 21 490 1844 F. +353 21 490 1823



The Lewis Glucksman Gallery is open

Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm

Late Night Thursday until 8pm

Sunday 12 – 5pm

Category: Arts and Cultural Events: Glucksman Gallery
Time: 10am - 5pm Tues- Sat, Until 8pm Thurs, 12 -5 Sun. (Closed Mondays)
Location: Lewis Glucksman Gallery
Target Audience: All Welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Glucksman Gallery
021 490 1844

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