Cork, its city and surrounding countryside, has for centuries benefited from the natural maritime haven that is its harbour. Among the largest of its kind in the world, Cork Harbour has been a porous site of settlement and migration, commerce and trade, fortification and incarceration, and holds deep cultural and economic relevance.
Fittingly presented in the Long Room of the city’s old Custom House, this exhibition is inspired by Cork’s motto – Statio Bene Fide Carinis (a safe harbour for ships) – and coincides with the 300th anniversary of the world’s oldest established yacht club: Royal Cork Yacht Club.
Addressing the maritime traditions of Cork and the south of Ireland, this exhibition will consider the concept of a ‘safe harbour’ as an anchorage in cultural, social, naval, and other terms. Objects that describe the harbour and river, shipping and leisure, defence, mobility of people, and Cork’s global connectedness will be presented together.
Largely drawn from Crawford Art Gallery’s own extensive collection, the exhibition will include works by Willem Van de Velde (1611-1693), Sarah Grace Carr (1794-1837), George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson (1806-1884), Susan Lecky (1837-1896), and Jamie Murphy.
Curated by Michael Waldron