9 Feb 2023

Major extension to Cork’s premier art gallery receives planning permission

Excitement is building in Cork at the prospect of a significant extension to its beloved Crawford art gallery, which occupies a key location in the city centre.  Confirmation that planning permission for a six story extension has been approved.

An investment surpassing €29 million Euro will see the historic building extend its footprint by up to 45%, allowing it additional  scope to deliver its mission of cultural contribution. 

Crawford Art Gallery – Photo Jed Niezgoda

In addition to adding an impressive six story red brick tower on Half Moon Street, the works will add new public spaces with landscaped plazas, an internal courtyard, enlarged education spaces and gallery spaces alongside additional circulation areas.

Cork restaurant enthusiasts will be pleased to hear of the inclusion of a new restaurant space, to be accessed from Half Moon Street as part of the works.

The rich history of the building goes as far back as the early 18th century, with a construction date around 1720.  The space served as the Custom House in Cork in the early 19th century, being extended significantly in the intervening centuries.  Its continued expansion will see even more people join the 265.000 annual visitors enjoying its collections. 

Emmett Place interpretation – Grafton Architects

Announcing the planning application, Arts and Culture Minister Catherine Martin said the project “represents a once-in a generation investment for this important national cultural institution, as part of the National Development Plan”. 

You can browse the Crawford Art Galleries extensive galleries and current exhibitions to plan your visit to Cork here –  Home – Crawford Art Gallery

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