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The University College Cork Art Collection

The University College Cork art collection focuses on modern and contemporary Irish art. These works are sited throughout the campus to provide the UCC community and visitors with a first-hand encounter with original works of art. The UCC Art Collection includes significant artworks by many of Ireland’s most distinguished practitioners including Brian Maguire, Alice Maher, Maud Cotter, Paul Seawright, Richard O'Gorman, Clare Langan, Brian O'Doherty among many others. These works are available to view all-year round, and we encourage all members of the public to study and enjoy UCC’s vibrant collection of paintings, prints, photography and sculpture.

From the large-scale stone sculptures of Michael Quane installed in the President’s Garden to Patrick Hennessy’s realistic still-life painting in the Boole Library, from the display of small prints and drawings in the O’Rahilly Building’s first floor public atrium to Hughie O’Donoghue’s vast canvas in the Cavanagh Building foyer, there is a wealth of treasures to be discovered.

UCC has received a number of generous donations to its art collection. These artworks increase the value of the Modern Art Collection not only in financial terms, but also as a teaching and research resource for current and future scholars. The Art of Looking, a guide to the UCC Art Collection is available at the gallery shop.

In May 2013, the Lewis Glucksman Gallery was awarded full accreditation on the Museum Standards Programme of Ireland.

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