Cork Artists Collective

Cork Artists Collective (CAC)

Founded in 1985 by graduates of Crawford College of Art and Design, the Cork Artists Collective (CAC) is situated on the grounds of St. Fin Barre’s cathedral, and is the oldest artists collective in the country. At present this small Cork art group provides affordable art studio space and support facilities for ten contemporary artists, who work both as individuals and collectively on numerous projects, exhibitions and exchanges. All ten members of the collective are directors of the CAC, and manage all the aspects of running the company, its studio and its activities.


CAC has eight studio spaces, a video and sound-editing suite, digital editing and printing facilities as well as other shared equipment.


During 2005, the year of Cork City's tenure as a European Capital of Culture, CAC was funded to run a program of Irish art exhibitions, artist residencies, exchanges and other visual arts events. International as well as Irish artists were invited to participate in these projects exhibitions and events. Over the year curators, theorists and educators visited the CAC to foster ongoing artistic contacts.

Artist Members

According to the the Collective's website, current members include:

Mick O'Shea
O Shea uses mediums like sculpture, drawing, sound and cooking. He has had exhibitions at the Fenton Gallery and a group show at the Crawford Gallery.
Irene Murphy
Founding member and director of the Cork Artists Collective. Murphy has worked on collaborative projects in Ireland and has exhibited in Germany, Belgium, Finland and London.
Colette Lewis
Graduate of the Limerick School of Art & Design. Lewis works include video art, documentary, photography, performance art, dance, sound, ecology and installation.
Una Quigley
B.A. in Fine Art from Crawford College of Art, Quigley is a Director of the Cork Artists Collective and works mainly in film, video and sound.
Niamh Lawlor
A graduate of the National College of Art and Design, Lawlor works mainly with video. She has exhibited nationally and internationally.

Other members include Collette Nolan, David O'Brien A.K.A Dob and Billy Foley.

More Information

For further details about the artistic activities and opportunities available, contact:

Cork Artists Collective
Library House
Dean Street
Phone: 021-431-7445

See also: Cork Art News

• For more about artist organizations in Ireland, see: Homepage.
• For the historical development of painting and sculpture, see: History of Irish Art.
• For a selected list of modern creative practitioners, see: Contemporary Irish Artists.
• For a personal view of the top 20 or so contemporary painters, see: Best Irish Artists.

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