Maclise Art Society

Meeting of Wellington and Blucher by
Daniel Maclise, one of the great
painters in the history of Irish art.

Death of Nelson (Detail) by
Daniel Maclise.

Maclise Art Society

The Maclise Art Society is Cork's longest established and most prominent painting society, and one of the most active artist-groups in Ireland today. Established over 25 years ago, by Vera Owens, Aideen McNamara, John Fogarty, Helen O'Canainn, and others, it is dedicated to the practice and appreciation of all types of painting (oils, watercolours, acrylics etc.), and membership is open to anyone with an interest in fine art, from leisure painters to professionals.

The Society honours the name of Corkman Daniel Maclise (1806-1870), the internationally famous historical painter renowned for his two monumental paintings on the walls of Westminster Palace in London: The Meeting of Wellington and Blucher, and The Death of Nelson (1858-64). Upon completion of these masterpieces, Maclise was offered the presidentship of the prestigious Royal Academy, which he declined due to ill-health.
The Crawford Gallery in Cork is holding a major exhibition of Maclise's works later this year, and holds some of his work in its permanent collection.

See also: Cork Art News.


Benefits of Membership

A very active and friendly art group, The Maclise Art Society offers members a range of benefits.

(1) Live Demonstrations

Members are invited to attend live demonstrations by professional Irish artists in a lecture hall at the Crawford Gallery once a month during September-May, on the first Friday in the month.

During each demonstration, the invited artist completes a picture, explaining his/her technique in the process, and answers questions from the audience as the work progresses. Artists who have demonstrated in the past include: Philip Gray, Arthur Maderson, Gretta O Brien, John Jermyn, Barbara Barrett, Michael Downes and Brother Albert Cooney, to name but a few.

Upcoming Painting Demonstrations for 2009

Friday, February 6th: Philip Gray (oils)
Friday, March 6th: Sheila Hooks (pastels)
Friday, April 3rd: Padraig McCaul (acrylics)

More demos to be announced shortly!

Note: The Maclise Society's program of art demonstrations stops for the summer and then continues from September to December.

- Time: Demonstrations start at 7.30pm sharp, so please arrive a little before.
- Fee: Members 4 Euro; Non-Members 6 Euro.


(2) Group Exhibitions

All members are eligible to submit a painting to the society's two annual group exhibitions. Exhibitions have been held at various galleries around Cork including the Cork Vision Center, and The Mill Gallery, Midleton.

(3) Access to DVD Art Library

DVD Library Members have access to a DVD arts library, including DVDs from well-known artists demonstrating in watercolour, acrylic, oil and pencil. The DVD library is available at the monthly demonstrations.

(4) Discounts

Cork Art Supplies, Princes Street, offers a discount on all purchases by members of The Maclise Art Society. Simply show your membership card.

Other Benefits
These include a regular arts newsletter and an annual bus trip.

Membership Fee
The current annual membership fee is 30 Euro.

Contact Details
Phone: 086 3829346

President: Raymond Connole
Secretary: Maree O Sullivan

Our Verdict

Highly recommended for any artist, from absolute beginner upwards. Contributes immensely to visual art in Cork.

• For more about artist organizations in Ireland, see: Homepage.
• 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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