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Sunday, 9 September 2012

The Irish Times profiles a staff member on the European Art History Programme

John Paul McMahon, Art Historian and Proprietor Chef extraordinairehttp://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/magazine/2012/0908/1224323667682.html
. . .his next appearance for Cork audiences will be on the topic of representations of food in Spanish Baroque painting on the European Art History programme at Univeristy College Cork.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

A new daytime art history option to be hosted by Triskel-Christchurch from September

In response to popular demand, Adult Continuing Education is pleased to announce an exciting new collaboration with the Triskel Arts Centre at Christchurch, to host the Certificate and Diploma in European Art History as a daytime programme, for the first time in its twenty-one year existence, beginning in late September 2012.
The daytime option will run in association with the existing evening programme. There are now two options available:
European Art History (evening option) classes will take place in West Wing 9, in the main UCC Quadrangle, 7-9pm on Tuesday evenings from the end of September 2012.
European Art History (daytime option) classes will take place in Triskel-Christchurch in Cork city centre, 10-1pm on Tuesday mornings from the end of September 2012.
Classes are scheduled to take place in the historic Alms Room, which only has a capacity for fifteen people. For this reason, early booking is essential.
About the venue
The original building of Christchurch took place around 1050 and is thought to be of Hiberno-Norse, or Viking origin and that it also may have been the first church built in Cork city. 

Present-day Christchurch,, known also as the Holy Trinity, sits discreetly in the background of Bishop Lucey Park on Grand Parade. The entrance to Christchurch is located on South Main Street, once the main street of medieval Cork. Present-day Christchurch is an eighteenth-century neoclassical Georgian building (1720–1726) designed by architect John Coltsman. Coltsman also designed the North and South Gate Bridges, of which the South Gate Bridge has one of the oldest surviving three-centred arches in Ireland. The front of Christchurch was redesigned by George Richard Pain in 1825 and he was later involved in remodelling the interior. The present-day church sits on the site of two previous churches dating back to medieval times. 
Christchurch has many legends attached to its legacy, one being that in 1439 Perkin Warbeck, pretender to the English throne, came to Cork. Warbeck, claiming to be Richard, Duke of York was officially recognized by the Lord Mayor of Cork and his councilors and was crowned in Christchurch as King Richard IV of England. Another legendary figure associated with Christchurch is the poet Edmund Spenser (1552-1599). Local tradition has it that Spenser married Elizabeth Boyle in Christchurch on Midsummer Day, 11 June 1594. Read a history of Christchurch.  
Alms Room, Christchurch
How to apply
Please note that applications are currently being taken online at apply online

Download an application form.

Please mark your preferred option either “daytime” or “evening” when making your application.  

Monday, 2 July 2012

Applications for new cycle of European Art History now open

"I see the gallery in a whole new way. Thinking about art in terms of relationships: artwork/ gallery; artist/ society etc".
                                                               Francis Moore, Diploma in European Art History, 2010/12

We live in an ocular centric society which privileges vision above the other senses.  For this reason, visual literacy is a vital skill in contemporary society.  The basic skills of visual literacy include learning to “read” images by fostering a vocabulary of concepts necessary for understanding and discussing images. 

Please note that applications for our certificate and diploma courses are currently being taken online at 
apply online 
download the application form. 

UCC's neo-Gothic "stone corridor" -- lectures are held nearby

Over the past two decades it has been an important part of the cultural life of Cork. Interest in the visual arts, generated through involvement with this programme, helped to foster the department of History of Art, founded at University College Cork in 2001.

Experiencing the gallery space as a learning space

What does the culture of Europe tells us about its history? We seek to explore the concept of European identity, as shown through the visual arts, beginning with Ancient Greece and ending in the 21st

The aim of this
 two-year programme will be to give you a complete education in looking 
at the visual arts within historical and
 cultural contexts. To help you understand the context of artistic production and
 creativity connections will be made between the visual arts
 (painting, sculpture, and architecture) and literature, music, film,
 politics, philosophy, science and society.

The diploma in European Art History is a two-year part-time programme, co-ordinated by Adult continuing Education (ACE), University College Cork. The course has been running now for twenty-one years and its success is partly due to the approach the Centre takes to learning which is strongly student centred in focus.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What will you be studying?

This course is not simply about art history; it is about making connections between the visual arts and other aspects of human creativity throughout history. At a time when questions about the nature of Europe, and what it means to be European, are becoming increasingly important to ask this new cycle of the certificate and diploma programmes will seek to explore the concept of European identity as displayed through the visual arts beginning with Ancient Greece and ending with art in the 21st Century. To help you understand the context of artistic production and creativity connections will be made between the visual arts(painting, sculpture, and architecture) and literature, music, film, politics, philosophy, science and society. The aim of this two-year programme will be to give you a complete education in looking at and discussing about the visual arts within historical and cultural contexts.

Who attends the course?

Course participants come form varied backgrounds. Some choose to do the course to develop a greater knowledge about looking at art and culture while others, like educators and heath care professionals, have taken the course for professional development.

Peer learning in a social setting

Who will teach us?

All teaching staff have been accredited by University College Cork. They come from a variety of disciplines including History, Art History, and English, thereby, ensuring that we are able to provide a programme that will both excite and challenge you.

Can I do the course for leisure only?

Yes, there is no requirement for you to do any examination. In this case, you will be advised to register as an audit student. You are entitled to receive a certificate of attendance once you have finished the course.

What are the assessments like?

If you choose to do assessments you will be guided by professional and experienced tutors. All assessments are designed to match your learning level. While we want you to do your best, most of all, we want you to enjoy the programme.

How much does it cost?

A fee of 990 euro a year is being set for this programme. You may also be entitled to fee concessions. For the first time this year, ACE have joined forces with the Lough Credit Union to promote a student loan scheme. This is another option open to you. For further information see

Are there gallery visits?

Study tour to London
Yes, the course schedules study trips throughout the two-year cycle. Previous classes have gone to Rome, Paris, London and Edinburgh. We also visit Cork galleries and galleries in Dublin. These trips are optional and a supplementary fee may apply.

Where can I go when I have finished the course?

If you are taking assessments you can leave the course after a year with a certificate. If you complete the programme you will be awarded a diploma. The awards are fully accredited, so you will be able to pursue further studies, across the European Union, at degree level if you so wish.

Where will lectures take place?

Lectures take place on Tuesday evenings, between 7-10pm, in West Wing 9, in the historic neo-Gothic quadrangle at University College Cork.

How do I apply?

Please contact Adult Continuing Education, University College Cork, “The Laurels”, Western Rd., Cork. Tel 021 4902301.

You can directly contact James Cronin, who is programme co-ordinator, at j.cronin@ucc.ie  

Applications close for this cycle on 14 September 2014.

Further details

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Art Pilgrimage: stained glass walking tour of Cork

Tomorrow, the Glucksman Gallery, as part of their current exhibition on the work of Josef Albers,  will be hosting a stained glass walking tour of Cork to include the Honan Chapel and St. Finnbarre's Cathedral.
Visit exhibition page.

James Cronin, University College Cork, will be speaking on the stained glass of Harry Clarke and the Honan Chapel. Meet at the entrance to the Glucksman Gallery, UCC, at 1pm, 1st June 2012.

To book a place please contact

Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork, Ireland

T: + 353 21 4901844

E: info@glucksman.org