Arup supporting Artists at The Crawford Art Gallery in more ways than one!

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November 16, 2018

Arup, one of Ireland’s largest engineering consulting firms, teams up with The Crawford Art Gallery to support a new exhibition Earth, Wind & Fire: Made in Cork Contemporary.
Arup believes that arts and culture are vital to the development of any community. As expressed by Eoghan Lynch, Chairperson “We are delighted to support this exhibition and we look forward to the full programme of events from now until February, which are sure to inspire us all by what is possible when you combine artistic excellence and technical skills.”
The artist’s work ranges from the breath taking intricacy of Nuala O Donovan’s ceramic work and the graphic poetry of Mary Palmer and Anne Kiely textile pieces to the wildly imaginative and expansive sculptural works of Joseph Walsh, Alex Pentek and Eoin Turner.
In relation to the partnership with Arup, Mary McCarthy Gallery Director, had this to say "Crawford Art Gallery is extremely grateful for the support of Arup in realising the exhibition Earth Wind And Fire: Made in Cork Contemporary and the associated education programme.  
Arup has a long association of working with the creative sector through supporting the realisation of many ambitious projects in the public domain.” 
Earth, Wind & Fire: Made in Cork Contemporary will present the work of six internationally acclaimed artists Anne Kiely/Mary Palmer, Nuala O’Donovan, Alex Pentek, Eoin Turner and Joseph Walsh in the Crawford Art Gallery.
From ancient time-honoured processes to new (machine) technologies these six artists demonstrate the nature and extent of ground breaking work that is currently being produced by artists based in Cork.
Alex Pentek is one of the artists in the exhibition who works with Arup on an ongoing basis  and he comments that “With the ongoing support of Arup through their offices in Cork, London, Toronto and Brisbane I have been able to realize a number of large scale commissioned artworks in Ireland, Canada and Australia, where from an engineering perspective the seemingly impossible was made possible”
Curated by Anne Boddaert of The Crawford Art Gallery, the exhibition aims to illuminate the synergetic relationship between artistic excellence and technical skill.
A central focal point of the exhibition is the aspect of “making“ -  of actively doing, modelling, altering things in a mode which simultaneously engages thinking and ideas about future worlds as well as the practical transformation of present materials. The artworks on display share an organic existence, visible within the artists’ response to form and their appreciation of nature. 
Earth, Wind & Fire: Made in Cork Contemporary is supported by Arup.

More about the Crawford art gallery:
The exhibition will take place from November 2018 until February 2019, with an associated Learn and Explore Programme and a wide-reaching marketing programme designed to attract a broad range of audiences to engage with the work.
The Crawford Art Gallery is in a unique position as the only National Cultural Institution dedicated to the visual arts outside Dublin. The gallery excels at multi-disciplinary exhibitions that include paintings, film, objects, digital imagery, and text. Our innovative exhibitions and associated in-house and outreach Learn and Explore Programmes provide a sense of history, place, context, culture, and the contemporary at a local, national, and international level.
Located in the heart of Cork city, The Crawford Art Gallery, a national cultural Institution is a must see for locals and tourists alike, welcoming over 200,000 visitors a year. 
The Crawford Art Gallery is home to an expansive collection featuring works from the 18th Century to present. It is also home to the famous ‘Canova Casts’, which were gifted to the city of Cork nearly two centuries ago. Well-known and loved 20th century Irish artists such as Seán Keating, Harry Clarke, John Lavery, Jack B. Yeats, Norah McGuinness, Gerard Dillon, and Muriel Brandt feature in the gallery’s historic collection, while the modern collection features work by contemporary artists such as Eilis O’Connell, Maud Cotter and Hughie O’Donoghue. The Gallery hosts numerous temporary exhibitions by local, national and international artists showcasing visual art, performance and installations. 
The architecture of the building combining the modern new galleries with the historical, gives a breath-taking backdrop to a collection of great national importance. 
More about Arup
Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world’s most prominent projects in the built environment and across industry. With over 87 offices in 34 countries, Arup has more than 14,000 planners, designers, engineers and consultants delivering innovative projects across the world with creativity and passion. We have been delivering landmark projects since our foundation in Ireland in 1946. With an enduring set of values, our unique trust ownership fosters a distinctive culture that encourages collaborative working. This allows us to develop meaningful ideas, help shape agendas and deliver results that frequently surpass the expectations of our clients. The people at Arup are driven to find a better way and to deliver better solutions.
Learn and Explore
For details on the Learn and explore programme guided tours, access and education, please visit our website: