Forward – Hereafter

September 2, 2015

image forward-hereafteran exhibition by Cork artist

Dearbhla Coffey

17th September – 9th October 2015

Dearbhla Coffey’s work is a deconstruction of a new “theory of everything” called Biocentrism by the scientist Robert Lanza. Through Printmaking, Dearbhla Coffey’s art takes a geometric (more…)


May 27, 2015

Colin O'Connor ArtAn exhibition by artist

Colin O’Connor

18th June – 12th July 2015

mesh. is an exhibition of Combined Materials by Irish artist Colin O’Connor.  (more…)

Hang Up

April 28, 2015

Image_Hangup (Copy)An exhibition of drawings by Irish artist

Sinéad O’Neill

28th May – 14th June 2015

Hang Up is an exhibition exploring the power and beauty of hair. 

Frequently viewed as one’s ‘crowning glory’, beautiful hair can provide security whilst simultaneously creating (more…)


March 23, 2015

Yohann WalterAn exhibition by French artist

Yohann Walter

16th April – 13th May 2015

Over the past decade, for artistic or professional purposes, French artist Yohann Walter has been travelling from the Ionian Islands to the Hordaland coasts, the foot of Vitosha Mountain (more…)

Breathe in Breathe out

November 17, 2014

1406154637 (3) (Copy)An exhibition of printmaking and sculpture by French artist

Aude Dimofski-Gottmann

12th December 2014 – 25th January 2015

The exhibition Breathe in Breathe out emerged through the artist’s exploration about perception and how we forget in contemporary society to breathe: inhale, exhale. (more…)


October 2, 2014

Book-art by Irish artist Grace O'LearyAn exhibition of book-art by Irish artist

Grace O’Leary

6th – 30th November 2014

Exhibition extended until 6th December 2014

This exhibition of drawings and hand-made books, focuses on different varieties of human experiences. It captures the emergence of internal thoughts and feelings which can often become consuming. It studies negative thought patterns which emerge once you immerse yourself in the story of your thoughts. Although felt internally these personal struggles (more…)


July 23, 2014

Sequence 01_BrighterAn exhibition of video and stills by Irish artist

Eamonn B Shanahan

winner of AFCork exhibition prize in CIT Degree Show 2014

5th Sept –  24th Oct 2014

Exhibition was officially launched by Peter Murray, Director Crawford Art Gallery.

‘Workspace’ (2014)  

“I realized that Joyce had gone as far as one could in the direction of knowing more, [being] in control of one’s material. He was (more…)

Demy Vintage Posters

March 20, 2014

DemyAn exhibition of rare cinematic posters of

 Jacques Demy’s films

14th  – 24th October 2015

This unique exhibition was part of AF Cork celebrations for the 25th edition of Cork French Film Festival (2nd-9th of March 2014), which featured a major Jacques Demy retrospective. (more…)

Everyday Different

November 18, 2013

Trees Gevers

an exhibition of prints, photographic images and video by

Trees Gevers

15th May – 10th June 2014

This exhibition is the result of looking at things through different eyes – things in the urban environment that we often don’t notice consciously (anymore). Some of the abstract looking images are based on photos Gevers took of the fountain on Grand Parade, a feature everyone knows, but many of us hardly notice any more; (more…)

Site Assembly

November 18, 2013

Maeve_Lynch_Uprooted2bfaabe122806an exhibition of  prints, drawings, sound & mixed media by Irish artist
Maeve Lynch

10th April – 4th May 2014

The exhibition explores ideas of shelter. Through the mediums of print, video, books and sculpture, Lynch investigates how we define and divide the spaces we inhabit.

Though seemingly secure, dwellings (both temporary and permanent) are relied on physically and (more…)


September 24, 2013

Every Morning  (5)

An exhibition of paintings

by Irish artist Helen O’Donovan

24th October – 19th December

This body of work is concerned with the transient nature of our existence. The combination of everyday objects with  various  unknown life spans and the potential longevity of oil paintings are used to reflect the relative constancy of the human presence compared to the temporary existence of the individual. (more…)

La Jetée

August 8, 2013

a photographic exhibition of stills from legendary film director Chris Marker’s film La Jetée

19th September – 9th October 2013

“This is the story of a man marked by an image from his childhood”  (Chris Marker)

Alliance Française de Cork is pleased to present this exhibition as a tribute to Chris Marker, who passed away last year. (more…)


March 25, 2013

An exhibition of paintings

by Irish artist Emer Kelly

11th April – 14th May

“My work is an illustration of forms, lines, patterns and spaces within my surroundings. Sketching, photography and       various processes of altering images allows me to reinterpret bits and pieces of my everyday observation.”

Emer Kelly graduated from Crawford College of Art and Design in 2012.

‘Promeneurs’ by Dorothy Christie

March 15, 2013

2nd  – 30th November 2012 

An exhibition of paintings and etchings

I have lived and worked in France for a very long time. I am fascinated by life in France – its charm, colours, light, people and architecture. However, I have Irish roots – my grandfather was originally from Cork – therefore I am very pleased to exhibit my work at the Alliance Française de Cork.

Born in Canada, I completed my art studies – painting, drawing and etching  – at the College of Art in Ontario. (more…)


March 6, 2013

an exhibition by French artist

Julia Fabry

12th March – 5th of April 2013

This work approaches reality in multiple dimensions. Instantaneous moments of life are captured on camera and superimposed with engraved images or text which elicit new meanings and associations.  (more…)

‘Les écritures’ by Françoise Rio

June 29, 2012

 4th – 26th October 2012

For this exhibition I drew inspiration from my sketches and research done throughout the years since my art studies – there are drawings of Brazil, Tahiti, India, Oxford … places where I used to live, as well as books and museums I researched …  Françoise Rio (more…)

‘Beneath Shadow and Reason’ by Derick Hegarty

June 26, 2012

6th  – 29th September 2012

Derick Hegarty won AFCork exhibition prize at EXXIT, CIT Crawford College of Art and Design  Degree Exhibition 2012

My painting is not politically aware nor does it have a social conscience which is the expectation from much art today. Instead it is rather introspective. It takes elements from the physical world and brings it to a place of imagination and personal experience. Like the expressionists I seek to express emotion more so than physical reality. (more…)

John Minihan Photographs

May 8, 2012

Exhibition extended until Thursday 19th July 2012

Admission free- all welcome!

Video – John Minihan speaks about his life and work

The process of selection for an exhibition of Black and white photographs is very important, it’s the photographers role to edit and select the images in composition and content.  The picture isolated within the frame will have captions written at the bottom of the image signed and editioned by the artist.  It’s important to keep the viewer engaged, by making the show interesting.  I have always been interested in photography’s role in literature with my portrait of Samuel Beckett pictured (more…)

The Forest – A Living Community

January 28, 2012

Exhibition produced by the GoodPlanet and supported by French Embassy in Ireland.

16th April  – 26th May 2012

Language: French

Forests are the milieu on earth with the highest number of forms of life and species. Forests play an essential role in water, carbon and oxygen cycles. They contribute to creating, enhancing and protecting soils. Hundreds of millions of people’s livelihoods depend on  forests. They are also the source of a large part of our medicines. (more…)

Returning by Georgia Hopkins

October 22, 2011

Exhibition extended until 14th January 2012

“Returning” is an exhibition of works by local artist Georgia Hopkins. The paintings are atmospheric seascapes and landscapes inspired by the natural beauty of Cork and West Kerry.

Christmas Special Offer – BUY ONE GET ONE HALF PRICE!

Offer applies to ALL paintings and prints in the exhibition, so why not consider an original work or a signed, limited edition print for a special Christmas gift to last a lifetime…  – Offer applies from 5th December – 17th December, 2011

(Please note: a percentage of proceeds from this exhibition will be donated to local animal charities: Cat Action Trust, Dog Action Welfare Group, & The Donkey Sanctuary.)

For examples of Georgia’s work, please visit her website on:


‘Layers’ – an exhibition by Diane Peters

August 16, 2011

8th Sept — 14th Oct 2011
at the Alliance Française de Cork gallery

My work has always been inspired by water, and in particular, by the sea, however not in a strictly representational sense. What I try to convey are my own personal responses to what I am seeing, hearing and feeling. (more…)

‘The Dancing Faun’ by Georgina Sutton

August 4, 2011

21st October – 19th November 2011

The title of this exhibition is taken from the name of one of my paintings which was inspired by the sighting of a joyful bronze figure, of a dancing Faun in the Luxemburg garden in Paris, early one morning not long ago.

Many of my paintings and etchings are taken from ideas gleaned whilst travelling and also from scenes in everyday life. (more…)

Explorer l’univers…nos prochains pas

July 22, 2011

An exhibition of posters supported by French Embassy in Ireland

19th July-2nd September 2011

From ancient times until now, man has observed the sky, first with the naked eye, and then with ever more powerful instruments. The information gathered was used to build an increasingly accurate and complex representation of our Universe. The classification of stars paved the way for the study of their evolution; astronomy was replaced by astrophysics and cosmology. The current instruments result from international collaborations; cooperation among researchers on key issues will lead to investigations into the formation and dynamics of the Universe. The present exhibition illustrates some of these possibilities. (more…)

Gallimard , Un siècle d’édition 1911 – 2011

May 19, 2011

An exhibition of posters, supported by Institut Franҫais

15th May— 15th July 2011

To celebrate the centenary of the creation of Gallimard publishing house (Editions Gallimard), we invite visitors to go back over one century of intellectual history, disclosing the path of one of the most famous and enigmatic French publishing houses. Gide, Claudel, Aragon, Breton, Malraux, Joyce, Faulkner, Saint-Exupéry, Michaux, Sartre, Queneau, Ionesco, Pinter, Camus, Yourcenar, Duras, Kerouac, Modiano, Le Clézio, Kundera, Tournier… no doubt that the large number of authors whose works have been published by the Editions Gallimard would enable to trace the history of literature and ideas in the 20th century. (more…)

Water – a Vital Resource

November 3, 2010

3rd Nov – 18th Dec 2010

An exhibition of posters created by GoodPlanet

Exhibition is supported by French Embassy in Ireland (more…)

A Thousand Reasons for Living

October 8, 2010

Mobile telephone photographic exhibition

By Don Mullan

From 23rd September to 29th October 2010 (more…)

Recent Work by Mary Corcoran

July 29, 2010

mary-corcoran1Recent Work

By Mary Corcoran

~ From the 7th of July to 10th September 2010 ~

At the Alliance Française

Mary Corcoran was born and brought up in Cork City. She attended UCC Cork where shestudied English and Philosophy. She is a self taught artist, Mary has taught art to many different groups in and around Cork City.


Adventures of Maxime in Senegal

June 13, 2010

photos du Senegal par Natacha Nowack18th May– 2nd July 2010

A book launch and an exhibition by French author and photographer

Natacha Nowack

The Adventures of Maxime in Senegal”, the second book in the project series, came as a result of her last trip to Africa. In November 2009, Natacha and her son Maxime spent considerable time in the Fatick region. Here, about one hundred miles south of Dakar, she worked with a charity organisation called “Espoir Senegal”.


Seaweeds by Véronique Mohally

March 20, 2010



Veronique first came to Ireland as a young girl and fell in love with the country

before marrying a Cork man.


Happy days by Catherine Laisne-O’Rourke

November 20, 2009





At the Alliance Française Gallery

27th November 2009 – 16th January 2010

The exhibition will be officially opened by

Mary Gregory

Visual & Design Director, Maison & Château

Catherine’s work portrays simple family scenes, childhood memories in Normandie and more recently seascapes and coastlines around Kerry. The result is a mixture of striking seascapes under French and Irish skies, and warm family scenes.


Endurance an exhibition by Irish artist Mary Murphy

October 20, 2009




img_1369122 October –  23 November 2009

The exhibition was officially opened by

Liz Meaney

Arts Officer, Cork City Council




The artist’s work explores the human frame in line and form and the experiences which mould our bodies and alter them. The resulting studies of sinewy muscles, paper dry wrinkles, bone jutting through skin and the play of light over them make for powerful viewing. She explores a variety of media including threads stitched through cotton as a method of drawing.


Impressions of the South by Nicolas Duranton

September 16, 2009






ManadiersAt the Alliance Française Gallery

4th September  – 17th October 2009




A series of pictures that represent everything that is considered authentic for the South of France: a cloudless blue sky, terracotta coloured walls, historical architecture and Mediterranean flora. Although portraying these clichés to some extent, Nicolas Duranton’s pictures capture what truly is the essence of Southern France: a laid-back summery beauty, an innate sense of its own history and a unique life-style that fascinates people world-wide.

Aimé CESAIRE – La Force de Regarder demain

June 9, 2009




Summer Exhibition

We are proud to present in our Gallery    during the Summer months an Exhibition curated by the French Foreign Office on the life and work of the renowned and ever-inspiring all-time French Writer and Poet Aimé CÉSAIRE who coined the term ‘negritude’ and launched the literary movement called the “Great Black Cry”.



April 30, 2009

Working in oil paints on canvas – Anna’s chosen medium ever since she was in art school – it is the richness and vibrancy of the oil colours that best enable her to express her response to light on the landscape.

During many visits to Provence over the past few years, (more…)


March 26, 2009

The distance between appearance and reality. Going from the stability of the land to the instability of the horizon and beyond…to enlightenment’.


December 1, 2008

A photographic exhibition and book launch by Natacha Nowack, opening Thursday 11th December 2008


November 12, 2008

Gerrard Wyatt, a native of Cork, was born in 1967.

Wyatt, a self – taught artist is quick to acknowledge that he owes much to his upbringing. Since he first held a chunky crayon, he has been immersed in a creative world. In Wyatt’s family imagination, individualism and determination were encouraged.


June 1, 2008

Chasing butterflies is a new body of works by Nell Collins that comprises of acrylic on canvas with mixed media.

The theme of the pieces refers to the chase of the ephemeral : chasing love, chasing elements that cannot be caught but just touched for a moment before they slip away to be again just out of fingertip reach.

Nell draws her inspiration for the paintings from the birth of her second daughter, (more…)


May 1, 2008

Internationally known Artist, Darlene Garr, has been painting professionally for over 30 years and boasts collectors from all over the world. She has lived in Paris and the South of France as well as Brussels, Switzerland and the Netherlands. “I have always had an affinity for all things French”, says Darlene. “I speak the language so I go to Paris, as often as possible, for inspiration and to bask in its elegance and beauty”.


November 1, 2007

A Canadian figurative painter and engraver of Irish origin, Dorothy Christie has been living and working in France for a considerable number of years.

She is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art, where she studied painting, drawing and printmaking.

Inspired by some of the great humourists and colourists of the past, by the oriental arts and by travels to India and North Africa, (more…)


September 1, 2007

I always liked to draw and paint. After my painting studies at the Fine Art School in Paris and Rio de Janeiro I travelled a lot. Several years of wandering and studies in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Afghanistan made a lasting impression on me. These journeys have been an endless source of inspiration until today. The many shades of blue of the Pacific Ocean too.

The exhibition pays homage to several great painters whom I admire a lot and from whom I learn. The oil paintings are made on hand made paper, which I learned to make in Hungary.


August 1, 2007

Samuel Chantoiseau has practised photography for fifteen years. His work concentrates principally on reportage in black and white. He has regularly visited the Sahara and has sojourned there for a few months at a time. While in the Sahara Samuel experienced profound moments of closeness with the Touaregs, ‘The People of the Sahara’.

Samuel has captured these images while travelling the velvety yet bold heart of these desert lands.

This exhibition invites you to go on a journey across the spatio-temporal limits of this photographic instant in black and white; to contemplate these landscapes; to wonder about these magnificent spaces of uncertain limits where different peoples live and move in the depths of this mysterious environment


June 1, 2007

Myths‘ is a series photographs, which explore the area between the still images of photography and the moving images of video. They represent a romantic notion of the past, especially associated with childhood. The work is spontaneous in nature, nothing is staged, the children are being themselves and often avoiding the process of being photographed at all. Caught in a twilight zone between stillness and movement they have become a metaphor for our relationship with the past and the sense of fragility and transience that relationship engenders. The photographs are of Daniel Murray, Theo and Noah Donnelly.


May 1, 2007

A well established artist, Dorothée Roberts was born in the north of France, later moving with her family to Senlis, a medieval town north of Paris. Educated in Senlis, Chantilly, she later completed her studies at the Ecole Superieure d’Art Graphique in Paris. Dorothée first visited Ireland with her parents on a holiday in the summer of 1978 and later returned to study English. During this visit she met her future husband Lesley Roberts. Married in 1984, she now lives with her husband and their two daughters in the old family home Mount Rivers, Carrigaline, Co. Cork.

In one of the outbuildings, Dorothée has her studio where she has also given art classes for the past number of years. She also organises painting trips to France, which have proved greatly successful.


April 1, 2007

Samuel Chantoiseau has practised photography for fifteen years. His work concentrates principally on reportage in black and white. He has regularly visited the Sahara and has sojourned there for a few months at a time. While in the Sahara Samuel experienced profound moments of closeness with the Touaregs, ‘The People of the Sahara’.

Samuel has captured these images while travelling the velvety yet bold heart of these desert lands.


March 1, 2007

Paddy O’Connor has been painting watercolours for the past fifteen years, in addition to practicing as an orthodontist. He is an exhibiting member of the Maclise Arts Society, Cork Arts Society and the Medical Arts Society. In his local art group he has the enviable record of always being the best seller!

His greatest claim to fame is his ongoing participation in the John Yardley watercolour course which takes place annually in Dedham and Norfolk (Constable country). Many claim that Yardley is amongst the world’s finest watercolourists and this is reflected in the eleven year waiting list to attend his art courses. This meeting with such a select grouping must have some beneficially contagious effects.


January 1, 2007

oconnellRita O’Connell is graduate of Crawford College of Art and a teacher of art for 24 years. She has exhibited in the Lavit Gallery, Cork, in Lismore and has held a solo exhibition in Limerick.

Rita attends classes at the Alliance Française to smooth her many visits to France. Changing Pla

ces, Changing Colours is the fruit of many such holidays and of wandering around Ireland – from Provence to Connemara. The colours of nature are her inspiration as well as engagement with the paint itself.

Ces photos ne peuvent être utilisées que dans un cadre personnel et en mentionnant le nom de l’artiste.


December 1, 2006

Thierry Miramon is a figurative painter with an exceptional sense of observation. His paintings incorporate scenes of everyday life – crowd, the animated settings found in cafes, concert halls and bull fighting arenas. From these moments, he highlights the tender, the amusing, the positive. He uses mainly primary colours in his playful and mischievous work.

Ces photos ne peuvent être utilisées que dans un cadre personnel et en mentionnant le nom de l’artiste.
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November 1, 2006

Fiona has worked as a painter/illustrator, mural artist and screen-painter or fabric in Dublin, London and Lyon over the past 25 years. She is currently working with photographs, paint and mixed media including digital enhancing, creating layers and illusions.

The photographs are generally based on surface details and illusions sometimes using reflective windows and mirrors. Not knowing what is inside and what outside – both having equal importance as they are placed side by side on the one flat plane.

This exhibition entitled ‘Façades and Ouvertures’ is mainly featuring the beautifully proportioned houses in the towns of Arles and Toulon in the south of France and the unbeatable Paris which has so many visual delights to offer.


October 1, 2006

Grégory Valton born 1975 is a fine art photographer living and working in Paris. His work looks at landscape and its deeper meaning. He has photographed some superb architectural shots in New York and Istanbul and Brass bands of Guca, Serbia.

Valton has exhibited in France at Galerie Dialogos, Galerie Bateau Lavoir, Multi-media Pôle of Boulogne, Festivals – L’Image du Mans, Voices Off (Rencontres d’Arles) and the French Cultural Center in Belgrade (Serbia). He has won awards for his images of New York and Montréal. Valton has also completed a European Artistic Residency in September 2005 in Niort (France).

Lendemains is a long term project on Serbia and Montenegro supported by the French Arts Centre, Belgrade. The photographs presented here were taken during three trips to Serbia and Montenegro between 2003 and 2005.

We look forward to welcoming this very fine photographer to the Alliance Française Gallery in association with Sirius Arts Centre.


June 1, 2006

Le tour d’Irlande de P’tit Bonhomme is an exhibition created by the Irish Club in Paris and Irish Eyes Magazine with documents borrowed from the Albert-Kahn Museum(Boulogne – Billancourt), the National Gallery of Ireland and Guinness archives.

This is an exhibition of photographs of Ireland from 1880, to represent Ireland as it was when P’tit Bonhomme by Jules Verne was published. The exhibition consists of old photographs from 1880 and more recent ones, together with extracts from the book. This was created to celebrate Jules Verne’s centenary, and the P’tit Bonhomme publication, which is largely unknown.


May 1, 2006

Alain Sagault was born in Paris and belongs to a long established family of artists. He studied in the Sorbonne getting a Master’s and “agrégation de lettres”, subsequently becoming a teacher in French litterature and linguistics. Soon he became involved in the artistic world, becoming an actor and creating a fully improvised one-man show “Les Milles et une Nuits du Tarot”. He has written many short stories and chronicles and has published to date eight books including two for children and three specifically for artists named “livres-sujets”.


December 1, 2005

2005-2061: Derriere les rideaux is work presented in 2 parts. The major part, which includes 24 images, takes a look at everyday life of the people in Kathmandu, Nepal, when visited by the artist in Feb, March 2005. The purpose of this exhibition is to give the audience an opportunity to look at aspects of the contrasts that take place in one and only city, Kathmandu. (more…)


November 1, 2005

Supports and Displacements makes us wonder about the way we see and comprehend the world and our own thought structures. Indeed, the structure is not fixed; the spectator brings his own identity and interrogations. Besides, when he seeks to understand how the structure works, he opens up a new path in his way of thinking and in the structure itself, which changes dimension. The structure shifts and becomes the framework of the support… As regards the displacement, it becomes the expression of our thoughts and questions… (more…)


October 1, 2005

Features photographs of by-pass heart surgery and its fictional account on DVD,‘La Ballade de la Folle au Bord de la Mer’ (‘The Mad Woman Walking by the Sea’).

The artist wishes to thank all at the Cardio-Thoracic Unit of Cork Universtiy Hospital, especially Consultant Surgeon Mr Aonghus O-Donnell and his team, including Head Nurse Sr Catherine Keane, and Nurse Margaret Kelleher.

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September 1, 2005

Pascal Ungerer is a photographer living in West Cork, where he has set up a studio dedicated to traditional methods of black and white printing. Pascal works mainly landscape photography, much of his work is inspired by the Irish countryside in which he lives. Prior to moving back to Ireland, Pascal lived in France and England for a number of years where he studied photography. While studying photography in London, he met a young French photographer named Gilles Peter.

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