Crawford exhibition celebrates Cork's history as 'a safe harbour for ships' 

Crawford exhibition celebrates Cork's history as 'a safe harbour for ships' 
Unknown, View of Cork Harbour from Rostellan, Inisbeg Island, 1809. Collection Crawford Art Gallery, Cork.

Statio Bene draws together over 40 artworks describing the traditions and historic views of Cork Harbour. 

The exhibition features artworks describing Cork's global connectedness, its harbour and river, shipping and leisure, defence, and mobility of people.

It considers the concept of a 'safe harbour' as an anchorage in cultural, social, and other terms.

Presented in the Long Room in the Crawford Art Gallery, which was the city’s old Custom House, the exhibition is inspired by Cork’s motto – 'Statio Bene Fide Carinis' (a safe harbour for ships). 

The exhibition also coincides with the 300th anniversary of the world’s oldest established yacht club – Royal Cork Yacht Club.

"Cork, its city and environs have for centuries benefited from the natural maritime haven that is its harbour," commented Dr Michael Waldron, Assistant Curator of Collections at Crawford Art Gallery. 

"Amongst the largest of its kind in the world, Cork Harbour has been a porous site of settlement, migration, international trade, fortification, and leisure, and holds deep cultural and economic relevance."

For the first time, Crawford Art Gallery will also display a selection of prints from Jamie Murphy's series Albert, Ernest and the Titanic (2012). 

"Cork Harbour was the last port of call for the Titanic on its maiden voyage in 1912," Dr Waldron stated. 

"It underscores the risk of leaving a safe harbour, and Jamie Murphy's arresting images help us to tell that story. 

"The ink the artist used on the label for this portfolio of prints was even made from coal salvaged from Titanic's wreck site."

Drawn from Crawford Art Gallery’s own extensive collection, Statio Bene includes works by Willem Van de Velde (1611-1693), Sarah Grace Carr (1794-1837), George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson (1806-1884), Robert Lowe Stopford (1813-1898), Norah McGuinness (1901-1980), David Lilburn (b.1950), among others.

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