Crawford Art Gallery to host nude tours

Crawford Art Gallery to host nude tours
A visitor to the Crawford art Gallery enjoying works by Amanda Coogan, After Manzoni, Spencer Tunick and Robert Ballagh, all part of Naked Truth: The Nude in Irish Art. Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

The Crawford Art Gallery will host several Nude Tours of the exhibition Naked Truth in the Gallery in the coming weeks. 

Crawford Art Gallery joins the ranks of International Galleries such as the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and Australia’s National Gallery, in welcoming nude tours through their doors. 

Gallery director Mary Mc Carthy said: “Naked bodies are a regular feature of the Crawford Art Gallery experience. Our unique sculpture gallery is a meditation space on the human form. We have been overwhelmed by people’s positive responses to Naked Truth : The Nude in Irish Art."

"It has captured people’s curiosity about art and it has been a significant talking point in Cork and beyond, all summer. The exhibition again highlights the importance of art and the ability of artists to impact our world and engage us in a myriad of ways”.

The first of the tours will be attended by Cork Clothes Free, an independent nudist group, available on, who meet regularly since 2014 for social activities, such as swimming trips, house gatherings, beach trips and garden parties; and can now add Gallery tours to their list.

A spokesperson for the group, feels “nudity increases confidence, body acceptance and a sense of freedom. The Crawford Art Gallery have provided our members with a unique and wonderful opportunity for our nudist group to view the subject of Nudes from a place of Nudity."

Other tours of the Gallery will be attended by The Irish Naturist Association (INA) a group that has been in existence for more than 50 years.

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