Cork Heritage Open Day

Cork Heritage Open Day is held on the first Saturday of Heritage Week with over 40 buildings opening their doors to the public for one day only.  A series of guided walking tours, heritage events, exhibitions, talks and children’s events take place.  All events are free. Cork Heritage Open Day is organized by Cork City Council as part of Heritage Week in partnership with the Heritage Council.‌

Backwater Artists Group, Cork Printmakers and CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery are located in the same complex on Wandesford Quay. The four-storey warehouse was originally built circa 1840. Its first use was as a grain store, probably for the nearby distillery. It was then used as a timber yard and went on to become Coleman’s Printers.

Backwater Artists Group is one of the largest artist-led studio groups in Ireland, with 29 studios and 39 artists currently working from the complex.  Cork Printmakers is the key fine art print workshop for artists in the south of Ireland, providing facilities in etching, photo intaglio, screen printing, digital, lithography and relief printmaking. It offers printmaking courses for adults and facilitates print workshops for schools and groups along with hosting special events throughout the year. CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery is a space that connects CIT Crawford College of Art & Design as part of Cork Institute of Technology, to the broader cultural community both locally and internationally.

Tours of the complex are offered between 2 – 4pm on Cork Heritage Day, with no booking required. Please consult our website or the Cork Heritage Day brochure for further details closer to the time of the event.

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