Cork Heritage Open Day

Backwater Artists Group, Cork Printmakers and the Lavit Gallery

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 the Lavit Gallery are located on Wandesford Quay. This three-bay, four-storey warehouse was originally built around 1840 and restored in 1995. Its first use was as a grain store, probably for the nearby distillery. Subsequently it became a timber yard and Coleman’s Printers.

The Wandesford Quay Complex recently commissioned a piece of artwork under a per cent for arts scheme by London based Irish artist Marianne Keating.

This piece A Reconfigured Ruin addresses the architectural and symbolic features of Wandesford Quay. Keating excavates the ‘biography’ of the building through an archival examination of the unrecorded biography of its past workers, highlighting the connections of trade and labour that have been shaping Cork’s collective identity and imagination.

Please click here to link to the film on vimeo.