The Backwater Artists Group Cork Printmakers and CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery are located on Wandesford Quay. This 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.

The Backwater Artists Group is one of the largest artist-led studio groups in Ireland, with 29 studios and 38 artists currently working from the complex. The studios are open to the public for Cork Heritage Day, Cork Culture Night and for guided tours, artists’ talks and exhibitions during Backwater Artists Group annual Open Studio Event, in November.  An exhibition in response to aspects of Cork Heritage will be on show for you to view (sample images below).

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. Visitors are welcome to view Living Histories, an exhibition in our Print Showroom on the second floor. It features prints by members of Blackpool Historical Society and Coal Quay Historical Society, who participated in a printmaking project, interpreting material from their historical archives in 2015 & 2016.

Tours are offered between 2 – 4pm on Cork Heritage Day, with no booking required.

CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery is space that connects Crawford College of Art & Design as part of Cork Institute of Technology, to the broader cultural community both locally and internationally. The gallery will feature an exhibition by Cork Textiles Network for the Cork Month of Craft, running from 5 – 27 August 2016.
CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery open from 10am-6pm.