Wandesford Quay CLG: Per Cent for Art Scheme Commission 2019

The Wandesford Quay complex is home to Cork Printmakers, Backwater Artists Group and Lavit Gallery. It features studios, art-making facilities, galleries, and offices.

Wandesford Quay is a former warehouse located by Clarke’s Bridge in Cork City. It was 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.

Wandesford Quay CLG, which manages the Wandesford Quay complex, is commissioning one work under the Percent for Art Scheme, funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, on the occasion of the current redevelopment of the building.

Artists based in Ireland are invited to submit a proposal for a work that explores the historical, architectural, symbolic and/or social features of Wandesford Quay. The work can be made in any discipline and take any form. It can be permanent or temporary, installed in, or presented at, the building.

Cork Printmakers is the project manager of the commission. Interested artists should send the following documentation to info@corkprintmakers.ie by 13 January 2019. Mark the correspondence as ‘Wandesford Quay 2019’.

  1. Concept and description of the intended work (up to 250 words)
  2. Artistic statement (up to 250 words)
  3. Biography (up to 100 words)
  4. Visualisation of the intended work and/or past works that may be relevant to understand the intended work (up to 10 images with captions, as a PDF)

A panel comprising Mary McCarthy, Director of Crawford Art Gallery, Cork City, and representatives of Backwater Artists Group and Cork Printmakers will select one proposal. The awarded artist will be notified by 18 January. The panel reserves the right not to select any proposal if, in their opinion, there are no suitable entries.

The selected proposal will be developed with Miguel Amado, Director of Cork Printmakers, who will provide curatorial and organisational assistance. Artists who wish to use Cork Printmakers’ printmaking facilities will have access to technical resources and assistance. Logistic and technical assistance towards the installation and/or presentation of the work may also be provided.


  • Production of work: 21 January–22 February 2019
  • Installation and/or presentation of the work: 25 February–1 March 2019 


  • €250: fee
  • €1,000: production of work
  • €250: installation and/or presentation of work