The Lavit was originally set up by a group of artists wanting to promote an interest in art in 1963. Currently, the gallery shows the work of over 400 artists, introducing many new artists to Cork audiences.  It is a non-profit organisation which is dedicated to promoting the work of local and national artists.

Current and upcoming shows

David Magee, Outside


David Magee


Preview Thursday 4th  July, 5.30pm – 7.30pm

with opening remarks from Collette Nolan, Artist

Exhibition continues until 20th July 2019


David Magee (b.1963) is an Irish Artist. He was born and raised in Cork, Ireland. His works are held in both private and international collections. He studied Fine Art at Crawford Municipal School of Art. In 1982, he attended Glasgow School of Art & Design where he studied under Thomas Joshua Cooper, American fine-art landscape photographer. Outside, is a twenty-five year retrospective of his work.  This exhibition presents thirty-two Limited Edition photographs, painstakingly selected from an extensive archive.

“In my photographs, there is no real sense of time or specific place. The location is totally secondary to the feeling. The feeling is everything. I aim to portray not just what exists, but what is not obvious; that imperceptible element that stirs emotion and a sense of contemplation…”

The Exhibition is accompanied by multi-award-winning Limited Edition Hard Cover Book, produced with meticulous attention to detail, from the print production to the handcrafted binding and choice of papers used throughout. Square in format, beautifully printed, bound in a hand made Japanese paper and featuring lucent gold and translucent foiling, the book is an invaluable addition to any discerning collection of fine-art photography.



Art & Coffee: Artist Talk

with artist David Magee

11am Saturday 13th July 2019


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Land(ed): an exhibition of Contemporary Craft


1st – 31st August 2019



Group exhibition in contemporary craft

Joe Hogan, Mourne Textiles, Stuart Cairns, Elaine Riordan, Simon Kidd, Alan Meredith, and Mandy Parslow

Land(ed) is the title of a multidisciplinary exhibition which runs at the Lavit Gallery in Cork to coincide with Cork Craft Month in the city and county. It will be guest curated by Stephen O’Connell. O’ Connell is the founder of GLAS, a new platform for contemporary Irish craft and design, which will launch later this year.

The works featured will reflect each of the craftsperson’s engagement with the theme of land and landscape. It will showcase materials and forms which represent a distillation of that landscape. The title for the exhibition also offers potential word-play and allows for ‘land’ to be considered as an action or activity, the landed object is one that is brought into existence by a human hand or one embellished with precious natural resources and found materials.

The contributing artists are; furniture-maker Alan Meredith, basket-maker Joe Hogan, ceramists Elaine Riordan,  London-based Simon Kidd, wall-hangings from Mourne Textiles, a collection of intriguing vessels and utensils from metalsmith Stuart Cairns, and ceramics by Mandy Parslow