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

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



Thursday 1st August: 5.30pm

Exhibition opening – Drinks reception


Thursday 15th August: 7pm

An evening at the Gallery, Curators Tour and Crafting Cocktails with Monk Cocktail Bar


Saturday 24th August: 11am

Art & Coffee Curators Tour with curator Stephen O’ Connell


Thursday 29th August : 6.00pm

Sound artist Vicky Langan will present a response to Land(ed)


Chila Kumari Singh Burman, Punk Punjabi Prints: A Suitcase of Etchings, from Reason to Madness

Chila Kumari Singh Burman_Convenience, Not Love, 1986–7
Chila Kumari Singh Burman_Tales of Valiant Queens_installation view_ Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, 2018


Chila Kumari Singh Burman

Punk Punjabi Prints: A Suitcase of Etchings, from Reason to Madness

19th September – 12th October 2019


Opening Thursday 19th September 5.30pm – 7.30pm


The Lavit Gallery presents an exhibition by British artist Chila Kumari Singh Burman, programmed with Cork Printmakers and curated by Miguel Amado.

Burman’s practice explores the relationship between gender, class and ethnicity in the construction of identity. Her key medium is printmaking, often with collage, although she also uses sculpture, film and photography. She initiated her career in the early 1980s, and was a key player in the British black arts movement.

‘Punk Punjabi Prints: A Suitcase of Etchings, from Reason to Madness’ is Burman’s first exhibition in Ireland. The exhibition features a selection of print-based works made between the late 1970s and the late 1980s examining themes such as racism, immigration policies, personal diasporic narratives, legacies of British imperialism and sexuality within patriarchy.

Burman’s work is collected worldwide, notably by Tate, Victoria and Albert Museum, Wellcome Trust, Science Museum, Arts Council Collection and the British Council in London; Museum and Art Gallery in Birmingham; Sir Richard Branson; Cartwright Hall in Bradford; Devi Foundation in New Delhi; Linda Goodman in Johannesburg; New Walk Museum and Art Gallery in Leicester; New Art Gallery in Walsall; Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh

Click here to see Burman speak in her studio for ‘Tate Shots’



From 5.30pm Friday 20th September

Culture Night

Exhibition Tour and Discussion

For Culture Night we will have a guided tour of the exhibition, in which the artist discusses the works on view, and a panel discussion between the artist and the curator addressing her practice and career.


11am Saturday  28th September

Art & Coffee: Curators Talk

with Miguel Amado

Join us from 11am for coffee and chats with curator of our current exhibition and Director of Cork Printmakers, Miguel Amado.