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

Sue Dolan, a mala nada na lama, Student of the Year Exhibition

7th – 23rd February 2019


Each year,  the Lavit Gallery awards a Student of the Year to a Crawford College of Art and Design graduate whose work was exemplary.

At the 2018 degree show, we selected Sue Dolan. for her work ‘a mala nada na lama’.

There is no such thing as tenancy when one’s inherent rights of ownership are treated as a sport by those in power. This work looks at the liminal space between both home and body displacement and reimagines the notion of championship as revolt.

Titled a mala nada na lama, Sue Dolan’s work merges video and installation while investigating a ‘wait’ stage and considers how this period of waywardness may impact the stability of one’s sense of identity. The work also confronts the question of whether the response itself may be as landless as those in the throes of a threshold.

a mala nada na lama is a reaction to a case study of documented resistance to the displacement of a community in Rio de Janeiro due to the 2016 Olympic Games and draws transcultural parallels with women’s rights in Ireland in 2018.

This award winning work saw Dolan being named the Lavit Gallery Student of the Year in 2018 and also won the RDS Special Award at the RDS Visual Arts Awards 2018.The Lavit Gallery will  host an extended version of this work with added video and photography and will run from Thursday 7th February until Saturday 23rd February 2019.

Patricia Burns, City Paintings


Patricia Burns, City Paintings


Opening Thursday 21st March 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Continues until Saturday 20th April


The Lavit Gallery presents City Paintings by Patricia Burns.

In this body of new work Burns explores the parts of Cork city where she lives and works. Using these parts of the city she produces a series of paintings focusing on themes of home, yet contrasts that with the mystery and potential to be found in small places painted in a winter light.

There is a familiarity to these places, and yet, no distinct features of their location are immediately apparent. Composed of partial roof-tops, a tree, perhaps a telephone wire, Burns perfectly captures the feeling of walking home on a winter evening, from the glow of a streetlight to the chill in the air.

Born in Dublin, Patricia Burns studied Fine Art at Dublin Institute of Technology and Crawford College of Art + Design, Cork. Recent solo shows include November Paintings, Taylor Galleries, Dublin (2014); Hinterland – The Glen Paintings, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford (2012) and Triskel Arts Centre, Cork (2011). Burns’ work is represented in corporate and private collections throughout Ireland and in the public collections of AIB Group, AXA Insurance, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, OPW / State Art Collection, and others. She lives and works in Cork city.



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