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

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

Chila Kumari Singh Burman Installation
Chila Kumari Singh Burman_Convenience, Not Love, 1986–7
Chila Kumari Singh Burman Installation 5
Chila Kumari Singh Burman Installation 4
Chila Kumari Singh Burman Installation 2
Chila Kumari Singh Burman Installation 3
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.

Frieda Meaney, AFTER

Frieda Meaney, Macharit, oil & chine colle on canvas, 150cm x 200cm 300dpi


Frieda Meaney


Exhibition opens 5.30pm -7.30pm Thursday  17th October

The Lavit Gallery is delighted to present AFTER, a solo exhibition of work by Frieda Meaney. In this exhibition Frieda Meaney responds to her residency in Panama in 2017.

Meaney spent three weeks living with the Guna tribe in the remote Guna Yala region of the rainforest, bound in the north by the Caribbean Sea and in the east by Colombia. Her previous exhibition ‘Lifeforms and Landmarks’ 2017/18 looked at the most recent extinction event and the evolution of birds from dinosaurs, while this exhibition is addressing the current extinction of indigenous peoples.

The mediums chosen to express these responses, print, painting, chine colle and installation were chosen for their adaptable properties.

She continues to address the pertinent problems of the ecosystem and extinctions caused by the climate crisis.

The exhibition will continue until 16th November

Image: Frieda Meaney, Macharit, oil & chine colle on canvas, 150cm x 200cm