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

The Society of Cork Potters – 40th Anniversary Exhibition

Jim_Turner_Tall_Phials ( quantum elixir series)
Kathleen Standen Standing Stone 2 H. 500 mm, E1650
Helen Daly White Funky Teapot €110 25cm x 25xm x 15cm


The Society of Cork Potters

40th Anniversary Exhibition and Book Launch

Friday 7th August – Saturday 22nd August



The Society of Cork Potters celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year and the Lavit Gallery is hosting an exhibition showcasing the variety of work made by this group. The Society of Cork Potters is a non-profit organization, open to all ceramic artists or potters who live in Cork City or County and who are trying to make at least part of their living by working with clay. The Society reflects the wide diversity of current creative ceramic activity in the region. The aim of the Society is to provide a framework for Cork-based potters and ceramic artists to further their development by the exchange of ideas and information. The society organises ceramic-specific networking events, workshops, and exhibitions for the benefit of its members and other invited craftspeople. The Society will be presenting their anniversary book, published to mark this momentous occasion, and it will also be available during the run of the exhibition.

Lavit Gallery has worked with Society of Cork Potters to present an exhibition for Cork Craft Month.




Jim Kelleher, Etain Hickey, and Catherine Ryan

Friday 7th August


Free event, but limited places, please book your place here




Michael Quane Strange Beasts

Michael Quane Head Study Kilkenny Limestone 30x30x27cm
Michael Quane Horse and Rider Marble44x33x22cm
Michael Quane Buoyed Marble 31x40x23cm


Michael Quane



17th September -17th October 2020



The Lavit Gallery is excited to present, solo exhibition from Michael Quane, Strange Beasts.


“With every move to a new place change occurs. It’s a different landscape with a different air. Different air that even moves differently. The sound appears to travel differently through it and it is filled with different sounds. The light is weighted through it to a different measure. The birds that sing in it, had their ancestors settle here ten thousand generations ago and continue their song here, clear and only distinctive to here. Even the pigeon morse coo is different, if you listen for it. Different moods dwell in it and ultimately the results from endeavour changes. It is my intention to allow for this change to solidify into my endeavours over these months coinciding as they do with the strangest phenomenon ever of being in an officially defined state of enforced isolation and distance from everyone else. That means everyone else in the world.”


For this exhibition, Strange Beasts, Michael Quane has chosen to surrender to this new place and time and to the possibilities that are presented by making new work here…

… and see what it is, that happens next.


The exhibition will show directly-carved figurative sculpture, in Irish Limestone and Italian Marble.


Direct carving is the process of carving, with chisel, the material directly, without reference to a model or a maquette. It allows for an unbridled creative input throughout the complete process. Step one is the loose flabby parameters of boulder and idea with all its infinite possibilities and the final step is, all that remains; the result of a myriad of choices and decisions: the chosen finite. It is a process, of the will and the meanings that it attaches, guided by the subtlest of gravitational tugs that the complexity of environment can muster.




Artist Talk



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