Current/ Forthcoming Exhibitions


Legendary photographer to the stars.


Opening 24th January at 7pm

Running until Saturday 23 February


O’Neill, who celebrates his 75th Birthday in 2013, began his career as a press photographer. He will forever be associated with London of the Swinging Sixties when he photographed the great and the good. Peter O’Toole and Richard Harris were counted in his circle of friends. The exhibition will feature a wide variety of his iconic portraits of the stars of that era, such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Marianne Faithfull and Michael Caine.

He later worked in Hollywood and was married to the Oscar Winning actress, Faye Dunaway. The exhibition also features his portraits of Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Sean Connery, Lee Marvin, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.

Other images in the show include O’Neill’s intimate portraits of Mohammed Ali, Brigitte Bardot, David Bowie, Raquel Welch and Catherine Deneuve. Naomi Campbell, Amy Winehouse, Kate Moss and Bono are captured in some of the more recent work.

This is O’Neill’s first time to exhibit in Cork, his fathers hometown. It is a very special event for him as he has deep connections with the city. His father was born and reared on Blarney St., and worked in Henry Ford before transferring to their plant in Dagenham. On his retirement, he returned to Cork and is buried there. Visits to Cork were commonplace in his childhood. O’Neill’s mother was from Waterford.

CIT WANDESFORD QUAY GALLERY open Tues - Sat, 10 - 6 & till 8 on Thurs

THE ATRIUM, CORK CITY HALL open Mon - Fri, 9 - 5

All prints are framed and on sale 021 4335210 / 087 7826500 [email protected]

Also on sale Terry O’Neill’s latest book ‘All About Bond’ which features his photographs from his post as official Bond Movie photographer. BOOK SIGNING 1pm, Fri 25 Jan in CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery.

Noli Me Tangere / Touch Me Not

Backwater Artist Group Exhibition 2012

Opening 16th November at 6pm

Exhibition runs until 1st December

Gallery open 10am – 6pm Monday to Saturday

Noli Me Tangere, meaning, “don’t touch me” / “touch me not”, ”cease holding on to me” or “stop clinging to me” is an iconographic staple of the Christian Art cannon. Moving away from its inherent religious associations through a playful form of subversion, this exhibition aims to reposition this statement in relation to contemporary artistic practice.
Noli me tangere, when viewed through the lens of these artworks, creates an in-between state, bordering the surreal, conjuring associations of the supernatural and the otherworldly. This statement can simply be interpreted as a physical distance between viewer and subject while some works suggest a conceptual intangibility, where the viewer is faced with an ambiguity of intention. In positioning the work as either the threat or the threatened, an element of danger and vulnerability comes into play.
Social conventions and gallery etiquette obviously oppose a tactile enquiry in relation to artworks - do not touch. The sentiment however, to ‘cease holding on to me’, can be read as a playful dialogue with the viewer, insinuating an intimacy while acknowledging the limited powers of communication.Curated by Tom Dalton and David Upton, the show features the work of 14 artists from the Backwater Artist Studio Group and a specially commissioned text piece by independent writer Claire Eleanor Healy.
Albert, Ernest & the Titanic by Jamie Murphy
Opening 6pm, Thursday October 25 & runs until Saturday November 10.

‘Albert, Ernest & the Titanic’, an exhibition by Jamie Murphy will open in CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery Thursday, October 25 at 6pm and run until Saturday, November 10.

The exhibition consists of a collection of original black & white lino-cut prints and a substantial artists’ book by Murphy about the fate of the Titanic and her on board printers. Film and photographs documenting the development of the project will also be on display.

The book ‘Albert, Ernest & the Titanic’ is the product of two years of research conducted by Jamie Murphy while studying for his MA in Design at NCAD. It tells the story of the Titanic’s ill-fated on board printers, Abraham “Albert” Mishellany and Ernest Corbin as they embark on the ship’s maiden voyage. They acted as both designers and printers for items produced on board the liner, such as menus, stationery, etc. Today, such items sell for tens of thousands of euro at auction.

Printed at Distiller’s Press in NCAD, Murphy has used only the type of equipment and materials available to Mishellany and Corbin to produce this beautiful limited edition book. All the text for the 36 copies was painstakingly set and printed by hand using traditional letterpress methods. Forty hand cut linoleum illustrations portraying the working men and the vast, luxurious liner, were also created to complement the publication. Murphy said: “One special component is the use of coal salvaged from the Titanic’s wreck site to make an ink for the book. This means there is a little bit of the Titanic in each copy.”

The book has been letterpress printed at Distillers Press, NCAD, Dublin, Ireland. All the text has been set by hand. The book runs to 176 pages with 40 linocut illustrations. A unique adhesive-less binding has been designed for the book and it has been hand bound in a limited edition of 36 copies.

The exhibition will include a display of print tools including: Original linocuts (mounted & unmounted), antique metal type (1907), newly cast metal type (2011), digitally produced magnesium printing blocks, laser cut wooden type, Titanic coal, pestle and mortar, printed Titanic coal ink, two open ‘Albert, Ernest & the Titanic’ books.

Author Colm Tóibín writes in his foreword for the book: “As we mark the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic, we are reminded of the amazing gallery of prose and poetry prompted by the events of 1912. However, as well as the passengers, we cannot forget the skilled craftsmen who worked on the ship.”

Jamie Murphy is the winner of the NUI Art & Design Prize 2012 and the RDS Printmaker Award 2012. Murphy is a practicing graphic designer based in Dublin. His studio is called Fjord and work can be seen at www.fjord.


Artist Talk by Mocksim 6.15pm, Tuesday, October 16.

August 24 - September 15

A print media installation by Canadian artist Eva McCauley, who regularly makes work in Ireland. Inspired by her residencies Cill Rialaig, Ballinskelligs, the exhibition “In/Visible” features portraits that float like ethereal apparitions that co-mingle with the more tangible landscape paintings, alluding to the presence of people long gone, but still ever-present in the landscape.