Strange that I posted a photo of the Glucksman under a post title of “Normal Service to Return Soon”, when literally within a matter of days, normal service ended at the gallery. Following some of the most extreme weather seen in Cork in years, the basement of the gallery was flooded, with damage to a number of works. This piece is from the Visual Artists Ireland website –
LEWIS GLUCKSMAN GALLERY SUFFERS SEVERE FLOOD DAMAGE
Following the heavy rains of the past few days, UCC’s Lewis Glucksman Gallery has announced that the gallery in Cork has suffered extensive flood damage to its basement.
The basement area of the gallery houses storage space, a major plant area and kitchens. The art store area of the basement housed a total of 148 artworks, the majority of which were on loan from University College Cork’s Art Collection, with 11 artworks directly on loan from artists. The art in storage at the time of the flooding included works by artists including Hughie O’Donoghue, Louis le Brocquy and Martin Gale.
A recovery operation was initiated as soon as the gallery was alerted, with floodwater being pumped from the basement and ground floor to clear a safe passage to the art store so that gallery staff and a team of conservation experts could access the basement and respond to the damage.
The main exhibition spaces were not affected but the gallery will remain closed until further notice.