Established in 2010, CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery is a creative space under the direction of the CIT Crawford College of Art & Design. It is a significant step towards the advancement of a culture of creativity within the Cork Institute of Technology itself and between the institution and the broader community and region.
CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery provides a context for the understanding and interpretation of contemporary practice for the enjoyment of the public and the CIT communities of students, staff and alumni.
The Gallery programmes up to ten exhibitions a year, featuring contemporary multi-disciplinary group and solo projects by national and international artists.
The Gallery is located on the ground floor of an 18th century building on Wandesford Quay situated adjacent to the river Lee in the heart of Cork City. It shares the building with Backwater Artists Group and Cork Printmakers. This four-storey warehouse was originally built circa 1840. Its first use was as a malt house for the nearby distillery, it was then used as a timber yard, and went on to become Colemans Printers. The building was refurbished in the 1990s by Cork City Council.
CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery provides a unique space for exhibitions and events with its original architectural features such as wooden beams and vaulted spaces. The Gallery exhibition space was originally developed as a traditional white cube space but the character of the building provides certain idiosyncrasies that can be utilised creatively by exhibiting artists from a wide range of practices. The main exhibition space is bright and lit by natural light while other areas in the gallery provide for works that require controlled lighting.