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Crawford Art Gallery is home to part of the National Collection of Ireland but how well do you know some of the stories behind the artworks?

BEHIND THE SCENES takes visitors on a journey through the Collection as it unfolds across two floors and several thematic chapters, including Making, Conservation, Representation, and Research.

The exhibition offers an experience of the Collection with a twist, venturing beneath the surface of selected artworks to reveal the process of their making, how they have been collected and cared for, and what questions they may prompt in us.

The exhibition provides an overview of what comprises the Collection and what it expresses. Largely focused on painting, but also featuring drawing, watercolour, photography, and sculpture, it presents a rich array of artworks from across the centuries.

BEHIND THE SCENES seeks to explore the Collection in meaningful ways designed to intrigue, confront, and demystify. Ultimately the exhibition considers what a collection might say when asked to speak.

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