February 21st - March 16th

The Lavit 50 Years On

We are delighted to announce that The Lavit Gallery is about to celebrate it's 50thanniversary! The gallery was originally set up by a group of artists in Cork, wanting to promote an interest in art. 50 years on, the gallery shows the work of over 200 artists. The gallery has a long and rich history of enabling the pubic to view and buy art and has over the years, introduced many new artists to Cork Audiences, whose work they might not have otherwise seen. As well as showing the work ofnational and international artists, the gallery has promoted and encouraged lots of emerging artists especially through it's annual Student of the Yearaward. This 50thanniversary will be agreat occasion in the cultural life of Cork and to celebrate our half-centurythe gallery is planning a number of exhibitions and receptions to honour this event.

The actual 50thanniversary falls on Thursday February 21stand the opening of our exhibition The Lavit 50 Years On, happens on this very night at 8pm. The Lavit 50 Years On is an exciting group exhibition which features work by some of Ireland's most renowned artists who have shown at the gallery during this period, - John Behan, Liam Belton, Ana Duncan, James English, Mike Fitzharris, Tim Goulding, Arthur Maderson, Eilis O'Connell, Michael Quane, Thomas Ryan and Neil Shawcross and Robert Ballagh who will officially open the exhibition on the night. Cork's Lord mayor John Buttimer will also be in attendance, and will say a few words.

This exhibition will kick start an exciting year of exhibitions, remembering back and looking forward. Some of the highlights early in the year will include exhibitions focusing on artists from West of Cork, non - representational work in a show titled The Absence of Realism, our members annual exhibition and a show called Gallery Friends in cooperation with The Taylor Gallery and Solomon galleries in Dublin and the Cauldwell Gallery in Belfast.

We look forward to this special year marking our 50thanniversary, and look forward further to hopefullyplenty more years ahead.