22 November 2019
By Elaine Murphy
Nano Nagle Place, the unexpected oasis near the centre of Cork city, continues to expand and improve on the already incredible facilities available there. A combined bookshop, print gallery, and map room will be opened on Saturday afternoon next, November 23rd.
The new bookshop, located at the entrance to the museum and Goldie Chapel, will have a strong focus on Cork’s storied history, geography, architecture, and social life. Next to the bookshop, Cork Printmakers have created a gallery to showcase the exceptional and diverse talent of Cork’s longstanding printmaking community. In partnership with Cork City Council, in the map room, there will be a display of a series of maps dating from the John Rocque’s 1759 map of the merchant city through to early 20th century plans for the city. In addition, in partnership with Inanna Rare Books, a series of antiquarian maps and prints, again with a Cork focus, will be available.
Shane Clarke, CEO at Nano Nagle Place says “Our development of the museum to include a Cork focused bookshop, print gallery, and map room is a key expression of our ambition to develop as a heritage centre celebrating Cork’s distinguised cultural history. It will give Corkonians and visitors the opportunity to invest in that heritage and in contemporary artists and bring that home on to their walls and bookshelves.”
Nano Nagle Place was officially opened in December 2017 and includes amongst other things, a heritage centre dedicated to the life of Nano Nagle, sensitively restored architecture from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, beautiful hidden gardens and a Cork focused design and gift shop. This latest expansion enhances the already fantastic visitor experience.
Cork Printmakers is a print studio providing artists with a creative and well-equipped environment in which to work. Their Director, Miguel Amado says “Cork Printmakers is developing a civic agenda and the partnership with Nano Nagle Place is another step in this direction. The print gallery, and related retail point, offer a key showcasing and commercial platform to Cork based artists working in the realm of print. In addition, it expands the recognition of print as a democratic medium, which can be used to foster social inclusion through art. Visitors and users of Nano Nagle Place now have a new opportunity to engage with visual culture and heritage in an innovative way.”
Visit the new bookshop, print gallery, and map room, from Saturday 23rd November. Address: Nano Nagle Place, Douglas Street, Cork City. www.nanonagleplace.ie