As a result of the unprecedented flooding in Cork city on Thursday evening, 19 November 2009, the Lewis Glucksman Gallery has suffered extensive flood damage to its basement. The flooding poses a severe problem for the gallery, as the basement area housed the art stores, a major plant area and the kitchens. The recovery operation began as soon as the gallery was alerted and with the support of UCC's Buildings + Estates, initially focused on pumping water from the basement and ground floor to clear a safe passage to the art store. The recovery operation progressed over the weekend of 21 and 22 November with a team of conservation experts working with the gallery staff to access and respond to the damage. The art in storage at the time of the flooding included works by significant artists such as Hughie O’Donoghue, Louis le Brocquy and Martin Gale.
The Glucksman Gallery is grateful for all the support it has received to date which has allowed the gallery to respond to this unprecedented situation with maximum effect. The gallery now faces a major financial challenge to reinstate the award-winning building for public use, and to restore damaged works in the collection. If you would like to make a donation to the Glucksman Recovery Fund, you can do so by:
a) making a cheque payable to Lewis Glucksman Gallery and sending to Fiona Kearney, Director, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork, Ireland.
b) by credit card by calling + 353 21 4902760 with details of the payment you wish to make
All payments are gratefully received. Please include your contact details so that we can acknowledge your contribution. Both the Lewis Glucksman Gallery and Cork University Foundation are registered charities and donations of €250 or more may be tax exempt. The Lewis Glucksman Gallery and Cork University Foundation will issue receipts for all donations which can be filed with your annual revenue returns. Thank you for your support.
Fiona Kearney, Director of the Lewis Glucksman Gallery