Sarah Walker Gallery is a contemporary art gallery on the pier in Castletownbere, Co Cork. On view are Sarah Walker paintings and a selection of other artist’s work including painting, print, photography and ceramics.
The gallery is also a venue for live music, theatre and literary events for adults and children alike at the High Tide Club.
The gallery sits in the western corner of the harbour, a long white-wash and stone building with a slip leading to the door. Sarah located her gallery here in 2003 and transformed the former carriage-house into a modern exhibiting and working space. It’s an eye-catching structure, straddling both shore and sea. At high tide the building appears to be half-immersed in the water with waves lapping the lower walls on three sides. Inside it’s all white, sparse and spacious, a pared back minimalism that contrasts with the rich colours of the paintings. At the far end a glass door opens onto a wooden walkway giving wave-top views across the bay. It’s a fantastic setting, a surprise to find an art gallery in the midst of fishing boats on a West Cork pier.
All the paintings are evidence of a life lived close to brambles, trees, country roads, spring and winter air.
Visit the gallery on the waterfront at the far west end of The Pier, Castletownbere, Co Cork. Open every day 11 to 6 April through December or by appointment.The paintings by Sarah Walker and a selection of other artists. Original oils on canvas, oils on paper in mounts and photographs and prints ranging in price from €60
Open most weekdays October through March, to check, tel. 027 70387.