Now in its 14th season, the Catherine Hammond Gallery is proud of its association with some of Ireland’s most outstanding established and emerging artists. It is arguably the preeminent contemporary art gallery in Munster, a good indicator of how important West Cork is as a cultural destination. It was founded in 2003 by Catherine Hammond after working for more than 20 years with major U.S. cultural organizations, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, the MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Skibbereen – West Cork’s Market Town
The gallery is in the heart of Skibbereen, often considered the capital of West Cork. Other cultural attractions include Uillinn – the West Cork Arts Centre, the Skibbereen Heritage Centre, other art galleries, a great rare bookshop, craft shops and an art auctioneer. There are several places to eat just next door to the gallery including the Good Things restaurant, the Church café and Annie May’s pub. In Skibbereen, one can easily spend several hours rich in art and good food!
Skibbereen is an ideal base from which to explore the southwest tip of West Cork: Baltimore, Mizen Head, Sheep’s Head, Ballydehob, Castletownsend, Glandore, Union Hall are all within a short drive. Great beaches, Lough Hyne Marine Reserve, and Sherkin and Cape Clear islands are easily accessible.