|Cork August 1st 2013: This week Failte Ireland published their listing of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, with the Cork Vision Centre @ St. Peter’s topping the list of Free Visitor Attractions in Cork, and the South West Region, and securing 17th in the top 20 free visitor attractions in Ireland. With 64,239 visitors during 2012, the Cork Vision Centre has delivered a visitor increase of 6% on the previous year.|
|Director of the Vision Centre, and General Manager of Cork Civic Trust, John X Miller welcomed the Failte Ireland ranking. “Cork Vision Centre is a unique hybrid – gallery; venue; education space; heritage centre and visitor venue. Above all, it is a welcoming space. The Cork Vision Centre @ St. Peter’s is innovative in several respects. Firstly, the management of the Centre is based on a partnership that is, in itself, the product of a visionary outlook. The partnership between Cork City Council and Cork Civic Trust is innovative, practical and imaginative. Most importantly, the blend of Cork City Council funding support with Cork Civic Trust management and cultural expertise has been extremely effective, as the Failte Ireland figures show.”|
From the outset the Centre’s approach has been to take an eclectic approach in terms of the Centre’s uses and users, and to make it physically and conceptually accessible to a multi-tiered audience. Constantly evolving, the Centre pursues a policy of attracting a range of exhibitors, embracing a diverse spectrum of subject material and styles.
It also has benefitted a wide range of users across the spectrum of community groups to business networks, and charitable organisations to professional bodies. Utilising the building itself and a detailed scale model of Cork City, the Centre’s educational programme has attracted a great deal of interest at primary, secondary and third levels. To date there have been more than 3500 education visits to the Centre.
“Maintaining the strong relationships created throughout European Capital of Culture 2005 and, subsequently, is a key objective. We work hard at maintaining and strengthening the Centre’s diplomatic and cultural network. The 2013 exhibition programme includes exhibitions from the Czech Republic; Portugal and Lithuania, and, the Centre will also host several international exhibitions and performances during 2014,” explains John X.“I am particularly pleased for the Centre staff, Lorraine Cahalane, Finola Horgan and Marta Kolasa, who work tirelessly to ensure the Centre delivers a fulfilling and welcoming visitor experience,” commented Miller.
“Like everyone involved in the visual arts and cultural, and across many sectors of society, we operate in challenging economic times. So far, thanks in no small measure to Cork City Council funding we have continued to deliver a high standard visitor experience. Without City Council funding the Vision Centre could not operate. So I very much welcome the Failte Ireland ranking as Cork’s top free visitor attraction as a timely recognition of the effective partnership between Cork Civic Trust and Cork City Council, and, of the significant role the Vision Centre plays in promoting Cork across the tourism, cultural, community and diplomatic sectors.”