About Cnoc Buí
The property was acquired from philanthropic sources in June ’22 with a view to establishing a centre for the arts in the picturesque village of Union Hall in West Cork. In addition to providing a centre for the visual arts, it is intended to foster the performing and dramatic arts at Cnoc Bui. The property will provide a focal point for local groups and particularly those whose voluntary work does so much to enhance the community.
Part of the main building is already in use as an exhibition and meeting space, while other parts of the buildings and grounds are undergoing further renovation. The derelict outbuildings at Cnoc Bui are particularly exciting as they date from the 18th century and are among the oldest surviving buildings in the West Cork region.
Once the renovations have been completed, it is expected that Cnoc Bui will provide a permanent home for an important collection of over 250 art works which include portraiture, works by Australian artists and works by Irish women artists of the 20th century.
Also on offer to Cnoc Bui is the ‘Union Hall Collection’ of works by different artists who have responded to the same visual stimulus – the view of Glandore Harbour from a particular vantage point near the old pier at Keelbeg, half a kilometre from Cnoc Bui. There are now almost 50 paintings in the collection which continues to grow year-on-year.
Projects and Events
Cnoc Buí is currently being developed as an Arts and Community centre in Union Hall village in West Cork. Below are some of our current projects and upcoming events
The “Union Hall Collection” brings together works by different artists who have responded to the same visual stimulus – the view of Glandore Harbour from a specific vantage point outside the village of Union Hall in West Cork.
For 2023 we have an exciting programme of events and exhibitions. Just click to see the calendar of events.
Cnoc Bui is a significant property on the edge of the village of Union Hall in West Cork. It comprises a traditional late 19th century two-storey farmhouse, five 18th century outbuildings (currently derelict) and grounds with extensive road frontage. Cnoc Buí is currently being converted to a community arts centre that will promote the visual, performing and dramatic arts locally, regionally and nationally.