Online Exhibition | Come Dine with 18th Century Me by Jenny Dempsey at LHQ Gallery


Online Exhibition | Come Dine with 18th Century Me by Jenny Dempsey at LHQ Gallery Date/Time
Date(s) - 26/03/2021 - 01/05/2021





If you suddenly found yourself in 1780s Cork and were asked to throw a dinner party, would you display yourself to be a woman of style and taste? Would you know how to dress and what food to serve? Would you be au-fait with current affairs and social etiquette? Could you successfully navigate your apothecary chest to cure your aching head the morning after?

The LHQ gallery, Cork County Council Library and Arts exhibition space, is delighted to present its second virtual exhibition of 2021, Come Dine With 18th Century Me, by West Cork based artist and designer Jenny Dempsey. Come Dine with 18th Century Me, invites the modern viewer to step back in time and take a light-hearted look at life in 1780s Cork. By showcasing familiar activities with which we still engage, we can compare life then with life now and the unfamiliar past becomes relevant. Eighteenth century Cork was an exciting place. Trade with far-flung places brought many luxuries to our shores. Exotic foods, fine china, and sumptuous silks were all the rage.

Previewing the virtual exhibition, Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley congratulated the artist on her new work:

“Jenny Dempsey offers a unique and refreshing perspective on women’s’ history. Her research is presented through beautiful artworks and engaging, humorous text. While we regret that we cannot welcome visitors into the LHQ Gallery, we hope that this virtual exhibition by the artist will connect with people in County Cork and beyond.”

Visit the Come Dine with 18th Century Me virtual exhibition at

For further information, contact Cork County Council Arts Office by email at or by phone to 021 4285995. Cork County Council Library and Arts Service LHQ Gallery programme is supported by Cork County Council and the Arts Council.


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