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Alan Corbett

Im an illustrator and writer from Cork City, Ireland. I graduated with an MA in Children’s Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art in the UK in 2010. The MA was an 18 month course that concluded with a group exhibition at the prestigious Illustration Cupboard Gallery in London. Previous to this I completed a BA in Graphic Design at the Cork IT.

I take inspiration for my work from classical Irish picture book illustrators such as Harry Clarke, Richard Doyle and Daniel Maclise. I enjoy working on projects of a slightly dark nature and I particularly enjoy depicting historical scenes. My dream commission would be to illustrate a Bram Stoker’s Dracula picture book.
In 2008, I was selected by the Computer Arts magazine graduate showcase in illustration.
In 2010, I particpated in illustration exhibitions at the Ruskin Gallery Cambridge and the Wandsford Quay Gallery Cork. I was also commissioned to illustrate art work for Irish film Elipse and the October Elevens production of a Christmas Carol.

In 2011, I was invited onto the creative panel for the 6th annual Dragon of Shandon Samhain Parade in Cork. I designed props and illustrated billboard advertsining for the Halloween event. Cork Community Art Link also published a comic I illustrated based on 19th Century Cork character Baron Sploasco for the parade.

I am currently in the process of producing my first children’s book/graphic novel, Ghost of Shandon. The book is being published by Cork based book publishers Onstream Publishing and is due for release in the Summer of 2012. The Ghost of Shandon is 64 pages long, 5000 plus words and contain’s nearly 200 illustrations. The story is set predominantly in 18th Century Cork and has taken over 18 months to complete. A selection of greetings cards with scenes from the book are available in the gift shop of the Crawford Art Gallery Cork.

Alan Corbett at Art in the Park

2013 Picture Book Illustration Course A new 2013 edition of Art in the Park artist resident and ICNA winning creator Alan Corbett’s 10 week picture book illustration course will be starting up this coming February. The course covers everything from writing, to illustration, graphic design and publishing.

For bookings please e-mail

Picture Book Courses with illustrator, author and Art in the Park resident artist Alan Corbett, on Saturdays from July 7th for 10 weeks. Adults €200 and Teens €150, from 2pm to 4pm. All materials included. Booking essential:  

Painting for Beginners with Alan Corbett, on Tuesday nights for 2 hours with mature students for 8  weeks, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. €100. All materials included. Booking essential: 

Summer Art Clubs (cartooning with Alan Corbett is part of the 5-day course), for children 6-12 yr. Fun, hands-on classes in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Indoor and outdoor sessions in this beautiful park setting, the Art Clubs will introduce children to different materials and art forms: painting, drawing, construction, cartooning... From Monday to Friday starting 9th of July from 2pm to 5pm. Until August 24th. €120 for each participant weekly course. All materials included. Booking essential:

Face painting for children. Get your face painted like Captain America, Spider-man, Dracula or a Zombie! Face painting 4 Euro per child. From 2 to 5pm on Fridays and from 11am to 1pm on Saturday mornings.  

Cork Art History Classes with Alan Corbett, run on Tuesday nights for 1 hour from 7:30 - 8:30. 5  week course that covers Daniel Maclise, James Barry, John Butts, Nathaniel Grogan, etc. €50. Booking essential: 

Solo Exhibition at 2020 Art Gallery     August 14th to 26th at the 2020 Gallery, North Mall (across Gate Cinema). Opening ceremony on August 16th at 6pm. The exhibition will showcase the original artwork for the illustrations of 'Ghost of Shandon' graphic novel. There will be 20 plus illustrations exhibited.

Meet the Maker  illustrator, author and Art in the Park resident Alan Corbett, August 26th - Sunday at 12pm. Alan will be in for an hour to discuss the 'Ghost of Shandon' book.

Cork History Walking Tour for adults with Alan Corbett. Starting July 13th and EVERY FRIDAY at 12 o'clock for 1 hour, starts in Art in the Park and finishes in Saint Finn Barre's Cathedral. €5 per person.


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