6 of the most intriguing free events to see at STAMP, Cork’s creativity pop-up festival


Presented by Stamp 2022.

And now some of the city’s most talented people have joined forces to ensure Cork continues to be a place where dreamers and creators thrive.

Four organizations in Cork, Benchspace, Sample-Studios, Cork Craft & Design and Shandon Art Studios, have teamed up to use an EU project to celebrate and support local creativity in a new pop-festival family up, STAMP, which takes place this May 13-15, 2022.

A packed weekend program of 55 arts, design and craft events, exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations, panel discussions, screenings and markets is planned, taking place in 11 locations across the center -city.

A different festival

At STAMP the focus is primarily on interaction and experience through doing or making in order to gain a real taste and appreciation for what Cork’s local creativity has to offer.

This means that the public has the opportunity to try their hand at creative writing, printmaking, origami, nature drawing and botanical art and to see fabric painting, turning on wood and the manufacture of ceramics.

Highlights include a market at Emmett Place with demonstrations taking place throughout Saturday and Sunday; a live blacksmith forge featured by benchspace in TEST SITE (Kyrl’s Quay); and INTER_SITE at NIGHT – a light and sound installation that will see local artist collective INTER_SITE illuminate the windows of the former Argos Building (Queen’s Old Castle) on Grand Parade, presented by Sample-Studios.

Other venues include Shandon Art Studio, Triskel Arts Centre, Glucksman Gallery, Address Hotel, Lord Mayor’s Pavilion (Fitzgerald’s Park) and St. Luke’s Crypt.

Here are six free events to check out:

1. Made in Cork Arts and Crafts Market

Saturday, May 14, Emmet Place, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

With stalls filled with high quality crafts, gifts and decorations, everything in this market will be handmade by local artists.


2. Window exhibition “The artist at work”

The Queen’s Old Castle, Grand Parade, Cork, Wednesday 11 May to Friday 13 May

‘The Working Artist’ is a showcase exhibition celebrating the wide range of arts, crafts and design artists working in Cork and the work they do to enhance the cultural life of the city and county. The exhibition will remain in situ for three days.


3. Instant screen printing

Saturday May 14, Lord Mayor’s Pavilion, Fitzgerald’s Park, 12:30 p.m.

All ages walk-in screen print with artist Aoife Claffey outside the Mayor’s Pavilion at Fitzgerald’s Park as part of the STAMP Festival,

The same event will take place again at the TEST SITE on Kyrl’s Quay from 3-4pm.



Sunday May 15, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Meet at the Queen’s Old Castle (formerly the Argos store on Grand Parade) to discover the latest sound and light installation by the Liège collective INTER_SITE, presented by Sample-Studios.


5. How to make a bowl

Saturday May 14, TEST SITE, Kyrl’s Quay, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Join wood turner John O’Shea for this fascinating, free tutorial on how to turn a wooden bowl on a lathe. John will explain
its tools and techniques and answer your questions.


6. Make crowns and bracelets

Sunday May 15, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., TEST SITE

Sonia Caldwell of Kilcoe Studios will lead this interactive workshop, inviting children of all ages to make beautiful flower crowns and small bracelets using natural materials collected in West Cork.


STAMP Festival, May 13-15, 2022, is now live with a full schedule available here. Follow @empoweringcork on Instagram and Twitter for updates.

STAMP was made possible through the involvement of Cork City Council in the Cult-CreaTE EU (INTERREG EUROPE) cooperation project, with financial support from the Cork City Local Enterprise Office (LEO) as well as the Creative Ireland programme.


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