Clás Fine Art Exhibition

Visit St Peter’s Cork throughout December to enjoy Clás, a fine art exhibition from four Cork Artists. The launch will take place  in our Mezzanine Gallery on Wednesday December 5th from 5.30pm. We are delighted that Cork author Cónal Creedon will officially open this stunning collection.
About Clás
The premise of this exhibition is simple, it seeks to showcase a diverse approach to the artists’ chosen mediums by a group of makers who currently work in Cork city.
Despite having worked closely within the same studio environment, the exhibition will highlight how each crafts-person displays a unique enquiry and response to their chosen discipline.
The Artists
Aine Farrell
Currently residing in the town of Cobh, Aine Farrell makes framed landscapes influenced by her natural environment and surrounds.
Sinead Gibbons
The work of Sinead Gibbons is primarily sculptural involving the assemblage of small clay components in the creation of magnificent intricate objects.
Carol,Mac Gabhann
Carol Mac Gabhann is an artist who was initially drawn to the medium of ceramic materials for creative expression but has since expanded her artistic repertoire to engage in many mediums .
Most recently she has delved into working with bronze figurative pieces. These beautiful pieces invite the sensitive observer to experience the mood each one so imaginatively portrays.
Lucia Parle
Combining her own drawings with glazes and found imagery, Lucia Parle continues to develop a range of unique decorative plates and wall based hand built ceramics.
All are very welcome to visit this stunning collection free of charge throughout December. See you at St Peter’s for an oasis of calm during the Christmas rush!
Exhibition runs until January 3rd.

EP Launch: The Howling Hecate

A taste of something fishy from our upcoming EP

Villainous womenfish/half fish half women/seafemales/ladyfish/fishinfemaledrag? There ought to be a better term.

Posted by The Howling Hecate on Thursday, November 29, 2018

EP Launch: The Howling Hecate

This December, musical duo The Howling Hecate are launching their first EP in our atmospheric venue!

The gig kicks off at 6pm until 8pm, with a wine and cheese reception at the Friary.

€10 for entry.
€6 for the EP.

This is an alcohol free, child friendly event.

About the artists:

The Howling Hecate is a duo formed by the local Americana/Folk artists Leah Sohotra and Hanora George. Their first EP since working together features four songs, including Tuam, dedicated to the victims of the Magdalene laundries. The additional songs on the EP draw inspiration from folk tales and literature, personal narrative and the lives and stories of people with a mischievous troublesome streak, both living and deceased. Their sound is dominated by vocal harmonies and rhythmic interaction. The set, which mixes originals and some covers, includes a number of a cappella pieces, which are well suited to the acoustics of St. Peter’s lofty venue

Green Friday Night Market

Forget Black Friday….Green is the new Black!

Green Friday is an initiative to support and promote local businesses. With such a creative and talented community here in Ireland why not #shoplocal and watch them flourish this Black Friday.

Here at St. Peter’s, we have a lovely night market with a whole range of local crafters selling their Irish and ethically made goods 🙂

The market kicks off from 5pm until 8.30pm.

This is a great opportunity to meet and greet your favourite local crafters, see their full collections, pre-order gifts and soak up the festive atmosphere…and oh there’ll be plenty!

Refreshments on arrival, live music by the Street Harpist, Wild Christmas Decor Demo with flowersmith Jill Wilde!

Free gift-wrapping and lots of festive fun and cheer!

This #GreenFriday event is brought to us by Wild Design Cork.

Visit Santa at St. Peter’s Christmas Markets

See Santa in his grotto at St. Peter’s Cork Christmas Markets!

Search for local handcrafted presents at our Saturday Christmas Markets and bring your little ones to see Santa at his grotto inside St. Peter’s on North Main Street 🙂

The perfect family Christmas shopping day out; gifts, coffee, sweet treats and santa all under one roof 🙂

Santa and his elves will be at St. Peter’s from Saturday 17th November to welcome in the wonderful children of Cork. We are also delighted to be announce Santa’s visits will raise some much needed funds for the charity; MAKE-A-WISH Foundation.


No booking is required to meet Father Christmas!

€10 per child (including FREE gift and adults go free).

Photos with Santa available.

Schedule & Times:

17th and 24th November

1st, 15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd December

Saturdays: 11am – 4.30pm

Sundays: 11am – 2.30pm


Check out the Facebook page:

Santa’s grotto is brought to us by Evenism.

Christmas Craft Markets at St. Peter’s

Christmas is coming to town!

And Christmas Markets are coming back to St. Peter’s Cork for a third year running!

From November 17th, we will have Saturday Christmas Craft Markets in the run up to Christmas!

With a great range of stalls lined-up, from craft ware to baby clothes, handmade pieces and quality local goods, jewellers, authors, you name it! We have a delightful mix of local creative minds, crafters, artists and entrepreneurs here 🙂 Come on down to the Oldtown, #shoplocal and support Cork creators.

Our cafe will be serving up lovely festive coffees, hot chocolates and a winter warmer lunch menu and…we even have a pop-up kitchen Imbue providing scrumptious home-baked bites.

Soak up the festive atmosphere, pick up christmas gifts and stocking fillers here in our historic venue. Check out the Facebook event (

Psst….rumour has it Santa Clause and his elves will be paying us a visit (

Photography Exhibition: Spare the Cutter by Silvio Severino

Join us for an exhibition of photography collage for the month of November. Cork-based Italian photographer Silvio Severino will be launching his exhibition on Thursday 8th November from 5.30pm. The perfect opportunity to meet the artist and enjoy a creative evening!

About the artist:

Silvio Severino is a contemporary photographer, collage, and gif artist. He works in both analog and digital formats, which puts him in a unique creative position, whereby he can cross and recross the traditional and the contemporary. Silvio is searching for new values and new visual languages that will allow him to incorporate photography, collage, and animation in new formats.

With Silvio and his work, photography often becomes collage, with collage often becoming animated gif. It is an exciting new frontier in contemporary art for which this artist is at the forefront. This is an artist that understands the technology of gifs, glitches, and loops, the bedrock of contemporary gif animation and video art.

He finds himself in an enviable position whereby he can use these technologies to expand his work. Silvio is interested in exploring a range of contemporary issues through both collage and gif animation.

From nature and the urban, to consumerism and the idealisation of beauty and sexuality, from art versus capitalism, to the banality of publicity and celebrity.

Silvio was born and raised in Brazil, but has spent the last eighteen years in Europe, he now lives in Cork , Ireland

Artist Website:

Urban October @St. Peter’s

We are happy to announce we have some wonderful events and activities on here for #UrbanOctober!

See the schedule below!

Hallowe’en Workshop for Children

Sunday 14th October, from 1pm.

Children aged 7 and up are invited to get ready for Hallowe’en by taking part in a creative workshop! The workshop is facilitated by the ever-inventive Jessica Mason who will be using willow and waste items to make decorations and lanterns.
Max 16 children per workshop.
Organized by Cork Environmental Forum. Book a place by contacting Bernie at 0831468064 or email

Upcycling for the Home

Saturday 27th October, 11am – 3pm

Celebrating Reuse Month, this drop-in event showcases how to style your home from Cork’s vintage, pre-loved, charity and upcycling sector. Includes displays, workshops, advice and information on re-use, customizing, upcycling and interior design; how to shop the re-use/charity sector to create individual looks in support of the environment and the economy. Refreshments.
Organized by Southern Waste Management Office with Cork Environmental Forum and the Environment Directorate, Cork City Council.

Glamour & Glitz Fashion Show

Saturday 27th October, from 4.30pm

Marking are-Use Month, this event showcases glamorous & quirky styles from Cork’s vintage, pre-loved, charity & upcycling sector. Includes a fashion show, advice on re-using, customizing, upcycling, tailoring; how to create individual looks in support of the environment and the economy.
Organized by the Southern Region Waste Management Office with Cork Environmental Forum & the Environment Directorate, Cork City Council.

For more info o any of these events, contact Bernie Connolly at 0831468064 or

Flipside: From Baroque to Rock

East Cork Early Music Festival presents ‘Flipside: From Baroque to Rock’, a Sunday evening concert for all to enjoy!

This wonderful music is brought to us by Sebastian Adams, composer; Mark Chambers, counter-tenor; Simon MacHale, singer-songwriter; Marja Gaynor, baroque violin; ECEMF String Quartet; Cork Viol Consort.

In the atmospheric setting of our historic church, festival artists bring to life a wide variety of genres, unique but all connected in their own way with early music. This concert will feature the premiere of a newly-commissioned string quartet by star Irish composer Sebastian Adams, related to the viol consort genre of the ‘In Nomine’. Multi-talented Renaissance man Simon MacHale brings a background as a singer with many international early music ensembles to his brand of electronic folk music. Counter-tenor Mark Chambers introduces the seventeenth-century version of jazz riffs with an exploration of ground basses. Relax and enjoy an unusual feast for the ears, with something for absolutely everyone.


Trilogy: Art Exhibition by Michael McSwiney

We are excited to announce the next art exhibition displaying in our Mezzanine Gallery. This month brings a series of paintings to St. Peter’s, the collection ‘Trilogy; by local artist Michael McSwiney.

Join us for the launch of ‘Trilogy’ on Thursday October 4th with refreshments and the opportunity to meet the artist himself. The launch will kick off at 5.30pm and will be open until 8pm that night.

If you miss the launch, fear not! Trilogy will be exhibiting in our venue throughout October.

About the exhibition ‘Trilogy’:

Trilogy is a collection of site-specific paintings by artist Michael McSwiney.

Michael’s paintings are an amalgamation of phenomenal experiences coupled with a distinct working process. His canvases evoke transition and journey which is physically suggested by the way in which he applies coat upon coat of material and paint. Areas are then re-emerged, re-engaged with, re-worked. For Michael, in order for a painting to be fully complete, it must undergo the journey of re-working to fully realise itself. Often a painting is presented that is in the midst of its journey, a marker, or a transition. Colours are strewn about, blotches purvey, an expanse of bold colour sits and hangs in the midst of the canvas. These paintings offer the viewer an invitation to enjoy the sheer and honest colourful and textural properties of the paintings. They beckon us to move and continue but also to stop and to process as they do.

Róisín Foley, Independent Curator/Director: Doswell Gallery, Rosscarbery.

St. Peter’s Culture Night

For Culture Night 2018, we have a super line-up of events and activities, join us in celebrating all things cultural!

Our theme this year is poetry, call in to us during Culture Night (Friday September 21st) and immerse yourself in poetry @ St. Peter’s for Culture Night 2018!
We’ll have psychadelic poetry posters from the 1960’s, a live poetry reading from renowned poet Tom Pickard, a sound installation from Mick O’Shea and a film screening!
Afterwards, head along North Main Street, where you have your pick of family friendly activities; face-painting and circus performances, poet-tree trees with writing material hanging from their branches for you to get creative with. There’s even a free poetry film screening by the Gate cinemas of Idir Dhà Shruth from Frank O’Connor!
Celebrate Cork Culture with us Friday 21st September!!

About the Poster Exhibition:

Vividly-coloured and often psychedelic, these posters were printed to promote poetry readings by some of the most iconic poets of the era, including: Allen Ginsberg, Basil Bunting, Ed Dorn, Ted Hughes and Tom Raworth. These readings took place in a very unique setting ‘Morden Tower’, a medieval turret in Newcastle, leased by Tom & Connie Pickard. This poster exhibition is brought to you by UCC Library.

About the poet:

Renowned poet Tom Pickard will perform a live reading of his work at 6pm. Pickard’s book of poetry ‘Fiend’s Fell’ was amongst the 10 best poetry books of 2017 selected by the New York Times. Tom also founded the Morden Tower Reading Room series, whose colourful posters are on exhibition here at St. Peter’s.