Culture Night: North Main Street

St. Peter’s Cork and the North Main Street Traders have teamed up to create a fantastic line up of street-wide events. We invite you to wander down the City’s oldest street and engage with the wonderful world that our traders and street performers create. The Gate Cinema will be screening Cork’s hit movie The Young Offenders at 6.30pm and we have created a number of events and installations all the way down the street from 5.00pm to 9.00pm that will entertain all ages. The business owners and residents have joined together to create street wide window installations inspired by The Young Offenders* and the essence of Culture Night. We will have storytellers illustrating the history and legends of our great street and lots of music pouring from the shops and a selection of local musicians. Performances from the Pitch’d Circus Arts Festival will be a big highlight and we’re delighted to have them on board! Mostly, we invite you to drop in and out of our lovely street, meet some of the traders and enjoy the eccentric and quirky culture of the North Main Street.

*U15 must be accompanied by adults over 18years for Young Offender Film.

Pitch’d Circus Arts Festival performance will run on Skiddy’s Plaza at 1800, 1900 and 2000 on Friday 22nd September. For more information on Pitch’d Circus Arts Festival check out their Facebook page:

Part-street party, part street-performance this neighbourhood night will offer something for everyone throughout Culture Night, whether it’s cultural window-shopping or circus cahoots our local traders and performers will keep you entertained!


Full schedule to follow in coming weeks.

Regina Carbayo’s “Scenes From Cádiz”

St Peter’s Cork is delighted to welcome Cork local and Spanish native Regina Carbayo as she presents her latest exhibition in our Mezzanine Gallery. ‘Scenes from Cádiz’ captures life in ‘La Caleta’ beach, in the heart of Cádiz, where artist Regina Carbayo worked from a studio by the sea.

Carbayo’s work catches the idiosyncrasies of the local people and the easy way of living: scenes of people boating, singing flamenco or clapping spontaneously, senior citiziens on the beach with umbrellas, huge coolers, tents, chairs, radios, lots of food and whatever else they bring to enjoy a whole day on the beach with good company, playing cards, “Bingo”, “Domino” and “Parchís” (a traditional Spanish table game).

In creating these paintings, Carbayo decided to show groups of people she found most interesting, ”isolating into my paintings by using a loose handling of paint, a technique I developed in the last few years, along with palette and subject matter. The warm climate, the charming environment and the freedom, guided my creation in this inspiring workspace”.

Artist Bio: Regina Carbayo (BA Fine Art, MA Art Production, Polytechnic University, Valencia) is a Spanish artist living and working in Ireland. Carbayo’s work has been exhibited in group shows nationally and internationally and purchased by both private and public collections, including the Crawford Art Gallery and Terence MacSwiney Memorial Museum. .

Carbayo frequently works with the Glucksman Gallery, designing and leading a variety of workshops and also works as an Early Years Artist for the BEAG pilot project.

In 2016, she was shortlisted for the Hennessy Portrait Prize, with her work subsequently exhibited at the National Gallery of Ireland in 2017.


This exhibition is free to enter and all are very welcome. The exhibition launches on Friday 8th September at 6pm, do join us and get a chance to meet the artist.

Friends in Times Of Turmoil

St Peter’s is delighted to be partnering with the Polish Embassy in Dublin to host Friends in Times of Turmoil. This fabulous exhibition tells the tale of the first Polish diplomat in Ireland, Consul Dobrzyński. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about the historic and special relationship between Polish and Irish citizens.

Discover the fascinating life story of Consul Dobrzyński, who involuntarily caused the demotion of President Douglas Hyde as GAA chairman. By inviting President Hyde to a soccer match between Poland and Ireland in 1938, Consul Dobrzyński. Otherwise a very popular and admired personality in 1930’s Dublin, Dobrzyński unwittingly caused chaos on the Irish political scene!

‘Friends in Times of Turmoil’ is a historical exhibition on the life and career of Consul-General Dobrzyński and is presented by the Polish Embassy.  For more information visit the Friends in Time of Turmoil website:


An accompanying lecture by Dr. Gabriel Doherty of UCC entitled ‘Irish-Polish relations in the years 1916-1918’ will be given on Saturday 16th September at 5pm.




Cork Heritage Open Day and Heritage Week

It’s August folks so that can only mean one thing…..National Heritage Week. St Peter’s Cork is delighted to be hosting a number of excellent heritage exhibitions and events throughout 19th-27th August. In particular, we are looking forward to Cork Heritage Open which launches the week-long programme of events.

Cork Heritage Open Day is an excellent opportunity for locals and visitors a like to get a behind the scenes view of some of the city’s oldest and most interesting buildings. Here in St Peter’s our staff will offering free guided tours of the grounds and exhibition of our 12th century church and the medieval laneways of North Main Street. See below for some of the highlights at St Peter’s throughout the week:

Coal Quay Photo Exhibition  (19-27 Aug)

This exhibition of old maps and illustrations showcases the good auld Coal Quay Market in the heart of Cork City! Get a glimpse into the Coal Quay in its former days with its quintessential traders dressed in traditional shawls! An award-winning photo exhibition with unmissable images of the Coal Quay’s past.

Cork LGBT Archives Exhibition (19-27 Aug)

Journey through the development of Cork’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Communities in the 1970’s-1990’s. Using items from the Cork LGBT Archive, key moments in the development of LGBT Communities in Cork are highlighted in the exhibition, with links to the Queer Republic of Cork book (published December 2016).

Historical Walk and Talk through Middle Parish (19th August- Cork Heritage Open Day)

For Cork Heritage Open Day, join local historian Liam O’ hÚigín for a free tour of the Middle Parish (The Marsh Area of Cork City)!  Take a step back in time and immerse yourself in Cork’s colourful past.
Contact the Everyman (021 4501673) to book your place.

Family History Day (27th August 11am-3pm)

Do you have a query about an elusive ancestor or are you looking for help on getting started with your family research? Learn how to discover the secrets of your family tree with a day of talks and consultations with genealogy experts.

Gaelic Fields- Paul Carroll

We are delighted to host local artist Paul Carroll’s latest photography exhibition, Gaelic Fields. When first approached by Paul in autumn 2016 his photobook collection was not yet printed. During their first conversation Paul showed our programmer the full collection of photographs and she was instantly drawn to the character of the landscape and communities at the centre of his work. There is great depth to this work, with hints and clues telling more complicated stories, sometimes humorous sometimes more serious and always thought provoking. The breadth of this project is incredible with the full collection taking 7 years to put together. Joins us here in our Mezzanine Gallery from 3-31 August and take time to take in Gaelic Fields.

Artist Statement
Gaelic Fields by Paul Carroll is a 7-year photography journey throughout Ireland, capturing the action of Ireland’s national games in their unique surroundings. The work imprints the rituals, aspects and action of a Gaelic club game on to each locality.
Over the course of his 31,000 mile journey, Carroll documents the importance of grassroots Gaelic games within its communities and its relationship within the environment. Gaelic football, hurling, camogie and ladies football feature at all adult levels in rural and urban landscapes.
Each county on the island is included as well as every element of Irish weather.
Gaelic Fields showcases Ireland’s landscape in a way which is unique and familiar. It is also a portrait of communities and the social nature of Ireland’s most played sports.

Artist Overview
Paul Carroll is a Cork City based photographer.
He also works in a support accommodation for 18-25 year olds who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. He is the organiser of Cork City’s homeless street league soccer tournament.
Both jobs in social care financed his 7 year journey throughout Ireland documenting Ireland’s national games, the grassroots communities involved and the locations games are played.
Carroll studied darkroom photography in Cork’s College of Art and Design. He has a Degree in Electronics, Graduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship Management and a Diploma in Journalism.
He lives and works in Cork City.

Evening Echo 125th Anniversary Exhibition

St Peter’s Cork is delighted to host the Evening Echo’s latest exhibition, a collection of “now and then” photographs from contemporary and historic Cork. To mark the Evening Echo’s 125th anniversary, an exhibition of archive and contemporary photos are on view to the public in our Ground Floor Gallery. Running alongside our local heritage exhibition A City by the Sea, the Echo’s collection offer real insight into Cork’s rich history.

The exhibition offers a great opportunity to compare modern Cork life and architecture to the city’s past design and infrastructure. Of particular note are the large images of life inside the newspaper’s printing rooms and wonderful images of the Capitol Cinema and Queens Old Castle.

Visitors enjoy wandering through the exhibition,  getting a real sense of how Cork has developed over the decades. It’s a great exhibition for visitors and locals alike, especially for families as it’s very visual and engaging making it accessible for younger audiences. How has our city changed? Do you recognise the buildings, do you see anyone you know?!

This exhibitions is free to the public and will run until September 2017.


Forest: Exhibition by Hammond Journeaux

St Peter’s is thrilled to be welcoming Hammond Journeaux to exhibit her most recent work, Forest. Hammond last displayed work in he venue in 2012 and we are delighted to be hosting a full exhibition of her latest work.

    About Forest by the Artist

The vision for Forest is an ambitious one, paying Homage to the Tree. In an exciting and innovative way, through collaboration. A soundscape, collection of visual artworks and poetry. An exploration of ideas and findings arising out of a gathering of trees from the real to the imagined and abstraction into symbolism while appealing to the exhibition space.

As a visual artist through collaboration, l have enriched the sensory experience of Forest. And provided for portraiture its place, that of the collaborators and abstractions from the stimulus of sound and poetic words. My avenue of trees from observation to imagination attained out of drawings on the forest floor in Chinese ink to studio completion with pastels.

Camilla Griehsel and l met some years ago and proposed to work on a project together, which now has become Forest. Griehse’s soundscape builds from the space before words giving expression to Forest. The trees caught in sunlight forming shadows amongst themselves, playing into
Imagination. Along with the vocals of deforestation stimulating thoughts torn from the soil. She also sings the words out of the mouth of the poet, and those inspired by the visual art works that resonate within her.

Through a mutual friend l became acquainted with Carl Sennhenn’s (pictured) work and requested poetry for Forest. In his own handwriting, Sennhenn provides fruitfully. Some of poems stand-alone while others are spoken for in artworks and soundscapes.

The design of the exhibition space dictates isolated areas were aspects of Forest can be experienced. These off shoots contain works that hold empathy, like the Tree of knowledge series of boxes. The soft trunks hanging as a movable forest for a boundary between the avenue Tree series and dividing the main hall showing a separate exhibition.

You’re welcomed to Forest and encouraged to tie a yellow ribbon on the old oak tree.

About the Artist
Hammond Journeaux, painter and illustrator, was born in 1964 in New Zealand. She was selected for the Whose Day Book, 1999. She represented Ireland European City of Culture, Cork, 2005.

She has exhibited images inspired by “The Lament of Art O’Laoghaire”, permission granted by Thomas Kinsella, which lead to a series entitled “RedHorses”. She designed the cover of Shop Poetry Magazine Spring 2000, from which followed her “Blue Bulls” sequence of work.

Hammond has exhibited in Germany, Spain, England, and New Zealand, and specialises in collaborating with writers and poets.This has lead to numerous literary magazine contributions Aquarius, Southword, and Force 10, and book covers for Carcarnet Publishing House including:

“The Sound of Light” 1999, “The Return of the Cranes” 2002,
John Heath Stubbs and Gallery Press
‘Homage to Gaia” 2008, Sextus and Cynthia” 2009,
Derek Mahon and Souvenir Press,
“The Little People of Ireland” 2008, Aine Conor,
“Listening to One Language” 2010 Sue Toole.

Hammond is available for commissioned work.

‘Bread, Beer and Biotech’

Join us for a fun and interactive science & history exhibition by UCC’s School of Microbiology!

The exhibition is open from 2pm, with an evening talk (7pm) on ‘The Journey of Yeast, from Beer to Biotech’ by UCC’s Dr. John Morrissey.

  • What causes fermentation?
  • Where do vaccines come from?
  • How has brewing changed the history of Cork?
  • Why is beer not barley water?
  • Can fungi prevent wrinkles? Why is wine so delicious?
  • Could yeast replace petrochemicals?
  • How did Irish monks change Europe?

Discover the answers to all of these questions and more!

Register for free on eventbrite:

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Cork Midsummer Festival: Homespace

What does a home sound like, and what is even the meaning of the word? HomeSpace is an innovative and absorbing work for soundtrack and percussionist by Cork Phonographers Union, a group of 10 Cork-based artists with an interest in sound recording. HomeSpace seeks to evoke familiar spaces in new ways, expanding upon both our experiences and memories of the spaces we spend much of our lives in.

Artists Claire Guerin, John Hough, Rob Ireson, Brian Mac Domhnaill, Harry Moore, Irene Murphy, Catherine Murray, Katie O’Looney, Mick O’Shea and Ian Wilson have produced an imaginative exploration of the idea of home in which the listener will simultaneously hear the familiar, the unfamiliar and the new. A score by group member Ian Wilson for acclaimed Cork percussionist Alex Petcu adds an extra sonic element to the work and allows Petcu to be a guide through our virtual sounding home.
With funds from the Arts Council, administered by CREATE. Duration c.40 minutes.

Cork Midsummer Festival, St Peter’s Cork, Saturday June 17th, 1pm. Free Admission
Cork Phonographers Union & Alex Petcu.

Cork Midsummer Festival is an annual multi-disciplinary arts festival that uses the city as its backdrop and inspiration. It provides high-quality arts events, both national and international, for audiences of all ages. Its programme provides opportunities for significant public participation and engagement, supports the development of emerging artists across all artforms, and provides a unique platform for work by local and national artists.
For more information on the wonderful programme at Cork Midsummer Festival check out their website: Cork Midsummer

The Landscape of Saved Memories

St Peter’s Cork is delighted to be working with Cork artist Mary Cooke. Having met Mary in her studio in the Marina Commercial Park we have been excited to see her latest work hang in our Mezzanine Gallery.

The Landscape of Saved Memories is an exquisite art exhibition and will be on display from the 7th to the 29th of June. The exhibition captures themes of home and family, Mother, Father and especially nursing. Mary’s relationship to her environment also permeates her work, specifically the idea of struggle and female identity.
This series of pieces are ink drawings, execeuted by applying layers of ink brushstrokes. Mary has likened these linear brushstrokes to DNA strands, with the layering effect creating a sense of holographic space. Mary has experimented with different types of water for use with her work, with some pieces dipped in fluoride water, limestone-infused well water from her family home and water from our very own River Lee.
The exhibition showcases some wonderful local talent, with the strong emotional and personal element of the work making this exhibit a memorable and moving experience.

Mary Cooke with Image

Press Release for Mary Cooke’s The Landscape of Saved Memories

The Landscape of Saved Memories is a series of new works on paper by Mary Cooke, whose work has been largely dealing with personal and emotional issues since she graduated from Winchester School of Art, UK in 2001.
The Landscape of Saved Memories Exhibition 3rd June – 30 June 2017 at St Peter’s, North Main St., Cork City. Opening reception 7th June 5.30 – 8.00
Mary has stated that these new works are a departure from her earlier output, but they are more of a formal departure than a conceptual one. The drawings are executed in ink: her brushstrokes initially seem haphazard: automatic, meandering, free flowing and drifting rather than structured. However, a certain order has been imposed on this seeming chaos. Mary makes reference to biology, to cell structures, likening her lines to DNA strands, and making connections to the Mother, specifically the relationship between the Mother and DNA inheritance. Mary is also interested in the chemical workings of the brain, and its endless capacity for memory storage, both in the short term and the long term, and its emotional effects.
The layering of the marks is important to these works: creating a sense of holographic space. The marks were applied to dry paper and then dipped in water, dried and layered on again, each new layer becoming denser and more definite. She experimented with different types of water, noting the effects of each on her marks: fluoride water, limestone infused well water from her family home, River Lee water The significance of location and mood are notable. Some drawings are lighter and more meandering. The drawings from home seem to be darker, perhaps more connected, also more frenetic and denser, inviting one to make conclusions of particular emotional reactions.
If the formal aspect of The Landscape of Saved Memories is new, their concept remains familiar: themes of home and family, Mother, Father, nursing in particular. Also, Marys relationship to her environment, in which struggle and female identity dominate her existence. In essence, her work is her truth: it is deep and emotional. Like these marks, it follows a story, her story, her unique monologue.
 Suzy O Mullane