Irish Designer Sample Sale

We all love a good sample sale right? Well how about one featuring twelve deadly Irish fashion, jewellery and accessory designers?

We are delighted to welcome back Manley & co for a second designer sample sale here in St. Peter’s Cork. The designers will be taking over St. Peter’s with fashion and jewellery stalls, great music and style!

The two day sample sale is kicking off on Friday April 20th here in St. Peter’s Cork with a launch party from 5pm! Join us for some serious tunage and late-night shopping in Cork’s Oldtown, North Main Street. We all know shopping is thirsty work, so we’ll have you covered on that front too! 🍻

Bring along your Mum, your sisters, your friends, your work colleagues, your fella, bring whoever you like, the more the merrier!

So, who are these wonderful designers with stalls for you?
Manley ///
Jill De Burca ///
Edge Only ///
Maria Dorai Raj ///
Electronic Sheep ///
Theo & George ///
L.E.A.F ///
Mary Callan ///
Mairead De Blaca ///
Alex Thiel ///
Jokamin ///

The Where?
St. Peters Cork, North Main Street, Cork.

The When?
Friday April 20th: 12-9pm (launch party kicking off at 5pm)
Saturday April 21st: 10am-6pm

The Why?
Twelve amazing Irish Fashion, Accessory and Jewellery Designers under one roof… you’d be cracked not to!

Cork Conversations: Towards a New Culture of Urbanism

The National Sculpture Factory and St. Peter’s Cork present the second public talk in the ‘Cork Conversations’ series.

Stephen Willacy, Chief City architect in Aarhus, Denmark will present ‘Towards a New Culture of Urbanism’. Join us here in St. Peter’s on Wednesday 4th April at 6.30pm. This is a free event with no booking required. Do make sure to arrive early for a seat!

Aarhus in Denmark is known as the ”city of smiles”. Denmark often comes out top of the world’s happiest nations list and Aarhus was recently named the most mindful city in the world! Aarhus City council’s chief architect will share the insights he has gained working with the city in recent years on city making, the role of second tier cities and the role of city architect in supporting and enabling transformation.

This is not to be missed!

Thanks to NSF Ireland:

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Elastic: A Photography Exhibition by Cork Photo Gallery

We are delighted to host Cork Photo Gallery who will display a wonderful photography exhibition ‘Elastic’ from April 3rd – 28th. Call in to our mezzanine gallery during April to view this new exhibition! Cork Photo Gallery are also holding a special symposium on on April 6th here in St. Peter’s Cork. The symposium focuses on Arts & Practise, with informative sessions and networking opportunities.


About the photography exhibition:

Elastic considers the concept that our minds are a malleable but resilient structure, continually flexing to accommodate our highs and lows. Many artists (consciously or not) tend to harness and explore this flexibility to create their bodies of work. Connected by an ‘invisible’ theme, the exhibition is a coming together of  individuals whom acknowledge mental health within their practice or process.

For more details on the exhibition ‘Elastic’ and Cork Photo, visit:


About the symposium Arts & Practise:

Here’s the schedule for the symposium on April 6th, 6.30pm.

To register for the free symposium, visit:

Schedule for the event:

6.30pm – Elastic Guided Tour + Coffee with Curator Kate O’Neill from The OGC

Grab a coffee with the curator of Elastic and hear about the individual works on show as part of this collective exhibition of work by photographers acknowledging mental health within practice or process.

7.30pm – John Duncan on Source Photographic Review

‘Source’ publishes emerging photographic work and engages with the latest in contemporary photography through news, features and reviews of the latest exhibitions and books from Ireland and the UK. The magazine was first set up in 1992 by a group of photographers in Belfast. John Duncan, who has been one of the editors since 1994, will look at how the magazine has evolved and where it is headed.

8.15pm – Conversation with Dali + Gala

Panel discussion and a Q&A session with Cork’s latest Arts +Entertainment venue: Dali + Gala. They will discuss their recent shows and invite artists to submit work to be considered for exhibition in their venue.

There will also be an opportunity for networking, with drinks and further photo chats following the scheduled sessions.


Cork Sound Fair

Cork Sound Fair is a new, non-profit arts and music event kicking off in Cork city in March 2018. The aim of the event is to give local and international artists a platform to showcase experimental sound through installations and live performances.

The first event in this series will take place on the 23rd and 24th of March 2018, with performances in two historic city centre venues, here in St. Peter’s Cork and in Cork City Gaol.

Cork based artists African Fiction, Static and Robert Curgenven are set to be joined by Derry native Autumns for the opening night here in St. Peter’s. A new sound installation will also be unveiled by Isochronal, a collaboration by artists Kevin Callaghan and Thomas Penc. This dynamic duo recently exhibited work in the National Sculpture Factory for Culture Night 2017.

All proceeds raised will go toward funding the event and the artists involved. In doing so, the organisers hope to bring new sounds to a wider audience.

This ambitious project is currently 100% crowd funded with supporters entitled to access to Cork Sound Fair events and other perks. Cork Sound Fair is an open source venture, demonstrating that projects like this can showcase this content and support the contributing artists, and in turn hopefully help change the conditions for artists who want to pursue their passion and chosen art form.

Tickets are on sale now:

Cork Lifelong Learning Festival @ St. Peter’s

Cork Lifelong Learning Festival 2018 runs from Monday March 19th to Sunday March 25th and is a week full of opportunities to discover new things and try out skills and crafts!

Here in St. Peter’s, we have a lovely line-up of free events for the week, with a focus on cork culture and heritage.

Tuesday 20th:

1-2pm: Terence MacSwiney Talk

Wednesday 21st:

2-3pm and 5.30-6.30pm ‘A Date with Data’, interactive presentation by the Central Statistics Office

Saturday 24th:

12pm: Walking Tour of Historic North Main Street with local historian Liam O’hUigín.

2pm: Genealogy workshop with local genealogist David Ryan


About the festival:

Cork’s Lifelong Learning Festival promotes and celebrates learning of all kinds, across all ages, interests and abilities. The festival’s motto is ‘Investigate, Participate, Celebrate’, and the public can do that by watching demonstrations, trying out skills, and seeing others; from the young to the old, show off what they are learning.
During the festival all events are free and accessible to everyone. Learning is promoted as fun with events including performances, debates, taster sessions, tours, displays and demonstrations. They take place right across Cork in a variety of venues indoors and out, including shopping centres, libraries, museums, resource and community centres, parks, sports grounds, private businesses and on the streets. Look out for our free festival programmes which are available in local libraries, host venues and in Cork City Hall foyer.

For more info, visit:

St. Patrick’s Weekend @ St. Peter’s Cork

We have a super line-up of events for St. Patrick’s Weekend, from history talks to kids storytelling as well as our current heritage and art exhibitions for you to enjoy!

Here’s the schedule of events:

Friday 16th:
1pm: An Introduction to Genealogy with David Ryan

Join local genealogist David Ryan for an introduction into genealogy. Learn how to get started researching your past and putting together your family history. Come along for this free public talk and take in our beautiful historic venue in the medieval heart of Cork City. David is an experienced genealogist and is always available for private bookings, more info at
Saturday 17th:
11am: Kids’ Storytelling Hour for under 10’s

Join us for some children’s storytelling before the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the city! Our storyteller will kick off your St. Patrick’s Day in true Irish spirit with all stories and books having an Irish touch – we’ll have tales from Irish authors and books based in Ireland! If you have your own favourite book, feel free to bring it along! (All are welcome but please note the stories will be best suited for under 10’s).

12pm: ‘The Geraldine’, A Maritime Heritage Talk by Seán T. Rickard

The centenary of the sinking of the Geraldine in World War I marks a unique, if largely unknown place in Cork’s maritime history.  We are delighted to welcome Seán T. Rickard, a maritime historian, journalist and U.S. Navy veteran to speak at St. Peter’s Cork on this fascinating topic. Hear Seán recount the story of the Geraldine, by examining personal histories, charting the boat’s history from her construction through the golden age of sail and beyond. Not to be missed!

Throughout the weekend call in to view our new heritage exhibition ‘Cork Harbour Heritage Exhibition’ to discover the rich maritime past of Passage West and the link between the U.S. Navy and Cork Harbour in WWI.

Indulge in some beautiful artwork over the weekend, with Brian Dwyer’s ‘Dear New York’, a gorgeous collection of photography!

See you for a celebration of local heritage, art and Irishness this St. Patrick’s Weekend!

All events and activities are free!

Dress For Success: Pop-Up Shop

Join us for this special edition of Dress for Success’ Pop-up Shop here in St. Peter’s Cork on North Main Street. A special event to mark International Women’s Day earlier in the week!

About the Pop-Up Shop:

Date: Saturday 10th March

Time: 10am – 3pm

This is a “once-off” sale of unique pre-loved clothing items. Get high street fashion at bargain prices!

Top designer labels will be up for grabs, including Nina West, Tommy Hilfiger, Massimo Duti, Marc Cain, Reiss and Karen Millen.

It is free entry and all are welcome.

All proceeds from sales will go towards a great charitable cause; Dress for Success. Help us empowering women in Cork!

About Dress For Success:

Dress for Success is a local charity which The mission of Dress for Success Cork is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive in work and life.

We offer free one-to-one coaching sessions, CV help, interview prep, IT training, interview clothes and interview appropriate make-up to women in Cork.

Dear New York: Exhibition

‘Dear New York’ is the newest art exhibition in our Mezzanine gallery and is on display throughout the month of March. This is our fourth local art exhibition of 2018.

A visual exhibition by Brian Benjamin Dwyer of Madra Mór Productions, this photographic exhibit captures the urban life and colour of New York City.

The exhibition runs from 6th March to 25th March with the official launch starting 5.30pm Saturday 10th March. Join us for the launch evening, we’ll have live music and visual display from BK Pepper. There will be snacks and beverages to enjoy while you take in the exhibition! You also have the opportunity to meet the artist himself on the night.

About the Exhibition:

Dear New York is a photography exhibition which captures the feeling of being in New York City, visually overwhelmed yet totally captivated. Every building, every street corner, every doorway seems to tell a story. This exhibition is not only the artist’s perspective of this incredible place but a meditation in what it means to slow down and observe in the chaos of a modern city.

In the artist’s own words; ”New York is a city that does not conform. It never goes dark. It is ever changing. It is a city of extremes. On your best day there is nowhere else I would rather be, on a bad day there is no place worse. However, one thing’s for sure, every time you leave, you cannot wait to get right back in.”

About the Artist:

Brian Benjamin Dwyer is a filmmaker, photographer, musician and theatre maker from Cork. Over the past number of years, he has lived and worked in London, New York, Dublin, and Normandy, France. He runs his own production company Madra Mór Productions and has worked with the BBC, The National Theatre, London, and the UK’s largest immersive theatre company, Punchdrunk. His short films have been screened in film festivals throughout the world, including Raindance, London Short Film Festival and The Chicago Irish Film Festival. He has created music videos for some of Ireland’s leading musicians and bands. Every July he teaches the film course at the Berridge Theatre and Film programs located at the historic Chateau le Mont Epinguet in Normandy, France. His latest theatre show ‘We Lived In Cities’ was nominated for a ‘Spirit Of The Festival’ award at the Dublin Fringe Festival and played to a sold-out Triskel Arts Centre for the Cork Film Festival. Dear New York is his first solo photography exhibition.

nArRaTive: A Joe McNicholas Exhibition

St Peter’s is thrilled to welcome local artist Joe McNicholas to display a new collection of his artwork, “nArRaTive” , here in the Mezzanine Gallery from Feb 15th to 3rd March.

This will be the third exhibition in our local art series in the Mezzanine Gallery, and as ever the space is free of charge for all to engage with and enjoy.

Join us for the launch on Feb 15th from 6pm to meet the artist and see the fabulous musician John Spillane officially open the exhibition.

About the Exhibtion
“nArRaTive”wants to inspire the viewer to tell a story or two. Lofty ideals indeed. Come along and see if it works. Paintings range from portraits and crowd scenes, urban and abject landscapes, architectural and archaeological, political and history painting; littered with personal choices and symbolic subject matter. Some paintings shout and others are much quieter.

There will be over twenty paintings on show including many new works that have not been exhibited before. Included in these is a response to Pat McCabe’s ‘Sacrifice At Easter’, a Corcadorca Theatre Co. production that was staged in the Elizabeth Fort on Barrack Street in the city. Fine Art quality prints of this and other selected work are also available. Another new work depicts a little boy holding a globe. Above his head are low relief sculptures, among which lies the tragically iconic image of Aylan Kurdi, a symbol of all the Syrians lost to today’s war.

‘An Irish Political Allegory’ will only be on exhibit for opening night. It has not been seen publicly since it made front-page news after being controversially censored from an exhibition in 2016. There are some sexually explicit images in this painting which may not be suitable for a younger audience.

Renowned singer songwriter, John Spillane will officially open the show at 6pm approx. on Thursday 15th. John is a beautiful storyteller, weaving narratives and contradictions for years from the streets and towns and the people who inhabit them. There will be food and drink with the chance of some music

About the Artist

Joe is an artist from Cork and has a BA in Fine Art from LIT School of Art & Design and an MA from NUI Galway. Since returning to Cork Joe has worked widely in the fields of visual art, theatre, film and arts management. He was a founding member of Sample-Studios in Former Govt. Buildings and worked with a large community of artists there for four years. Joe’s art made national news in 2016 when his group portrait of all Fianna Fáil Taoisigh, ‘An Irish Political Allegory’ was removed from an exhibition after being deemed ‘sexually explicit’. The national debate soon turned political. His last two theatre productions with Corcadorca are in the running for a total of seven awards at this years Irish Times Theatre Awards.

Mad About Cork: Photography Exhibition

St Peter’s Cork is delighted to be working with the wonderful team at Mad About Cork as we host a photography exhibition  on their urban development project work in and around the old town area of Cork city. The exhibition, which takes place here, in St Peter’s,  throughout February, will feature photography from two of the group’s integral members, Peter Mahony and Kevin O’Brien. Together, they have been documenting the volunteers’ street art and guerrilla gardening projects over the past couple of years.

About Mad About Cork

Standout projects include the Coal Quay Veg Garden, which has seen a neglected site on Corn Market Street turned into a productive and attractive vegetable garden; and Coleman’s Lane, a rundown historic lane which has been rejuvenated with dozens of flower boxes and colourful art. Other areas to also have gotten the groups’ trademark treatment are Patrick’s Quay, Abbey St, Kyrl’s Quay and Georges Quay. The volunteers have also painted many of the electrical boxes on Cork’s streets which celebrate some of the city’s heroes and history. The Frank & Walters, Cillian Murphy, Ashling Thompson, Maggie Barry, and Tanora – Cork’s favourite fizzy drink – have all been depicted in street art dotted throughout the city.

About the Artists

The photographers, Peter and Kevin, share their unique perspective of how Mad About Cork carry out their work through community led projects that rely on the spirit of volunteerism. With a background in art and music as well as photography, Peter uses his creative eye to capture the volunteers in action and has been volunteering himself with the group from the very start. Kevin is one of the groups founding members and brings his background in history and journalism to his photography. His documentary style of photography shows the evolution of the various projects, from nascent beginnings to completion.

The exhibition runs throughout the month of February at St. Peter’s on North Main Street.

You are cordially invited to the launch of Mad About Cork’s exhibition on Friday the 2nd of February at 5pm, taking place as part of the Quarter Block Party festival. Everybody is welcome to join .

For more information about the exhibition and Mad About Cork visit or find the group on facebook, twitter, and instagram @MadAboutCork

Find the photographers on facebook instagram and twitter… @PeterMahonyArt and Kevin O’Brien @VivaMediaCork