Here’s a quick guide to STAMP Festival 2023 at The Counting House
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Cork is bursting with creative folk.
In fact, we have enough artists, makers, crafters, and entrepreneurs to fill the ground floors of one of our coolest buildings for three full days of eye-opening demos, screenings, talks, workshops, stalls, and fascinating exhibitions.
With over 50 art, design, and craft events happening in one extraordinary venue – the old Beamish & Crawford Counting House on South Main Street, STAMP Festival of Creativity returns to Cork City from May 19th to 21st and it’s guaranteed to be a weekend to remember.
Visitors are invited to explore stalls of high-quality local craft, see films by local filmmakers, and view jewellery making, woodturning, and oil painting up close in a series of live demos.
There’s so much planned you’ll need regular visits to stampcork.ie to check the schedule and book your favourites.
Here’s our guide to STAMP 2023:
SHOP: The STAMP Festival Market
Where: The Counting House Plaza, South Main Street, Cork
On Saturday, May 20th, and Sunday, May 21st, you can get lost among the many incredible stalls at the STAMP Festival Market in the Counting House Plaza.
More than just a market, visitors can catch craft and design demos, artist-led workshops, and interesting items from vendors including Emily Thompson, Riki Mats, Haven Yarns, Martha Cashman Sculptural Art, Mr Kite Designs, Barbara Hubert Bookbinding, Hen Jewellery, Riona Skincare, Ceramifique, Farrow Collection, Purpose Mosaic, and many more.
TRY: Lino printing and patchwork
From wood carving, pottery, and fabric dyeing to needle felting, basket weaving and puppetry, there really is a workshop for everyone in this year’s STAMP schedule.
Anyone aged 12+ can join John from Solas Agus Scath for a hands-on Lino Printing workshop on May 21st. Participants will learn how to carve and print their own lino print design.
Participants aged 14+ can discover how to make a patchwork cushion cover using a sewing machine with experienced quilter and textile artist Mary Palmer.
Book your place on the Lino Print workshop and Patchwork Cushion Cover workshops now.
EAT: The STAMP Pop-up Food Stalls Where: The Counting House Plaza, South Main Street, Cork
There’s loads to see at STAMP this year so you’ll be needing some sustenance to fuel your browsing.
Fadó Coffee’s mobile espresso bar will be serving specialty coffee and sweet treats from their retro 1976 Peugeot van from 1oam to 4pm on Saturday, May 20th, and 11am to 4pm on Sunday, May 21st
The My Goodness troupe of radishing radicals will be serving up their glorious veggie and vegan fare on both days too, with Volcano Wood-fired Pizza slinging their perfect pies (complete with secret sauce recipe from a good friend’s Sicilian grandmother).
SEE: The STAMP Exhibition
Where: The Counting House, South Main Street, Cork
Once you’re finished shopping and you’ve grabbed a bite to eat, another visual feast awaits.
Curated by Ava Hayes, Director of Cork Craft Month, Cork Craft and Design, and former Sample-Studios Graduate Curatorial Resident, the STAMP Exhibition at The Counting House is a must-see for art lovers and curious visitors alike.
The selection features work by members of benchspace, Cork Craft and Design, Sample-Studios, and Shandon Art Studios, including artists Tony Farrell, Aleksandra Kowalczyk, Alex Thiel, Claire Hurley. Paul McKenna, Anthony Aylward, and Charlie McMahon.