James McConville, Cork Craft and Design, Hilda De Lacy, Benchspace Cork and John Bastow, Solas Agus Scáth at the launch of STAMP. Photo: Bríd O’Donovan

Put your own stamp on it

“STAMP is about igniting a passion for creativity in the hearts of local people.”

Those were the words of the Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Kieran McCarthy as the city gears up for this weekend’s interactive visual arts, craft and design festival called STAMP.

It returns to Cork city from 16-18 May for its third year and includes the popular STAMP market and hands-on demonstrations, workshops, and exhibitions at the Triskel Arts Centre.

The Lord Mayor added: “I am pleased that the festival is running for a third year and inspiring the people of Cork once again.

“Last year it was great to see over 4,000 people in attendance and hopefully, we’ll see the same this year. I’m looking forward to seeing visitors of all ages embrace and celebrate the wide range of talent we have right here in Cork city.”

Michelle Carew, Arts Officer of Cork City Council added: “This is a chance for visitors from Cork and beyond to embrace their creativity and gain new insight into the work of our talented artists, craftspeople and designers who are contributing to Cork’s cultural vibrancy.

“We want to shed light on the local talent here in Cork and allow people to experience some creativity for themselves.”

Organised by benchspace, Cork Craft & Design, Sample-Studios and Shandon Art Studios, most of the 35 planned events celebrating and supporting local creativity are free, but booking is required for some.

Emma Jacobs, Festival Manager of STAMP Festival said: “STAMP is about creating opportunities for our members to fully contribute to Cork city and society. With our exciting programme of events, we hope to see visitors of all ages attend over the weekend and celebrate the work of the talented creatives living here in Cork.”

See stampcork.ie for more.