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CO. CORK / 21–23 JULY

The Free Market pavilion will arrive to join with market traders in the Market Square in Macroom from July 21-23rd. The pavilion will be installed on The Square, where it will be launched with a special event open to all at 6pm on July 21st.


  • Pavilion

  • Exhibition

  • Public Programme & Exhibition

  • Opening event

  • CCAE Student Architecture Exhibition

  • CCAE Student Architecture Exhibition


You are invited to take part in a series of free events helping us to spark new conversations around the future of our towns. Our events will coincide with special summer markets expanding on the usual Tuesday weekly market in Macroom. A programme of events will run throughout the day across Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. You are encouraged to explore the exhibition, join in guided walking tours, contribute to Vox Pop recording sessions, and for younger townies we have designed a special Townie Scavenger Hunt.

An exhibition of drawings, photographs and models will be housed in the Town Hall Gallery upstairs in the former Market House. This exhibition will include original architectural drawings and models from the Venice Architecture Biennale describing both the historic and contemporary conditions of towns across Ireland. Recently taken documentary and aerial photography (specially commissioned by Free Market) will be shown alongside historic photography. There will also be audio interviews, stories and sound recordings.

In Macroom Free Market will have a special focus on the role market traders play in the life of small towns. Throughout 2019 the Free Market team have worked with architecture students from CCAE who have studied Macroom and nearby Bantry. There will be a public event with the students to discuss their design proposals.

The Free Market team will be on hand to chat and learn about Macroom, as they continue to gather experiences, thoughts and dreams for towns on each stop of the National Tour journey.

An exhibition of new design work by students from the Cork Centre of Architecture Education will be on show for the first time in Bantry Library and Macroom Market House and showcase the students ideas for the future development of the towns of Bantry and Macroom.

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