West Cork Stone Symposium
The West Cork Stone Symposium celebrates stone as part of our environment and a source of inspiration throughout the ages
Come to the symposium to be inspired by a rugged coastline that’s home to Ireland’s most creative communities. For generations, artists, makers, producers, and dreamers have been inspired by the stone that forms our peninsulas, islands, rolling hills, and valleys.
At the West Cork Stone Symposium, discover how stone has shaped our lives and imaginations. Unleash your own creativity too as you learn from stone masons, carvers, and sculptors whose work carries ancient traditions into the future.
Our intriguing programme is packed with opportunities for you to work alongside amazing craftspeople, acquiring skills that have been passed down from generation to generation. Talks, tours, and tastings are on offer all weekend too.
There are many free event planned. For paid events, buy tickets at http://westcorkstonesymposium.com/shop
Friday 24th March 2017
Dry Stone Walling Workshop 9:30am-4:30pm (Ahakista) Limited Places Available
Stone Carving Workshop| 9:30am-4:30pm (Ahakista) Limited Places Available
The Rhymer’s Peninsula and the Sheep’s Head’s Bardic School [Talk by Caroline Crowley] | Free Admission | 5pm-5:30pm (The Ahakista Cabin, by Arundel’s By the Pier, Ahakista)
Cheese-Making Demonstration & Tasting with Durrus Cheese (Durrus Dairy, Coomkeen) 11am-12pm | €5 per person | Pay on the day | Registration essential: please text Durrus Cheese, your name and numbers attending to 086 3030991.
Saturday 25th March 20173>
Dry Stone Walling Workshop 9:30am-4:30pm (Ahakista) SOLD OUT
Stone Carving Workshop 9:30am-4:30pm (Ahakista) SOLD OUT
‘Light on Stone’ Photography Workshop (€85) | Book Now | 10am-5pm (Sheep’s Head peninsula)
The Style and Stories Behind West Cork’s Walls [Talk by Sonny Wieler] | Free Admission |5pm-5:30pm (The Ahakista Cabin, by Arundel’s By the Pier, Ahakista)
Walk and Whiskey Tour on Whiddy Island (€35) | Book Now | 2pm-6pm (Whiddy Island) BOOKING ESSENTIAL
‘History Set in Stone’ Bus Tour – Bere Island (€14)| Book Now | 10:00am – 1pm (Bere Island) BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Stone Circles, Star Circles [Talk By Cork Astronomy Club] | Ahakista Cabin, by Arundel’s By the Pier | €5 per adult, €3 per child, €12 per family (2 adults, 2 children).
Deep Maps Cork – [Exhibition] | Ahakista Cabin, by Arundel’s By the Pier | FREE | Saturday morning. 10am-12pm.
Stone Carving Demonstrations [Free] | There’ll be something to see all day every day, Exhibitions | Next to Arundel’s By The Pier.
Chisel-Making – Hand-Carving Chisels: Blacksmith, JJ Bowen [Free].
Demonstrations will take place at 11:30am and 2:30pm each day, but do feel free to visit!
Sunday 26th March 2017
Dry Stone Walling Workshop 9:30am-4:30pm. (Ahakista) SOLD OUT
Stone Carving Workshop 9:30am-4:30pm (Ahakista) LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE
Guided Walk – Ahakista (Sheep’s Head Way) | Book Now | 12pm-2:30pm (Ahakista)
Rock Art in West Cork [Heritage Talk] Finola Finlay and Robert Harris | 3pm (The Cabin, Ahakista, next to Arundel’s By The Pier)
Stone and Stories Guided Tour (€10) | Book Now | 3pm-5:30pm (Drimoleague)
Carving Talk – The Language and Slang of Cork’s Stone Carvers [Talk by Jim Fahy] | Free Admission | 5pm-5:30pm (Marquee at Arundel’s By the Pier, Ahakista)
Stone-Wall Building Demonstration [Free]
Stone Carving Demonstrations [Free] | 2:30pm | Next to Arundel’s By The Pier
Chisel-Making – Hand-Carving Chisels: Blacksmith, J.J. Bowen
Rock Art Exhibition (Organico, Glengarriff Road – Bantry) Free Admission (20th – 25th March)
Deep Maps Exhibition (The Cabin, Ahakista, next to Arundel’s By The Pier – Saturday morning).
Check out the full programme at http://westcorkstonesymposium.com/programme