Sample-Studios, in partnership with Gurranabraher Credit Union and Cork City Council Commemoration Fund are delighted to present PhotoGo, a community photography competition and exhibition in The Lord Mayor’s Pavilion, Fitzgerald’s Park. PhotoGo competition launched on Culture Night, Friday 18th of September and invited Corkonians to take photographs which celebrated Cork City’s Northside communities and the theme of ‘legacy’, to mark this important centenary year of the Burning of Cork in 1920. Over 60 entries were received, as well as over 50 entries by local Transition Year students from St. Vincent’s Secondary School and Gaelcholáiste Mhuire A.G, who participated in a series of free schools photography workshops with artist and Sample-Studios member Kate McElroy.


Opening on October 30th and running throughout the month of November, visitors to Fitzgerald’s Park can enjoy a selected presentation of PhotoGo entries on display in the windows of The Lord Mayor’s Pavilion. Sample-Studios presents a year-round programme of free public exhibitions in The Lord Mayor’s Pavilion but, due to Covid 19 restrictions, have had to temporarily close their exhibition space. As Artistic Director, Aoibhie McCarthy, explains, “We wanted to ensure that the photographs taken by members of the local community could be enjoyed by that community safely. By presenting their entries in the windows, we can invite passers-by and park users to see over 100 different vantage points of Cork City’s Northside, all from within their 5km.”


Eamonn Kirwan, Chair of Gurranabraher Credit Union speaking about PhotoGo said “This is the 2nd year of our PhotoGo initiative with Sample-Studios and we couldn’t be happier with the volume and quality of the entries.  We believe that this event provided the perfect chance for people to get out and really look at our great City.  As a community organisation, we feel it is one of our most important roles to promote our communities.”


Follow Sample-Studios on Facebook @SampleStudios to vote for the People’s Voice Award and find out the winners of the People’s Voice Award, the School Award and the overall PhotoGo Award. PhotoGo is proudly supported by Gurranabraher Credit Union and Cork City Council Commemoration Fund.