Free Market pavilion came to the Macroom Market Square from July 21-23rd, to join with market traders for a 3 day special summer market, that expanded on the usual weekly Tuesday market. As part of the installation there was a programme of free public events, which aimed to invoke new discussions about the future of our market towns. The Free Market pavilion was launched with a special event open to all on July 21st.
In Macroom Free Market had a special focus on the role market traders play in the life of small towns. During the 3 day programme of events the public were invited to explore the exhibition, join guided walking tours, contribute to Vox Pop recording sessions and, for younger “townies, take part in a special Townie Scavenger Hunt.
A Free Market exhibition was housed inside the upstairs Town Hall Gallery. This included original architectural drawings, photographs, models, books and audio recordings from the Free Market pavilion which represented Ireland at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018. The exhibition described the historic and contemporary conditions as well as the potential future development of small towns across Ireland, including Macroom.
Throughout 2019 the Free Market team have worked with architecture students from 4th year “Country Living” unit at the Cork Centre of Architecture Education, who have studied Macroom and nearby Bantry. An exhibition of the students work was on show in Bantry Library and Macroom Market House, showcasing their ideas for the future development of both towns. As part of the public programme there was an event with the students to discuss their design proposals.
The Free Market team were also 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.