The Galway Arts Centre manages two buildings, both located in the city centre:
Our headquarters is located at 47, Dominick Street. The premises comprises of 3 galleries, with a combined total of 3,000ft2 of exhibition space, showing national and international contemporary arts, together with rooms for classes, workshops and meetings.
Our building was built in the 1840's and was originally the residence for the Persse family, whose most famous member was Lady Augusta Gregory, patron of the Arts and co-founder of Dublin's Abbey Theatre. It has been our home since 1988.
The gallery is open from
- Monday – Thursday 10:00am - 5:30pm
- Friday - 10:00am - 5:00pm,
- Saturday - 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Admission is free and everyone is welcome.
The Galway Arts Centre also regularly hosts a number of daytime and evening classes in areas such as Art, Writing and Photography, typically running for 8 to 10 weeks, and also workshops in Drama, Music and Voice.
Cúirt International Festival of Literature takes place from 8th-14th April 2019. For this year's programme visit www.cuirt.ie
Have a wander though Galway's beautiful Westend here: https://vimeo.com/160398315
Galway Arts Centre has an exciting Visual Art programme for 2019, with a mix of Irish and international artists and partnerships with several Galway Festivals including Cúirt international Festival of Literature, TULCA Festival of Visual Art, Baboró International Arts Festival for Children and Galway International Arts Festival.
Galway Arts Centre is midway through the multi-partner project Making Space, and in 2019 will host residencies with visual artists and astronomers from NUI Galway. NUI Galway Centre for Astronomy is coordinating Making Space as part of the Royal Astronomical Society’s bicentennial celebrations (RAS 200) in the lead up to and including 2020, with a number community, science and arts projects in Galway City and County. July 2019 is also the 50th anniversary of the first person to walk on the moon. This is the only project in Ireland to join four others from the UK to have received RAS 200 awards.
Galway Arts Centre will begin a new project with Galway Traveller Movement’s youth programme and visual artist Louise Manifold, exploring identity through film. The project is funded through The Community Foundation, which have previously funded GAC’s work with older people on the theme of active citizenship. The project also builds on GAC’s work with the Galway Anti Racism Network and the Galway City Community Network.
Red Bird Youth Collective
Red Bird Youth Collective, Ireland’s only youth-led visual art collective, continues to grow and strengthen. Generously funded by the Arts Council’s Youth Ensemble Scheme, Red Bird will showcase their ambitious project Let Go, a collaboration with poet Colm Keegan and visual artist (and former Red Bird) Gabrielle Drimolovski. This ‘poetry-film’ will be showcased during a Youth Arts Networking Day, hosted by Galway Arts Centre on 19 January. Red Bird Youth Collective is a visual arts organisation for ages 15-24. A group of like-minded young people from different backgrounds come together to collaborate on engaging and challenging art projects, and have worked with professional artists on visual art, film, architecture and performance projects. They also engage with other aspects of the arts such as administration, curation, and event organisation.
Celebrating Creativity as we age
Burning Bright, GAC’s programme for older people will continue again in 2019, with artists working in nursing units, day centres and hospitals across Galway City. For the second year the programme will now also include dance alongside its visual art activities, with Sean Nós dancer Emma O’Sullivan leading a project. The Burning Bright showcase will be in May as part of Bealtaine Festival, the national arts festival celebrating creativity as we age.
As part of its ever-expanding remit, Galway Arts Centre is working with The Orbit Open Mic Night and Sos, both all-ages monthly music events. Sos. is a celebration of the diverse original music community in Galway city and county. It is supported by Galway City Council and ILAS NUI Galway.
Nun's Island Theatre
This former Presbyterian Church has been transformed into a modern 80-seater theatre. It is home to the Galway Youth Theatre and is used by many young professional theatre companies and practitioners in the city. It also hosts concerts, seminars, films and symposia.
We run many educational courses in the centre. You can see a list and book your online course here.