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 23-29 April 2018. 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 lined up for 2018, 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.
2018 is the year of partnerships for GAC. In May the gallery will work with Basic Space Dublin. Entitled Yellow Air in Room 625, artists Emma Haugh and Eimear Walshe will respond to queer community and space in collaboration with the public through sculpture, video, workshops, performances and community events. This project will run from 4 May to 2 June and include a screening, exhibition, community club night and library.
GAC is also working with Vivienne Dick who will curate a group exhibition and film programme in June. Another large group show will open in August, this time curated by Gregory McCartney as part of Abridged; a poetry and photography journal published several times a year in Northern Ireland. Entitled ‘A Brand New Darkness for a Bright New Way’, the exhibition includes work by Fiona Hession, Zoe Murdoch, Lorna Simpson, Ian Cumberland, Kelly Richardson, David Haughey.
Red Bird Youth Collective
Red Bird Youth Collective, Ireland’s only youth-led visual art collective, continues to grow and strengthen. This dynamic group of young people have just finished working with artist Siobhán McGibbon on a process-based sculpture project which culminated in Polymorphism, an exhibition at the end of January. This projected was funded by the Arts Council’s Youth Ensemble Scheme 2017. Never a group to rest on their laurels, Red Bird have jumped straight into a new project, this time with writer Javier Gimenez. Red Bird are continuing their collaboration with CAMHS at Merlin Park Hospital Galway, with funding from the National Youth Council of Ireland. This project will be showcased during Cúirt International Festival of Literature.
Celebrating Creativity as we age
Burning Bright 2018 kicked off in late January, with artists working in nursing units, day centres and hospitals across Galway City. This year there will also be a dance project led by Genevieve Ryan with Croi na Gaillimhe. The Burning Bright showcase will be in May as part of Bealtaine Festival, the national arts festival celebrating creativity as we age. A collaborative film work by visual artist Anita Groener and poet Enda Wyley will also be exhibited. GAC is also working with Bealtaine to present newly commissioned work for the festival from acclaimed theatre company Brokentalkers in Nuns Island Theatre .
As part of its ever expanding remit, Galway Arts Centre has been working with The Orbit Open Mic Night and Sos., both all-ages monthly music events. This follows an extremely successful under-18s gig and workshop with The Rusangano Family in December 2017. 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.