Galway Arts Centre Visual Arts Policy 2017 - 2020
The aim of Galway Arts Centre’s Visual Arts Policy is to put the arts at the heart of Galway life and people at the heart of the arts. This means enabling artists and arts audiences of all ages to take creative risks and pursue new opportunities in an accessible, engaging and challenging environment.
The Visual arts programme works with professional artists in a range of art forms from the established media of painting, sculpture, photography and printmaking to moving image, new media, live art, design and architecture. This programme is supported by auxiliary events involving talks, symposia, music, story-telling and screenings. The Visual Art Policy and Programme also creates collaborative links with Galway Arts Centre’s Theatre and Literature policies and programmes.
The policy focuses on 3 categories. Each exhibition or project we execute will address one or more of these categories:
• Engagement with audiences, partnerships and education
• Support for artists
• Exhibitions that place innovation and risk as their main objectives
Exhibitions, projects and events are selected on the basis of their conformity to policy by invitation and through an annual open selection process. Wherever possible, the Centre endeavours to generate income additional to public funding through sales, publications and other merchandise. This provides income to artists and funds future exhibitions in the Centre.
Engagement with audiences, participation, partnerships and education
Galway Arts Centre provides a Visual Arts access point for all audiences, presents opportunities for interpretation and attracts families with a specific, free child-friendly events programme. It also instigates and accepts partnerships with funding bodies, community groups and other arts organisations in order to create a stronger arts infrastructure among organisations. The partnerships may result in increased audiences, increased visibility, touring exhibitions and in some cases, additional funding or incom e.It is also an instigator in collaborative projects with older people and teenagers. It’s education programme caters for both in-school and out-of-school city and county groups. It main focus for education is Red Bird, a youth arts collective founded in 2011 after a 2 year pilot programme. The aim of Red Bird is to provide a high standard of peer led visual arts engagement for young people aged 16 – 23. Members create and present work in collaboration with visual artists, architects, film makers and curators.
support for artists
Support from Galway Arts Centre for artists will be given in the following ways: by supporting the arts infrastructure in Galway City & County, by providing professional training, by offering an advisory service for artists, and by providing studio space.
exhibitions that place innovation and risk as their main objectives
Galway Arts Centre endeavours to present exhibitions that place innovation and risk as the main objective under the following headings: variety of media, variety of artists and practices, contemporary, local, national, and international.