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Array Collective's The Druthaib’s Ball (Turner Prize 2021)

Visual Arts
 Saturday, 01 October 2022 10:00 Place: Nuns Island Theatre

Nun’s Island Theatre and Galway Arts Centre
13 August – 1 October, 2022


Download exhibition programme here.

Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 10am-5pm

Venues: The exhibition runs across two spaces; Nun’s Island Theatre and Galway Arts Centre

Programme of Events: For events taking place in the síbín in Nun’s Island Theatre, please see here.

‘a cosy and welcoming oasis.’
The Irish Times

Galway Arts Centre is delighted to present the prestigious 2021 Turner Prize winning exhibition from Belfast-based Array Collective. This is the first time the work will be seen in Ireland.

The work is on loan from National Museums NI, who acquired the work for their permanent collection at the Ulster Museum.

The exhibition is presented across two venues; Nun’s Island Theatre and Galway Arts Centre. The Druthaib’s Ball is in Nun’s Island Theatre. Centred on an imagined síbín (sheeben) - an illegal bar – with a floating roof made from banners created for protests and demonstrations. Visitors can gather in the síbín, a built installation that invites people into an immersive experience reflecting the lively community hub of the Irish síbin, a long-established tradition of an illegal bar and space of contradiction, dark humour, and craic.

Accompanying the installation is a programme of events with local social justice groups, artists and musicians to animate the sibín with traditional music sessions, dance, storytelling and song.

A wider exhibition of artworks by the Array Collective is on view in the Galway Arts Centre including the Irish Names quilt.


The 2021 winners, the Array Collective, is a group of 11 Belfast-based artists from the north and south of Ireland, England and Italy. They create collaborative projects in response to issues affecting Northern Ireland and issues around access to abortion, gay rights, mental health, gentrification and social welfare. Their work encompasses performances, protests, exhibitions and events.


The Turner Prize was first awarded in 1984. It is one of the best-known prizes for visual arts and is a highlight of the contemporary art calendar. It is awarded to artist/s from, or based in, Britain for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work.

Galway Arts Centre would like to acknowledge the support of their funding partners, the Arts Council and Galway City Council. The presentation of the Turner Prize winning Array Collective is supported by an Arts Council touring grant and the public programme of events is supported by Creative Ireland.





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