Visual Artists Ireland
Visual Artists Ireland is the representative body for professional visual artists in Ireland. It is a valued resource and a trusted space where visual artists can access supports and knowledge that allows them to develop at all stages of their professional career.
Theatre Forum’s purpose is to strengthen Ireland’s performing arts community, and to advance its interests to ensure a sustainable future.
Galway Arts Organisations, Galleries & Studios:
126 Artist-Run Gallery and Studios
Established in 2005, 126 Artist-Run Gallery is an artist-led, not for profit organisation which produces high-quality professional contemporary exhibitions and cultural programming which are free and open to all. Run voluntarily by a Board of Directors, professional artists and curators,126 is integral to the visual arts ecology and cultural landscape of Galway.
126 programmes include artist talks/lectures, workshops, residencies, studio spaces and upskilling opportunities for Galway.
126 was founded on a democratic structure, in which power flows from the membership to the Board of Directors. Membership provides a platform for individuals to connect with a larger network of professional artists. There are around 200 members at any given time.
Engage Artist Studios
Founded in 2004 Engage is a professional visual arts organisation of over 30 members. It is an integral part of the Galway visual arts scene. Engage Art Studios is the largest studio group in Galway city, with six studios located in St. Francis Street in the heart of the city and a further seven located in their premises in Churchfields Lower Salthill.
Engage features 13 private studios, a gallery space and a fully equipped office and digital suite and workshop. Studios range in size from 80 to 260 sq. feet. Engage also offers Orbital membership, which allows access to their facilities and to exhibitions.