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Galway Arts Centre galleries are currently closed

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We thank all our customers for their continued support and co-operation during this time.

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Retirement of Páraic Breathnach from the Galway Arts Centre

The Galway Arts Centre wishes to announce the retirement of its Managing Director, Páraic Breathnach. Following thirteen years supporting the arts at the head of the Galway Arts Centre, Páraic is retiring from the role to pursue his own personal creative pursuits.

Announcing his retirement, Páraic said: 

“In my 65th year I want to follow another direction. During the ongoing lockdown I have started working on my autobiography and it has become a demanding endeavour to which I want to dedicate time in the future. There are also a few plays and stories to be finished and I would like to return to working in acting and theatre design.”

He went on to thank his colleagues in the Centre:

“I would like to thank the Chairpersons and the Board members who gave me the opportunity to contribute to the Arts in the city and supported me in that work. I have enjoyed my time at GAC, especially working with Cúirt and Galway Youth Theatre and I would like to thank all my colleagues down the years for their friendship and their commitment to the work. The neighbours of Dominick Street and Nuns’ Island are supportive of the Centre and I would like to thank them for helping me on many occasions. The business community deserve gratitude for their continued sponsorship of the arts.”

This is a challenging time for the arts and Páraic wishes the board and staff all the best of luck and better funding in the future.

Páraic has been involved in the development of a new strategic plan for the Galway Arts Centre, focused on its important role in sustaining and supporting the arts in Galway into the future. As well as providing venues for the visual arts, theatre and performance, the Centre supports a number of theatre initiatives, including Galway Youth Theatre, Decadent Theatre Company and Red Bird Youth Collective. It hosts the annual Cúirt International Festival of Literature and supports a number of artist residencies and arts training programmes throughout the year. In this way, it provides vital support and development for both established and emerging artists in the West of Ireland.

Commenting on his retirement, Galway Arts Centre Chair, Fiona Neary, thanked Páraic for his service to the arts:

“It is certainly a challenging time for the arts, but we look forward to brighter days ahead. As the Galway Arts Centre seeks to enhance its role in the arts, we will be guided by our new strategic plan and by Galway City Council’s new arts strategy. In doing so, we will be building on the legacy that Páraic leaves behind. On behalf of the Galway Arts Centre Board, I would like to wish Páraic every success in his retirement and in his creative pursuits to come.”

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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 Partnerships
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 my 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 .

Music
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.

Contact Galway Arts Centre

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 47 Dominick Street, Galway City

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