47 Dominick Street, Galway City   +353 (0) 91 565 886

Serving the Artist Community in Galway since 1982...

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The Galway Arts Centre manages two buildings, both located in the city centre:

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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.

Rooms are also available individuals and groups to run courses, events and one-off masterclasses. For all enquiries, please contact us on 091-565886 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Open Call | Galway Arts Centre Visual Art Programme 2021

Application deadline: 30 November 2019

Galway Arts Centre invites professional Visual Artists, curators and other Visual Art practitioners working in all media to submit for inclusion in the 2021 Visual Art gallery programme.

Applicants should include the following:
o Cover Letter
o CV including website details
o Recent images of work and Artist Statement PDF
o Links to moving image and/or sound work, where applicable
o Reviews or critical texts, where applicable

Applications should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note, late submissions will not be processed. Submissions will not be accepted by post.

All applications will be assessed by members of Galway Arts Centre’s Visual Arts Panel, which comprises of the Head of Visual Art, the Visual Arts specialist from the current Board of Director and one member of Red Bird Youth Arts Collective.

Submissions are for solo and group exhibitions in 2021. Irish and international submissions welcome.

The Galway Arts Centre follows Visual Artists Ireland’s payment guidelines for Professional Visual Artists.

Cúirt International Festival of Literature takes place from 8th-14th April 2019. For this year's programme visit www.cuirt.ie

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Galway Arts Centre has an exciting Visual Art programme  for 2019, 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.

Galway Arts Centre is midway through the multi-partner project Making Space, and in 2019 will host residencies with visual artists and astronomers from NUI Galway. NUI Galway Centre for Astronomy is coordinating Making Space as part of the Royal Astronomical Society’s bicentennial celebrations (RAS 200) in the lead up to and including 2020, with a number community, science and arts projects in Galway City and County. July 2019 is also the 50th anniversary of the first person to walk on the moon. This is the only project in Ireland to join four others from the UK to have received RAS 200 awards.

Galway Arts Centre will begin a new project with Galway Traveller Movement’s youth programme and visual artist Louise Manifold, exploring identity through film. The project is funded through The Community Foundation, which have previously funded GAC’s work with older people on the theme of active citizenship. The project also builds on GAC’s work with the Galway Anti Racism Network and the Galway City Community Network. 

Red Bird Youth Collective
Red Bird Youth Collective, Ireland’s only youth-led visual art collective, continues to grow and strengthen. Generously funded by the Arts Council’s Youth Ensemble Scheme, Red Bird will showcase their ambitious project Let Go, a collaboration with poet Colm Keegan and visual artist (and former Red Bird) Gabrielle Drimolovski. This ‘poetry-film’ will be showcased during a Youth Arts Networking Day, hosted by Galway Arts Centre on 19 January. Red Bird Youth Collective is a visual arts organisation for ages 15-24. A group of like-minded young people from different backgrounds come together to collaborate on engaging and challenging art projects, and have worked with professional artists on visual art, film, architecture and performance projects. They also engage with other aspects of the arts such as administration, curation, and event organisation.

Celebrating Creativity as we age
Burning Bright, GAC’s programme for older people will continue again in 2019, with artists working in nursing units, day centres and hospitals across Galway City. For the second year the programme will now also include dance alongside its visual art activities, with Sean Nós dancer Emma O’Sullivan leading a project. The Burning Bright showcase will be in May as part of Bealtaine Festival, the national arts festival celebrating creativity as we age. 

Music
As part of its ever-expanding remit, Galway Arts Centre is working with The Orbit Open Mic Night and Sos, both all-ages monthly music events. 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.

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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

 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Phone: + 353 (0) 91 565 886
 Fax: + 353 (0)91 568 642
 47 Dominick Street, Galway City

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