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Galway Arts Centre

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47 Dominick Street
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Organisation Type: 
Non-Governmental Organization
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General Information: 

Galway Arts Centre is company limited by guarantee with charitable status. It is governed by a voluntary board of Directors. Paraic Breathnach is the Managing Director. There are 3 other full time staff, 2 part time, 1 Jobbridge intern and 7 CE scheme employees. Technicians and art teachers are contracted in on a freelance basis as required. We are currently running on 200,000 per year and are funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, Galway City Council and Galway County Council. We programme an art gallery, a literature festival and run youth programes in theatre, literature and visual art.

Mission and Objectives: 

The aim of Galway Arts Centre 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.
This programme is supported by auxiliary events involving talks, symposia, music, story-telling and screenings.
The policy focuses on 3 categories.
• Engagement with audiences, partnerships and education
• support for artists
• Projects that place innovation and risk as their main objectives

Main Projects / Activities: 

Visual Art Gallery Programme: 10 - 12 shows per year
Cuirt International Festival of Literature
Galway Youth Theatre: 2 year VEC accredited performance course & 2 productions per year
Schools project in Theatre, Literature & Visual Art
Working with Older People in the community: Burning Bright Visual Art Project
Youth Led Art Collective: Red Bird, 2+ projects a year on art & architecture

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?: 

We have done alot of research in youth led practice and feel that we are at a stable point in our programming & curatorial vision to manage large scale, multi partner projects. We have recently completed a partnership project with EU funding, and feel that we are knowledgeable to lead a new project now.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?: 

Galway Arts Centre would like to work with other partners on new projects and to link in with new people in the other Network countries