Galway City Arts Office

  • Does Galway have a City Arts Service?

    Yes. The City Arts Service is managed by Galway City Arts Office.


  • What is Galway Arts Office?

    In common with other Irish Local Authorities, Galway City Council takes responsibility for support and development of contemporary creativity in is operational area. Since 2001 Galway City Arts Office has been a vibrant and essential part of Galway City Council.

    Established to advise the Council on all aspects of contemporary arts practice, the Arts Service runs its own programme of residencies, events, interventions and strategic partnerships.


  • Where can I find the Galway City Arts Office?

    The Galway City Arts Office is based in Galway City Council offices at City Hall, College Road, Galway.


  • If I have a query whom should I contact?

    General queries should be addressed to the Culture and Community Office in City Hall Tel. 091 536573 or Email c&

    More specific queries (such as artist and organisation development) should be addressed to the City Arts Officer.


  • How do I contact the Arts Officer?

    The Arts Officer for Galway City Council is James Harrold.

    He may be contacted by email at or telephone 091-536546 (from outside Ireland ring +353 91 536 546).

    If you are requesting a meeting please email in advance telling us what you wish to discuss. The Arts Officer is delighted to welcome personal callers to the Arts Office, by appointment.


  • Which artistic practices and art forms does the Arts Office cover?

    We engage with contemporary creativity in the art forms of architecture, circus, dance, film, literature, music, opera, street art and spectacle, theatre, traditional arts and visual culture. We work in practices that cross the art forms; the practices include venues, young people, children, education, arts and health, arts and disability, socially engaged art and artist's supports.

    We do not engage with heritage or conservation unless there is a contemporary, living aspect to the project. For heritage and conservation projects and funding please see the Heritage Office in Galway City Council and / or Galway City Museum.


  • How does the Arts Office support creative practitioners?

    • We offer individual artist bursaries and residencies in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Co. Monaghan.
    • Individual artist bursaries are offered on a competitive basis to artists in all contemporary art forms. Application criteria and timelines are announced on this website and in the media. Application forms are available on this website in the Application Forms section. The artist bursaries are for individual professional artists domiciled in Galway city. The bursaries consist of financial awards given to support the artist's practice.
    • Tyrone Guthrie Awards are residencies in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Co. Monaghan. They are awarded to assist professional artists in the development of their practice. Application forms are available on this website in the Application Forms section.


  • How does the Arts Office support arts organisations and groups?

    • We offer annual arts grants to professional and voluntary arts organisations operating in Galway city. The principal and primary raison d'être of the organisation or group must be contemporary art practice.
    • Annual arts grants are awarded on a competitive basis. Application criteria and timelines are announced on this website and on the media. Application forms are available on this website in the Application Forms section.


  • Where can I find information on arts and culture in Galway?

    For news and updates on the arts in Galway, follow the Galway City Arts Service page on Facebook.

    A listing of Arts related events can also be found on Galway City Council's events calendar.


  • City Arts Grant Awards (Organisations) 2016

    Access Music Project 3,000
    Adventures in Music 1,000
    An Áit Eile 1,000
    Ala Participatory Theatre 1,000
    Artspace Studios 9,000
    Away With Words (Brothers of Charity) 1,500
    Baboró 15,500
    Blue Teapot Theatre Company (Brothers of Charity) 4,000
    Branar Téatar do Pháisti 3,000
    Claddagh Community Music 500
    Club Shine 300
    Cois Cladaigh 3,500
    Colours Fringe Festival 1,500
    Colours Street Theatre Company 1,000
    COPE Galway (Sonas Art Group) 500
    Crannog Media 1,180
    Croi na Gaillimhe Writers Group 300
    Cúirt 13,000
    Decadent Theatre Company 1,000
    Druid Performing Arts 28,000
    Engage Art Studios 4.050
    Forge Clay Studios 1,000
    Fregoli Theatre Company 1,000
    Galway African Film Festival 500
    Galway Art Club 600
    Galway Arts Centre 19,000
    Galway Baroque Singers 4,250
    Galway Cathedral Recitals 1,720
    Galway Choral Association 2,000
    Galway Community Circus 6,000
    Galway Dance Project 5,550
    Galway Early Music 8.000
    Galway Feminist Collective 500
    Galway Film Centre (ID Films) 12,000
    Galway Film Fleadh 16,000
    Galway Film Society 7,000
    Galway Fringe Festival 2,800
    Galway International Arts Festival 46,000
    Galway Jazz Festival 3,500
    Galway Music Residency 23,000
    Galway Musical Society 3,000
    Galway Patrician Musical Society 3,000
    Galway Percy French Society 300
    Galway Print Studio 2,000
    The Galway Review 500
    The Galway Sessions 8,000
    Galway Steinway (1981) Trust 600
    Galway Theatre Festival 4,000
    Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust 9,000
    Galway Youth Arts Alliance 2,000
    Galway Youth Orchestra 5,000
    Galway Youth Theatre 8,000
    Impressions 2016 1,000
    Irish Patchwork Society - Western Branch 500
    ISDA Festival 500
    John Rogers Theatre 200
    Junior Galway Film Fleadh 1,500
    KATS 500
    Little Cinema 3,000
    Macnas 24,000
    Moonfish 4,900
    Music for Galway 13,500
    No Ropes Theatre 500
    126 Artist Run Gallery 6,000
    Over the Edge 3,000
    Renmore Pantomime Society 2,500
    Saint Nicholas Schola Cantorum 3,000
    Soundscape (Brothers of Charity) 4,000
    Speckled Egg Dance 300
    The Theatre Room 1,000
    Tulca 10,000
    Tunes in the Church 1,750
    Westside Arts Festival 2,500
    Youth Ballet West 1,200