Galway City Arts Office

  • Does Galway have a City Arts Service?

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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&c@galwaycity.ie

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

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  • How do I contact the Arts Officer?

    The Arts Officer for Galway City Council is James Harrold.

    He may be contacted by email at jharrold@galwaycity.ie 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

    * Application forms are not yet available for funding schemes 2021, they will be made available as soon as possible.

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  • 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.

    * Application forms are not yet available for funding schemes 2021, they will be made available as soon as possible.

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  • 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.

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  • City Arts Grant Awards (Organisations) 2021

    Application forms are not yet available for funding schemes 2021, they will be made available as soon as possible.

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