Galway has some wonderful up and coming artists, and with their scenic landscapes all but guaranteed to inspire, Connemara, the Aran Islands and the city itself all offer plenty of food for visual thought. There are many of arty types who make the county their home, but where can you check out their work? Here are our favourite spots to get a taste of what Galway’s vibrant art scene is all about.
Not an art gallery as such, but certainly one of Ireland‘s best creative communities, and a corner of Connemara that any arts-loving visitor will want to see. Spiddal Crafts is home to both the production and sale of anything from hand-blown glass to ceramics, coin-based jewellery, and the work of Brazilian resident artist Andrea Rossi, who makes vibrant folk art. Seeing the art in progress is the best part.
A far cry from the city’s plusher galleries, 126 is the rawest of the artistic offerings on this list, and for some that will make it the best. Associated with street art and bold exhibitions, they run on a shoestring, with regular calls out to the community and lots of bold, imaginative projects. Exhibitions tend to be short-lived and dramatic, with plenty of colour, and the residents are extremely passionate about what they do.
Galway’s contemporary arts hub, the Galway Arts Centre is another revolving exhibition space that takes in an incredible array of local art and entertainment, including theatre and visual arts. The gallery is equally fluid, with a penchant for cartoony modern art and statement sculpture. There are classes, too, if you feel like getting your hands dirty.
47 Lower Dominick Street, Galway, Ireland. +353 91565886