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Galway Arts Centre

A long-standing cultural institution, the Galway Arts Centre is one of the city’s principal art establishments, dedicated to nurturing and furthering local talent, and encouraging awareness and support of the arts in Galway. Housed in an 1840’s stone-brick townhouse on Dominick Street – built for the Pearse family and famously home to WB Yeat's patron Lady Augusta Gregory – the Arts Centre first opened its doors in 1988 and has since showcased a range of national and international contemporary artworks throughout its 3,000 sq ft exhibition area.

The Centre, which offers free admission to the public, features two galleries where a roster of temporary exhibits are held, alongside event space used for art and writing classes, performances, workshops and readings, and even a darkroom for hire. That’s not all – the center always runs the nearby Nuns Island Studio, home to the Galway Youth Theatre and a popular live performance venue.

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