126 Artist-Run Gallery is an artist led space and one of the top galleries in the city for contemporary art. Comprising of four venues that showcase the latest visual art exhibits, their exhibitions are experimental and allow a dialogue between the artists and the audience. A platform for upcoming artists, it also hosts art festivals, workshops, research programs and publications.
The Galway Arts Centre is a useful resource for anyone interested in Galway's thriving arts scene. The arts center incorporates a contemporary art gallery and a box office, as well as provides space for educational workshops and classes. The center hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including exhibitions, workshops, classes and lectures spanning the full spectrum of the arts, with a special focus on theater and visual arts. It also manages the Nun's Island Theatre nearby and organizes the annual Cuirt Literary Festival. With its varied program or events and educational activities, the Galway Arts Centre is truly a boon for audiences and artists alike.
Kenny Gallery, located at the back of the bookshop of the same name, hosts about fifteen exhibitions each year. Their focus is on contemporary Irish art, although they also exhibit the work of 19th and early 29th century artists. Kenny is probably the most prominent gallery in Galway and its bright, airy space forms an ideal background for both paintings and sculpture.