VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art & The George Bernard Shaw Theatre is the largest exhibition space for contemporary visual art in County Carlow. It covers an area of 3130 m². There are four main galleries, theatre, restaurant, bar, bookstore and workshop rooms. The centre is located in the heart of Carlow, next to Carlow College and opposite Carlow Cathedral. His rivals in the scale of presenting contemporary interdisciplinary art are Centres in New York, Berlin and Tokyo.
The centre whose construction cost EUR 18 million was opened in September 2009 and significantly contributed to the cultural, social and economic development of the city of Carlow. The building was designed by Terry Pawson – a well-known British architect with extensive experience in designing buildings for art and in the cultural sector. In front of the building stands a huge metal sculpture of Medusa Tree also by Pawson.
George Bernard Shaw Theatre was named after an Irish playwright who has a strong connection with Carlow. The theater can seat 355 people.
Numerous exhibitions of local, national and international artists take place here.
Location of VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art & the George Bernard Shaw Theatre:
Below photos taken during Carlow Art Festival 2018 in VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art & the George Bernard Shaw Theatre.
Below photos from Playground Project in VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art & the George Bernard Shaw Theatre in 2017.
AIB Éigse Open Submission is an annual exhibition that occupies a central place in the visual arts program of the Carlow Arts Festival. That exhibition is also one of the precursors to the creation of the VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, because previously unknown artists could appear there, presenting their works alongside those already recognized artists, famous not only in Ireland but around the world. The main prize of € 5,000 is awarded among the works presented as “the most outstanding works in every medium”.
Below photos taken during Carlow Art Festival 2016 in VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art & the George Bernard Shaw Theatre.
Below short video from Link & Studio Gallery – AIB Éigse Open Submission 2015 and photos.