Each year 126 takes on a team of interns for a six month period. During this time the interns take on roles in the gallery and learn new skills such as fundraising, curating, installing an exhibiting and what it takes to run a gallery. At the end of the six months they then have the opportunity to curate an exhibition in 126 Artist-Run Gallery.

B D G R L (Bad Girl) is a new exhibition curated by 126 Gallery Interns, Chloe Austin, Sarah Keenan and Saffron Lily.

This inaugural exhibition features individual works from artists Emily Lohan, Eden Mitsenmacher, Katie O’Grady and Samir Rana.

These works were created in response to our open call that focused on navigating a discussion on society’s expectation of women, how younger generations of women are pressured to portray themselves as overly sexualised as a way to claim cultural power and the origins of the phrase ‘Bad Girl’.

Internship Programme 2017

126 is delighted to announce an open call to all graduates who wish to participate in the 2017 Internship programme. Six interns will be selected for a six-month internship running from July to December 2017. The interns will be mentored by the board members and will gain experience in all aspects of running the gallery including fundraising, curation, marketing, archiving, web design and arts administration. The internship culminates in a project, exhibition or event to be developed and curated by the interns under the mentorship of the 126 board and to take place in the Hidden Valley gallery in December.

Please include a CV and images of recent work (max. 10) and a letter of interest (max 350 words), which should include your expectations for the project in one Pdf document.

Applications should be emailed to contactg@126gallery.com. Please subject line: “Internship Programme 2017” in your email.

The deadline for applications is July 1st, 2017.  Successful candidates will be notified by Thursday 6th of July and the internship will begin Saturday 15th July. The first month of the programme is an induction period to allow the interns to settle into the gallery and into Galway. However, the Galway International Arts Festival runs from the 17th – 30th July and gives a good opportunity to immediately become involved in the work of the gallery.

Please note that internship at 126 is not a prerequisite for becoming a board member. Applications to become board members from all artists, including recent graduates, are welcomed throughout the year.
Any inquires please contact internship coordinator Connor Robertson by emailing: contactg@126gallery.com


126 Artist-Run Gallery invite submissions of works in any medium by artists within our membership for the 10th Annual 126 members’ show, which will be held in both 126 Gallery in Galway and The Western Carolina University (WCU) Fine Art Museum, USA. This open call is particularly exciting as we will also offer one of our members a month-long residency opportunity at WCU in October of this year.

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BACKGROUND: Our annual member’s show celebrates our members, without whom we could not operate. The 126 team are delighted to offer our membership the chance to exhibit internationally in an award winning the architecturally designed centre. The museum is known for its strong academic and contemporary art exhibition program. Its mission is to serve as a cultural catalyst, showcasing innovation. The facility, situated in the lush Cullowhee Valley, the site of several early Cherokee settlements, features numerous Cherokee inspired design elements and Bilingual signage throughout the facility. ‘It uses English and the Cherokee syllabary, developed in 1809 by Sequoyah to give his people their first written language´. Galway (aka The ‘City of Tribes’) is also known for its scenery and history and ‘Tribes’ and was designated Ireland’s first Bilingual city in May 2015. As part of 126 Gallery’s wider project, ‘Blow-Ins’, we seek to make connections through collaborative efforts and will be exhibiting WCU members’ show in 126 later this year as well as paying host to one of their artists for a residency at the gallery.

DETAILS: This year ‘innovation’ will be the basis for selection: some of the most respected artists in history were innovators and through developing new techniques and new styles, they were able to enhance art by making the expression easier, clearer, or more recognizable. The starting point, the ‘brainchild’, is the product of one’s creative effort and this year we simply ask that work is new, experimental, fresh, and innovative with the intention of pushing boundaries within the art world.

From the members selected for Brainchild we will then choose one artist to spend a month-long residency in WCU to develop their ideas further. 126 will cover travel, accommodation, and will offer a small stipend to cover some additional costs. Please specify in your application if the residency is NOT of interest to you (this will not affect your submission).

PROCEDURE: Applications are accepted from artists with active 126 membership. Membership can be purchased/renewed at www.126gallery.com or contact us at the gallery. To apply: please send a statement of intent (approx 300 words), artist CV, and relevant links/images of your work (up to 10 images), in one PDF to contact@126gallery.com before 5 pm on 15th April 2017. Selected work must be delivered to the gallery on or before the 20th April 2017.




3/12/2016 – 17/12/2016

126 Artist-Run Gallery, in partnership with Sheila Flannagan, ARTFarm, Co. Galway, invited a European artist to take part the second phase of the Rare Exports exchange program: Rare Exports #2, a two week paid residency in ARTFarm, IRELAND. The residency was funded by the Arts Council Ireland Visual Arts Project Award 2016 and the selected artist was Gašper Jemec (Slovenia).

Gašper Jemec was born on 25th of October 1975 in Kranj, Republic of Slovenia, former SFR Yugoslavia. He enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana, where he studied painting and new medias both as an undergraduate and as a graduate student. Jemec also did graduate work in painting at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in America. As a Herder scholarship winner of Alfred Toepfer Stiftung FVS from Hamburg, he further trained in sculpture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. His work has been widely exhibited in solo and group shows all over the world, from Slovenia to America, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom. He has resided and worked in Indiana, Los Angeles, New York, Vienna, Hamburg, Sakaide, Valencia, Moscow and London.

Below are some of the works completed during Gašper Jemec’s 2 week residency at ARTFarm in December 2016.


coloured ink on canvas
95 x 139 cm



coloured ink on canvas
47,5 X 49 cm


from the Galway County Series
coloured ink on paper
17,7 x 12,7 cm                                                                                          http://www.gasperjemec.com/