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 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 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                                                                                












New Open Call For Video Work- Exquisite Corpse

New Open Call For Video Work- Exquisite Corpse

Open Call | Exquisite Corpse

Video Project

Online | in The Gallery | Year-Round

As part of our ‘On The Line’ project, 126 is breathing new life into the classic surrealist game exquisite corpse. We intend to create a composite collaborative work, comprised of 5 short successive video pieces. Each video will begin with the final frame of the preceeding video and should be an investigation into drawing.

Relevant points of departure might be (but are not limited to): –drawing methods

-the history of drawing

-looking at new drawing technologies

-the relevance of drawing in digital age.

These videos will be succesively released through the 126 youtube channel as well as being screened at the gallery as a mapped projection.

Commissions will be successive, with successful artists having STRICTLY 3 weeks to complete their piece. Please stipulate in your application whether you’d like to create your work in: APRIL | MAY | JUNE | JULY or AUGUST

Applications are welcomed by artists or collectives that work in any medium, but the final result must be a film piece of 2-5 minutes in length. There is no fee to apply, but applicants should be members of 126 Artist-Run Gallery. To renew your membership or become part of the 126 membership, click here.

Send in an artists’-statement of no more than 300 words to with up to 5 images or 2 links to video works online. Selected works will receive a fee of €100


This exhibition is kindly supported by the Arts Council Project Award

First Exhibition of 2017 Sebastian Mügge at 126

sebastian mugge at 126

Sebastian Mügge at 126

sebastian mugge at 126

For his exhibition at 126, Swedish/German artist Sebastian Mügge will produce a large scale drawing directly onto the walls of 126. He plans to fill the gallery with this composite piece with images obtained through social media research and sent in by 126 audiences.

What we need |
pictures/ selfies/ videos /stories
All manner of visual information which you want to, or already have shared on social media is welcome for this project; especially if it has a connection to Galway.

How to take part |
Send files no bigger than 10MB or links to the images/video to:

When |
ASAP! Our artist is currently preparing his research for the drawing and needs your input as soon as possible.
#deadboycatfilmsexyselfiesuccessquotesgalway opens on THURSDAY 19th JANUARY at 6pm and all are welcome.
126 will be open from 12-6 (or by appointment) Wed-Sun for the duration of the exhibition.

This exhibition is kindly supported by the Arts Council Ireland Project Award, and is the first of a series of projects dedicated to examining drawing in a digital context in the series: ‘On The Line’

Exciting Announcement 126 Arts Council Funding

Practice Makes Practice

Exciting Announcement 126 Arts Council Funding

126 is thrilled to have been awarded the Arts Council Project Award for two ambitious projects in 2017! Both projects focus on interrogating arts practice while creating quality opportunities for member artists and gallery audiences to engage with works and their artists closely. This Arts Council funding will allow 126 to continue programming ambitious exhibitions, exciting events and quality residencies for its members and audiences. There’s a number of ways you can get involved!

On the Line

The first ‘On The Line’ will examine the practice of drawing in the digital age through two exhibitions of new work by emerging artists: Sebastian Mügge and Laura Kelly. Through a series of short film commissions 126 will involve a number of artists in a public game of exquisite corpse. These creative projects will be supplemented by public talks and workshops. Commissions will be awarded through an Open Call process. Details coming soon.

The first of these will be a large scale piece by Swedish/German artist Sebastian Mügge in January 2017. This work invites contributions of images from gallery audiences. To get involved, click here


The second will extend our focus on providing artists with quality residency opportunities. Through a residency exchange with the US and by taking our members show to the States, 126  will showcase the diversity of work produced by our member artists in an international context. By hosting a US artist at the 126 Studios we will bring new forms of practice to the city.

Our US residency will be awarded through an open call process, details coming soon. As always the open call for our members show will be announced to members very soon.

You’ve got to be in it, to win it! To renew your membership, become part of the 126 community [and be able to apply for some of the opportunities listed above] or to support the work that we do, simply click here

Further to these two projects 126 will also host exhibitions of new work by exciting emerging artists as well as working with our festival partners GIAF and TULCA festival of visual art.