Ongoing projects

In 2016 126 will launch two main projects, featuring a number of international residencies and exhibitions, and a program of artistic collaborations between emerging and affirmed artists


Rare exports

Rare exports features a year long program of exchanges between Ireland, Spain and Italy. It will feature residencies and exhibitons aimed at fostering 126 standing as an international venue


2 x 2 is a unique project that aims to bring together some of the finest new graduates with established contemporary artists, working together to create dual exhibitions through collaborative residencies. The project will be augmented by a project publication bringing fresh voices to bear on the concerns at the heart of the project.


Yearly projects

Our yearly ongoing project feature an artist’s residency, an internship program and an ongoing research project reconnecting with the 400+ artists who have exhibited with 126 in its 10 year history.

ARTFarm Residency 

The ARTFarm Residency is an annual open submission opportunity extended to artists by 126 and Sheila Flanagan (generous owner of the beautiful house and grounds that is ARTFarm). ARTFarm is located in a rural and secluded setting in Cloonkeen, Newbridge, Ballinasloe, Co.Galway. It comprises a small farmhouse that can accommodate two artists with additional studio space of a large open barn and a shed/workshop space. Artists have access to tools and Sheila is available as a technician/skills based person (woodwork, welding etc).

Tracing Artists

Tracing Artists is an ongoing research project which aims to re-establish contact with artists and organisations that 126 has worked with since it was established in 2005.


Internship program

Our internship program places up to 6 freshly graduated artists in the middle of 126 activities, giving those young artist a first hand experience in the handling of an artist-run gallery


Concluded projects

Concluded projects include a Quarterly Magazine, edited by Daniel Jewesbury; a curatorial project called Primary Resource with five other artist led organisations; the publishing of our FOOTFALL Research Report.

FOOTFALL – Articulating the Value of Artist Led Organisations

FOOTFALL is a national collaborative research project devised by 126 to explore the position of small arts organisations in Ireland. The goal of the research programme was to develop new, nuanced means to articulate the value of the work done by smaller, diverse and risk-taking visual arts organisations. The research looks at what separates the activities of artist-led organisations from those of other art institutions and what role they play in artists’ careers.


The Quarterly Magazine will be published throughout 2015. Artist and writer Daniel Jewesbury will be editing the magazine and it will feature contributions from Valerie Connor, Michaele Cutaya, Gregory McCartney, Gavin Murphy, Maeve Mulrennan, Conor McGrady, Megs Morley, Nora O Murchu and many others. The publication will bring together all of the research, events, discussions and exhibitions happening throughout the year. We will also give focus to our 10 year anniversary throughout the Magazine series.

Primary Resource

We have decided that a productive and necessary approach as a second phase to the FOOTFALL research would be to respond to the research through a visual art lens. We will do this by asking organisations to react to the FOOTFALL research and findings though their own practice. A curatorial brief has been drawn up by 126, we will ask four artist led organisations (Catalyst, Block T, Ormston House and Transmission) to engage with this brief. These five responses may take varying forms and will take place in the 126 gallery space in Galway throughout 2015. Each organisations response to one curatorial arc will contribute to a process that can be critically viewed as a whole. Joanne Laws will make continual analysis of Symbiosis and review the organisations responses and their progression and contextualise how they relate to the FOOTFALL research.

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