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After School Art Workshop: Creative Self Portraits with artist Jill Bouchier

Michael Mulcahy 1987 Self Portrait. The National Self Portrait Collection of Ireland














Create imaginative self portraits inspired by Garter Lane Arts Centre’s current exhibition of the National Self Portrait Collection ‘At Face Value’ curated by the Waterford Young Arts Critics.

Join artist Jill Bouchier to explore a variety of materials including pencil, charcoal, pastels and collage and create a unique portrait of yourself to take home!


Date/ Time: Thursday, March 8th, 4-5pm.

Venue: Children’s Room, 5 O’Connell Street (up the staircase, beside Delaney’s Florist).

Who: Suitable for children from 7- 12 years.

Tickets: Free but places limited so booking in advance is essential. Book tickets online or call Box Office: 051-855038.


Baby Boogie








Enjoy music and dance in a workshop especially designed for parents, babies and toddlers. The dance studio will be transformed into a calming and comforting environment where dance artist Jess Rowell will guide you and your little ‘uns in an exploration of movement and rhythm.

Fun for little ones and a great workout for parents and guardians!

Date/ Time: Tuesday, March 13th. 12noon- 1pm.

Venue: Bausch & Lomb Dance Studio, 5 O’Connell Street (up the staircase, beside Delaney’s Florist). Garter Lane Arts Centre staff will be on hand to help you with your buggie!

Who: Suitable for children from 0-2 years accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Tickets: €11 per baby. Accompanying adult place FREE! Book tickets online or call Box Office: 051-855038.

Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me
















Decadent Theatre presents Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me by Frank McGuinness- a timeless Irish classic by one of our most celebrated writers.

An Englishman, an Irishman and an American are locked up together in a cell in the Middle East. As victims of political action, powerless to initiate change, what can they do? How do they live and survive? This riveting drama explores the daily crisis endured by hostages whose strength comes from communication, both subtle and mundane, from humour, from wit and from faith. Over the course of their confinement the men exercise, playact, and argue in a way that is  supportive to their mutual determination to survive.

The three display their national biases and prejudices, which are intensified in the cramped confines of their cell. As time passes, resentments and recriminations give way to an acknowledgement of their true characters’ strengths and weaknesses. They learn that humour is their surest weapon against their captors and the safest armour to protect themselves. They shoot imaginary films, sing songs, they play a fantastical game of tennis, they laugh at and with each other, and they learn to lament what was lost in their lives before captivity. Each comes to know himself through listening to the stories, sorrows and joys of the others. At the end of the play, they are capable of standing together and alone.

Date: March 14th & 15th 2018

Time: 8pm

Venue: Garter Lane Theatre

Tickets: €21/ €16 Concession. Book tickets online or call Box Office: 051-855038

Talk: There’s Nothing Amateur about Astronomy







Public Astronomy Talk by Dave Grennan

Dave Grennan is an amateur astronomer from Raheny in north Dublin. Dave carries out research grace astronomical observation from Raheny Observatory. His primary areas of research are the study of near earth asteroids and his ongoing supernova survey during which Dave has made several new discoveries.

Astronomy is one of the few areas of scientific research where amateurs and professionals can equally share in the research. During this presentation, Dave will outline how anybody, even with limited access to equipment, can make significant contributions involving real research grade astronomy.


Date: March 8th

Time: 8pm

Venue: The Tower Hotel, Waterford City.

Tickets: €10 individual ticket or €15 family ticket (Family of 4: 2 adults & 2 children).

Book tickets online or call Box Office: 051-855038

Borderland / Memento

Image Credit: Susanne Wawra













Susanne Wawra & Joseph Heffernan

Garter Lane Arts Centre is delighted to present ‘Borderland / Memento’, a joint exhibition of mixed media painting by emerging artists Joseph Heffernan and Susanne Wawra. Heffernan’s work presents characters as quixotic protagonists in a conflict between abstraction and figuration while Wawra offers a patchwork of characters drawn from personal and familial memories, alongside new interactions in Waterford.

Susanne Wawra is a graduate of Fine Art Painting at NCAD and winner of the Talbot Gallery and Studios Most Promising Graduate Award 2016. She has exhibited widely both in Ireland and overseas, most recently in the LAB Gallery Dublin. She has participated in group shows at the Mart Gallery, Steambox, The Workman’s Club and Stoney Batter Guild in Dublin, the Island Arts Group in Northern Ireland, Chase House in London as well as group shows in Italy, Scotland and America, with screenings of her audio visual work at festivals in Germany, Spain, the U.K. and the US.

Joseph Heffernan received his BA Honours in Fine Art from the Crawford College of Art and Design in 2009 and an MFA in Painting from NCAD in 2016. He was a founding member of Sample Studios Cork. Recent group shows include GOMA Gallery Annual Members Show (2017) We are all nonetheless under the influence of Gravity, NCAD Annex, Dublin (2015), Breaking Sensations, Hive Gallery, Waterford (2015) and Between here and there, Pallas Projects, Dublin (2014).

Opening Reception: 6pm, Friday 23rd of February 2018.

This exhibition continues alongside At Face Value: The National Self Portrait Collection of Ireland Curated by the Waterford Young Arts Critics until April 28th 2018. Opening hours: 11am- 5.30pm Tuesday- Saturday and during evening performances.

Exhibitions continue until April 28th 2018. Opening hours: 11am- 5.30pm Tuesday- Saturday and during evening performances. Admission free. All welcome.



At Face Value: The National Self Portrait Collection of Ireland Curated by the Waterford Young Arts Critics

Cian McLoughlin Self Portrait












‘These days, the job of producing a self-portrait is no longer the sole preserve of artists. Selfies and online avatars abound. As a result, our interest in the images we make of ourselves and the self-images made by those around us has never been more acute. Never have more self-portraits been brought into being, or disseminated.’ Cristín Leach Hughes

Garter Lane Arts Centre in partnership with the University of Limerick is delighted to present ‘At Face Value’, an exhibition of the National Self Portrait Collection curated by the Waterford Young Arts Critics.

Waterford Young Arts Critics is a youth arts collective which supports young people from 13- 17 years of age to participate in and contribute to the cultural life of the South East region by supporting their development as future cultural leaders. Since the establishment of the Waterford Young Arts Critics in 2013, the collective has led successful independent arts projects and collaborations, including curating exhibitions of the IMMA Collection, the Waterford Municipal Collection and the Arts Council Collection.

Waterford Young Arts Critics have worked collaboratively with professional writers, artists, theatre practitioners, photographers, curators and arts managers to examine critical concerns and personal understandings of selfhood through this unique collection of self portraiture that question the evolving nature of self representation and the implications of the projected self in a digital age. ‘At Face Value’ presents self portraits by over 20 artists in the National Self Portrait Collection including Dorothy Cross, James Hanley, Vera Klute, Nigel Rolfe and Una Sealy, exhibited alongside photographic and mixed media interventions developed by the Waterford Young Arts Critics.

Opening Reception: 6pm, Friday 23rd of February 2018.

This exhibition continues alongside Borderland/ Memento, a joint exhibition by artists Susanne Wawra and Joseph Heffernan, until April 28th 2018. Opening hours: 11am- 5.30pm Tuesday- Saturday and during evening performances.

Admission free. All welcome.


Beginners Adult Guitar Workshop








Have you got a guitar gathering dust in the corner? Played a little when you were younger but haven’t touched it in years? Learned a few chords but didn’t quite make the band? The National Adult Learners Festival is the perfect opportunity to dust off those guitar strings and join classical guitarist Shaun Walsh for a free beginners guitar workshop

Date: Friday, March 9th

Time: 2- 4.30pm

Venue: Garter Lane Main Gallery

Tickets: Free but booking in advance required. Book Tickets online or contact Garter Lane Box Office: 051 855 038

Participants must bring their own acoustic guitar.


The Party











Janet has just been appointed minister in the shadow cabinet – the crowning achievement of her political career. She and her husband Bill plan to celebrate this with a few close friends. The guests arrive at their home in London but the party takes an unexpected turn for the worse when Bill suddenly makes two explosive revelations that shock Janet and everyone present to the core. Love, friendships, political convictions and a whole way of life are now called into question. Underneath their cultivated liberal left-wing surface people are seething. Their dispute leads to the big guns being brought out – even in a literal sense.

For her eighth theatrical feature British director and screenwriter Sally Potter, who last took part in the Berlinale Competition with Rage in 2009, has invited a stellar cast to join her party. Beginning as a subtly witty comedy replete with sharp-tongued dialogue, the film later veers off into tragedy. When life can no longer be controlled by reason, people will fight tooth and nail to protect their seemingly stable existence.


Director: Sally Potter

Cast: Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer. Cillian Murphy, Kirsten Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall

71 minutes, UK, CLUB


Date: Tuesday, 27th of March 2018

Venue: Garter Lane Theatre

Details of Times: 7.30pm

Tickets: €9/ Concession: €6, Book tickets











The latest from Andrey Zvyagintsev (Leviathan) profiles a family torn apart by a vicious divorce, in which the parents are more interested in starting their lives over with new partners than tending to their 12-year-old son.

Among the snowy high-rises of modern Moscow lives stocky salesman Boris and Zhenya, a youthful salon owner. Having migrated to shiny new partners, the couple’s relationship is coming to a bitter end and the fate of their 12-year-old son Alyosha is the last thing on their minds. When Alyosha goes missing without a trace, his parents can barely grieve in unison.


Dir:  Andrey Zvyagintsev

Cast: Maryaha Spivak, Aleksey Rozin, Varvara Shmykova

127 minutes, Russia, France, CLUB. Language: Russian (English Subtitles)


Date: Tuesday, 20th of March 2018

Venue: Garter Lane Theatre

Details of Times: 7.30pm

Tickets: €9/ Concession: €6. Book tickets

MAZE 15(A)












The thriller chronicles the mass break-out in 1983 of 38 prisoners from the Maze high security prison in Northern Ireland.

The film focuses on Larry Marley (Love/Hate’s Tom Vaughan-Lawlor), the chief architect of the escape, who strikes up a complex friendship with Gordon (Barry Ward), a prison warden.

Stephen Burke’s film works as a tense, exciting drama – there’s plenty of twists, scheming and unlikely allegiances as the inmates put together a complex, risky plan. But this also is a powerful piece of historical storytelling, highlighting the complex morality of the Troubles and exploring the motivations & beliefs of the various factions who have to live or work in the prison.

Vaughan-Lawlor and Ward both do a superb job here, and Burke’s script gives both characters plenty of space to develop. Their relationship is a fascinating mix of mutual respect and inherent hostility.

The Maze escape remains one of the most dramatic chapters in modern Irish & British history. This confident, accomplished film does the story justice.


Dir: Stephen Burke

Cast: Martin McCann, Niamh McGrady, Elva Trill, Eileen Walsh, Barry Ward, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor

92 minutes Ireland 2017 Cert:15A

Date: Tuesday, 6th of March 2018

Venue: Garter Lane Theatre

Details of Times: 7.30pm

Tickets: €9/ Concession: €6. Book tickets