Art at Garter Lane

Garter Lane Arts Centre is a genuinely thriving and busy working environment.

First opened in 1984 and coming close to 40 yrs in exsitence.

Here artists engaged with the centre, whether through their own professional development trajectory, or on residency, or having been commissioned, frequently mix and have access to an environment where knowledge transfer between staff/arts workers and artists flows freely.

Broadly speaking the centre pursues Residencies in Dance, Theatre and Film. These residencies are supported through generous funding from the Arts Council & WC&CC. Artists are regularly engaged by the arts centre through finding from but not exclusive to Creative Waterford, WCQ, Sanofi, Waterford Area Partnership, The ETB.

For more on the Arts Council and available funding: Click Here

For more on the Local Authority Arts Services: Click Here

Garter lane Arts Centre is a member of: Theatre Forum

Artists at Garter Lane are resourced through our buildings, spaces, staff and surrounds. Situated in the heart of the cultural quarter in the centre of Waterford City, Garter Lane boasts:

6 Visual Art Studios, 1 Sprung Dance Floor Studio, 1 Workshop space (“Children’s Room”)

1 Theatre Development Centre A Little Room
If you wish to make an enquiry about venue/room usage/rental please drop a line to
To make contact with Arts Centre Staff please send an email to:

  • Executive Director: Síle Penkert
  • Visual Art Coordinator/Education/Outreach Manager Sandra Kelly
  • Business Manager Bríd Mcguire
  • Technical Manager Michael Oates

Dance Artist in Residence 2023-Rachel Ní Bhraonáin

Rachel Ní Bhraonáin is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and Waterford City & County Council as Dance Artist in Residence at Garter Lane Arts Centre in 2023. This
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Theatre Artists in Residence 2023-Brokencrow

BrokenCrow Theatre Company finds a new nest in the South East. Garter Lane Arts Centre is delighted to welcome BrokenCrow's six Artistic Directors to the venue as they assume the
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Film Artist in Residence 2022-Holly Pickering

In 2022 Holly Pickering was selected from over 35 applications to be Garter Lane Arts Centres first ever Film Artist in Residence. Here is a reflection of her time and
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Live Is -Arts Council of Ireland Initiative

Arts Centres, theatres, and all types of arts centres have seen reductions in audience attendance since the Covid 19 pandemic. Research shows that attendance is around 20% below pre-Covid levels.
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Artworks at Garter Lane

Check out our gallery in Garter Lane.

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