Garter Lane Arts Centre boasts two exhibition spaces, centrally located in the heart of Waterford’s emerging Cultural Quarter.
Housed in a former Quaker Meeting house, our Main Gallery space and FOH/Front of House exhibition space are both programmed year-round with a cross-section of contemporary and locally produced visual art.
Garter Lanes Visual Art programme is an eclectic cross section of contemporary and locally produced art that ranges from the professional exhibiting artist to groups and collectives that are exploring visual art practise. The Centre interacts and engages with those studying, such as Degree Students in both Visual Art and Architecture programmes at WIT, numerous second level school groups and bespoke community groups and organisations. The Main Gallery space has hosted the much-loved Waterford Craft Fair (featuring over 40 craft producers locally) every December for the past 25+ years, and the space (exhibit allowing) can be used as a presentation space, a small performance space and a reception space.
The Visual Art Programme at Garter Lane is carefully managed by our Visual Arts Co-ordinator/Education Manager Sandra Kelly. Each exhibition is programmed months (and sometimes years) in advance, the work presented is explored for its ability to showcase local and national, emerging and established artists and their practise. Garter Lane welcomes the opportunity to exhibit work that has ability to provoke and/or stimulate conversation and we regularly feature ancillary programming such as artists talks and workshops as part of the overall Visual Art provision from the centre.
The centre has recently refurbished the exhibition space to include new temporary walls, allowing artists to present their work through means other than that of hanging work alone and we regularly feature sculptural works. The nature of the space is an inviting one, in that the public approach the gallery from an enticing alleyway that leads the viewer up to the impressive building itself, almost hidden from the city. The Gallery is complimented by a quiet and peaceful courtyard.