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Founded  2009
Location Old Dublin Rd, Graigue, Carlow, R93 A3K1

VISUAL Carlow is iconic cultural space is in the heart of Carlow Town, presenting contemporary art, theatre, music, dance, cinema, talks, workshops and hosting private conference events and much more..

VISUAL’s four gallery spaces have been designed to the highest specifications allowing for flexible and innovative displays which give artists an opportunity to flex their creativity and expand the scale and materials they use to make their work. The main gallery is unrivaled in Ireland for its size, light, clarity and proportions and will offer both a challenge and opportunity to any artist who takes it on.1


The €18 million development was a joint project of the Carlow Local Authorities, made possible through the allocation of funding by the Local Authorities and a grant of €3.17 million by the Department of Arts, Sport & Tourism under the ACCESS Programme.

A site was generously donated by Carlow College and an international architectural competition was held by the RIAI, with the final award of contract to Terry Pawson, a British architect with vast experience in designing buildings for the arts and cultural sectors.

The Centre opened in 2009.


Selected exhibitions

  • 2022, Soft Rains Will Come, Christopher Steenson
  • 2021, Woman in the Machine, Group Exhibition
  • 2014, An Interior Landscape, Mary Mcintyre, Solo Exhibition

External links & References

  1. “Visual” Discover Ireland