VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art &
The George Bernard Shaw Theatre


The Pan Celtic National Song Contest 2023

Oíche mhór cheoil agus amhránaíochta. Sponsored by IMRO, Carlow Co Council and Gael-Linn.

Saturday 28th January 2023

Immigrant carousel pic

Annie Moore - First Immigrant, A New Musical

A musical of an Incredible Life

Saturday 11th February 2023

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Fiona Hallinan - We Turn Towards an Ending and Pay Attention

04 Feb - 14 May 2023

Richard Proffitt still from May the moon rise and the sun set revisited 2 2023

Richard Proffitt - Shadow the Solar Trail

04 Feb - 14 May 2023

Emma Martin MAJESTY SHRINE resized

Emma Martin - KING | SHRINE

04 Feb - 14 May 2023

Margaret Walker Friary House water based oils on canvas 100cm X75cm 2016

Margaret Walker - The Town That I Loved So Well

04 Feb - 14 May 2023

Art & Ideas

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Flashes of Light, Echoes of Drumbeats

Rosa Abbott

A response to Clíodhna Timoney’s exhibition Flashes of Light, taking the form of a series of letters to the late writer Mark Fisher

The pause

Jo Burns

Award-winning poet Jo Burns responds to Elizabeth Cope's 2020 painting Sybil with Underground Map / Venus Has Left the Building (Diptych) with a specially commissioned poem

Tech News: The future is Lipreading?

Louise Hickman

A fictional news report written in response to the exhibition Speech Sounds


VISUAL New Season Launch - September 23rd 2022


Culture Night 2022 at VISUAL

VISUAL is delighted to be apart of Culture Night for 2022 on September 23rd. There are many free events planned with the galleries remaining open until 9.30pm.

Deirdre O’Mahony and The PLOT 1 at VISUAL Carlow

Deirdre O’Mahony's work explores sustainable agriculture, food systems and how farmers and rural communities are navigating this terrain. Her ongoing project The Sustainment Experiments is a form of public inquiry that considers what actions can be taken concerning farming and food consumption in the context of the ecological and climate crisis. As part of Sustainment Experiments, Deirdre has been working with VISUAL over a number of years. Currently, on a piece of land on the grounds of VISUAL, Deirdre is growing sainfoin, a fodder crop that has fallen out of use in Ireland but has many wonderful benefits, including inproved animal health, promoting nitrogen fixing in soil and supporting biodiversity.