Hire Our Space - VISUAL

VISUAL Centre of Contemporary Art &
The George Bernard Shaw Theatre


VISUAL Carlow offers a range of facilities which can be used for corporate, community, and school events.

GB Shaw Theatre Seating

We cater for everything from large corporate events to private parties and screening.

We can offer professional production and event staff on site, a state-of-the art theatre with capacity for 335, bar and reception space, AV facilities and WiFi, and an in-house event ticketing system.

Located only 7 mins walk from Carlow Train Station, with plentiful car and coach parking facilities nearby. We are also fully wheelchair accessible.

The award-winning Lennon's Restaurant is on hand to discuss any meal requirements you might have.

Contact us today to discuss how VISUAL can make your event special.


As Ireland’s largest gallery space, VISUAL has a reputation for realising projects of a scale and ambition that are unparalleled elsewhere in Ireland. The galleries are 3130m² in total, comprising four principle gallery spaces.

Main Gallery

The Main Gallery dimensions are 29m x 16m x 11m high. The walls are made of two layers of 18cm MDF, a quick and convenient material to work with when hanging works of art. Behind the MDF panelling is a reinforced aluminium stud system which allows for heavy loading onto the walls themselves, and a walkway allowing technical access. Services such as electricity, data and water can be supplied through the walls using this cavity, allowing for great flexibility in installation. The gallery floor, like all the floors in the building, are polished concrete with infinite loading.

Studio Gallery

The Studio Gallery is a smaller, more intimate space which can accommodate smaller exhibitions or single works. It has also been designed to be closed off to the public if required, creating a studio space which also has its own access to our backroom workshop and sink area.

Link Gallery

The Link Gallery is the only non-white cube - the space's proportions, textured concrete walls, and large gallery-length window looking onto an exterior pool, make it a space of quiet contemplation.

Digital Gallery

The Digital Gallery is specially designed to allow for total blackout or low lighting, principally for audio-visual or digital media work where a darkened space is necessary, or for work which is extremely sensitive to light. The space has enhanced access to both power and data in the many floor points located throughout the room. Total blackout is achieved by the use of large blackout drapes at both entrances.

Lobby Gallery

The Lobby Gallery is the smallest exhibition space in the building and has a multitude of uses. It is variously is a reading room, a process space where artists can test out ideas, an education space where exhibition information can be displayed or activities can be engaged in, or a space for exhibitions responding to the season's themes.

Main Gallery Floor Plan Studio Gallery Floor Plan Link Gallery Floor Plan Digital Gallery Floor Plan All Ground Floor Galleries Plan

George Bernard Shaw Theatre

VISUAL Carlow receives national, international and regional touring productions as well as presenting locally produced work.

The theatre comprises of one performance space and associated workshop space. It is the home venue for a number of Carlow-based amateur and professional groups who can use it for workshops, rehearsals and presentation of their work.

The theatre offers modern and advanced sound and lighting systems including an ETC Congo lighting desk and a Yamaha M7 Cl 48 channel digital desk installed in the spacious control room, a 35mm projector and also a Panasonic 8,000 ansi lumen digital projector.

The sound in the theatre is completely adaptable, with acoustic banners which roll down the sides of the auditorium.

The Stage rigging system consists of 12 motorised hoists above the stage level. 7 Hemp sets can also be used to facilitate live flying during a performance. Safe working loads for hoists are 250KG while the hemp sets have an S.W.L. of 75kg

The stage floor is a sprung black ply surface and has a high loading capacity of 7.5 kilo newtons (three quarters of a tonne).

GB Shaw Theatre Seating Plan GB Shaw Theatre Lighting Spec GB Shaw Theatre Sound Spec GB Shaw Theatre Rigging GB Shaw Theatre Elevation 1 GB Shaw Theatre Elevation 2 GB Shaw Theatre Dimmer Layout GB Shaw Theatre Flybar Dims GB Shaw Theatre Gantry

For further technical information contact:

Anthony Walsh

Production Manager

Mobile: +353 (0)86 165 0494

Email: productionmanager@visualcarlow.ie