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Projects and Partners

Click below to find out more about the University's arts projects, as well as our partner organisations.


Abbey Theatre

Did you know that our Abbey Theatre archive project is the world’s largest ever theatre digitisation project? The archive contains over 1.8 million items covering 130 years of Irish theatre history.

Colours Fringe Festival

The University supports this annual Summer arts festival, and hosts many theatre performances and visual art events on campus.

Druid Theatre

Through a unique partnership called the Druid Academy, our students have the opportunity to work alongside members of the Druid Theatre Company, enjoying regular workshops and master classes in theatre production, and accessing Druid's performance space. As part of the ten-year partnership, Dr Garry Hynes has taken up the role of Adjunct Professor, while Thomas Conway is Druid Director-in-Residence in the University.

Galway Arts Festival

NUI Galway is an Official Leadership Partner with the Galway Arts Festival. Each year eight students on the SELECTED programme experience the festival first-hand by working with the GAF production team on selected productions.

Galway Fringe Festival

This annual fringe festival includes productions by NUI Galway societies, with several performances in the festival held in venues on campus.

Lyric Theatre/O'Malley Collection

NUI Galway holds the Lyric Theatre's extensive archive, covering over 50 years of this landmark in Irish theatre.

An Taibhdhearc

Caomhnaítear cartlann de Thaibhdhearc na Gaillimhe i Leabharlann Shéamais Uí Argadáin, le bailiúchán cuimsitheach ó bhreis is 65 bliain de léiriúcháin. Bhí nasc láidir idir an amharclann agus an Ollscoil ó thús, agus déantar ceiliúradh ar an stair sin sa chartlann.

The archive of An Taibhdhearc is held in the James Hardiman Library, with a comprehensive collection from over 65 years of productions. The University has had a strong link with the theatre from its beginning, and the archive celebrates this legacy.

Other notable archives in the University include:
Huston Family archive
Thomas Kilroy archive
Siobhán McKenna archive
Shields Family archive
View more information on our theatre archives here.



Dance Days festival

A new international dance festival co-ordinated by Galway Dancer-in-Residence, Ríonach Ní Néill, and held in conjunction with the University.


This week-long arts festival takes place on campus each Spring, with a variety of theatre, dance, music, visual art and spectacle. The line-up includes new and original work by local, national and international artists, alongside a showcase of student work.