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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.

Theatre Week

NUI Galway proudly hosts this unique series of original plays written, performed and directed by our students. The student playwrights are mentored by professionals in the run-up to the festival, and the final scripts are performed on campus in front of judges. The festival culminates in the Jerome Hynes Award for best production, which is presented by a member of the Hynes family.

Theatre Season

Theatre Season sees Drama students working in collaboration with Galway's leading theatre companies and artists to stage both classic and brand new plays on campus.




The College of Arts, Humanities and Celtic Studies offers a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Drama and Theatre. These include:
BA in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
BA with Performing Arts Studies
MA in Drama and Theatre Studies
MA in Irish Drama and Theatre
MA in Theatre Practice and Production


Venues and Facilities

Bank of Ireland theatre

This 70-seat fully-equipped black box theatre is open all year round, and houses productions by DramSoc, theatre students and visiting dance and theatre companies.

CUBE theatre

This multi-purpose space hosts dance, performance and music events throughout the year. The space can hold up to 150 spectators. 



Comedy Soc

A society for the University's budding comedians and students who simply like to laugh.

Dance Society (DanSoc)

DanSoc is aimed at students who want to dance and perform. Students can learn new dance skills through a range of classes, including hip hop, Irish dancing and Zumba.


The aim of DramSoc is to bring people together who have any interest in theatre, whether that be acting, directing, stage managing, costuming, dramaturgy, props, set building, front of house, or simply watching entertaining shows. The society runs a number of workshops, auditions and productions on campus throughout the year, contributing to the University's Múscailt festival, Theatre Week, and the Galway Fringe Festival, among others.




Galway's student radio station, based in studios on the NUI Galway campus. The station enables students to broadcast their own shows and develop skills in radio production.

The Galway Ensemble in Residence: ConTempo Quartet

The award-winning quartet has been Galway's 'ensemble in residence' for over ten years. The residency is organised by the Galway Music Residency and supported by NUI Galway.

Joe Burke Archive

Joe Burke, the renowned  East Galway, button accordion player, has amassed an enviable collection of music recordings, in addition to keeping meticulous records of correspondance, newspaper clippings, photographs and promotional documents.  Recognising the local, national and indeed international importance of the material, the Centre for Irish Studies on behalf of the Hardiman Library, at NUI Galway was delighted to accept the donation of this material. This collection provides an extraordinary resource for musicians and scholars alike.

Music for Galway

An organisation set up to promote and perform classical music in the West of Ireland. Music for Galway regularly bring world-class musicians to perform at venues in the University.

Amhráin Árainn | Aran Songs blog

Blag dátheangach faoin taighde atá ar bun ag an Dr Deirdre Ní Chonghaile, ina n-eisíonn sí eagráin d’amhráin a cumadh in Árainn.

A bilingual blog documenting the research of Dr Deirdre Ní Chonghaile, who is publishing editions of songs composed on the Aran islands.

Amhránaí/Rinceoir Cónaitheach Sean-nóis | Sean-nós singer/dancer in residence

Reachtálann Ionad an Léinn Éireannaigh cónaitheacht imrothlach do amhránaithe agus rinceoirí sean-nóis, chun sraith de cheardlanna a chur ar fáil ar champas. Tá na ceardlanna seo ar fáil do chomhaltaí foirne, do mhic léinn agus don phobal, agus déantar poiblíocht orthu ar fud na Gaillimhe.

The Centre for Irish Studies organises a revolving residency that invites sean-nós singers and dancers to host regular workshops in their arts on campus. These workshops are open to staff, students and members of the public, and are promoted widely around Galway.

Arts in Action

This weekly lunchtime concert series for students celebrates the music of legends of traditional music and international guest musicians.

Cartlann Joe Éinniú

Cartlann de thaifeadtaí don amhránaí sean-nóis Joe Éinniú, bailithe agus foilsithe ag taighdeoirí na hOllscoile.

An archive of recordings by the sean-nós singer Joe Heaney, collected and published by University researchers.

Martin Reilly Lecture Series

The Martin Reilly Lectures Series, run by Comhrá Ceoil at the Centre for Irish Studies, offers a platform for researcher-practitioners of Irish traditional music to present their work in a public space to their peers, outside of the academic environment.  The Spring series takes place at Galway City Library and is named in memory of the nineteenth century Galway piper, Martin Reilly.  

Seisiún ceoil i gCaifé Áras na Gaeilge

Bíonn seisiún ceoil seachtainiúil ar siúl i gCaifé Áras na Gaeilge gach Dé Céadaoin ag am lóin, ina nglacann comhaltaí foirne agus mic léinn páirt.

The weekly session held in the café in Áras na Gaeilge at Wednesday lunchtimes is open to staff and students to join in.

Space and Sound

A series of free lunchtime concerts with ConTempo Quartet, celebrating the University's newest architectural spaces through contemporary classical music.

Staff and Student choirs

The staff and student choirs rehearse on campus, and perform at competitions and charitable events in Galway and around Ireland.

Choral Society

A non-auditioned, five-part student choir, including chamber and barbershop, who perform regularly around Ireland.

DJ Soc

A society for students interested in music and learning the skills of DJing.

Irish Studies Society

The Irish Studies Society aims to promote Irish culture in a very accessible way, through music, theatre, drama and comedy.

Medical Orchestra

An orchestra composed of medical students in the University. They perform at events across Galway and region.

NUI Galway Chamber Orchestra

Celebrating its thirteenth season in the University, the student orchestra is run voluntarily as part of the Orchestra Soc.

Trad Soc

Trad Soc encourages students to express and indulge in their passion for traditional music.


Burren College of Art

The University provides accreditation for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Fine Art at Burren College of Art, located in Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare.

Éamon de Buitléar archive

Bronnadh cartlann Éamoin de Buitléar ar an Ollscoil in 2012. Is cartlann d’ábhar ilmheáin í a léiríonn saothar ildánach an fhir uasail thar tréimhse trí scór bliain. Tá láimhscríbhinní, scannáin agus ábhar físe den uile chineál, cartlann de théipeanna fuaime agus ceoil, scripteanna, trealamh craolacháin agus leabhair i measc na mean éagsúil sa chnuasach eisceachtúil seo.

The Éamon de Buitléar archive was bestowed on the University in 2012. It is a multimedia archive that represents the breadth of the man's work over sixty years. The exceptional collection contains a mixture of manuscripts, films and videos of all types, an archive of sound and music recordings, scripts, broadcast equipment and books.

John Huston archive

The James Hardiman Library is home to a rich archive of multimedia from the life and work of film-maker, John Huston. It includes recordings of music used in his films, publicity materials, photos and magazines, press cuttings and legal documentation, with a particular focus on his last film, The Dead.



Art Classes

Artist and University Art Collection Coordinator, Marina Wild, teaches four weekly art classes on campus for staff, students and the public.

Art Database

The Art Database is a project coordinated by the Arts and Theatre Office, and documenting the over 500 pieces of art on display throughout the University. The website includes photos of each individual piece, as well as notes on the materials, artist and location.

Arts and Theatre Office

The Arts and Theatre Office coordinates a wide range of culturals activities and programmes around the University. The team is in charge of a number of performance and creative spaces on campus. The Office is led by Arts Officer, Fionnuala Gallagher.


The University Art Gallery is located in the Quadrangle, and regularly hosts art exhibitions by students, staff and visiting artists. Other exhibitions take place on campus in Áras na Mac Léinn and the Arts Millennium Building throughout the year.

Fascination of Plants

Each year the Discipline of Botany and Plant Science host this photo competition and exhibition featuring the best photos of plants, both local and exotic, on land and under water.

Film Screenings and Talks

The Huston School of Film and Digital Media host regular film screenings and talks throughout the year. Check out their website for upcoming events.

Reel Lives Film Festival

The Irish Centre for Social Gerontology present this festival of lunchtime film screenings each year exploring the life cycle. The festival is open to staff, students and members of the public with an interest in film.

The Huston School of Film and Digital Media, in collaboration with other Schools in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies, offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes:
BA with Film Studies
MA in Arts Policy and Practice
MA in Digital Media
MA in Film Studies: Theory and Practice
MA in Production and Direction
MA in Public Advocacy and Activism
MA in Screenwriting
Art Soc

The Art Soc encourages students to explore their artistic side by providing art classes and hosting exhibitions on campus throughout the year.

Film Soc

One of our biggest societies, Film Soc brings together students of all disciplines who have a love for films and filmmaking. They screen two movies a week - both the classics and the very best of contemporary cinema - and also make movies, many of which have won awards nationwide.

Photo Soc

The Photo Soc are busy throughout the year, hosting talks from guest photographers, exhibitions, competitions, trips, photowalks around Galway, darkroom classes and various workshops.



John McGahern archive

NUI Galway has had a long association with the late John McGahern, who was Adjunct Professor in Irish Studies here. In 2003 he bestowed his literary archive to the University, covering 40 years of writing. It remains a valuable resource for researchers and scholars with an interest in modern Irish literature.

The College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies offers the following undergraduate programme:
BA Arts with Creative Writing
BA with Irish Studies
BA Arts with Journalism
MA in Journalism
MA Literature and Publishing
Writers Group Soc

The Writers Group Soc encourages students to share their work and listen to the work of fellow writers. They organise writing games and competitions, as well as publishing the work of their members.

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NUI Galway has over:

  • 17,000 students.
  • 2,000 international students from 92 countries.
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  • 120 links with universities across the globe.
  • 90,000 alumni in 107 countries.
  • 165 years experience of providing university education. 

NUI Galway is:

  • Ireland's top University for student retention - Sunday Times 2011.
  • Irelands's top University for graduate employability with 96% of our graduates employed or in further study within six months of graduating.
  • the largest and oldest university in the west of Ireland.

NUI Galway is world leading for research in:

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