Open Call for New Directors at 126

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126 Artist-Run Gallery are accepting applications for new Directors for 2015/16. The Board of Directors are responsible for the overall programming, curation, production and administration of 126’s year-round programme of events and exhibitions. We are currently seeking Directors with skills and interests in one or more of the following areas: curation, archiving, research, web design and marketing. If you wish to be considered for this position please email a short personal statement (max. 400 words) and your C.V to before 28th February 2015.

126 is integral to the visual arts culture in Galway and Ireland. Run voluntarily by a board of professional artists, 126 prioritises criticality and experimentation in contemporary visual art. 126 celebrates its 10 year anniversary this year. We have an exciting programme planned, including: exhibitions by Irish and international contemporary artists, the production of a 126 quarterly Magazine, offsite residencies and a curatorial project that will involve working with Transmission (Glasgow), Catalyst Arts (Belfast), Block T (Dublin) and Ormston House (Limerick).

Experience gained working in an artist led organisation like 126 can greatly improve your professional practice. Directors gain an understanding of all aspects of running a gallery, curation, assessing proposals, installation, grant application writing, artist liason, archiving and arts administration. Each individual Director takes responsibility for specific duties, which play to the individual’s strengths.

Essential criteria:

-Appreciation of contemporary art and a commitment to the objectives of 126

-Excellent verbal and written communication skills

-High degree of personal organisation

-Self-motivation and initiative

-Ability to work productively as art of a close knit team of directors


Desirable criteria:

-Previous experience in arts administration or curation

-Computer literacy and knowledge of social media marketing

-Experience in drafting funding applications/proposals


Directors work voluntarily with 126 for a maximum of 2 years. Since its establishment in 2005 there have been 49 Directors. In a recent study, 126 ex-Directors were asked if 126 influenced their career path, 86% said “Yes.”

One of the many positive responses stated:

“It gave me an understanding of how the gallery world functions, how proposals and applications should be written and working with so many artists who showed and worked there influenced my work.”

“It helped me realise that an art career is something that is possible and opened my eyes to the many pathways available to having a career in Arts.”