Author Archives: Garter Lane

After School Art Workshop: Creative Self Portraits with artist Jill Bouchier

Michael Mulcahy 1987 Self Portrait. The National Self Portrait Collection of Ireland














Create imaginative self portraits inspired by Garter Lane Arts Centre’s current exhibition of the National Self Portrait Collection ‘At Face Value’ curated by the Waterford Young Arts Critics.

Join artist Jill Bouchier to explore a variety of materials including pencil, charcoal, pastels and collage and create a unique portrait of yourself to take home!


Date/ Time: Thursday, March 8th, 4-5pm.

Venue: Children’s Room, 5 O’Connell Street (up the staircase, beside Delaney’s Florist).

Who: Suitable for children from 7- 12 years.

Tickets: Free but places limited so booking in advance is essential. Book tickets online or call Box Office: 051-855038.


Baby Boogie








Enjoy music and dance in a workshop especially designed for parents, babies and toddlers. The dance studio will be transformed into a calming and comforting environment where dance artist Jess Rowell will guide you and your little ‘uns in an exploration of movement and rhythm.

Fun for little ones and a great workout for parents and guardians!

Date/ Time: Tuesday, March 13th. 12noon- 1pm.

Venue: Bausch & Lomb Dance Studio, 5 O’Connell Street (up the staircase, beside Delaney’s Florist). Garter Lane Arts Centre staff will be on hand to help you with your buggie!

Who: Suitable for children from 0-2 years accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Tickets: €11 per baby. Accompanying adult place FREE! Book tickets online or call Box Office: 051-855038.

Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me
















Decadent Theatre presents Some One Who’ll Watch Over Me by Frank McGuinness- a timeless Irish classic by one of our most celebrated writers.

An Englishman, an Irishman and an American are locked up together in a cell in the Middle East. As victims of political action, powerless to initiate change, what can they do? How do they live and survive? This riveting drama explores the daily crisis endured by hostages whose strength comes from communication, both subtle and mundane, from humour, from wit and from faith. Over the course of their confinement the men exercise, playact, and argue in a way that is  supportive to their mutual determination to survive.

The three display their national biases and prejudices, which are intensified in the cramped confines of their cell. As time passes, resentments and recriminations give way to an acknowledgement of their true characters’ strengths and weaknesses. They learn that humour is their surest weapon against their captors and the safest armour to protect themselves. They shoot imaginary films, sing songs, they play a fantastical game of tennis, they laugh at and with each other, and they learn to lament what was lost in their lives before captivity. Each comes to know himself through listening to the stories, sorrows and joys of the others. At the end of the play, they are capable of standing together and alone.

Date: March 14th & 15th 2018

Time: 8pm

Venue: Garter Lane Theatre

Tickets: €21/ €16 Concession. Book tickets online or call Box Office: 051-855038

Talk: There’s Nothing Amateur about Astronomy







Public Astronomy Talk by Dave Grennan

Dave Grennan is an amateur astronomer from Raheny in north Dublin. Dave carries out research grace astronomical observation from Raheny Observatory. His primary areas of research are the study of near earth asteroids and his ongoing supernova survey during which Dave has made several new discoveries.

Astronomy is one of the few areas of scientific research where amateurs and professionals can equally share in the research. During this presentation, Dave will outline how anybody, even with limited access to equipment, can make significant contributions involving real research grade astronomy.


Date: March 8th

Time: 8pm

Venue: The Tower Hotel, Waterford City.

Tickets: €10 individual ticket or €15 family ticket (Family of 4: 2 adults & 2 children).

Book tickets online or call Box Office: 051-855038

Borderland / Memento

Image Credit: Susanne Wawra













Susanne Wawra & Joseph Heffernan

Garter Lane Arts Centre is delighted to present ‘Borderland / Memento’, a joint exhibition of mixed media painting by emerging artists Joseph Heffernan and Susanne Wawra. Heffernan’s work presents characters as quixotic protagonists in a conflict between abstraction and figuration while Wawra offers a patchwork of characters drawn from personal and familial memories, alongside new interactions in Waterford.

Susanne Wawra is a graduate of Fine Art Painting at NCAD and winner of the Talbot Gallery and Studios Most Promising Graduate Award 2016. She has exhibited widely both in Ireland and overseas, most recently in the LAB Gallery Dublin. She has participated in group shows at the Mart Gallery, Steambox, The Workman’s Club and Stoney Batter Guild in Dublin, the Island Arts Group in Northern Ireland, Chase House in London as well as group shows in Italy, Scotland and America, with screenings of her audio visual work at festivals in Germany, Spain, the U.K. and the US.

Joseph Heffernan received his BA Honours in Fine Art from the Crawford College of Art and Design in 2009 and an MFA in Painting from NCAD in 2016. He was a founding member of Sample Studios Cork. Recent group shows include GOMA Gallery Annual Members Show (2017) We are all nonetheless under the influence of Gravity, NCAD Annex, Dublin (2015), Breaking Sensations, Hive Gallery, Waterford (2015) and Between here and there, Pallas Projects, Dublin (2014).

Opening Reception: 6pm, Friday 23rd of February 2018.

This exhibition continues alongside At Face Value: The National Self Portrait Collection of Ireland Curated by the Waterford Young Arts Critics until April 28th 2018. Opening hours: 11am- 5.30pm Tuesday- Saturday and during evening performances.

Exhibitions continue until April 28th 2018. Opening hours: 11am- 5.30pm Tuesday- Saturday and during evening performances. Admission free. All welcome.



At Face Value: The National Self Portrait Collection of Ireland Curated by the Waterford Young Arts Critics

Cian McLoughlin Self Portrait












‘These days, the job of producing a self-portrait is no longer the sole preserve of artists. Selfies and online avatars abound. As a result, our interest in the images we make of ourselves and the self-images made by those around us has never been more acute. Never have more self-portraits been brought into being, or disseminated.’ Cristín Leach Hughes

Garter Lane Arts Centre in partnership with the University of Limerick is delighted to present ‘At Face Value’, an exhibition of the National Self Portrait Collection curated by the Waterford Young Arts Critics.

Waterford Young Arts Critics is a youth arts collective which supports young people from 13- 17 years of age to participate in and contribute to the cultural life of the South East region by supporting their development as future cultural leaders. Since the establishment of the Waterford Young Arts Critics in 2013, the collective has led successful independent arts projects and collaborations, including curating exhibitions of the IMMA Collection, the Waterford Municipal Collection and the Arts Council Collection.

Waterford Young Arts Critics have worked collaboratively with professional writers, artists, theatre practitioners, photographers, curators and arts managers to examine critical concerns and personal understandings of selfhood through this unique collection of self portraiture that question the evolving nature of self representation and the implications of the projected self in a digital age. ‘At Face Value’ presents self portraits by over 20 artists in the National Self Portrait Collection including Dorothy Cross, James Hanley, Vera Klute, Nigel Rolfe and Una Sealy, exhibited alongside photographic and mixed media interventions developed by the Waterford Young Arts Critics.

Opening Reception: 6pm, Friday 23rd of February 2018.

This exhibition continues alongside Borderland/ Memento, a joint exhibition by artists Susanne Wawra and Joseph Heffernan, until April 28th 2018. Opening hours: 11am- 5.30pm Tuesday- Saturday and during evening performances.

Admission free. All welcome.


MAMs Southeast Cuppa

MAMS South East










MAMs (Mother Artist Makers) are a group of parents and guardians who are creative practitioners from a range of artistic disciplines and backgrounds who come together to support each other’s creative practice. Whether you’re an artist, theatre practitioner, musician, dancer, film maker, arts manager or creative of any discipline – join this supportive group of creative parents and guardians for a cuppa.

Date: Tuesday, 20th of February 2018

Venue: The Granary Café, Hanover Street at 12.15pm

or meet at 12.10pm in Garter Lane Arts Centre foyer after the Baby-Friendly Screening of Loving Vincent (Commencing 10.30am- ticket information for screening)

Details of Time: 12.10pm for meeting point in Garter Lane Arts Centre or 12.15pm for meeting in The Granary Cafe.

Baby-Friendly Screening: Loving Vincent

Baby-Friendly Screening of Loving Vincent












Enjoy a dedicated morning screening of ‘Loving Vincent’ for parents, guardians and minders to enjoy with babies up to 18 months of age.

These screenings welcome parents, guardians, minders to enjoy film with their babies so there is no need to worry about disturbing other film goers during this screening. Changing facilities and secure buggy store area available!

Years in the making, Loving Vincent is a biopic with a difference. This visually stunning film was shot in live action before a small army of artist’s hand painted every frame in the style of van Gogh. Told through multiple perspectives (with a talented cast including Saoirse Ronan and Chris O’Dowd), Loving Vincent lives up to its name and offers an affectionate tribute to one of history’s greatest artists.


Director:   Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman

Cast: Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Robert Gulaczyk

2017 English, UK, Poland, 95mins, CLUB. Cert: 12A


Date: Tuesday, 20th of February 2018

Venue: Garter Lane Theatre

Details of Times: 10.30am

Tickets: Babies go free! Accompanying Adults: €9/ Concession: €6. Book tickets

Beginners Adult Guitar Workshop








Have you got a guitar gathering dust in the corner? Played a little when you were younger but haven’t touched it in years? Learned a few chords but didn’t quite make the band? The National Adult Learners Festival is the perfect opportunity to dust off those guitar strings and join classical guitarist Shaun Walsh for a free beginners guitar workshop

Date: Friday, March 9th

Time: 2- 4.30pm

Venue: Garter Lane Main Gallery

Tickets: Free but booking in advance required. Book Tickets online or contact Garter Lane Box Office: 051 855 038

Participants must bring their own acoustic guitar.


The Party











Janet has just been appointed minister in the shadow cabinet – the crowning achievement of her political career. She and her husband Bill plan to celebrate this with a few close friends. The guests arrive at their home in London but the party takes an unexpected turn for the worse when Bill suddenly makes two explosive revelations that shock Janet and everyone present to the core. Love, friendships, political convictions and a whole way of life are now called into question. Underneath their cultivated liberal left-wing surface people are seething. Their dispute leads to the big guns being brought out – even in a literal sense.

For her eighth theatrical feature British director and screenwriter Sally Potter, who last took part in the Berlinale Competition with Rage in 2009, has invited a stellar cast to join her party. Beginning as a subtly witty comedy replete with sharp-tongued dialogue, the film later veers off into tragedy. When life can no longer be controlled by reason, people will fight tooth and nail to protect their seemingly stable existence.


Director: Sally Potter

Cast: Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer. Cillian Murphy, Kirsten Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall

71 minutes, UK, CLUB


Date: Tuesday, 27th of March 2018

Venue: Garter Lane Theatre

Details of Times: 7.30pm

Tickets: €9/ Concession: €6, Book tickets