Third Space Galway (est 2013), is a research initiative, set up to bridge strands of contemporary creative practice and local and community development through trans-disciplinary exchange of ideas and creative working methodologies.

Positioning itself within ‘the commons’, Third Space can be viewed as a public intervention and a forum providing both the community of interest and the engaged practitioner, a lens through which to actively interrogate the interstice between artistically engaged practice and the publics they serve.

Committed to both, an ongoing re-contextualization of the role of creative thinking in relation to shifting paradigms of cultural enquiry and trans-disciplinary migration, and, to an ethological embedment within its working methodology of gift economy and the generosity of exchange, Third Space aims to harness the potential to re-activate, re- imagine and re-invigorate the city, and beyond.

“It is that Third Space, though unrepresentable in itself, which constitutes the discursive conditions of enunciation that ensure that the meaning and symbols of culture have no primordial unity or fixity; that even the same signs can be appropriated, translated, rehistoricized, and read anew.”[1] homi bhabha

Third Space Galway aims to…

  • Advance the skills, knowledge and possibility of creative participation in the fields of trans disciplinary, collaborative and socially engaged arts practice
  • Further critical awareness of the potentially dynamic role of contemporary creative practice in relation to pressing social challenges
  • Foster creative arts engagement with the wider contexts of place and community by developing a centralised space from which to host ongoing research, embedded projects, expositions, public discussions, lectures, screenings, and other events in relation to the development, promotion and understanding of collaborative and socially engaged art practices
  • House a small library that features a collection of contemporary art publications and research on collaborative, participatory and socially and politically engaged practices for the benefit of the local community, and act as a a resource centre, etc.
  • Enhance local arts and cultural provision by providing local artists with the supportive and discursive environment, they need to create critical, relevant and progressive engaged forms of art practice
  • Develop exchange and collaborative ventures with similar initiatives in Ireland and International
  • Promote the centrality of culture in local, regional, national and international policy-making.



[1] Homi K. Bhabha, “Cultural Diversity and Cultural Differences,” The Post-Colonial Studies Reader, ed. B. Ashcroft, G. Griffiths, H. Tiffin, Routledge, New York 2006, p. 155–157.