GOMA is a contemporary gallery currently located at 6 Lombard Street Waterford City, adjacent to ‘ The Viking Triangle’. The gallery which was previously known as SOMA Contemporary, originally commenced operation in 2009 as an artist led space, conceived and run by artists, with principals Paul Hallahan and Rachel Corcoran until 2012. Following this Adrian McGrath and predecessor Jacquelyn Johnson ran the SOMA gallery.
Jenna Whelan and Sandra Kelly were successful in tender in December 2015 and invited a board of Directors to form GOMA Gallery of Modern Art, Waterford, a company limited by guarantee which was incorporated in October 2016. In July 2017 Jenna Whelan along with the board, involvement of studio artists and Tús staff took over all duties.
GOMA is an artist led space for the benefit of artists, in particular artists recently graduated or embarking on their artistic career. GOMA aims to foster within society a awareness, understanding and involvement in visual arts through policies, programmes and exhibitions which are excellent, innovative and inclusive.
GOMA provides exhibitions, subsidised studio spaces, incubation spaces, workshops, talks, residencies and exchanges. As part of the residency program GOMA offers a limited number of residencies for a six-month period, which are awarded to recent graduates based on merit.
In addition, classes and workshops are ongoing for children and adults in arts and crafts facilitated by artists in residence and invited artists. There is a strong focus on education, outreach and working with various organisations in the community. While the main emphasis is on visual art, GOMA hosts a diverse range of events and welcomes the lively atmosphere that musicians, dancers, theatre groups and individuals bring to the venue.
If you would like to be part of GOMA’s volunteer programme or would like to contribute in other ways, please email Jenna Whelan. or call 051 582633.
GOMA’s exhibition space, is open Wednesdays to Saturdays from 12.30 to 5.30pm with office hours Monday to Friday 9.00 to 4.30pm.