Our Mission

CIACLA shall promote Contemporary Irish Culture through a multidisciplinary programme, coinciding with local and international cultural partnerships. CIACLA aims to develop a creative platform to support and challenge Irish artists, working across disciplines, as a means of promoting Irish culture in Los Angeles.

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Promoting established and emerging Contemporary Irish Visual Artists, living in Ireland and USA that challenge traditional methods, concepts and subjects.

Providing a unique setting to present cutting-edge feature length and short Film from innovative Irish filmmakers.

Showcasing leading Performance artists working in live art who create and present an ephemeral art experience..

A platform for contemporary Irish Music acts to perform and be showcased to the local music industry.

An alternative space for innovative and exciting Irish Theatre to engage with new audiences.

A space to read and purchase emerging & established contemporary Irish Literature.


Develop creative platforms to support artists, as a means of promoting a modern Irish culture, a space for Irish artists to make work and exhibit internationally. The center allows the Californian and Los Angeles communities to engage with local Irish diaspora, visiting artists and creatives, to generate new dialogues and enable an ongoing process of communication through creativity..

Facilitate collaborative methods of showcasing Irish Contemporary Culture, through public engagement and supports, while providing opportunities for contemporary artists through an exciting exhibition programme and studio space residency.

Engage in the production of new work by providing resources, problem-solving, exchange and cooperation to resource art, and by contributing to the development of  an Irish artistic community in Los Angeles.

Advocate for Irish Culture and the artist, through engagement with civic bodies, political representatives, public funding bodies, local and national businesses, national and international cultural bodies and institutions.

CIACLA is conceived and led by Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan of MART Gallery & Studios Dublin, with support from the Government of Ireland: Emigrant Support Programme. Check out our Team page for more info.