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 DanceTheatre to engage with new audiences.

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

Be sure to check out our CIACLA Brochure which outlines the center's activities and plans.


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.

MART's History in Los Angeles

As Co Directors of MART Gallery Dublin, Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan first entered the Los Angeles art scene in 2011 curating ‘Invite or Reject’ an exhibition of artworks that focused on interaction and participation, working with ten Irish artists in C4 Gallery LA.

The pair returned in 2015 with Instinct an eclectic exhibition of 17 artists across three venues; Santa Monica Art Studios, Hive Gallery and Los Angeles Center for Digital Art.

In 2016 the MART curators kicked off Activating Pangea - a series of six exhibitions planned over three years in the city. Showcasing four emerging visual artists in DAC Gallery and Downtown Artwalk LA and exhibiting two established Irish Artists working in new technologies in Voyage at CB1 Gallery.

2017 brought MART to LA for two large exhibitions, first to Arena 1 Gallery presenting Destroy These Walls which involved five artists working across sculpture, performance, new media and print. Returning later in the year to create a Pop Up Art Gallery as part of Irelandweek right on Hollywood Blvd, to present Re:In Force highlighting new work from four Irish artists.

In March 2018 the Acts to Objects exhibition at LACE Gallery presented eight Irish artists working in live art and sculpture, and most recently presenting three visual artists latest work in Transmission back at SMAS.

After nearly a decade of partnering with venues to promote Irish Artists in Los Angeles, MART is taking the logical next step by opening CIACLA; a dedicated space to showcasing Irish Arts & Culture in Los Angeles