About

The groundwork for CIACLA - The Contemporary Irish Arts Centre Los Angeles, a registered  non-profit 501(c)(3), was established in 2011 when Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan of MART Gallery & Studios began to curate exhibitions annually in Los Angeles, promoting leading Irish Contemporary Artists.

In 2019, following eight years of exhibitions and events through local partnerships in Los Angeles, the pair launched a pilot venue for CIACLA with the assistance of Jennifer Minniti Shippey and Jenn McGuirk and a wonderful team of volunteers and cultural advisors which promoted contemporary Irish culture through a multidisciplinary summer program at Bergamot Station, Santa Monica.

This exciting program which showcased a need for a dedicated Irish arts venue in LA and was made possible with thanks to our new members and supporters, The MART Gallery & Studios, Culture Ireland, the Government of Ireland's Emigrant Support Programme and Santa Monica City.

Check out the catalogue here: www.ciacla.com/catalogue

Promotional Platform - Collaborating Events

CIACLA is delighted to announce we have launched an open call for partners who wish to submit events to our promotional platform for showcasing contemporary Irish arts programming in Los Angeles. 

We are interested in assisting new and existing organizers who are curating and promoting contemporary Irish events in Los Angeles through our online promotional platform. These events will form part of our ongoing future programming until we reopen our own center.

Through these partnerships CIACLA will promote approved events through our extensive mailing list and social media platforms to thousands of our followers and press list.

Check out www.ciacla.com/platform  to submit your event.

Our Future 

As we fundraise towards a permanent center, CIACLA will continue to facilitate and promote cultural events & exhibitions in collaboration with local and international cultural partnerships. The success of the summer 2019 program is evidence of the need for a venue to promote Irish Culture on the west coast of the US.

CIACLA will continue to develop lasting relationships to create a sustainable financial future for the center, while continuing to develop lasting donor relationships with members, patrons and institutional aid from the US and Ireland to create a sustainable financial future for the center.

Check out our current fundraiser www.ciacla.com/support where you can kindly make a tax deductible donation to allow CIACLA to continue.

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Our Mission

CIACLA promotes Contemporary Irish Culture and supports local diverse communities through a multidisciplinary programme in collaboration with local and international cultural partnerships. CIACLA is focused on developing a creative platform to support and challenge artists as a means of promoting creative innovation and collaborative initiatives in Los Angeles. CIACLA is a non-profit 501(c)(3).

Summer 2019 Program

Through a program focused on public engagement, CIACLA showcased multidisciplinary contemporary art projects that engaged with local communities and interrupted the vision of what ‘Ireland’ is.

Between June and Speptember 2019, our Center in Bergamot Station, Santa Monica operated as a creative network for Irish and local partners to showcase their activities; through a programme which supported work that was new, experimental and unrestricted. CIACLA facilitated collaborative events with local artists and cultural partners while also showcasing artists, curators and institutions based in Ireland.

As we move forward we aim to build on these successes and secure a permanent space to continue these activities. 

ETHOS:

  • A registered non-profit 501(c)(3) charity where all funds raised are placed back into the program, operations and ethos of the organisation.
  • Promotes established and emerging Contemporary Irish Visual Artists, living in Ireland and USA.
  • Provides a unique settings to present cutting-edge feature length and short Film from innovative Irish filmmakers.
  • Showcases leading Performance artists working in live art who create and present an ephemeral art experience..
  • Acts as a platform for contemporary Irish Music acts to perform and be showcased to the local music industry.
  • Provides networking, promotion and space for innovative and exciting Contemporary Irish DanceTheatre to engage with new audiences.
  • Promotes emerging & established contemporary Irish Literature & Design.

Aims

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. CIACLA 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.

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.

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.