CIACLA is a non profit 501(c)(3) arts organisation that promotes Contemporary Irish Culture and supports local diverse communities in Los Angeles 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 and across the USA.


  • 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.


  • Develop creative platforms to support artists, as a means of promoting culture and opportunity to both make and exhibit work.
  • 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 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 the artistic community in Los Angeles.
  • Advocate for 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.

Current program

Throughout 2022-23, CIACLA will partner with venues and organisations across Los Angeles to host pop up CIACLA produced Events while also supporting new partnerships through our promotional Platform. Join our newsletter or follow our social media for info on upcoming events.

HISTORY OF CIACLA | mart gallery

The groundwork for CIACLA  was established in 2011 when Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan of MART Gallery & Studios Dublin Ireland began to curate exhibitions annually in Los Angeles. Curating ‘Invite or Reject’ an exhibition of artworks that focused on interaction and participation, working with ten Irish artists in C4 Gallery LA in 2011 as part of Culture Ireland’s Imagine Ireland showcase.

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. First up was group exhibition 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.

In 2019, following eight years of exhibitions and events by MART through local partnerships in Los Angeles, the pair alongside Director of Development Jennifer Minniti Shippey founded the non-profit CIACLA – Contemporary Irish Arts Center Los Angeles, as a Californian based arts organisation to manage future US programming.

With the help of Events Manager Jenn McGuirk and a wonderful team of volunteers and cultural advisors they programmed an exciting multidisciplinary summer of events held at a pop up gallery in Bergamot Station, Santa Monica. This program showcased a need for a dedicated Irish arts on the west coast of USA 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.