The Irish Contemporaries

A multidisciplinary program of Irish arts and culture in Los Angeles County

CIACLA is proud to announce ‘The Irish Contemporaries, a multidisciplinary series of creative events that showcases Contemporary Art and Culture from leading Irish and Los Angeles based artists working in the visual arts, film, theatre, music and literature. The program will include Live Music Performances, New Episodes of our Round Table Culture Chats, Two Visual Art Exhibitions, the return of our Irish Film Showcase, partnerships with local and visiting artists, as well as CIACLA’s successful monthly get togethers, the CIACLA Creative Network. 

This diverse program aims to showcase some of Ireland's leading and emerging contemporary artists working across artistic disciplines. Aiming to connect with existing and new audiences through a series of events across Los Angeles County, the series will provide an opportunity to engage with innovative, experimental and contemporary Irish culture through accessible locations and experiences.




The Irish Contemporaries Exhibitions will take place in November 2022 and July 2023.

CIACLA-The Contemporary Irish Center Los Angeles, in partnership with MART Gallery & Studios Dublin, are proud to present The Irish Contemporaries {i}, curated by Ciara Scanlan and Matthew Nevin, showcasing contemporary artists living in the island of Ireland and Irish artists abroad, in Los Angeles. This, the first of two exhibitions in the series, will take place 3-8th November 2022 at Building Bridges Art Exchange, located at the prestigious Bergamot Station Arts Centre in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California. 

Runs: Exhibition Open Daily from Thursday 3rd - Tuesday 8th November from 12-6pm

The Exhibition Reception: The evening of Thursday November 3rd from 6-8pm and will include music and a performance by Live Artist Francis Fay.

Location: Building Bridges Art Exchange, Unit F2, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, LA, CA. 90404 

The exhibition features artwork by Alana Barton, Amna Walayat, Ashley B. Holmes, Austin Ivers, Barbara Healy, Catherine Mwase, Christopher Clery, Claire Prouvost, Elinor O'Donovan, Gráinne Bath Enright, Jennifer Trouton, Julian King, Kata Kukla, Kevin Mooney, Rebecca Bradley, Sarah Edmondson, Scott O'Sullivan, Sheila Flaherty, The Ljilja, Vicki Davis, Tony O'Loughlin, all of whom work across four Artist Studios in Ireland: MART Studios, Sample Studios Cork, QSS Belfast and Limerick Printmakers, showcasing some of the most exciting artists working today in Ireland.

This exhibition has been made possible with support from the Government of Ireland Emigrant Support Programme, California Arts Council, LA County Arts Commission, CIACLA, MART Gallery & Studios and Building Bridges Ar Exchange.


Creative Network


The CIACLA Creative Network returns with its monthly in-person networking opportunity for Irish & Irish American Artists, Actors, Filmmakers, Dancers, Writers, and Creatives living in California. This new network aims to support the Irish Creative community in Los Angeles and throughout California through community events, opportunities for showcasing their work, and connections to industry professionals living and working in LA and across California. The monthly meet ups include live talks and webinars.


Culture Chats

New episodes COMING SOON

Culture Chats will return! Round table discussions intertwine cultural and social conversations with performance while delving into the minds of some of the leading contemporary voices in Irish culture. Through an accessible and free flowing conversation, the panel of artists, musicians, writers and actors discuss their creative processes, artistic drives, performative anxieties and triumphs, intercut with performances and examples of their work.


CIACLA’s Creative Support Platform


CIACLA is delighted to announce a new call out for CIACLA’s Creative Support Platform - a call out for applications of support to the Los Angeles community of artists, curators, actors, musicians, filmmakers and all Irish & Irish American creatives working in LA or California.

Throughout the year, CIACLA will collaborate with a collection of local and visiting partner artists, organisations and community groups who will be showcasing contemporary Irish arts programming in Los Angeles.

This call for partnership allows prospective applicants to apply to CIACLA for support through financial, curatorial or marketing support.


Irish Film Showcase

Celebrating irish film 

The Irish Film Showcase will return for its fourth year in 2023, held at Laemmle Monica Film Center, Santa Monica. The showcase will feature a curated selection of award winning contemporary Irish Short Films and Feature Films, ranging from drama, comedy, animation and contemporary storytelling; produced by some of Ireland's most exciting filmmakers! 


“The CIACLA team have curated this exciting program full of engaging work to bring communities together, while also creating opportunities for artists to showcase their work and provide our audience with exciting new ways to engage with Contemporary Irish Culture.” ~ Matthew Nevin CIACLA’s Executive Director

This program has been kindly supported by Government of Ireland Emigrant Support Programme, California Arts Council, LA County Arts Commission, CIACLA, MART Gallery & Studios and Building Bridges Ar Exchange.