Between You and Me

August 2020 - June 2021

Between You and Me is a series of online showcases and events promoting Contemporary Art and Culture from leading Irish and Los Angeles based artists working in the visual arts, film, theatre, music and literature. The program focuses on bringing our community together online through this difficult COVID-19 pandemic and connecting with new audiences through innovative creative digital platforms.

The Between You and Me series will include: a CIACLA Online Program which features over 100 artists' work presented across our social media; CICALA's Micro Moments, presenting a series of public performances and creative activations by Artists showcasing creative activism and artistry; the return of The Irish Short Reel Series screening 21 Irish short films, I Traveled West, a literature online event which will produce a physical chapbook to coincide with an online presentation of Irish and American poetry, a CIACLA produced short film produced in Ireland and USA during the pandemic, a Music Showcase promoting Irish talent in Los Angeles and an a Visual Artist Spotlight series. 

“As we are all going through this strange moment of uncertainty together, forced to grow accustomed to a new way of living, presented with a space between our previous lives and the pressures of an unknown future, not what is to come. We have curated this exciting program full of engaging work to address this disoriented juncture and 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 

CICALA's 2020-2021 program has been kindly supported by Mart Gallery & StudiosCulture Ireland , Screen Ireland and The Emigrant Support Programme.

Online Program

{Made in China - Spencer Glover}

CIACLA’s Online Program provides an opportunity for Irish artists living worldwide and artists from all nationalities living in Los Angeles County to showcase their work across our social media platforms and website. During the summer of 2020 an Open Call was held from which over 100 artists were selected to present their work. 

Featured artists include Amanda Rice, Aoife Bambury, Bbeyond, Bernie Masterson, David Lunney, El Putnam, Kata Kukla, Lauren White Murphy, Susan Broussard, Niamh Hannaford, Nicola Anthony, Paula Stokes, and Sarah Wren Wilson.

This online exhibition will be presented from August - November 2020 and can be viewed across CIACLA’s Facebook. Instagram, Twitter and website.

Micro Moments

{Social Distancing - Francis Fay}

CIACLA’s Micro Moments are a short series of creative activations by Artists living across Ireland and the USA. These artists were invited to record a short public performance of creative activism: A moment of artistry and inspiration to capture their practice, opinions or creative process, while living through the COVID-19 crisis. 

The series features writer & performer Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi, Multi-disciplinary Artist and Performer Colleen Keough, the composer Emer Kinsella, actor & comedian Emma Pyne, curator & artist Francis Fay, singer & actress Hannah Crowley, musician James Nolan, poet Sheila McMullin, actor & writer Susan Ateh, and artist Thinh Nguyen.

The series will be presented over ten consecutive days in September 2020 and can be viewed across CIACLA’s Facebook. Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and website.

The Irish Short Reels Series

Rayleen Kenny - Wrath | Image by Eileen Timmons

After a successful first run in 2019, The Irish Short Reel Series returned to CIACLA for a second year; showcasing 21 films for a brighter 2021 from Jan 1st to 21st.  Through these online screenings we highlighted a curated selection of contemporary Irish Short Films, with thanks to Screen Ireland, MART Dublin & DFA Emigrant Support Programme.

The series of 21 short films ranged from drama, comedy, documentary, animation, sci-fi and contemporary storytelling; produced by some of Ireland's most exciting filmmakers. As the Irish film industry is currently enjoying a surge in output and success, with many Irish films, cast and crew gaining international recognition and winning major awards, we are delighted to provide a platform to showcase exciting new stories and talent.

Series Line Up: A Better You, A Death in the Family, A Different Kind of Day, At Present, Bending Glass, Break Us, Cúl an Tí, Dam, The First Was A Boy, Gustav, Hazardous Materials, Johnny, Maya, Miss & Missus, The Bird & The Whale, The Grass Ceiling, The Last Miner, The Tattoo, The Vasectomy Doctor, The Wiremen, and Wrath. 

Upcoming Events

I Traveled West

I Traveled West is an online literature event presented by Poetry International and CIACLA, focusing on Irish & American Poets who deal Place & Belonging. At this online event, five writers from across the globe will share their poems and perspectives on the idea of place, and how place can be an action as well as location. Reading from new and innovative work, these poets will challenge, expand, and offer ways into our own understanding, at the western edge of California, of how we are shaped by the land we call home. CIACLA will produce an online and physical chapbook to send to its audience to coincide with this event. 


Visual Artist Showcase

CIACLA's Visual Artist Showcase will showcase two contemporary Irish American artists based in Los Angeles through a series of online exhibition of work across our social media and website. 

Irish Music Showcase

In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, CIACLA is showcasing some of the great Irish talent based in Los Angeles. Starting on February 15th and running across St.Patrick’s Day week CIACLA will present some of the best Irish musicians Los Angeles has to offer across its social media network and platform. Each musician's performance will give a glimpse into the enduring influence and relevance of Irish music both now and going forward. Check out for full details.

CIACLA Short Film

{Image Courtesy of In House Theatre}

Celebrating Irish theatrical and film talent based in Los Angeles, CIACLA is producing a short film which will be produced and filmed both in Ireland and Los Angeles during the pandemic.