South East Cultural Centre [SECC]

GCC are proud to launch the South East Cultural Centre [SECC] Ireland's first cross-county cultural centre. SECC has been founded to compliment the Arts Centres role of increasing knowledge, participation and access throughout every nook and cranny across the region to high-quality contemporary art and culture. Due to the geographic mix of both the rural and urban landscape of the South East as well as the inefficiencies of the conventional and static 'Arts Centre' model, multiple cultural voids exist throughout the region. For more info please visit: 

Gallery Discussion | Play it by Ear

GCC were delighted to be able to bring artist Richard Carr and Sean Kissane; Curator of Exhibitions at the Irish Museum of Modern Art together to produce the gallery discussion for Richard's show 'Play it by Ear'. The gallery discussion took place at Soma Contemporary Gallery as part of the National Cultural Night Programme. Supported by South Dublin County Council & Waterford City Council.

Publication | Play it by Ear

GCC are proud to produce the accompanying exhibition publication (in association with South Dublin County Council & Wexford County Council) for Gorey based contemporary artist Richard Carr. The publication features texts by Declan Long (Co-Director; MA Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD & recent Turner Prize Panelist), Salomé Voegelin (Director MA in Sonic Art, London) as well as the Artist.

Currently for sale at Soma Contemporary Gallery, Waterford. 


Congrats to all involved. GCC were delighted to be able to partner with the Gorey Polish Culture Association on this fantastic exhibition that took place at the Gorey Library. It came from the headquarters of the ZHP (Polish Scout Association) in Ireland. The exhibition originated to bring the history of Polish Scouting together after the outbreak of World War II.

Mapping the Cultural Landscape of Gorey

GCC have undertaken an ambitious task of mapping the cultural landscape of Gorey. This project is currently in progress and will result in the presentation of a cultural research document to be submitted to Wexford Co. Co. 

As part of this process we have created a participatory community cultural map for Gorey and its environs found in the navigation bar above. We have also carried out public cultural surveys and interviews - To be continued...

PERIPHERIES 2014 - Exhibition Catalogue

GCC in collaboration with ArtsTap worked together to design and produce the exhibition catalogue for PERIPHERIES 2014. 

Featured Contributors

Bill Viola | Natasha Conway | George Warren | Dr. Francis Halsall | Steven Shaviro | Amanda Doran | Michael Gilbert | Patrick Redmond | Andrew Simpson | Richard Carr | Maria Coleman | Salome Voegelin | Hilan Bensusan | Con James | Catriona McLoughlin


Initiated by OpenGorey who worked with the local business and arts community to open a space on a temporary basis to local creative practitioners. GCC & OpenGorey worked to rejuvenate an old vacant shed on McCurtain St. Gorey to provide temporary work-space to creative practitioners in Gorey . The studio was provided free of charge to local creative practitioners.

Participating Artists

Aidan Byrne, Richard Carr, Stephen Nolan, Brian Carr


Being Honeyed; An Exhibition of Sound(in)Art

Being Honeyed featured Gorey based artist Richard Carr alongside international practitioners of sound at SOMA. Not only did it become a leading exhibition in Ireland but was selected as one of the top 5 shows to open in Europe at the time. As a GCC project in collaboration with ArtsTap  it was proposed for Gorey but unfortunately we didn't have the infrastructure. Subsequently it was taken on by Waterford City Council, taken up by RTE Arena and Sound & Music London becoming a seminal show.

ArtsTap International Publication & Network for Contemporary Art

c.3,500 Professionals on the network with each issue of the publication receiving c.15,000 reads. OpenGorey & GCC brought the ArtsTap publication and Network together to fill the void of Artist-led publications. In doing so ArtsTap have worked with leading national and international Contemporary Art & Cultural Institutions. 


Robert Armstrong, Simone Osthoff, Isabel Nolan, Heidi Pollard, Joan Sugrue, Sarawut Chutiwongpeti, Richard Carr, Valerie Brennan, Fred L'epee, Mark Haughton, Liam Campbell, Salome Voegelin, Olga Anacka, Maria Coleman, Alice Burns, Seamus McCormack, Juliette Losq, Wilma Vissers, Fergus Kelly, Luc Messinezis, Jesse Jones, Amanda Coogan, John Ryan, Lydia Holmes, Deborah Zlotsky, Karolin Kent, Peter Shear, Marco Casagrande, Karen Donnellan, Strange Attractor, Mark Joyce, Karl Burke, Susan Connolly, Dee Walsh, Christian Schonwalder, Ruth Power, Tom Crean, Emma Roche, John Beattie, Yann Novak, Lars Lundehave Hansen, Damien Flood, Niall de Buitlear, Annette Moloney, Seamus Nolan, Luce de Tetis, Ken Omom, Noel Cullen, Tracey Costello, Katherina Bodrunova, Brian Hand, Serena Caufield, Oonagh Latchford, Tessa Elieff, Evelyn Morrison, Tiago Eteves, Fergus Doyle, Trash DIY, Andrew Kenny, Joaquin Gasgonia Palencia, Craig Bell, Jenny Keane, Dagan Wald, Barbara Smith, Sanjay K Sharma, Laura Payne, Tanad Williams

SOUND//SPACE | partner

Located at V22 Workspace (ex-Peak Freans Biscuit Factory) Bermondsey, to the south of the Thames. GCC in collaboration with the ArtsTap Franchise & SoundFjord brought the community to SOUND//SPACE, a pop-up record store-cum-community hub for creative makers, practitioners and enthusiasts. The philosophy was simple - to instill and celebrate all that is independently published, self-released and hand-made. The space became a record store, but equally a locus for conversation across genre (from experimental music, sound art and field recording to free jazz, electronica and exploratory music), showcasing the most creative individuals and labels within the industry.

GAFF - Gorey Arts & Film Festival

GAFF was the first Arts Festival to take place in Gorey since the infamous Funge/Gorey Festival of the 60's & 70's. A one day family event set up as a collaboration between French's, ArtsTap, SoundFjord London, Eco Pizzeria, The Art Ambulance, Montague Heritage, Image Masters Studio & c.200 people throughout the day.

GAFF showcased local artists alongside leading international practitioners such as John Wynne (Saatchi Gallery), SoundFjord London Artists as well as screened leading Irish Film 


B.R.I.E.F was a contemporary art exhibition that brought leading artists to Gorey alongside prominent local practitioners. It was initiated as a collaboration between Crawford Art Gallery Cork, Farpoint Recordings, Gorey Town Council and the annual Market House Festival. It took place by opening an unoccupied commercial premises on the main street to creative practitioners and featured work by: Strange Attractor, Fergus Kelly, Richard Carr, Natalie Doyle, Paddy Mc Loughlin, Emma Mc Loughlin, Lauren Keogh, Stephen Nolan among others.

To the Field and Yonder

A GCC project initiated as a collaboration between OpenGorey and Soundfjord Gallery and Research Unit, London. To the Field and Yonder existed as a temporary listening post in Gorey, Co. Wexford bringing leading international practitioners working with sound to the ears of the inquisitive Gorey audience.


Participating Artists 

Will Montgomery, Patrick Farmer, Duncan Whitley, Martin Clarke, Song-Ming Ang, Ivon Oates, Angus Carlyle, Catherine Clover, David Chapman, John Grzinich, Patrick McGinley (Murmur) & Jonathan Coleclough, Softday (Sean Taylor & Mikael Fernström), John Wynne, Tim Bamber & Jake Garber, Matthew Sansom, Claudio Curciotti, Robin Parmar, Matt Lewis, Simon Whetham and Helena Gough



Gorey Film Nights

Initiated as a collaboration between a local film enthusiast and Katy Daly's Bar an Restaurant on the Main Street, Gorey Film Nights ran from June to September and were hosted by Stephen Hill from JDIFF, Jameson Dublin Film Festival.

Culture TV

A project initiated by ArtsTap in collaboration with GCC and 2 leading filmmakers brought Culture TV to the Gorey Community. Culture TV screened work by Anton Califano and Meghan Horvath who both have won numerous international awards for their work.


Home, The Seafront, The Middle Men and A Dollar a Dream 

United Art Fair | partner

United Art Fair India made contact with us to be their official Irish Media Partners. UAF is one of India's leading international contemporary art fairs. GCC alongside ArtsTap were both delighted and privileged to be selected as UAF's Irish media partners and were delighted to bring their project to an Irish audience.

Business to Arts Initiative; Proposal

A GCC document initiated by OpenGorey. Business to Arts; Sustainable Solutions developed out of both OpenGorey's previous research documents; Life Between Building; Putting Gorey at the Hearth of Contemporary Art & World Culture and OpenGorey's Pop-Up environmental analyses study.

The former of these documents was the result of a public consultation with the community of Gorey and the latter was a more detailed analyses of similar models from around the world.

Business to Arts; Sustainable Solutions proposes an innovative strategy for the enrichment and sustainability of cultural and creative practices within Gorey, a town which could be said to be experiencing cultural deprivation. Most of the GCC projects here have followed this solution providing loved cultural experiences within the community of Gorey which would have never developed otherwise.

Life Between Buildings: Public Consultation

Life between Buildings was put together in response to the development of Gorey's public realm plan. We felt the community of Gorey were not consulted sufficiently before proposals were being made public. We also felt that culture was not given an equal footing in relation to the future developments being propsed.!publications/c1ot4 

Ghostly Stories | Ghastly Films

Ghostly Stories | Ghastly Films was initiated by OpenGorey as a community cultural event in collaboration with Katie Dayl's. 

A night of Ghostly Stories and Ghastly Films brought the community together in fancy dress to share their scary stories and experience some terrifying films.  c.150 people turned up into Katy Daly's on the night.

Soldiers of Skate - Media Partners

Held in the Gorey Skate Park and organised by Gorey Skate Club/ Wreckless Skate Shop, Soldiers of Skate was a leading annual skate competition on the island of Ireland. SOS was partnered by leading international skate brands.

GCC in collaboration with ArtsTap were more than delighted to become cultural media partners for this spectacular event. 

Winner; Best Halloween Window

Every year Gorey becomes the centre of the creative world over the Halloween weekend with local businesses dressing their windows in the Halloween Spirit. Initiated by OpenGorey, Katy Daly's took the winning spot with their window display designed and painted by artist Natalie Doyle.

Both Natalie and Katy Daly's were presented with the award by the Gorey Chamber of Commerce.