Founded in 2019, the Centre for Creative Arts Research (CCAR) aims to further enhance NUI Galway’s mission to develop and support interdisciplinary research activity across the spectrum of humanities, culture, and social studies. Situated within the University’s Moore Institute, the Centre will be a focus for interdisciplinary research, public engagement and policy impact. Researchers within the Centre will devise cultural legacy research opportunities across the university and further develop culture-led research partnerships and funding bids at a national and international level. NUI Galway has prolific European research networks and there is significant potential to expand this reach. Under the umbrella of the Centre, we will reach out to European cultural partners to advance shared networks for research into cultural and creative industries policy and practice.

Pictured at the announcement of NUI Galway’s Strategic Partnership with Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture are from l-r: Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, President of NUI Galway, Patricia Philbin, CEO of Galway 2020, Arthur Lappin, Chair of Galway 2020 and Dr Máiréad Ní Chróinín, Druid Theatre Artist in Residence at NUI Galway and Co-Director of Moonfish Theatre. Photo: Aengus McMahon

The University’s activities in all areas related to the European Capital of Culture 2020 and its legacy will come under the remit of the Centre. This will be the launchpad for the Centre to develop a footprint in emerging research fields such as cultural and creative industries, arts management and cultural policy alongside continuing its work in creative arts and education. As Official Legacy Partner to the European Capital of Culture project, NUI Galway supports the development of a cultural legacy programme which will have a lasting impact on Galway’s creative arts sector.

At a time of significant global growth in academic and policy interest in this field – most particularly in Asia, USA and Australia – the Centre provides a hub for both developing an academic presence in the field, but also a significant opportunity to engage in multi-stakeholder funding bids and to act as a vehicle for international student recruitment.


Staff within CCAR are working in partnership with The Audience Agency and Galway 2020 to deliver the Monitoring and Evaluation for Galway2020, with a range of research projects developing bespoke case studies on such areas as:

  • social media analysis,
  • perception of place and
  • capacity development for the cultural sector.

This research will further enhance our ability to build cultural networks and sustainable cultural infrastructures for the arts in the West.

Legacy Projects, Visiting Fellowships & Artist-in-Residencies

Legacy Projects

The aim of the Cultural Arts Projects Awards is to provide funding in support of activities that are relevant to Galway 2020 and its themes of Language, Landscape and Migration. Projects address aspects of European culture, identity and creative cities that connect with the University and its wider communities.

The application process opened in December 2019 and further details can be found in the call documentation.

Visiting Fellowships & Artist-in-Residencies

Throughout 2020, the Centre will host Visiting Fellowships and Artist-in-Residencies that will aim to engage new publics in the humanities and arts practice and research. The application process opened in December 2019 and further details may be found in the call documentation.

Cultural Arts Project Awards

A listing of the project awards made under this scheme are now available on the Cultural Arts Project Awards page.


Conferences & Events

A regular Seminar Series which will stimulate new research and debate about arts and culture in practice and research. Our speaker series aims to stimulate new research and debate about the role of arts and culture in society, addressing issues of creativity, cultural value, policy and impact. We will critically interrogate the structures, functions and impacts of cultural policy and practice globally, with a research focus on both cultural production and consumption.

The University hopes to bring members of the European Cultural Parliamentto Galway in 2020, exploring sustainable cultural ecologies in building new European networks and opportunities for artists and cultural workers. NUI Galway will also host the University Network of European Capitals of Culture conference. The theme for this European conference is: ‘Re-thinking Cultural Capital(s): Inclusivity, Sustainability, and Legacies’. The University will also host the annual conference of the International Federation for Theatre Research, the world’s largest gathering of theatre scholars and practitioners, during the 2020 Galway International Arts Festival.

View the special issue for the University Network of European Capitals of Culture, March, 2021 on the theme of “European Capitals of Culture: The Art of Reimagining“.


For queries related to the centre, please contact: galway2020@nuigalway.ie