Exploring the Rich Tapestry of Art Galleries in Clare

In the heart of County Clare, Ireland, lies a treasure trove of artistic expression waiting to be discovered. Nestled amidst stunning landscapes and steeped in history, Clare boasts a vibrant community of artists and a burgeoning art scene. From traditional to contemporary, the art galleries scattered across this picturesque region offer a glimpse into the diverse and dynamic world of Irish art. Doolin is the perfect place to base yourself as you explore the rich tapestry of Art Galleries in County Clare. Here are our top Galleries to visit.

Doreen Drennan Art Gallery

Doreen Drennan Sale

Doreen Drennan is an award-winning impressionist painter and has been documenting the Wild Atlantic Way and the Burren for over 30 years. Through years of observation, she has developed an acute understanding of the wildness, the dramatic seascapes and the ever changing light of the West of Ireland. This natural beauty she continually strives to perfect on canvas.

Doreen’s Studio/Gallery is situated between Lisdoonvarna and Doolin, on the edge of the Burren and within sight of the Cliffs of Moher. Her Studio/Gallery is open to visitors and is surrounded by her wild coastal garden. Find out more here.

Doolin Music House

Doolin Music House is famous for its lively music sessions with Christy Barry every Monday, Tuesday and Friday evening. Doolin Music House is tastefully decorated and you can enjoy Sheila’s art as well as some beautiful drawings of local musicians by Michael Kearney. Prints are available for sale. Find out more here.

The Russell Gallery, New Quay

Perched on the shores of Galway Bay, The Russell Gallery in New Quay is a beacon for art enthusiasts seeking inspiration. Housed within a charming 19th-century building, this gallery showcases a curated selection of contemporary Irish art, including paintings, sculptures, and ceramics. Visitors can immerse themselves in the captivating works of local and national artists, with exhibitions changing regularly to provide fresh perspectives and experiences.

Kilbaha Gallery

Tucked away in the remote village of Kilbaha on the Loop Head Peninsula, Kilbaha Gallery is a hidden gem showcasing the work of local and national artists. Set within a traditional Irish cottage, this charming gallery exudes warmth and character, inviting visitors to explore its eclectic collection of paintings, prints, and crafts. From seascapes to still life’s, each piece reflects the unique beauty and spirit of County Clare, offering a truly authentic artistic experience.

Atlantic Way Gallery

The Atlantic Way Gallery is located along the Wild Atlantic Way in the magnificent coastal village of Liscannor, Co. Clare only 4 miles from the Cliffs of Moher.
Here, Ann Daly has direct contact with the living breathing force of the ever changing Atlantic Ocean with emphasis on capturing the atmospheric light the Atlantic weather dictates. Her Atlantic Way Gallery is not only where she displays and sells her work but it is also used as her studio and she can be seen often painting at the easel.

Lahinch Art Gallery

Lahinch Art Gallery was established in 1980 by Carmel Kenny. Carmel was a patron of the arts in North Clare for many years and in 1980 she opened Lahinch Art gallery in an area in Kenny Woollen Mills. The Lahinch Art Gallery is the fulfilment of her desire to provide an outlet for aspiring Irish artists. She has fostered their careers by giving them their first professional exhibition space and has watched them prosper and grow. Lahinch Art gallery specializes in Irish Art by Irish artists. Extensive eclectic and vibrant collection of Irish and International artists, who are drawn to work in this region of outstanding natural beauty.

The gallery has grown organically and now showcases over 40 nationwide artists. In 2018 The gallery was refurbished and it’s a beautiful space for displaying art.

Morrisson Gallery Lahinch

As a master of the brush, Phillip’s work defies categorisation. His art is a celebration of life, bursting with vibrant colors and bold lines that capture the imagination of art lovers everywhere. Known for his playful style and captivating shapes, Phillip’s paintings are a testament to his unique vision and creative spirit.

Morrisson Gallery is in the heart of Lahinch village next to the pharmacy and opposite Frawley’s bar. They sell a large range of giclee prints, hand embellished canvases and original paintings of local subjects and scenes. At the gallery they offer a framing service for any of their prints also.

The Courthouse Gallery & Studios, Ennistymon

Located in the historic town of Ennistymon, The Courthouse Gallery & Studios is a cultural hub that celebrates creativity in all its forms. Set within a beautifully restored courthouse building, this gallery hosts an eclectic mix of exhibitions, workshops, and events throughout the year. From multimedia installations to traditional Irish crafts, there’s something to captivate every artistic palate. The gallery also offers studio spaces for local artists, fostering a sense of community and collaboration within the vibrant Clare arts scene.

Shopping for local Art

Doolin - Do - Shop - Irish Crafts
Take time to relax & enjoy browsing our selection of Irish Books, Art & Music.

You won’t need to leave the village of Doolin to discover wonderful pieces of local art. O’Brien’s Crafts is a small family run business in the heart of Fisher Street, Doolin.  They pride themselves in stocking predominately Irish products which are sourced from talented, unique artisans from all around the country.

The Village Crafts Shop is located in the village of Doolin. They carry a wide variety of crafts and souvenirs, ranging from handknit and loomed woollen sweaters, tweed shawls, capes, vests, hats to paintings and photographs, jewellery and many lovely souvenirs.

Take time out to sit by the fire in Irish Crafts in Doolin where they house an array of books, prints & wall art or browse their wonderful collection of costume, silver & gold jewellery to suit all tastes.

In County Clare, art is more than just a creative expression—it’s a way of life. From the windswept cliffs of the Atlantic coast to the rolling hills of the Burren, this enchanting region provides endless inspiration for artists and art lovers alike. Whether you’re exploring the galleries of bustling towns or stumbling upon hidden treasures in remote villages, Clare’s art scene is as diverse and captivating as the landscape that surrounds it. So, why not embark on a journey of discovery and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of art that Clare has to offer?




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