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1.3 million visitors…getting there

Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, maintained that economies that embraced technology with creativity would flourish.

On the 9 August last,   Coláiste Lurgan, three miles beyond An Spidéal uploaded the following historic and classic video – Click on the following link

Coláiste Lurgan. In the interim period 1.3 million (and rising) people have viewed it. Comhghairdeas  Coláiste Lurgan.

This is pertinent to the work of  Artists of Galway in so far as it shows the power of the internet in disseminating quality product.

Artists of Galway are producing quality products and it is reckoned that it is only a matter of time and exposure before the results start pouring in.

Thanks to all of those artists who have registered their interest. Join the growing band.

Four more artists will feature presently on AOG – watch out for them!


New Galllery

Marketing tips for artists..

In the coming days we will try a sales experiment using the text-a-bid system. A voluntary sample artist will be selected and their work piece displayed under the Text-a-bid banner.  If you want to be the first to try the experiment, let us know.  What we will need from you is  a) a single piece of work, b) its title c) an expected price for it and d) any other pertinent detail e.g. dimensions and framing.  Before you submit any of the above, just send us your name and tell us you want to be part of the text-a-bid experiment. We will get back to you if you are selected for this month’s display. Marketing tips: Where possible give your piece a title.  Some purchasers buy because of a fondness for a location. With others it might be a mood thing e.g. Prelude to a storm. Adding a frame, adds value. Consider adding a frame of quality material. Don’t  be over ambitious with you price/sale expectation.  Value your time,, skill, materials, and try to fix price at an appropriate level .  Don’t overstate or understate an expected price.

1800 visitors and growing….

Thanks to  all of you for the words of encouragment and your participation.

Your images willl begin to appear on the site and soon as the  “clearing and permission ”  process is done.  Continue to send content after you  register your details, if will greatly facilitate us.

Any comments or suggestions as to how we can develop and improve the service will be welcome also.

Gach rath ar an obair uile.


Artists of Galway is considering a text-a-bid scheme and would very much welcome your comments and suggestions as to its feasibility.  It might work something like this:

Artists would join the scheme by registering with the website and paying an annual fee.  This fee would allow them to display 5 paintings a month for the 12 months of the year. Sixty  paintings or works by the featured artists would get worldwide exposure via the website.

On our Text-a-bid page consumers or customers, with a genuine interest, would be invited too to register on the website for an annual fee. Under terms and conditions, this annual fee would allow them to make bids on the featured works.

In this sample case Artist X who has a Connemara mountainscape  painting has an expectation that his/her work is worth €530.  It is displayed with that price expectation.
The viewing audience is then invited to text-a-bid to the website mobile number and say, the best bid that comes in is €475.  The bidder is then put in touch with the artist to finalise the transaction. In order to encourage bidding a deadline time and date would be applied at the artist’s discretion.

No new scheme is without risk.  Yet, if we apply the Chinese saying and get our thinking caps on we might be able to avert those risks.  The Chinese saying goes “One mind is no mind. Two minds is half a mind. Three minds is one mind”.  If all contributors put their joint mind to this, a workable Text-a-bid scheme might evolve.

The hoped for outcome of the Text-a-bid scheme would be sales for individual artists. Fees  accrued  through the scheme would go towards the running and upkeep of the website and the administration of the scheme itself.

If you feel that the Text-a-bid scheme would work to your advantage, let us have your comments please.

If you feel that it is a “non-runner’” let us know your reasons and we will try and find solutions.

Comments can be made via the website itself or by writing to

Artists Talking

Creating  an ideas forum where artists could swap ideas and collaborate

art-forum1In the research that brought about this website, it became apparent that there are many “hidden” artists in Galway.  Some would have held exhibitions, now and then, others just have their works displayed at home, or have been given as gifts to friends and family.  Few had a “web” presence.  In other words, they had little or no exposure at an international level on the internet.  It was Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple computing, that said (not an exact quote) that economies that allowed creativity and technology to come together would flourish – in a sense this website is trying to prove him right.

There was one common thread between all of the artists researched.  All of them had wonderful pieces of art looking for a home.  Many a room or garret scattered around Galway have paintings, photographs and sketches that await a wider audience.  Several had bubblewrap around  them having just come back from an exhibition or framer. In this writer’s view many of them were absolutely marvellous creations.

So, another goal of this website will be to get those hidden artists talking through this website for those with internet access, and for those who do not we will try in due course to get an occasional mailshot going or at a minimum issue news via text.

It is a further goal of to create an ideas forum where artists could swap ideas and collaborate on getting Galway’s art moving and selling.  This website will welcome ideas and recommendations from participating artists. Get writing to us please!

Renata Hochmanova

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AOG- Advertisers

Artists of Galway as a blossoming website invites advertising inquires from

– galleries
– art suppliers
– restaurants
– hotels
– theatres
– or any suitable venue that might wish to host an event over the coming weeks.
Artists of Galway (AOG) anticipates interest in the venture from the artistic community in Galway and further afield. It is our aspiration to hold an event in Galway prior to Christmas, as a “live” event with some of our featured artists exhibiting..
If you would like your premises to be used for  that event, please contact AOG regarding advertising and by way of a “quid pro quo” we will consider holding the proposed event at your venue, should it prove to be suitable.

Sample work from Libra

Our first featured artist is Galway city based and has been painting since 1994.  The work has featured in several exhibitions in the city over the years. This the first time the work has been exposed on the internet. All of it is oil based, and all the paintings too are properly framed. Dimensions are of a standard size approx 24 ” x 16″  The requested price for each is €450 euro. Details on request to genuine inquirers.  Libra is a pseudonym.

 dancing at dawn libra  1
 the earth responds by libra

A new website to showcase the work of Artists of Galway

EL_welcomeSince August 1st, 2013, Artists of Galway have got a new website, called This new venture will give great opportunity to many younger and older talented artists in Galway to display their works on the worldwide web. “We are giving this digital experiment about three months to see if artists will take to it, and if it proves as popular as the literary page in the Galway Advertiser we will endeavour to keep it going,” said Uinseann Mac Thómais, the founder of this website and the General Administrator of the Galway Review.  Artists from all of the genres can submit work by email through or inquire by text to 0833284079.

The team of are now embarking on a new trawl to find the hidden artists, photographers, sketchers and cartoonists of Galway and are inviting sample submissions from artists of all genres with a view to having a co-operative that will help in the sales and promotion of such artistic creations.

“It’s a truism to say that if you are not on the web, you do not exist, certainly in a commercial context, and because of Galway’s hidden talent, we felt would act as a boost and encouragement for people who might like the opportunity of turning their talent into potentially new income stream. We hope that the artists of Galway will seize the opportunity,” said the web-master of this new venture Ndrek Gjini. The website was launched on 1 August 2013 and has already achieved a significant number of visits.