SOMA Contemporary began in 2009 as an artist led space  in Waterford city. Conceived and run by artists, the space was a place for people to congregate, show and see new and upcoming artists and their work. The space was housed on Lombard street (the old taxation office) in the heart of Waterford city.  The space consisted of three gallery spaces, a black room and a courtyard/garden area. The idea was to encourage openness in all manners of art forms and hope to bring to Waterford never before seen artists, along with enabling the rich talent of artists living in the city to show their work. Our main aim was to make contemporary art accessible to everyone and allow it to be thought provoking, engaging, exciting, loud and quiet, but most of all, a fun and memorable place for both the viewers and the artists.

At the start of summer 2012 Soma Contemporary closed its doors due to a variety of reasons. We wish to thank all that helped us in during three very fun years, Waterford City Council for allowing us do what we did and housing us, especially Arts officer Conor Nolan, The Arts Council and Visual Artists Ireland, W.I.T Faculty, our audiences, but most of all the artists that worked with us and showed their creations in our space, without them there would have been no reason to do what we did. We hope to have time to sit and think and bring something new and exciting forward in the near future. Until then please support all artist led initiatives nationwide, and help them help artists.


Paul Hallahan

Rachael Corcoran