– A review of an exhibition of Tracy Hanna’s exhibition a few years back by Billion Journal.


-We have learned that a new art venture is to open in the building we were located in Waterford City, under a very similar name. We understood that the building we were located in might reopen in the future, after health and safety issues were solved by the city council, but we hoped that it would be a new venture in every respect, including the name. This has not happened and we would like it known that this new venture is not in any way connected to us, or connected to the work we have done in the past. There is a new group of people opening this space, we wish them well but this is not a continuing on of what was done before under the name Soma Contemporary. The issue in regards to the name is not something we wish challenge as we feel it is not a worthwhile pursuit, knowing that there are many SOMA galleries worldwide it is a pointless endeavour, but we would like to note that this has nothing to do with the former Soma Contemporary, it is a new venture run by a different group.


– We post this with some regret, but also a hope for the future. Our current exhibition “Covered” a solo exhibition by Jill Bouchier will be Soma Contemporary’s last. We will be closing our doors on June 2nd after three exciting years.

We have many thanks, firstly the many artists and guest curators we have worked with, without them Soma would have never been able to do what we did, or have a reason to be what we were. We would also like to thank the Arts Council, and any past sponsor that has helped us out and especially Waterford city council for working with us over the past three years, with a special thanks to Conor Nolan and Jane Cantwell. Of course we need to thank everyone that has helped us over the years:

Thank you – Joe Harney, Brendan Butler, John Loftus, Anthony Costine, Michael Durand, Aoife Kirwan, Plasma Studios, Adrian McGrath, Maw and Paw Hallahan, Maw and Paw Corcoran, Joe Twomey, Conor Nolan, Susan Connolly, Mary Ruth Walsh, Ben Reilly, Michael Beirne, Kate Strain, Dean O’Sullivan, Luke Marsh, John Haggis, Carl and Ruth from The Good Hatchery, Johanne Mullan and the guys from IMMA, Mark and Gillian and the Pallas guys, Ian McInerney from The Black Mariah, Peter Prendergast from Monstertruck, StudentsZine, Ormston House, the bands and live acts, everyone who attended and supported our shows and events and anyone we might have forgotten.

Thank you

Paul and Rachael



– Feb 17th Deaf Joe releases his new album Burrowings in Soma. €5 at the door and BYOB. Doors open 8pm. Come along and support and enjoy the amazing songs from a dear friend of the gallery.


– We have just put up a PDF download of our book that was published for the Hints of the Outside World exhibition. You can find it on the exhibitions page. Many thanks to IMMA and all the contributors that made the book possible.

– Welcome to our new website we hope you like the new look