About Us

The Source Arts Centre opened its doors on 2nd October 2006 and has firmly established itself as one of the best live venues in the heart of the country.

The Source Arts Centre comprises of a 250 seat theatre, visual art gallery, community studio space and café/bar.

Set in the heart of Thurles town and on the banks of the River Suir, the arts centre has a year round programme of cultural events including theatre, live music, comedy, dance, art-house cinema, children’s theatre, youth arts and ballet. The Source shares a building with Thurles Library. The Source Gallery is a shared space programmed year round by both The Source Arts Centre and Thurles Library. The Source also boasts a café serving delicious homemade food and the best coffee in town!

Mission Statement

The Source Arts Centre aims to provide the people of Tipperary and its hinterlands with a cultural facility offering an engaging and diverse programme of events across many art forms. Alongside the presentation of professional, new and innovative work, and its commitment to developing a broad audience for the arts, The Source also has an open door policy to regional groups, encouraging interaction in the life of the centre through a variety of activities.

Artistic Policy 2013 - 2016

The Source Arts Centre aims to create a vibrant ’go-to’ space for the arts.

The Source Arts Centre aims to:

  •     Engage
  •     Enrich
  •     Enliven

    audiences in Thurles and throughout this region of Tipperary.

In addition to presenting a high quality touring programme of the best on offer across art form on the Irish circuit and internationally where possible, we place a high value on community participation and engagement with our venue.
We aim to be the centre where audience and artists collide, interact, inform, enrich and present. With a focus on theatre, families, music, film and dance, in addition to a superb visual arts space, we aim to find new and lasting collaborative approaches with the local professional and amateur artistic community. We aim to create an arts infrastructure which supports and mentors professional artists working in the locality, as resources permit.

"The Source Arts Centre is a great venue and the Company was delighted to have drawn such a large, warm and appreciative audience in Thurles. The opportunity to spend a production week at The Source was appreciated by cast and crew and the welcome and professionalism of the whole team  was felt by all. I hope you can tell I am a real fan of the theatre, in a building that makes a statement for the town and importantly provides a cultural creative centre for all the community to enjoy.  We look forward to returning very soon.'" Bernard Clarkson, Chief Executive, Opera Theatre Company

"Thanks from the cast and crew to all the staff. They were effusive of the support and treatment they got while at The Source. It is always good to be back there and I hope we get to be back again soon."

Breda Cashe - Producer and Director, Tuesdays with Morrie