The creation of close links between artists and the community has always been a priority for Signal. The centre operates a proactive policy of making the arts and artists themselves readily accessible to the community as a resource, through outreach projects and activities organised in Signal itself. However, from the very beginning it was decided that the most direct and effective way of connecting with the widest possible public would be through the provision of an exhibition space for artists that would make the arts accessible in a friendly non-elitist environment.
The Signal Gallery opened to the public in September 1990 and has continuous programmes of exhibitions on show from that date to the present. The centre has made a significant impact in Bray and further afield not only in the arts and educational field but also as an addition to the town’s tourist and cultural infrastructure and the centres exhibitions programme has been a significant element of Signals success.
When the decision to operate a gallery as a central part of the centres programme was made, the development group reviewed a number of options to use as models both from commercial and non-commercial galleries. The policy eventually agreed on, was geared to address three basic criteria.
••The lack of venues for large numbers of working artists to exhibit, the opportunity to sell and the difficulty for upcoming artists in
••having their first solo exhibition.
••The quality of work on show must be the highest standard possible.
••The exhibitions must be capable of attracting the widest possible public into the gallery on a regular basis.