The Garter Lane Arts Centre opens in a former Georgian house in Waterford.

A former Georgian house owned by eighteenth century banker and Mayor of Waterford Samuel Barker, the building has also served in the past as a Social Welfare office and a library. As the Garter Lane Arts Centre it looks to fulfill the artistic needs of the south east.  

The building was provided by Waterford Corporation who with the Arts Council of Ireland and the Department of the Environment provided a grant of £60,000 to renovate it. The business community in the city have also supported the venture providing building materials either for free or at cost price, and AnCo (An Comhairle Oiliúna, Ireland's state training body) trainees provided the labour.

Phase two of the Arts Centre will involve the refurbishment of a former Quaker Meeting House, which up to recently was the Waterford courthouse, to be completed in early 1985. The objective is to develop, 

A vibrant new arts centre in the south east region, for the presentation and the development of film, dance, music, theatre and the visual arts.

Chairman Larry Fanning says that the myriad of creative societies and associations in Waterford now have a proper base, 

Now we feel that we get them under the common umbrella where they can liaise together and cooperate.

Administrator Finola O’Doherty says that while the centre won’t be all things to everyone, she hopes that people who come through the doors will find something to interest them.

I think it as a place where everybody as far as possible can be accommodated.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 10 September 1984. The reporter is Michael Ryan.