TULCA Festival of Visual Arts TACTICAL MAGIC
TULCA Festival of Visual Arts
TACTICAL MAGIC curated by Kerry Guinan
Now in its 17th year, TULCA Festival of Visual Arts is a multi-venue, artist-centred festival of contemporary art in Galway City and County. The festival works with Ireland-based curators to present innovative exhibitions that provoke and energise audiences into the world of the Visual Arts.
TACTICAL MAGIC explores the theme of magic as it manifests in art, politics, and the sciences. Magic is herein understood as a practical, or tactical, device that allows us to control our reality. The Curator has taken inspiration from West of Ireland folklore to propose magic as a valuable intuitive practice, worthy of preservation in a securalising society.
To this end TULCA is delighted to share this year’s exciting programme of exhibitions and events, comprising 15 contemporary artists, 4 specifically commissioned projects, and 12 associated events across 14 venues in Galway. These include a socially-engaged commission by artist and folklore collector Michael Fortune in collaboration with the Skehana and District and Heritage Group, a large-format public art commission by Dublin collective SUBSET, and a new partnership and exhibition with Galway City Museum. Events range from an all-ages Weather-Reading workshop with Nikita Coulter in Nun’s Island Theatre to a black-metal-noise performance by the Bogs of Aughiska in the Roisin Dubh.
TULCA’s main festival gallery will be centrally located in the former An Post sorting facility off William Street, recently refurbished into an exhibition space by Galway International Arts Festival. Other venues include NUIG Gallery, Columban Hall, 126 Artist-run Gallery, Palas Cinema, The Hall of the Red Earl, Galway Arts Centre, Galway City Museum, Tuam Library / County Council Building, and Engage Art Studios Gallery.
"TACTICAL MAGIC sees art as a magical tool that allows us to access and create realities beyond our own. I am thrilled to announce a diverse programme of exhibitions and events which supports this theme and to welcome these excellent artists to Galway ” Curator Kerry Guinan.
TULCA Festival of Visual Arts is kindly supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Galway City Council and Galway County Council.
TULCA 2019 Artists
Anri Sala, Barry Mulholland, Christian Fogarolli, Day Magee, Diana Copperwhite, Helen Mac Mahon, Jesse Jones, Katherine Sankey, Linda Pense, Mark Cullen, Martina O'Brien, Michelle Doyle, Michael Fortune, Paul Duane, Rajinder Singh, SUBSET, Una Quigley, From the Bogs of Aughiska, Natalia Beylis, Branwen Kavanagh, Geels Lampa A Ela.
Image credit: Etienne Léopold Trouvelot, Total Eclipse of the Sun, Chromolithograph, 40.6 × 50.8 cm, 1881–1882