TULCA launches revised programme for this year’s festival

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Rory Pilgrim, The Undercurrent, 2019

TULCA Festival of Visual Arts has presented a new book and two outdoor installations in Galway City which will run for two weeks starting tomorrow, as well as a fantastic online programme. 

While TULCA can’t yet open the doors to the exhibitions or host live performances, many parts of the programme will be accessible for audiences to experience from tomorrow, Friday 6 November.

These include a billboard in Galway city, the first collaboration between Vukasin Nedeljovic and Felispeaks.

TULCA is also sharing a newly-published book and a podcast series, both of which place artworks in dialogue with lawyers, advocates and activists such as Justice for Magdalenes Research, Máiréad Enright, Maeve O’Rourke, Eilionóir Flynn and Maria Ní Flatharta.

“The events of the last weeks involving the seal of records of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission testify to the enduring and contested force of law in shaping cultural memory through generations,” said curator Sarah Browne.

“Law can protect and defend but also silence. This is an important moment to share the work of the artists in the TULCA programme, The Law is a White Dog.

“New projects are also being developed for The Law is a White Dog by Caroline Campbell (Loitering Theatre) and Soft Fiction Projects that will be shared online.

“These projects involve collaboration with an older generation of feminist activists, and with CAPE and shOUT! youth groups in Galway, respectively.

“Art happens even when galleries are closed. Now is a valuable time to reflect and attend to those practices, wherever we find ourselves.”

Co-Chair of the TULCA board Lucy Elvis said that the first two weeks of November are synonymous with TULCA’s artists drawing out important ideas as the evenings draw in.

“We’re thrilled to launch an initial revised programme resilient to our current public health guidelines on November 6th,” said Lucy.

“More than ever, the themes explored in The Law is a White Dog, speak to our contemporary moment and we are excited to share these with the people of Galway and beyond.

“More than this, the resilience of the festival programme speaks to the commitment of our curator Sarah Browne and our producer David Finn, to work productively with artists to bring their works to people at a time when we need art most.”

Rescheduling of indoor exhibitions and screening events will be subject to COVID-19 restrictions and public health advice.

Programme Details:

  • Nov 6 – 16: Billboard artwork on view in the Claddagh by Vukasin Nedeljovic and Felispeaks
  • Nov 6: Project launch: The Law is a White Dogbook available to order online from Kenny’s Bookshopand Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop
  • Nov 7: Grey Eminence: a performance over Zoom by Caroline Campbell (Loitering Theatre) in collaboration with Sarah Clancy. Moderated by Megs Morley

More details & booking via the TULCA website.

  • Nov 9: #1 TULCA Artists’ Talk Series with Vukasin Nedeljkovic in partnership with GMIT CCAM.
  • Nov 14: Afterthought: Professional development workshop for artists by Forerunner (Tanad Williams & Andreas Kindler von Knobloch).
  • Nov 16: #2 TULCA Artists’ Talk Series with Sybil Montague in partnership with GMIT CCAM
  • Nov 16 – 22: Usually or Infrequently Indecent or Obscene, by Soft Fiction Projects, developed in partnership with shOUT and CAPE youth groups, Galway Digital zine available online and poster installation in Galway City Library.
  • Nov 23: #3 TULCA Artists’ Talk Series with Saoirse Wall in partnership with GMIT CCAM