TULCA: A Visit, A Ceremony, A Gift

Date 16.04.2021 - 30.04.2021
Venue Online
Organiser TULCA
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TULCA Festival of Visual Arts and Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture present:



Curated by Kate Strain


Supported by The French Embassy in Ireland


A Visit, A Ceremony, A Gift, is a new film commission curated by Kate Strain as part of the TULCA UnSelfing programme for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, supported by The French Embassy in Ireland.


The film focuses on the research and practice of Austrian artist and philosopher Elisabeth Von Samsonow who has been inspired by the role of the White Goddess, and the Deep Ecology movement. Elisabeth von Samsonow uses an alphabet based on trees native to both Ireland and Austria, to create poetry and uncover its’ origin in the woods.

Participating artists: Marielle MacLeman, Ruth Le Gear, Ruby Wallis and Michaële Cutaya, Michelle Doyle, Liliane Puthod, Naïmé Perrette and Sara Sadik; will contribute new work through film, sculpture, music, sound and design investigating the access to nature through poetic language.


A Visit, A Ceremony, A Gift connects distant places by investigating the enduring challenge that all people face. That is, trying to understand the mysterious languages of nature in trees, the open air and the earth.



Elisabeth Von Samsonow (AUT)

Marielle MacLeman (IRL)

Ruth Le Gear (IRL)

Ruby Wallis and Michaële Cutaya (IRL)

Michelle Doyle (IRL)

Liliane Puthod (FRA)

Naïmé Perrette (FRA)

Sara Sadik (FRA)

Watch the Film Premiere: A Visit, A Ceremony, A Gift

About TULCA UnSelfing

TULCA UnSelfing is a programme of visual art exhibitions, performances, and encounters commissioned by TULCA Festival of Visual Arts for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture. Launched in February 2020 with the inaugural exhibition Deep States curated by Helen Carey presenting the work of artists; Dominic Thorpe (Ireland), Veronika Merklein (Austria & Germany) Andrej Mircev (Croatia), Nikoleta Markovic (born in Yugoslavia), Eunseo Yi (Republic of Korea).

Followed by two exhibitions; Threads by Irish Artist Austin Ivers curated by Sarah Searson and online exhibition and publication Nothing to Look Forward To But The Past curated by Gregory McCartney with artists; Stuart Cairns, Nadege Meriau, Daniel Seiffert, Tara Wray. Writers: Prof. Lorna Piatti-Farnell, Prof. Peter Knight, Dr Dara Downey, Anna Walsh, Gail McConnell, Sharon Young.

About TULCA 

TULCA Festival of Visual Arts first presented a programme in Galway City in November 2002. The intervening 18 years have seen the festival become embedded into cultural life of the city by presenting a new programme every year that is formed and informed by life in the west.

TULCA is unique in Ireland as the only platform reserved solely for Irish curators. TULCA has supported hundreds of artists’ diverse practices and introduced thousands of schoolchildren and adult learners to contemporary art for the first time. Over the years, TULCA has transformed many unwanted or neglected sites into spaces to exhibit and experience high quality, ambitious visual art.

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