Date 17.04.2021 - 30.04.2021
Venue Online
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TULCA: XVIII marks TULCA’s 18th anniversary through a series of new writing commissions, photo-essays and reflections and documents the TULCA Unselfing Programme for Galway 2020.

Featuring contributions from: Áine Philips, Michael Dempsey, George Bolster, Gregory McCartney, Mary Cremin, Matt Packer, Kerry Guinan, Helen Carey, Sarah Browne, Aideen Barry, Louise Manifold, Linda Shevlin, Michelle Browne, Josephine Vahey, Lucy Elvis, Gavin Murphy, James Harrold, Marylin Gaughan-Reddan, Austin Ivers, Susanna Galbraith, Dominic Thorpe and Isadora Epstein.

Edited by Michaële Cutaya and designed by Pure Designs, the publication launches on Sunday 18 April and is available for pre-order from the TULCA website on that date. As part of a weekend celebrating the culmination of the UnSelfing programme, TULCA presents an online launch, featuring a panel discussion by TULCA alumni. To register for this event, visit


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.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic the remainder of the programme has been further reimagined and repositioned with projects taking place in April 2021.

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.

Image: Installation view of TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, ‘Seachange’ 2015 at Nun’s Island Theatre, with Clare Langan’s Floating World, Maria McKinney’s Abyssals and Ruth Lyons’s Afterings.

Image credit: Jonathan Sammon

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