Galway 2020 Culture Night

Galway 2020 in partnership with Galway City Council and the Arts Council of Ireland
DATE 18 September 2020
LOCATION Galway City and County
VENUE Various
The Deepest Shade of Green by Julia Monard

Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture is delighted to present a programme of commissions in Galway City and County on Culture Night in partnership with Galway City Council and the Arts Council of Ireland.


This is a fantastic opportunity for artists, arts organisations and audiences to connect – online and offline – and to celebrate the value that the arts brings to our lives. For further information and updates, go to

Mirror Pavilion

by John Gerrard commissioned by Galway International Arts Festival for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture 

The Pavilion is a beautiful and striking structure, with three sides and the roof clad in a highly reflective mirror and the fourth wall a high–resolution LED wall. This structure will host two new artworks Corn Work and Leaf Work which will unfold on the LED screen presented in two locations; Corn Work at the historic Claddagh Quay in Galway City and Leaf Work at the spectacular 4,000–year–old Derrigimlagh Bog in Connemara. The works reflect and respond to the landscape of both locations.

Mirror Pavilion by John Gerrard is a response to the escalating climate crisis and fearlessly pushes the boundaries of digital art using simulation. Gerrard has taken digital technology, usually employed by the commercial gaming industry, to create virtual worlds that simulate extremely detailed and authentic landscapes. The characters and landscapes we see on the LED screen may look like video or film but they are not; they hover in what the artist describes as the ‘slippery space’ between the real and the unreal. These two astonishingly real virtual worlds are meticulously constructed by digital means by the artist, a team of modellers, and programmers. This world unveiling will be a dazzling moment on the Irish landscape.

Mirror Pavilion, Corn Work
Location Claddagh Quay, Galway City
Date: 3 – 26 September 2020
Time Runs 24hours

Mirror Pavilion, Leaf Work
Location Derrigimlagh Bog, Connemara, Co. Galway
Date: 11 – 31 October 2020
Time 8am – 6pm

Further information  



Galway 2020 and Galway City Museum presents


Galway City Council Museum’s MONUMENT exhibition investigates some of Europe’s most interesting large stone monuments found on many of our smallest islands and asks who, when, how and why?

Focusing on the stone forts of the Aran Islands, this project presents some of the archaeological and scientific evidence, including excavated material, and explores the nature and traditions of the communities that created and still care for these spectacular sites. A number of Irish artists have been commissioned to respond to the sites and to the rich cultural landscape of the islandscreating a showcase of excellent contemporary craft and visual art that reflects the sensibilities of this unique place and its people. Textile artist Áine  Chonghaile, from the Inis Meáin Knitting Company; glass artist Róisín De Buitléar; silversmith Cóilín Ó Dubhghaill; ceramicist Katherine West; basket-maker Joe Hogan; knitter Elain McBride; graphic artist Maeve Clancy; woodturner Alan Meredith; currach-maker Patrick Flaherty, and film-maker Colm Hogan. 

Galway City Museum will run Exhibition Tours from 5pm – 7pm.  Booking is essential.

Location Galway City Museum
Time 10:00 – 19:00
Booking essential, tickets available HERE 


Hope it Rains | Soineann nó Doineann 

created and curated by Ríonach Ní Néill, produced by Ciotóg, commissioned by Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture 

Hope it Rains | Soineann  Doineann Art Trail invites you to discover some of the city’s newest artworks exploring our relationship to Galway’s weather.   

As you walk through Galway and Salthill, turn your head and find yourself immersed in a near-future Drowned Galway with photo-montages by Joe Lee. Visualise life in an inundated city, when a different abnormal has become commonplace. Set against familiar Galway views utterly changed by sea-level rising and floods, ‘Drowned Galway’ asks us to consider how close does the future have to come before we care enough to act?  These photo montages feature work by Sohail Salem, Emily Ní Bhroin, Deirdre Kennedy, Jeni Roddy and Arran Murphy with participants fromGliondar, Athenry Community Arts Group.

Drowned Galway Locations:  Outdoors at Galway Atlantiquaria, Salthill, Spanish Parade Car Park Quay St, The BurgerStory 1 Quay Lane, New Dock St Galway City

Irish artist Shane O’Malley’s rain-reactive mural Changes, change on Church Lane is a visual indicator of atmospheric conditions. The mural’s shape, size, geometric patterns, and colours change in reaction to rainfall. Which mural you see depends on the weather. 

If the clouds break on Culture Night, drop into a Galway City library and borrow one of Sew Last Season’s beautifully customised brollies which promote a sharing culture. 

Drop into the Galway 2020 Volunteer Hub in the Cornstore Unit 14, Middle Street to view  Ukrainian artists Dasha Tsapenko and Nazar Gresko’s film  Grain Loves Rain, which chronicles the making of a wearable ecosystem for a rainy climate, and Kristyn Fontanella’s new solo dance film Plurabelle inspired by the fall of the rain on her body and surroundings.

No Booking required
self-directed tour of multiple locations across Galway City

Time  4 – 9pm
Further information 

Download your art-trail map from and HERE  or pick up a copy up from the Galway 2020 Volunteer Hub, The Cornstore, Middle St and Augustine St, Galway, open from 4 – 9pm. 

Drowned Galway Locations:  Outdoors at Galway Atlantiquaria, Salthill, Spanish Parade Car Park Quay St, The BurgerStory 1 Quay Lane, New Dock St Galway City

Fámaireacht Ealaíne le Hope it Rains | Soineann nó Doineann

Téigh ar fán ar fud na cathrach agus féach thart ar shaothair nua ealaíne Hope it Rains | Soineann nó Doineann, a spreagann muid chun súp a bhaint as an aimsir agus gníomhú ar son na haeráide.

Caith súil ar íomhánna Drowned Galway, a léiríonn radharcanna coitianta na cathrach – seachas iad a bheith faoi uisce. Deartha ag Joe Lee, agus ag taispeáint saothair le Sohail Salem, Emily Ní Bhroin, Deirdre Kennedy, Jeni Roddy agus Arran Murphy, samhlaíonn ‘Drowned Galway’ an chaoi a bhféadfadh muintir na Gaillimhe maireachtáil i i dtodhchaí báite nach bhfuil i bhfad uainn.

Tá múr-phictiúr sráide Changes, change le Shane O’Malley le feiceáil ar Lána an Teampaill. Braitheann an leagan den phictiúir a bhíonn le feiceáil ar an aimsir agus ar chomh trom is atá an bháisteach ag titim.

Beidh ballaí na cathrach mar scáileáin freisin, ag taispeáint gearscannán Grain loves Rain Dasha Tsapenko agus Nazar Gresko, a thugann léargas ar an eiceachóras soghluaiste a chrothuigh siad ar Inis Oírr, agus gur gá a chaitheamh agus a bheathu faoin bháisteach, chomh maith  le scannán rince aonair nua le Kristyn Fontanella a spreag titim na báistí ar a corp.

Más Oíche Chultúir fliuch é, buail isteach chuig leabharlann  na cathrach agus faigh scáth báistí Sew Last Season (agus leabhar) ar iasacht. Tá chuile scáth báistí maisithe de láimh agus é mar aidhm ag an scéim cultúr comhroinnte agus cineáltas a chur chun cinn.

Is féidir léarscáil na suíomhanna ealaíne a íoslódáil ar ón 14 Meán Fómhair.

Druid presents


A Galway 2020 commission

Druid returns to live theatre in the magic fields, woods and gardens of Coole Park in a tribute to, and an animation of, the life and works of Galway’s Augusta Lady Gregory.

Tony Award-winner Garry Hynes will direct the DruidGregory company of 12 actors and musicians, including leading members of the Druid Ensemble, led by Tony-award winner Marie Mullen playing Lady Gregory herself. The plays include The Rising of the Moon, Hyacinth Halvey, The Gaol Gate, The Workhouse Ward, McDonough’s Wife and the revolutionary Cathleen ní Houlihan. The project will also include some of her poetry and other writings, as well as music, dance, and the work of her great friend, the poet WB Yeats.  

Location Coole Park, Coole Demesne, Co. Galway
Time 8pm
Booking required, further information  


Turas Chonamara 

Community Map – Making 

Directed by Ríonach Ní Néill, produced by Ciotóg and Macalla DHS, commissioned by Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture and co-funded by FLAG (Fisheries Local Action Group), supported by NUI Galway and RTÉ Raidio na Gaeltachta. 

Find out about the Turas Chonamara digital and audio map created in collaboration with community participants.

Take a digital tour of the Conamara Gaeltacht, listen to stories, music and songs contributed by local residents, and immerse yourself in the region’s incredibly rich oral, musical and literary culture.

The public is invited to contribute to the map by sharing history, folklore, music, literature, and pictures of your Conamara Gaeltacht areaIf you have a story, poem or song, we would love to record it. 

Location Fíbín, an Tulaigh, Baile na hAbhann, Co Galway
Time 7.30 – 9.30pm
Booking Drop-in
Further information 


Léarscáil Digiteach Closamhairc Turas Chonamara 

Turas Chonamara faoi stiúir ag Ríonach Ní Néill, arna léiriú ag Ciotóg & Macalla DHS, arna choimisiúnú ag Gaillimh 2020, Priomhchathair Chultúir na hEorpa, arna chomh-mhaoiniú ag FLAG (Fisheries Local Area Group), le tacaíocht ó Ollscoil na hÉireann Gaillimh agus RTÉ Raidio na Gaeltachta 

Buailigí isteach go Ciotóg chun fáil amach faoin léarscáil digiteach closamhairc Turas Chonamaraatá á chrothú againn  in éineacht le pobal Chonamara

Déan turas digiteach timpeall Ghaeltacht  Chonamara, agus tab hair cluais do na scéalta,  amhráin agus ceol a d’eascair ó na dúichí éagsúla. Tugannábhar an léarscáil, atá á bhailiú againn ó mhuintir na háite, léargas ar shaibhreas cultúir, ceoil, teanga agus béaloidis an  cheantair.

Cuireann muid fáilte roimh ábhair le cur leis an léarscáil, a chuimsíonn na ceantair ó Charna go Cois Fharraige   eolas áitiúil agatar nós logainmneacha, stair, béaloideasamhráinlitríochtpictiúirí  ábhair suime eileroinn linn iad  déan taifead linn ar an oíche. 


Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture presents


by Louise Manifold in partnership with the Marine Institute Ireland, in association with the Commissioners of Irish Lights; Áras Éanna, Inis Oírr; and Ars Electronica 2020. Supported through the Arts Council of Ireland Project Awards 2017 and 2019.  

Aerial/Sparks invites you to connect in person with one of the last unknown spaces on earth, the ocean wilderness.

Seven artists, writers and composers from across Europe have produced a series of compelling standalone artworks for exhibition and radio broadcast, inspired by their experiences of joining research expeditions on board the Marine Institute Ireland’s RV Celtic Explorer.

Participating artists: Ailís  Ríain (IRL), Carol Anne Connolly (IRL), David Stalling (DE), Kennedy Browne (IRL), Kevin Barry (IRL), Magz Hall (EN) and Robertina Šebjanič (SI).  

The rugged beauty of Inis Oírr, the smallest of the Aran Islands, is the setting for Aerial/Sparks, positioned between the relative calmness of Galway Bay and the wildness of the Atlantic, immersed in maritime culture and the ideal host location for Aerial/Sparks. At just 3km long by 3km wide, visitors can easily traverse the island by foot to discover sound works housed in a lighthouse, the local church, an old handball alley, Tigh Ned, and Áras Éanna, Europe’s most westerly Arts Centre.  

Location Inis Oírr
Time  11 – 5pm
Further information 

Saolta Arts and Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture in partnership with Galway University Hospitals and Saolta University Health Care Group presents 

The Deepest Shade of Green 

Viriditas is a song cycle composed by renowned Irish artist and singer Ceara Conway interweaving newly-composed contemporary songs with traditional European healing songs from Georgia and Italy, exploring practices of healing, well-being and the effects of systems on the spirit and health of those living and working within them.  

Viriditas takes the listener on a mesmerising journey through songs after an extended process of engagement at Galway University Hospitals, inspired by conversations with hospital staff, patients and recordings of hospital equipment. The cycle includes songs celebrating life and life force, the medicinal healing properties of plants and laments for the current threat to their extinction. 

Artist Ceara Conway will perform live in Portiuncula University Hospital Chapel accompanied by singer/songwriter Anna Mullarkey.  This special intimate event will be streamed to patients throughout the hospital.  Viriditas the album will be gifted to patients throughout the Saolta University Health Care Group on Culture Night and available online at 

Further information


Galway 2020 and Irish Architecture Foundation present

Reimagine Loughrea

A Small Towns Big Ideas Project

The Irish Architecture Foundation is working with ‘The Walks’ project and local groups in Loughrea to create a temporary architectural intervention in the historic heart of the town. 

Opening on Culture Night and running for 2 weeks, “The Walks” in the historic heart of Loughrea is the location of a unique site-specific installation, Through Thinning Landscapes.

Through Thinning Landscapes aims to create an awareness-shifting experience for the individual: to provide a mandate for empathy with all stakeholders with whom we share our environment. Through experience, the installation wishes to draw attention to the loss of the richness of life in the Irish landscape and to inspire people to take action to resolve urgent biospherical issues.

You are encouraged to visit the installation while it is in place and the project will also host two special events on 18th and 26th September aimed at facilitating dialogue and raising-awareness around these critical issues.

Friday 18 September 5pm: A Dialogue: BothAnd Group and Dr Janice Fuller, moderated by Frank Monahan – streamed live online from Loughrea Library and available as a podcast after the event. Link HERE 

In dialogue with BothAnd Group and ecologist Dr. Janice Fuller, this conversation will be hosted by Frank Monahan and will explore issues of landscape design, biodiversity loss, individual responsibility and architecture’s role as agency.

Conversations will also be recorded in the form of a podcast and available online.

26 September: Talk with Éanna Ní Lamhna: Practical Methods for Helping Pollinators – for further information & booking  HERE 


Reimagine is a place-making programme by the Irish Architecture Foundation that works with communities across Ireland to co-create and co-design solutions to challenges or problems they’ve identified in their locality. Reimagine is funded by Creative Ireland.

BothAnd Group

BothAnd Group is a research and spatial design practice that aims to understand the behaviour of living systems; to design a more equal environment for all forms of life.

Commissioned by the Galway County Council Architectural Conservation Office supported by Galway County Council Creative Ireland Programme / Galway 2020 Small Towns Big Ideas, with additional grant-aid support from the Creative Ireland Programme’s National Creativity Fund, and delivered by the Irish Architecture Foundation’s Reimagine programme

Galway 2020, Merlin Woods Collective in association with Friends of Merlin Woods present

Am I Nature

A Small Towns Big Ideas Project 

Am I Nature is a mockumentary told through the eyes of the Merlin Woods Wildlife!

COVID – 19, has caused us all to reassess our behaviour and attitudes. Am I Nature is a creative assessment and response to the ever-changing landscape of woods, public parks and human behaviour toward nature during lockdown phases. Set on the grounds of Merlin Woods Animals will conduct a human transect charting; increased footfall, the use of habitat, and the habits of new and existing wood users. Celebrating another resurgence of nature as restrictions lifted with the mass-influx of humans in all their forms: peacocking prom-saunters, tunnel vision joggers and cyclists, families finally with time, exhausted dogs with their walkers, defeated new-puppy owners, inspiration-seeking artists, mindful meditative strollers, the new gardeners and of course the hungry nature enthusiasts.

Am I Nature poses important questions – how has the lockdown been positive for nature, wildlife, and people? And with the return to ‘normality’ will the positive impact have a lasting effect?

Am I Nature is created by Merlin Woods Collective in conjunction with Friends of Merlin Woods, local artists and members of the community.

Audience numbers and community participants will be determined in line with government guidelines.

A pre-recorded performance will be streamed on social media platforms at the same time as the live event.

Supported by the Galway City Arts Office, Galway City Council and Galway 2020.

Dates 18 September 7  – 8pm

An pre-recorded online performance will also be available to view at 7pm on Culture Night for anyone who cannot get a ticket or cannot attend via YOUTUBE and Facebook