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 exhibitons; 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.
TULCA Festival of Visual Arts and Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture present Create Dangerously an education programme that explores creative thinking and creative making to empower teachers and learners.
Create Dangerously is a new arts education programme designed for school groups and teachers. TULCA has commissioned three Irish artists to create new artworks for the project. Editions of these works will become permanent parts of the Create Dangerously programme which opens to schools nationally after its pilot in Spring 2021.
This project is facilitated by TULCA education partner CURO, who focus building thinking skills through philosophical dialogues and creative activities.
Learners will explore the following questions:
Why do we create?
What do we create?
For whom do we create?
Participating teachers will learn to facilitate philosophical conversations in their classrooms, and learners will develop their skills confidence in art making and creative thinking. At the end of the project classes will draft their own ‘creativity manifesto’ which they will present to their partner artist and local community along with an exhibition of some of the artworks produced in response to the artwork they received.
This project presents a unique opportunity for students not only explore new ways of being creative, but to carefully think through why creativity is important and what being creative means to them. It creates a lasting legacy for teachers through active mentoring in the principles that inform the project.
Artists: Donal McConnon, Emma Zukovic and Maeve Clancy.
Schools: Clontuskert NS, Ballinasloe, Co Galway, Cregmore NS, Cregmore, Co Galway and Coláiste Iognáid (The ‘Jes’), Galway City.