Tulca Festival of Visual Art 2015: Sketching Contemporary Art

Tulca Festival of Visual Art 2015: Sketching Contemporary Art












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The Tulca Festival of Visual Art takes place in Galway every November. It consists of two weeks of contemporary art exhibited in lots of venues throughout the city, from galleries to public buildings. You can find exhibits in UHG, and in the James Mitchell Geology Museum, as well as in more well-known gallery spaces around town like the Galway Arts Centre, Nuns’ Island Theatre and more. The old Connacht Tribune print works on Market Street is the main gallery of the festival and was where the opening of the exhibition was held. Last Friday I braved the cold, wind and rain to attend it, with the intention of sketching what I saw and soaking up the atmosphere.
The exhibition is called Seachange, and aims to draw attention to climate change – and the concomitant disappearance of islands – using the mythological island of Hy-Brasil as a motif. So the exhibits all refer in some way to the sea or to the fragility of our existence on Earth. I had never heard of Hy-Brasil before Friday, but many people more learned than I know all about it. It’s a sort of make-believe, sunken island off the south-west coast of Ireland but if I say any more than that I’ll be out of my depth, so to speak.

Opening of Tulca, Galway

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8 Comments

  1. TT

    October 11, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Lovely sketches. Pen line drawings are my fave. Well done 🙂

  2. Deborah Rehmat

    November 22, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    I absolutely loved this. I’ve been reading you for a while as well as enjoying all your lovely sketches (and we communicated recently on USk Facebook about the marvellous Field Easel Art Bag) but I just had to tell you how much I enjoyed this post. I keep coming back to read it again. You have such a lovely lightness of touch in your writing – combined with beautifully sharp, honest observation and wry humour. Together with your wonderful drawings – it’s the best of what Urban Sketching is all about.

    • Róisín Curé

      November 23, 2015 at 7:41 pm

      Deborah, thank you so much for your very kind words. What praise! I am really touched and genuinely delighted to think my efforts give you such enjoyment. I enjoy writing about these things so much, and there are so many fascinating subjects to write about…

  3. Aisling

    November 20, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    such an elegantly, engaging review of Tulca. Stunning watercolours and really enjoyable read which summed up all the wonderful parts of opening night. Thank you!

    • Róisín Curé

      November 20, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      Thanks so much Aisling. It was a real pleasure to be there and soak up the buzz. I hope there’ll be lots more in this vein to come.

    • Richard Wagner

      November 20, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      Briefly,Contemporary Art is very broad. Some of it I like, some I don’t. I am like you, I take a literal view.

      • Róisín Curé

        November 20, 2015 at 4:21 pm

        Thanks for your comment Richard. I was quite grumpy at first but I was so impressed by the Water Glossary that I think I’ll keep an open mind in future.

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