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Event Details

Tulca Festival

7th – 23rd of November 2014 @ Galway City

Tulca Festival of Visual Arts is a festival of contemporary art that takes place each November in Galway. It presents innovative exhibitions that provoke and energise audiences into the world of the visual arts and is supported by NUI Galway through the Community Knowledge Initiative. This year's festival runs from November 7th -23rd and full details are available at: There are a number of NUI Galway-related events taking place in this year's festival, which may be of interest - see below for details:

Saturday November 15th: The View, Áras na Mac Léinn, NUI Galway, 1.00-5.00pm.

Sound Out: Discussing European Capital of Culture Legacies devised by 126 Artist-Run Gallery, The event looks at the processes and experiences of bidding for and hosting the European Capital of Culture (ECoC), and given that Galway is bidding to be the chosen city in 2020 is sure to be of keen interest. Sound Out will be a platform to ask questions and to learn about various aspects of the European Capital of Culture. The event will be chaired by Dr. Pat Collins, Geography, NUI Galway (and lead consultant ECoC 2020 Galway), and invited speakers include: Dave O' Brien, Lecturer in Cultural and Creative Industries, City University London, Tara Byrne, Consultant and Cultural Policy researcher, based in Dublin and Craig Richardson, Professor of Fine Art, Northumbria University, UK.

Wednesday November 19th: Festival Gallery, Market Street, 5.30pm.

Guided tour of the exhibitions, starting at the Festival Gallery, Market Street. The tour will offer a snapshot of the festival. It is suitable for students and staff alike, for those with busy schedules, those who haven't time to fit in the whole festival or for the novice who doesn't usually feel comfortable around art. TULCA recommends allowing ninety minutes for the tour.

Booking Details: This is a FREE event, but as places are limited, it is necessary to register in advance by contacting Joanna McGlynn, Education

Coordinator on 086 8774710 or via email:

STIR Project: Galway Arts Centre, Dominick Street. STIR Project is a collaboration between two Galway based collectives: BRANCH and ITSA. BRANCH comprises PhD students in Philosophy at NUI Galway and they are collaborating with ITSA - recent visual arts graduates from GMIT. The project will take up residence on the first floor of Galway Arts Centre, creating a dedicated space for public engagement and reflection. Through the use of social media and the designated research hub at Galway Arts Centre, STIR will establish an open-ended forum, fluidly reacting to and engaging with the Tulca festival.

As the project plans to respond to the festival as it unfolds, the schedule will be fluid, and updated via social media. Expect: walkabouts, round table discussions, research presentations and debate. Keep an eye on: @thestirproject and @tulcafestival for the latest events.