Galway City Celebrates Cartoons
Between 1 – 9 October, Galway Cartoon Festival will host an array of exhibitions and events across the city and county. As we emerge from the strangest year ever, Galway Cartoon Festival will stimulate, amuse and entertain by bringing you the work of many wonderful national and international artists. You can find out more by visiting: www.galwaycartoons.eu
The main exhibition At Large will be on display from October 1st at The Cornstore, comprising works from a large variety of artists. It pays its respects to the freedoms that we once took for granted, and hopes to provoke some thought and humour. The exhibition features cartoonists from around the world and shows us what a post-Covid world of freedom looks like!
On a local level, Augustus John Revisited displays a large three-piece mural depiction of Galway and its characters alongside some contemporary impressions of the city and its modern-day heroes. The exhibition will take place across Galway City Museum, Spanish Parade, Galway City & Áras Éanna, Inis Oírr, County Galway
The festival will feature Draw It In Irish exhibitions across the city and at Áras Éanna on Inis Oírr with artists such as Aongus Collins, Dara McGee, Caoimhe Lavelle & Dean Patterson.
The festival’s featured artist this year is the late and much under-rated cartoonist Brian O’Toole. Brian contributed to Irish publications including the “In Dublin” magazine, Hot Press and The Yellow Press. A master of media, Brian was equally at home with acrylics, oils, pastels, watercolours, craperboard and examples of work in all these media are included in this celebration of his career. His surreal and meticulously-executed steel pen and ink cartoons that he is best remembered for makes up much of this memorial exhibition.
A commemorative exhibition will also on display at the Cornstore. 20 Years of Injuve Comic Awards is a journey through the history of young comic artists in Spain. The show’s curator, Gerardo Vilches, offers us the opportunity to travel through time starting from the end of the 90s, showing the cartoonists’ evolution from the moment they received Injuve’s support until the present, by focusing on the contrast between the young artist’s work and the more recent pieces for each exhibitor.
On Sunday October 3rd one of Ireland’s top caricature artists and co-founder of the Festival, Allan Cavanagh, along with French portraitist, illustrator and caricaturist Fabrice Matray, and other guest cartoonists will be drawing live caricatures in the Harbour Hotel!
To add some Je ne sais quoi to the Festival, Galway will welcome Fabrice Matray in partnership with the French Embassy. Fabrice has been commissioned by big French and International brands such as McDonald’s, Adidas, Auchan, Duret Ski, and he recently partnered with Galwegian publisher Tribes Press for the illustrated book for kids ‘Covid Monster’s Visit’. Fabrice will feature in a discussion with Marguerite Tonery from Tribes Press on the process and steps for publishing an illustrated book from original idea to writing the story to translation, illustration, paging and publishing (Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop). Fabrice will also host his own illustration workshop, tickets are limited so be sure to book on eventbrite!
Along with demonstrations, caricature sessions and a host of visiting cartoonists, the festival invites you to come along.
For more info: www.galwaycartoons.eu