Open Call | TACTICAL MAGIC, TULCA Festival of Visual Art 2019, Galway

Application deadline: 6 May, 6pm.

TULCA Festival of Visual Arts is pleased to announce details of its 2019 Open Call curated by Kerry Guinan; TACTICAL MAGIC.

TACTICAL MAGIC describes a process of reification by magic. As a festival and exhibition, it sets out to identify the links between art and magical practice. Archaeology tells us that the very roots of art are in magic. Prehistoric cave paintings, for example, were not merely decorative embellishments, they were acts of hunting magic intended to bring prey into life. It is this magical element, this resolute belief in reality building and bending through art, that forms the basis of TULCA 2019.

For more information on the curatorial brief and how to apply please go to

TULCA is curated through direct invitation and an Open Call process. The final selection of artworks will be based on thematic connection, artistic quality, and feasibility. Selections are made by the curator in consultation with the TULCA producer. They will confirm receipt of all applications. Selected artists will be notified no later than 30th June 2019.

There is no submission fee to apply. As well as an artist fee, TULCA offer curatorial and artistic development, technical support and a significant press, marketing and audience campaign. A fully illustrated catalogue with commissioned essays is produced each year.

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