Galway Cartoon Festival 2020

Covid-19, Grace Gifford Plunkett, and cartoons in the Irish language

AN EXHIBITION featuring more than 100 cartoons, taking in every aspect and angle of the Covid-19 pandemic, will be the centrepiece of the 2020 Galway Cartoon Festival.

The festival, which runs from Friday October 2 to Friday 9, will see a variety of exhibitions taking place around the city; a reading; and, circumstance and Government guidelines permitting, a series of live drawing events.

What's happening for the festival

The centrepiece exhibition, entitled The New Normal, will be held in The Cornstore, Middle Street, and feature works from 40 artists from around the world. Also in The Cornstore at Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, there will be a tribute to Grace Gifford Plunkett, the Irish cartoonist, patriot, and republican activist.


Grace Gifford Plunkett's illustration to a scene from JM Synge's The Playboy Of The Western World.

Author and poet Gerry Hanberry will give a read from his book On Raglan Road, giving the back story to Jim McCann's song about her, 'Grace'. The reading takes place this Saturday, October 3, at 5pm in the 2020 hub, again at The Cornstore.

The festival will also have two exhibitions of cartoons as Gaeilge - one in the 2020 hub and the other in Aras Éanna, Inis Óirr, with the latter opening on Sunday at 5pm.


There will also be a Cartoon Art Trail in various premises throughout the city; the Mini Moma exhibition (this Friday, 7pm, Kinlay Hostel, Eyre Square ), where Caoimhe Lavelle and Kristina Collender will reproduce famous paintings in miniature; and Allan Cavanaugh, co-founder of the festival, will be drawing live caricatures in the Harbour Hotel this Saturday, October 3, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

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