TULCA 2015 promises a Seachange

City's visual arts festival returns in November

15th century Spanish map showing Hy-Brasil off the coast of Ireland.

15th century Spanish map showing Hy-Brasil off the coast of Ireland.

THE 2015 TULCA Festival of Visual Arts returns to Galway city from Saturday November 14 to Sunday 29, and will feature work by more than 40 Irish and international artists.

This year’s TULCA is curated by Dublin based writer and art historian Mary Cremin, and this year's theme, Seachange, will see exhibitions and artworks examining issues relating to the environment.

"Seachange seeks to illuminate issues of climate change and our place in the changing landscape," said Ms Cremin, "while, at the same time, examining the language associated with climatologists' future projections - language evocative of science fiction rather than science fact. Through a combination of the real and the imaginary, the exhibiting artists create a collective call for a sea change in our climate policies.”

A highlight of TULCA 2015 will be screening of the film Hy-Brasil on Saturday November 21 at 12 noon (there is a preview on Friday 13 at 6pm ). Hy-Brasil was a mythical island many Europeans thought existed. In 1325, Genoese cartographer Dalorto placed it off the west coast of Ireland. It was said it could only be glimpsed through the fog every seven years. It was only omitted from sailing charts in 1865 when its location could not be verified.

There will also be a series of talks and discussions titled Hy-brasil Dialogues. Speakers include Jean-Marc Chomaz, Dr Eugene Farrell, Lillis Ó Laoire, Alessandra Costanzo, Alexandra Lima Revez, Rosemarie Butler, and Dominic Stevens.

Participating artists and collectives this year are Anne Maree Barry, Rhona Byrne, Mark Clare, Carol Anne Connolly, Colin Crotty, Culturstruction, Christo, Jason Deans, Michelle Deignan, Caroline Doolin, Angela Fulcher, Tue Greenfort, Martin Healy, Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet, Allan Hughes, Brian King, Barbara Knezevic, Clare Langan, Nevan Lahart, Richard Long, Ruth Lyons, Maggie Madden, Maria McKinney, Dennis McNulty & Ros Kavanagh, Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, Seamus Nolan, Seoidin O’Sullivan, Owen Quinlan, Oswaldo Ruiz, The Canary Project, Anaïs Tondeur, and Michael John Whelan.

Exhibitions take place in gallery and non-gallery spaces. The main gallery is in the former Connacht Tribune Printing Works in Market Street. See www.tulcafestival.com

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