Merlin Woods Site Visit


An Artist in Every Place

TULCA is delighted to be working with Galway 2020 on such an ambitious and exciting programme – the programme fulfills many of the aims and objectives of TULCA in that it promotes the west of Ireland and promotes the making of new work in a Galway context, across art forms. 

An Artist in Every Place is a three strand Flagship legacy project developed by Galway2020 for its European Capital of Culture Programme. This first strand MAKE, now being piloted, has been devised by Neil Butler Artistic Director of UZ Arts and is produced in partnership with TULCA Festival of Visual Arts for Galway 2020.

At the core of its extraordinary ambition is the desire to have artists living and working in every part of our community and creating projects with members of the public.

“Galway  is the one place where I know the ambition of this project could be realised. To walk through Galway and hear the music coming out of the pubs and bars and onto the streets. To see art and culture being celebrated and feted through festivals and programmes every month of the year. It is apparent that this is a city where it is realistic to have the ambition to have an artist in Every Place.” Neil Butler UZ Arts 

An exciting and engaging series of pilot projects will be launched in May and run through until July taking place in Merlin Woods, Rinville Park Oranmore and Kinvara. These pilots will help Galway 2020 develop, define and explain the programme through consultation with the public at meetings that will be held in tandem with the projects.

The pilot programme is bringing together invited international artists from the InSitu network working in partnership with Galway artists and different communities in several locations across the city and county.

InSitu is a pan-European network of producers and festival directors working in public space founded by Neil Butler in 2002. It has been recognised by the EU as the lead network working in this field in Europe.Galway has been invited to join InSitu and the Artist in Every Place pilot brings artists from InSitu to work with Galway artists to create projects for the programme. Galway2020 intends that Galway artists through this project will have the opportunity to build their networks and career opportunities in Europe. 

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