Participating artists: 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 Ni Bhriain| Seamus Nolan| Seoidin O’Sullivan| Owen Quinlan| Oswaldo Ruiz| The Canary Project| Anaïs Tondeur| Michael John Whelan

Hy-Brasil film Screening
George Bolster| Adam Chodzko| Shezad Dawood| Robert J. Flaherty| Otolith Group| Werner Herzog| Tadhg O’Sullivan| Laura Smith

Curated by Mary Cremin

TULCA Festival of Visual Arts 2015 curated by Dublin based writer, art historian and independent curator Mary Cremin. Mary has titled this year’s festival Seachange, it looks at our changing environment and will run in various locations around Galway from November 14th – November 29th.

Speaking about the festival curator Mary Cremin said, “The future of the global environment may very well be the most pressing political priority of our time. This exhibition seeks to illuminate issues of climate change and our place in the changing landscape while, at the same time, examining the language associated with climatologists’ future projections–language often 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, literally, in our current climate policies.”

The starting point of the exhibition Seachange, at its conceptual core it focuses on the legendary island Hy-Brasil: an island, noted on maps as early as 1325, which the Genoese cartographer Dalorto placed off the west coast of Ireland. Mythologised through oral history and written accounts, Hy-Brasil was said to be inhabited by a highly advanced society, although 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 are different hypotheses on the existence of this island, and the debate continues as to whether it is fact or fiction–for instance, a raised bank off the Atlantic coast is thought to mark the site of the island which sank like the legendary Atlantis. The ways in which the myths associated with this island reflect the changing landscape of our environment form the central line of inquiry of this exhibition.

TULCA 2015 is about creating conversation and art creates a platform for conversations and to illustrate and encourage imaginative responses to both the history and future of the climate debate.

To coincide with the exhibition there will be a series of talks and discussions titled Hy-brasil Dialogues that will explore different fields of pertinent knowledge. Speakers include Jean-Marc Chomaz, Dr. Eugene Farrell, Lillis Ó Laoire, Alessandra Costanzo, Alexandra Lima Revez, Rosemarie Butler, Dominic Stevens.

Download the TULCA 2015 Festival catalogue