WHAT IS THE GALWAY CARTOON FESTIVAL?
This will be the fourth year of the festival and this year we will run from Friday October 2nd to 9th October 2020 with a major exhibition in Galway City centre and a series of events and workshops. We are also planning to hold an exhibition of cartoons in Irish on the Aran Islands. All of the exhibitions will be available to view online and we will be holding a series of online interviews, talks and workshops.
WHAT WILL BE IN THE EXHIBITIONS?
We will be showcasing some of the work produced by top Irish and international cartoonists in reaction to the pandemic and how it has effected our lives and an exhibition of work in the Irish language. The exhibitions will also be available to view on our website (www.galwaycartoons.eu), where we are currently running a series of interviews with top Irish and international cartoonists.
WHAT ELSE WILL BE HAPPENING?
As well as the series of interviews and the on-line exhibition, our website will also be hosting a series of workshops, talks and live drawing events. If possible, we will also host a number of live events and workshops in the exhibition venue. We will be setting up "draw on a phone box" official graffiti spaces where anybody who feels like giving it a go can become an opportunistic artist! And there will be an Art Trail, showcasing top cartoon art, in various locations throughout the streets of Galway.
HOW WILL THE FUNDS BE USED?
Framing and exhibitions: €1,200
Marketing and Promotion: €900
WHO IS INVOLVED:
Our team is made up as follows:
ALLAN CAVANAGH - an award-winning, locally-based caricaturist and a founder member of the Festival
WILLY BRENNAN - a former journalist and publisher of cartoon magazine The Yellow Press
MARGARET NOLAN - a well-known local artist and exhibitions curator
PAUL CALLANAN - a Galway-based graphic designer
CATHERINE GAGNEAU - a French Honorary Consul based in Galway
RICHARD CHAPMAN - a well-known local cartoonist and a founder of the festival
JANE HANBERRY - an experienced marketing and publicity person who has been involved in many Galway festivals
THE NEW NORMAL
Normally, we would fund the festival through fundraising events such as art auctions, sponsorships and quiz nights, but that has been impossible this year. Galway City Council has promised us some funding and we are confident that some of our major sponsors will support us, even though they are experiencing difficulties themselves, but we also still need your support.
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE
The Galway Cartoon Festival greatly appreciate any contributions towards making this year's festival — a unique showcase event for the arts of cartooning and illustration, especially as we all need something to smile at in these difficult times.