Don’t Miss These Shows

The main exhibitions of the Galway Cartoon Festival 2022 are still open, but must close soon. Now is your last chance to see…

Marilena Nardi – The Drawings of Tomorrow

Town Hall Theatre Bar

12:00pm – 5pm

Marilena Nardi teaches illustration and artistic anatomy at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia, and her mastery of these disciplines is clearly evidenced by her works. She is a cartoonist of extraordinary power, a voice crying silently for justice, the passion of her meaning manifest in every line. Having appeared in leading newspapers such as Le Monde and Corriere della Sera, she now regularly contributes to Italian progressive daily Domani.

Jim Cogan Retrospective

Town Hall Theatre Foyer

12:00pm – 5pm

A brief preview of Jim Cogan at the Town Hall Theatre

Each year, the Galway Cartoon Festival endeavours to choose one Irish professional to celebrate. Jim Cogan has been one of Ireland’s funniest and most famous cartoonists for decades, and deserves this honour more than most.

Tarraing É I nGaeilge

Galway City Library

10:00am – 5pm

“Draw It In Irish”, our annual showcase of cartoons and comics created in the first official language, is displayed both on Inis Oírr and – until this Thursday – at Galway City Library. It features both some of the best-known names in Irish cartooning and some completely new talent. This year we even feature contributions from Italy!

Drawing The Line

PorterShed Bowling Green

12:00pm – 5pm

And of course our main annual international exhibition, Drawing The Line, is still on show. Come and see cartoons from all around the world. Some by complete unknowns, others by the biggest names in the profession.

Included among the latter are some of the wonderful guests we had this year – Steve Bell, Hunt Emerson, Cristina Sampaio, Ivailo Tsvetkov, Brady Izquierdo Rodríguez, Graeme Keyes, Tom Mathews, Aongus Collins, Dean Patterson, Harry Burton and of course, Liza Donnelly. See their work, and much more, at the PorterShed Bowling Green.


“Drawing The Line”

It is with huge thanks to everyone who sent work for consideration that we announce the artists who were chosen for our 2022 open international exhibition, “Drawing The Line”.

Alagon Italy
Andrey Selivanov Russia
Aongus Collins Ireland
Bahman Jalali Nokandeh Iran
Brandon Hicks Canada
Brady Izquierdo Rodríguez Cuba
Ciaraíoch Ireland
Cristina Sampaio Portugal
Dara McGee Ireland
David Carmody Ireland
David Hafez USA
Dean Patterson Northern Ireland
Dokhshid Ghodratipour Iran
Doru Axinte Romania
Evžen David Czechia
Fabrice Matray France
Fadi Toon Norway
Glenn Marshall UK
Graeme Keyes Ireland
Harry Burton Ireland
Hunt Emerson UK
Ivailo Tsvetkov Bulgaria
Jabar Saber Iraq
Joe Boske Ireland
Joey Mason USA
Jon Berkeley Ireland
Jonathon Bomser USA
Liza Donnelly USA
Mahboob Pakdel Iran
Mark Winter New Zealand
Martyn Turner Ireland
Milko Dalla Battista Italy
Nol France
Philip Witte USA
Raed Khalil Syria
Richard Chapman Ireland
Richie Brennan Ireland
Salar Eshratkhah Iran
Shen Hong Li China
Steve Bell UK
Teja Fischer Germany
Til Mette Germany
Tjeerd Royaards Netherlands
Tom Mathews Ireland
Viacheslav Kapreliants Ukraine

Having received something approaching 2,000 entries this year, our chief regret is that we only had space to hang 90 pieces. We have been able to display nothing more than a brief sample of the cartooning talent that exists in Ireland and around the world.

All the chosen works remain on exhibition at the PorterShed Galway until Sunday October 9th (and will be available as an online gallery after the festival). Please come and enjoy them.

Taibhdhearc Shows

Sunday October 2nd

Tickets online or on the door.

The Comics of Jack B Yeats

4pm Tickets

Ilustrated talk by Michael Connerty with Q & A session and mini comic strip art exhibition by Jack B Yeats in An Taibhdhearc.

The State of The Art

A panel discussion with top Irish and international cartoonists in An Taibhdhearc, as part of Galway Cartoon Festival 2022

  • Liza Donnelly (The New Yorker)
  • Steve Bell (The Guardian)
  • Cristina Sampio (SpamCartoons)
  • Hunt Emerson (The Beano)
  • Tom Mathews (Of Course)

Your host: James Harrold

7pm Tickets

Draw With Harry

Saturday October 1, The PorterShed

Would you like to learn some cartooning skills? You could hardly find a finer teacher than political cartoonist and storyboard artist Harry Burton, one of the finalists in this year’s European Cartoon Award!

Harry will give a class on how he goes about drawing cartoons. All abilities welcome!

American Gothic – Harry Burton

Drawing The Line

PorterShed, Bowling Green, Galway

Free Entry

Announcing this year’s main Cartoon Festival event! A major exhibition of work by top Irish and international cartoonists casting a humorous eye on recent events at home and abroad. No shortage of material there…

As always, the international exhibition is the keynote event of the festival and attempts to capture the state of the world in cartoon – and the state of cartoon around the world. This year we have contributions from dozens of countries and from many amazing talents – including some of the biggest names in the profession. (More news about our special guests soon!)

This exhibition, in the new PorterShed on Bowling Green, will be open every day during the festival from 12:00 to 5:00pm.

It will also be the backdrop for our Festival Grand Opening on Friday 30 September at 7:00pm. All welcome.

Festival ’22 is Go

Join Us For A Party In A Distillery

5:00pm Friday September 23rd, Galway City Distillery, Merchants Road

You are invited to the launch of the programme for Galway Cartoon Festival ’22.

Keyvan Varesi, Iran

Here’s what you get:

  • All the news of the shows we’re doing this year
  • Including our (amazing) special guests
  • On-the-spot cartooning by the fantastic Jim Cogan
  • First class nibbles by renowned chef JP McMahon
  • And the complimentary glass of wine!

It being Culture Night, we have lovely things to announce to the press and public. It’s going to be one hell of a post-lockdown festival. See you at five on Friday.

Movie Fundraiser

Tuesday 13th, 20:30

Typical Galway person, circa 1992

We’re showing a film to raise funds for this year’s Cartoon Festival. Pleases bring you family, friends, neighbours and livestock.

In the Shadow of Galway Cathedral, 30 Years On

This documentary was created to record the Galway Arts Festival of 1992 for posterity. A fascinating encapsulation of one of the landmark early Festivals, it has never been shown in public since that year.

Showtime: Tuesday September 13 2022, 20:30



In 1992 The Galway film industry was in its infancy, there was no TG4, Ros na Rún, Town Hall Theatre or Pálás Cinema. There was however an extraordinarily vibrant arts scene.

On Tuesday September 13th a documentary made about the 1992 Arts Festival that year will be shown in the Pálás cinema. The documentary features all the artists and performers from the time and includes among others Macnas’s Táin, Druid’s The Midnight Court, Punchbag’s Eclipsed, Spalding Grey, Willie DeVille, and a very, very youthful Stunning.

The documentary has not been shown for 30 years and will be screened in the Pálás Cinema on the 13th September at 8.30 as a fundraiser for the Galway Cartoon Festival.

Just Days To Go!

Deadline: Sunday July 31

Don’t think about it too much, just send us something. We’ve had submissions from over 100 cartoonists so far, so it’s going to be a party.

  • Entries should be emailed to as 300dpi jpegs.
  • People have asked is there any limit to the number of entries you can send. The answer is no (just please be reasonable!)
  • All entries we select will be printed and exhibited in venues around Galway, from September 30 to October 9 2022.

Additionally, these selected entries will appear in an online brochure and gallery of the 2022 festival.

If you submitted your work more than a week ago and have still not received an acknowledgement, please get in touch and we’ll check that it reached us.

Table Quiz!

Help us fund the Galway Cartoon Festival and have fun while you’re at it. The Dew Drop Inn, Wednesday 20th July, 8pm. Prizes, raffles, bar, laughs. Just €40 for a table of four.