Coming soon to a bare patch of wall near you, the 2023 Galway Cartoon Festival poster!
This year’s poster image is by the marvellous Jim Cogan, whose style will be unmistakable to anyone in Ireland.
Due to an issue with our email, any submissions sent in the last few days may have failed to reach us. If you emailed work and haven’t yet received acknowledgement, please try again using this address:
(If for any reason that doesn’t work you can also send them to: email@example.com)
See here for all the submission details.
For the 2023 Galway Cartoon Festival
This year we have three separate shows that are open to public submissions. Feel free to send stuff in to any or all of them:
Are You Ready To Be Replaced!?
This could be the last Galway Cartoon Festival, folks. Soon they won’t need us any more. Just tell a computer what makes you laugh and it will turn out side-splitting gag after gag, all beautifully drawn in its own inimitable style.
What do you think – is Artificial Intelligence a useful tool and amusing toy? Or will it murder us all and boil down our corpses for useful minerals? It could go either way. Give us your artistic reaction to the rise of the machine.
While you can.
Wait, you’re not concerned about humanity’s harrowing future? You have something to say about humanity’s harrowing present instead? Good on you. Or perhaps there’s a simple but hilarious gag cartoon or a comic strip you’d like to show.
No problem. We’ll also be doing a show about everything except AI. As is tradition, we call it General Mayhem.
Tarraing É I nGaeilge
Which is Irish for “Draw It In Irish“, and is our show specifically for cartoons in that language – the only one of its kind!
Works selected for Tarraing é i nGaeilge will be exhibited both in Galway City and on Inis Óirr in the Aran Islands.
The Terms and the Conditions
- All our exhibitions are open to submissions from anyone, anywhere.
- They should be sent, as 300dpi jpegs, to: firstname.lastname@example.org – Please include a little biographical information.
- Selected cartoons will be printed and framed by the Galway Cartoon Festival and offered for sale. The Galway Cartoon Festival is a voluntary organisation promoting the art of cartoon and any sales will be put into meeting the costs of running this year’s festival.
- Submitted cartoons may be used in publicity materials for the festival. They will be credited to the artist.
- Submission deadline:
20 August ’23
Will open on September 29th and run until October 4th!
So don’t be taken by surprise.
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
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”.
|Bahman Jalali Nokandeh||Iran|
|Brady Izquierdo Rodríguez||Cuba|
|Dean Patterson||Northern Ireland|
|Mark Winter||New Zealand|
|Milko Dalla Battista||Italy|
|Shen Hong Li||China|
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.
Sunday October 2nd
Tickets online or on the door.
The Comics of Jack B Yeats
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
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!