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

Tickets: https://www.palas.ie/film/in-the-shadow-of-galway-cathedral-30-years-on/


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 info@galwaycartoons.eu 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.

Festival Submissions Are Open!

Deadline: July 31st 2022

Poster by Jon Berkeley

The Galway Cartoon Festival is now inviting cartoon entries for our international exhibition 2022.

Our Theme: “Drawing The Line”

This is where we draw a line under the events of the last few years – or so we hope.

How do you, a cartoonist, make sense of it all? What needs to be said? What needs to stop right now, and what needs to start? What has made you laugh or cry – or laugh and cry?

Get it out of your system. Draw the line!

Teja Fischer, Germany


  • Entries should be emailed to info@galwaycartoons.eu as 300dpi jpegs.
  • Selected entries will be printed and exhibited in venues around Galway September 30 – October 9 2022.
  • Closing date for entries is 31 July 2022.
  • (We will not be accepting submissions of original works or limited-edition prints this year, except by prior arrangement with the artist.)

Terms and Conditions

Selected cartoons will be printed and framed by the Galway Cartoon Festival and offered for sale. 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 or put into the budget for next year’s festival.

Submitted cartoons may also be used in publicity materials for the festival, where they will be credited to the artist.

Irish Language

Galway Cartoon Festival welcomes cartoons in any language and none, but we are particularly keen to get cartoons and comics in the Irish language for our “Tarraing é i nGaeilge” exhibition – the only national annual show of cartoons in Irish.

Works selected for Tarraing é i nGaeilge will be exhibited both in Galway City and on Inis Óirr in the Aran Islands.

Other Events

Alongside these open exhibitions, we have a fine bunch of other cartoon shows and events in the pipeline too. Stick around for further details – or just join the mailing list – and save the first week of October for a visit to Galway.

September 30th – October 9th 2022!

Yes, it’s coming round again already

We’re excited to announce that the dates for this year’s Cartoon Festival have been set for the first week of October.

Cartoon, Richard Chapman (Ireland): "Telework". Two adults are trying to have a Zoom meeting, while the children sitting on their laps are waving to each other. One adult says "Ok, we have a deal - My people will talk to your people."

After struggling against the odds over the last couple of years, we’re hoping to really spread out again with this one. Thanks for all your support during the hard times!