About The Festival

The Galway Cartoon Festival is an international celebration of funny drawings, hosted in Ireland’s most sociable city. 

Galway is a place obsessed with art and culture, with festivals throughout the year for everything from literature to furniture. But noticeable by its absence was the ‘ninth art’, as they call it in France – comics, caricature, and cartoons. In 2017, we decided to change that. 

Coverage in the Irish Times

Our Aims And Plans

Ours is not the only event for cartoon in Ireland, but we have particular goals:

  • To be international in outlook, forging links between our little cartoon culture and the far greater one beyond these shores, especially in continental Europe.
  • To nurture, promote, and develop the art of the cartoon in Ireland, particularly as a means of social criticism and protest. 

We also plan to have a lot of fun. 

Coverage in the London Times

What’s Lined Up For 2018?

Last year we exhibited over 100 original works from all around the world. This year it’ll be bigger and even better. We’re commemorating the end of the First World War and celebrating 100 years of Polish independence, so we’re hosting guest exhibitions from France, Belgium and Poland. We also have a major solo show by one of Ireland’s most famous cartoonists, comic art set to music, and more. 

Our main exhibition is open to submissions from anyone, anywhere in the world. Please get in touch if you’d like to be part of it. We’re especially eager to show female cartoonists; women are seriously underrepresented in the cartoon arts in Ireland.

But as well as exhibitions, we want to do things to get people involved with cartooning. We plan to organise workshops, talks, discussions, even games – for children and for adults! Do you think you could lead a workshop or discussion? Please let us know if you’d like to participate in this way too. 

Coverage in the City Tribune

Want To Get Involved?

Everyone welcome.

Who We Are

The committee, in order of appearance

Richard ChapmanCartoonist & Artistic Director
Allan CavanaghCaricaturist & Co-Founder
Margaret NolanArtist & Curator
Sarah BruzziPoster & Brochure Designer
Tom Mathews
Cartoonist & Guru
Willy BrennanOrganiser & Competent Adult
Catherine GagneuxFrench Liaison & Dynamo
Ivona KwiekPolish Liaison & PR Consultant

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Last Year’s Show

Go here to see last year’s site.