Cartoons in WW1 – A Conference

NUI Galway

Arts Millennium Building, 4pm – 6pm

[Image by Nicolas Vadot]

For the centenary of the Armistice, the Festival presents an exhibition and conference exploring the impact of cartoons during WW1 in Europe, to be hosted in NUI Galway in collaboration with the French Department, The French Embassy, and the Embassy of Belgium.


The conference takes place on Saturday 10th of November, when guest speakers Prof. Grace Neville from UCC and Prof. Catherine Morris of NUI Galway will discuss the influence of cartoons in Ireland from 1916 to 1918. Also appearing, with the support of Le Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles International, will be Belgian comic author Jean Claude Servais.


The exhibition will be held in the NUI Galway Arts Millennium Building and will explore such issues as:

  • The evolution of cartoons and comics during WW1.
  • The use of cartoon as propaganda.
  • Political cartooning in Ireland from 1916 to 1918.
  • The reactions of cartoonists to the 1918 Armistice and subsequent peace initiatives in Europe.

As a link and follow up, there will also be a small exhibition on ERASMUS.

Comic Art Workshop

On Thursday 15th of November, NUIG will also invite students from secondary schools in Galway to explore issues through drawing, in an art workshop led by professional cartoon and comic artists.