The Good Yarn is an art-in-education project that draws inspiration from Galway’s merchant and mariner past, specifically the lucrative wool trade of South County Galway. Through a series of in-school creative workshops, artist-educators Jojo Hynes and Jennifer Cunningham will engage with primary schools in the coastal area of Kinvara to explore narratives of nostalgia, alternative economies and future culture in response to their local environment. Students will respond to the curatorial ideas underpinning the festival through visual enquiry and intergenerational participation.

About the Artist-Educators

Jennifer Cunningham

Jennifer Cunningham works with paint, printmaking, film, digital media and drawing. She has won several awards for her work including the Taylor Art Award and the Thomas Dammann travel award. She also exhibits both nationally and internationally, most recently with a solo show in the  Galway International Arts Festival 2018 and the Ashford Gallery, R.H.A. Other projects include “ Una” Galway theatre festival, 2018, Role videographer, projection and set dressing.

Jennifer graduated with a first class honours degree from GMIT in 2002 and in 2008 she completed a Masters in fine art from NCAD in Dublin. She has undertaken residencies in Fire-station Studios Dublin, the RHA school, SIM Iceland, Cill Rialaig, the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Studio 9, the Galway Arts Centre and the Inishlacken Project. She runs her own Art School in Galway and has lectured at IADT and NCAD and has completed a number of artist in the school schemes.

Jojo Hynes

Jojo Hynes has been working as an artist and arts educator for over ten years with a range of organisations in England, Australia and Ireland. Her practice encompasses a wide range of media, including video, painting, printmaking, sound editing, photography, collage, digital arts and sculpture.  She also facilitates performance and physical theatre workshops. Her workshops often explore the themes of the local/place, cultural identity and link socio-political issues to arts education.

In her visual arts practice, Jojo explores the representation of real and fictional female protagonists influenced by where the past and present, fact and fiction meet and overlap.  She has collaborated with many different artists to create alternative networks, play with hierarchies, produce exhibitions, events, publications and undertaken residencies across London, Ireland and throughout Europe.

She has completed a MA in Fine Art from Kingston University, a PGCE in Art and Design from Goldsmiths University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Community, Art and Education from NCAD and a BA in Fine Arts from GMIT.


Gallery Tour for Leaving Certificate Students

Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri throughout the Festival

Galway Arts Centre, Dominick Street

Booking is essential | 086 8774710 or

Develop students appreciation for contemporary visual art by booking a tour designed to complement the current Leaving Certificate Art Curriculum. Guided through a series of questions and observation exercises, students will generate their own interpretation and understanding of the exhibition. Topics for discussion include planning and curating an exhibition, the installation process, lighting techniques, display and presentation methods.

The festival features artworks by 19 Irish and international artists across seven venues. The venue in focus for this tour is Galway Arts Centre located on Dominick Street. Including work by established and emergent artists, students can expect to engage with sculpture, installation, film, photography, projections and paintings.

A Teacher & Student Resource Pack is issued on arrival and a Student Worksheet is provided to enhance the learning experience, specifically designed to develop transferable skills and techniques.

Tours run Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday throughout the festival.  Allow 90 mins for the tour. Sketching and photography are encouraged. Teachers are required to accompany students at all times.

Art and Philosophy Workshops for Second Level with CURO

Fully Booked

After a hugely successful pilot project with TULCA last year, CURO are welcomed back with open arms as education partners for a second year running. These workshops facilitated by CURO build communities of philosophical inquiry (CPIs) that pursue concepts and questions inspired by the artworks at TULCA. Through dialogues informed by the Lipman/Sharp pedagogy, young thinkers are empowered to think critically and creatively together. By asking these deeper questions our second level learners explore the role that art can play in provoking thoughtful civic conversations that they can continue beyond the gallery.

Through a specially devised combination of in-school workshops and site-specific gallery visits, students will ask BIG questions inspired by the festival artworks and develop their capacities for critical, creative and caring thinking.

About CURO

CURO was founded by Dr Orla Richardson, Annie McKeown-O’Donovan and Lucy Elvis after they began working in the P4C (Philosophy for Children) pedagogy and saw the potential for meaningful philosophical inquiry in different contexts. They are philosophers who see the value in posing and exploring philosophical questions together (and understand how much fun this can be!).


Gallery Visit for Primary Schools

Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri throughout the Festival

Recommended for ages 8 +

Booking is essential | 086 8774710 or

Let’s Get Lost brings young audiences on a gallery walkabout to explore the rich visual language artists use to communicate their ideas. Children are invited to delve into  their imagination. Through a process of slow looking, reflection and response they will develop their own visual thinking techniques. Students can expect to engage with sculpture, installation, film, photography, projections and paintings.