TULCA Festival Announce
2015 Curator

Mary Cremin

Mary Cremin is a writer, art historian and independent curator based in Dublin. Cremin graduated from University College Cork with B.A. in History of Art and Political Geography (2004) and graduated with a Masters in Visual Art Practice (curating) from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin in 2007.

Recent curatorial projects include Aether, Martin Healy at Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin (2014), Misadventure Seeks Rainy Afternoon: Sonia Shiel, Oonagh Young Gallery (2013/2014), Bring in the Noise, Ormston House & Limerick City Gallery (2013), Lights, Camera, Action!, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios (2012), Pilgrimage from Scattered Points: Luke Fowler, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios (2011), Sidney Nolan; Ned Kelly Series, IMMMA (2012-2013), Garrett Phelan, IMMA off site NEW FAITH LOVELSONG (2012), Conversations: Photography from the Bank of America Collection IMMA, (2012), Cyprien Gaillard & Koudlam, IMMA (2011). She was Project Manager, Richard Mosse, The Enclave, Irish Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 2013, prior to this she was Project Curator at the Irish Museum

of Modern Art. She has produced major exhibitions on Eileen Gray, Lynda Benglis, Francis Alÿs, Carlos Garaicoa, Romuald Hazoumè, Gerard Byrne, and Alice Maher.

Cremin was awarded the curatorial residency in Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin for 2010/2011, the visual arts curator residency, 2013 from the Irish Arts Council.

In 2015, she will curate a performance series at IMMA as part of the Summer Rising and will participate in 1+1, at Platform, Vaasa, Finland. She is the curator of Dublin City University art collection.

About the Festival

Since 2002, TULCA Festival of Visual Art has captivated Galway city with an eclectic display of Contemporary Art.

TULCA is a multi-venue, artist-centered festival of contemporary art that works with Irish curators to present innovative exhibitions that provoke and energise audiences into the world of the Visual Arts.

TULCA Festival champions Galway city and county as central to the contemporary visual arts community and as a hub for artists, audiences and culture. We promote the development and exhibition of the contemporary visual arts culture through a national and international network of artists, audiences, curators and art critics.

Our aims are:

  • To provide artists with the opportunity to connect and create.
  • To promote the visual arts through educational workshops and performance activities.
  • To encourage audiences of all ages to embrace the contemporary arts culture of Galway, Ireland and beyond.

What we do

Every year TULCA takes place over three weeks in November and is the only festival in Ireland to specifically commission Irish curators who develop a theme unique to the event.

TULCA initiates an open call that invites national and international artists to submit a proposal based upon the chosen theme.

We challenge ourselves and our visitors to think about art and its place in the world, covering a range of subjects. National and International collaboration and exchange have made TULCA a Festival for creative cross-fertilisation and a source of surprise, inspiration and imagination for visitors and participants.

Exhibitions take place in both gallery and non-gallery spaces, featuring projects and events across urban and regional contexts.

We create a visual arts trail through the streets of Galway, embracing the illustrious culture and ambience for which the city is renowned. We host guided tours, talks, seminars and workshops.

An art-through-education programme: T.Ed invites schools throughout the city and county to participate in the arts and experience the festival.

Openness, hospitality and knowledge exchange are very important to us.

Previous Curators:

Michael Dempsey, Cliodhna Shaffrey, Sarah Searson, Aine Phillips, Aideen Barry, Louise Manifold, George Bolster, Helen Carey, Michelle Browne, Megs Morley, Gregory McCartney, Valerie Connor, Aisling Prior.

TULCA LTD. is a registered trading name of TULCA Festival OF Visual Arts and is governed by a voluntary board:

  • Gavin Murphy, GMIT
  • Margaret Flannery, GUH Arts Trust
  • Deirdre Kennedy, Sigmar
  • Ann Lyons, CKI
  • Denise McDonagh, Visual Artist
  • Lucy Elvis, 126 Artist-Led Gallery
  • Maeve Mulrennan, Galway Arts Centre
  • Josephine Vahey, Galway County Library



TULCA continues its commitment to the educational aspect of the Festival through the development of its education programme T.Ed. T.Ed focuses on looking at and responding to visual art. It is about reaching out and engaging with schools and the wider community to create an increased awareness and a shared understanding of the Visual Arts.  If we can learn about our past through the collections of a museum then so too can we begin to understand our present when we look at contemporary visual art.

The T.Ed programme offers free educational tours of the Festival for Primary, Post Primary and Third Level Institutions and is supported with an onsite Process Room. Last year over 1,000 students contributed to a dynamic conversation through the T.Ed tours.


Engaging directly with an exhibition ignites a sense of curiosity - questions of the who, what, when and why

variety. Artists invent their own visual language to communicate an idea, a thought, a fleeting moment, a question or a story. The T.Ed tour for Primary Schools provides an opportunity for children to decipher these visual clues by guiding children through a process of slow looking, reflection and response.

Tours are offered in a relaxed and friendly child centered environment, sensitive to the varying learning needs of each age group. Recommended for ages 8+.

Post Primary

The T.Ed tour for Post Primary schools provides an opportunity for students to develop an appreciation for contemporary visual art. Guided through a series of questions and observation exercises, students will generate their own interpretation and understanding of the artworks in question. Students are encouraged to forge links between the exhibition and their environment.

Designed to compliment the current Leaving Certificate Art Curriculum, additional topics for discussion include planning and curating an exhibition, the installation process, lighting techniques and presentation methods. Recommended for Leaving Certificate and Transition Year students.

Third Level

The T.Ed tour for Third Level combines an induction talk with a walkabout tour of multiple TULCA venues. The induction is designed to enhance students viewing experience by introducing the curatorial context and providing a framework for consideration throughout the walkabout tour. Students will be provided with a suggested walking route that reflects the diversity of artists, disciplines and locations unique to TULCA. The walkabout tour itself is unguided.

Group Visits

All group visits, guided or unguided, must be booked in advance to optimise your Festival experience. Groups arriving without pre-booking may be asked to wait or return at a later time.

During peak visiting hours, large groups may be requested to divide into smaller numbers. Groups of children/under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by appropriate adult supervision. TULCA operate a ratio of 1:12.

For bookings and for further enquiries please contact 085 747 2906 or email education@tulcafestival.com

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