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…

Our Aims and Plans

Our event has particular goals:

We also plan to have a lot of fun.

We regularly hold an exhibition 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 under-represented in the cartoon arts in Ireland.

But as well as exhibitions, we want to do things to get people involved with cartooning. We organise workshops, talks, discussions, even games. For children and adults.

Who We Are

The Crew

Richard Chapman Artistic Director
Margaret Nolan Festival Manager
Paul Callanan Graphic Designer
Dagmar Drabent General Manager
Catherine Gagneux International Liaison
Justin McCarthy Creative & Advisor
Tom Mathews Creative & Advisor
Dara McGee Creative & Advisor
Nicola Hodgins Social Media

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