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:

  • To nurture, promote, and develop the art of the cartoon in Ireland, particularly as a living means of social commentary and protest. 
  • To be international in outlook, forging links and exchanging ideas between our cartoon culture and the ones beyond these shores.

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, in Order of Appearance

Richard Chapman Cartoonist & Artistic Director
Margaret Nolan Creative & Curator
Willy Brennan General Manager
Catherine Gagneux International Liaison
Paul Callanan Graphic Designer
Tom Mathews Creative & Advisor
Dara McGee Creative & Advisor
Justin McCarthy Creative & Advisor
Jane Hanberry Marketing Manager

What We've Done

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