It’s Not Over!

We’re extending some of our exhibitions until further notice.

Events, 2019

Look at all we’ve got for you! Solo shows by Ireland’s best-known cartoonist and by one of our newest talents. A display of the finest cartoons from all around the world, another of cartoons in Irish, and no less then three different shows where cartoons meet science. We also have a panel discussion, a book launch, drawing sessions and more.

Prog­ramme Launch!

Black Gate Cultural Centre 7.00pm on Monday 7th October Auction Catalogue ARTIST TITLE / DESCRIPTION MEDIUM RESERVE PRICE 1 Jim Cogan Populism Original Drawing €200 2 Igor Smirnov Arms Industry Print None 3 Russel Herneman Trigger Warning Original Drawing €150 4 Clyde Delaney Pope / Leo Original Drawing €280 5 Jim Cogan GAA Original Drawing €200 6 Dean Patterson Vet Signed Print €125 7 Eoin Kelleher Data Protection Original Drawing €150 8 Jim Cogan Lions Original Drawing €200 9 Donal Casey 1916 Print None 10 Damir Novak Escalation Print None 11 Liza Donnelly Peace Channel Print None 12 Florian Doru Crihana Spanish Arch 1918 Original Painting €200 13 Nani Tank Print None 14 Crisan and Petry Death Print None 15 Jia RuiJun Bomb Print None 16 Til Mette Magic Bullet Print None 17 Miriam Würster Say Peace Print None 18 The Surreal McCoy Riot Print None 19 Dean Patterson Men At Work Signed Print €125 20 Dean Patterson Hitler in Disguise Signed Print €126 21 Kathryn Lamb Smoking Cats Original Drawing €150 22 Gatis Sluka Vegan Print None 23 Gatis Sluka Christmas Print None 24 Dean Patterson Goldfish Signed Print €125 25 Glenn Marshall Blame Culture Signed Print €125 26 The Surreal McCoy Me Too Signed Print €125 27 Nick Newman Brexit Forecast Original Drawing €150 28 Fadi Abou Hassan Migrants Print None 29 Nick Newman DUP Original Drawing €150 30 The Surreal McCoy Duel Signed Print €125 31 Russel Herneman No WiFi Original Drawing €150 32 Florin Balaban Europa Print None 33 Martin Rowson Novichok Print None 34 Donal Casey Brexannia Print None 35 Virginia Cabras Hope Print None 36 Karol Cizmazia Flick Print None All these works are on exhibition at the Black Gate

Quiz Night!

Monday 29 July, Black Gate, 8:00pm Bring all of your friends, it’s only €40 per table and the prizes will be exceptional. We have so many in fact that we’ll be raffling some as well, so you don’t even have to be clever to walk off with loot. Many thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. The quiz will be almost entirely on general knowledge, though there will be one cartoon round. So start reading comics if you want that edge… And of course there’s a bar, many fab wines, lovely food, and that Cartoon Festival atmosphere!

Enjoy The Science!

8th — 18th November 2019 This year we bring you cartoons from around the world on the theme of science! And also, a lot of other cartoons.

Good Shots

Our guests of honour last year, Nol (France) and Marilena Nardi (Italy), have done us the favour of putting up a sweet photo album of their visit to Galway. Here’s a link and some examples: Festival Galway – Irlande 2018

Auction Thanks

Huge thanks to everyone who made our first ever cartoon auction a big success last night, especially sponsors the Liquor Lounge (upstairs at the Dáil Bar) and the Latin Quarter, and of course all the cartoonists. In particular we want to thank Tom Mathews and Gerard Crowley who donated original works to the cause. Special thanks too to Brendan Savage who did a simply brilliant job as MC, and of course to everyone who came – especially those of you who bought cartoons. If you weren’t there… Well, you should have been. We sold 30 pieces (23 prints and 7 original drawings), mostly at bargain prices. It was a huge boost for us, raising enough to make some of our ideas feasible, so look out for news about the 2019 festival soon!

Auction Catalogue

Join us in the Liquor Lounge (upstairs in the Dáíl Bar on Middle Street) at 8:00pm on Tuesday April 9th for a splendid auction of cartoon originals and prints. MC and auctioneer for the evening will be Brendan Savage, there will be a raffle, booze and general fun, and all proceeds go to putting on the next festival! The Cougar Tom Mathews Ireland Original Drawing We start with a gag by the inimitable Tom Mathews. Pail Tom Mathews Ireland Original Drawing Some call Tom the rock star of Irish cartooning. Homer Tom Mathews Ireland Original Drawing Tom also knows a thing or two about art criticism. Sculpture in the Park Tom Mathews Ireland Original Drawing And about art critics. Excalibur Tom Mathews Ireland Original Drawing Not to mention mythology. The Untouchables Tom Mathews Ireland Original Drawing And of course, fine cinema. Irish Dancing School Ed McLachlan UK Large Print Ed McLachlan is one of the greats of British cartooning. His work appears in many publications including Private Eye. Double Original Gerard Crowley Ireland Original Drawing Two great original drawings from comic strip The Last Resort in the Sunday Business Post. The Legend of Bishop Moling Hunt Emerson UK High Quality Giclée Print British underground comix maestro Hunt Emerson retells the Irish legend of Bishop Moling and the fox. The Backstop’s Here Ian Knox Ireland High Quality Giclée Print Northern Ireland’s Ian Knox on Brexit and the backstop. The 12th Ciaraíoch Ireland High Quality Giclée Print And while we’re in the North here’s a take on the 12th, as Gaeilge. Brexit Cristina Sampaio Portugal High Quality Giclée Print Internationally famous artist Cristina Sampaio sends this disturbing and powerful take on Brexit from Portugal. Word War Three Cristina Sampaio Portugal High Quality Giclée Print Cristina gives us a controversial take on European politics. Triumphal Arch Banx UK High Quality Giclée Print Another British cartoon veteran, Jeremy Banx casts a jaundiced eye on victory. Surfing Girl Fadi Abou Hassan Palestine High Quality Giclée Print Palestinian refugee artist Fadi Abou Hassan provides this powerful image of freedom. Avocados Twisted­Doodles Ireland High Quality Giclée Print One of the funniest cartoonists working in Ireland today, TwistedDoodles tells it like it is about avocados. Rural Chemist Twisted­Doodles Ireland High Quality Giclée Print What would the local pharmacist have thought of your smartphone pictures? Children in Cages Liza Donnelly USA High Quality Giclée Print Irish-American New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly on the Trump policy of separating migrant children from their parents. Testimony Liza Donnelly USA High Quality Giclée Print Inspired by the Kavanaugh hearings, The New Yorker’s Liza Donnelly illustrates a woman’s struggle to be heard. Fascistbook Marilena Nardi Italy High Quality Giclée Print Italy’s Marilena Nardi is one of the greatest talents in cartooning today. This is her take on the dangers of social media. Give Us A Smile Marilena Nardi Italy High Quality Giclée Print Here Marilena Nardi depicts the burden of other people’s emotional needs. Models Marilena Nardi Italy High Quality Giclée Print As well as being a leading cartoonist, Marilena Nardi teaches drawing at the Venice Academy of Fine Arts. Mata Hari Marilena Nardi Italy High Quality Giclée Print Nardi’s portrait of Mata Hari, exotic dancer and alleged double agent during World War 1. From Here You Can See The Future Nicolas Vadot Belgium High Quality Giclée Print From his vantage point at the end of the Great War, a soldier foresees a century of tragedy and failure. The Battle of Bash ‘n’ Fail Martin Rowson UK High Quality Giclée Print Guardian cartoonist Martin Rowson sees similarities between the muddy trenches of WW1 and the morass that is Brexit. Social Media Virginia Cabras Italy High Quality Giclée Print An Italian cartoonist in Ireland, Virginia Cabras sees a new kind of trench warfare. Just Be Yourself Teja Fischer Germany High Quality Giclée Print A fresh take on soldiering from German eccentric Teja Fischer. Referendum Jessica Lawrence Ireland High Quality Giclée Print Galway comic artist Tigerjess recalls campaigning in the last referendum. Kiss Igor Pashchenko Russia High Quality Giclée Print Russian veteran cartoonist Igor Pashchenko depicts a kiss. Trade War Trump Style Martyn Turner Ireland High Quality Giclée Print Irish Times Cartoonist Martyn Turner gives his take on Trump’s protectionism.

Cartoon Auction!

Some fabulous news. We’re going to auction off cartoons that weren’t sold at exhibition last year. The proceeds will go towards this year’s festival. The event takes place at 8:00 pm on Tuesday the 9th of April in the Liquor Lounge, upstairs in the Dáil Bar – the venue where we held our hugely enjoyable brochure launch last year. You’ll be able to bid on a range of framed prints by some of the greatest cartoonists, in Ireland and from around the world. MC and auctioneer will be Brendan Savage. Prices starts as low as €20, and there will be a raffle.

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