TULCA Education

TULCA 2018: Syntonic State curated by Linda Shevlin


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.

TULCA 2017: They Call Us The Screamers curated by Matt Packer


Since 2014, Make A Day Of It Tuesdays has engaged with almost 750 students, across 17 Galway based national schools. It is programmed for the two Tuesdays during the festival and is offered FREE to participating schools. This project is kindly funded by Galway Public Libraries.

TULCA Festival of Visual Arts 2017 is delighted to partner with Galway Public Libraries to bring the popular Make A Day Of It Tuesdays to the education programme for the fourth year running. This special day is designed to offer primary schools from County Galway a full day cultural excursion and a multidisciplinary approach to experiencing the festival.

Exploring voice and vocality through music improvisation will be the focus of this years workshop (60 mins) facilitated by the mighty musicians of My Fellow Sponges. My Fellow Sponges are Galway’s hottest independent band. For five years they have performed in Galway and beyond captivating audiences with their energetic live shows, dynamic musical performances and imaginative videos. Their sound incorporates elements of minimalism, folk, bossa and more recently synth-heavy electro.

Fresh from the return of their Polish Summer Tour, members David Shaughnessy (Drums), Sam Wright (Bass Guitar), Anna Mullarkey (Vocals, synths, piano) and Donal Mc Connon (Clarinet) promise to bring an eclectic energy to this year's workshops in Galway City Library.

Following this students receive a guided tour (60 mins) of the exhibition in the Festival Gallery designed to complement the workshop experience.