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TULCA Curators Talk - CCAM, GMIT (2pm)

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TULCA Curators Talk - CCAM GMIT

2pm - Thursday 10th October - Yellow Room, CCAM, GMIT

Gain an exclusive insight into the curation of TULCA Festival of Visual Arts: TACTICAL MAGIC 2019. Curator Kerry Guinan will provide an overview of the festival theme and the curatorial principles that have guided her programme of unique artworks and events. 

Kerry Guinan is a visual artist, researcher, and curator based between Limerick and Dublin. As a whole her work investigates the social functions of art, with a particular interest in functions that oppose, undermine, or re-appropriate rationalist capitalism. Guinan is a Masters by Research candidate at the Limerick School of Art & Design, recipient of the Arts Council of Ireland’s Next Generation Award 2018, and author of The Impact and Instrumentalisation of Art in the Dublin Property Market (2016), and has presented her research at the National University of Ireland Maynooth (2018), Trinity College Dublin (2017), University College Dublin (2017), and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (2015, 2016). She is currently supported by Fingal County Council’s Artist Support Scheme 2019. 

‘TACTICAL MAGIC makes the claim that art is magic. Magic is here defined in a practical, or tactical sense, as a non-rational belief in a cause and its effect. Art can be considered magical because it strives to control, affect, or create realities in ways that are not quantifiable, but are nevertheless valuable. The programme for TACTICAL MAGIC showcases art practices that entail this magical belief in affecting reality. The festival also problematises rationalism’s opposition to magic, demonstrating, through artworks and events, the inconspicuous presence of magic in the histories of politics, science, and technology. 

Since 2002, TULCA Festival of Visual Arts has captivated Galway city and county with an eclectic display of Contemporary Art. TULCA is a multi-venue, artist-centered festival of contemporary art that works with Ireland-based curators to present innovative exhibitions that provoke and energise audiences into the world of the Visual Arts.