Out of the way art

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - LISTINGS - AI­DAN DUNNE

TULCA, GAL­WAY 2012 Var­i­ous venues, Gal­way Un­til Nov 23 tulca.ie Put to­gether an­nu­ally on an im­pos­si­bly tight bud­get, the Tulca fes­ti­val of visual arts has be­come an im­pres­sive event that usu­ally achieves its lofty am­bi­tions. Tulca draws on the gen­eros­ity and com­mit­ment of the lo­cal arts community and, partly be­cause of its win­try tim­ing, has a gritty au­then­tic­ity to it. Warm at­tire is ad­vised if you are go­ing to take in its sev­eral venues, some farflung.

Greg McCart­ney’s lon­grun­ning Abridged has been one of the most in­ter­est­ing cu­ra­to­rial projects un­der­taken in Ire­land. Put McCart­ney and Tulca to­gether and the re­sult is What be­came of the peo­ple we used to be?. McCart­ney takes land­scape as a gen­eral theme but not at all in a re­stricted, generic sense.

With ma­jor lo­ca­tions at the Arts Cen­tre and the Fair­green Gallery, Tulca in­cludes work by many more artists than it is pos­si­ble to list, but it’s a good list.

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