TULCA 2018 | syntonic state

Images – Bassam Al-Sabah, Mark Leckey, Eleanor McCaughey, Cyprien Gaillard, Jesse Jones


TULCA 2018: Syntonic State curated by Linda Shevlin | 2-18 November
Syntonic State is the title of the 16th edition of TULCA Festival of Visual Arts which takes place in Galway this November. Syntonic State will feature over 20 artists through a mix of new commissions, existing and never-before-seen work, performances, talks and events. Some of Ireland’s most exciting artists will be joined by international artists Cyprien Gaillard and 2008 Turner Prize-winner Mark Leckey.

The exhibition takes dual cues from Galway’s merchant and mariner histories, and from the concept of nostalgia, with its cultural links to revelry and hedonism. The comfort we take in looking to the past – particularly during times of political and social crisis – forms the premise for multiple artistic responses. TULCA 2018 takes its title from the psychology term to be ‘culturally syntonic’, or to be in harmony with one’s environment. Living in a time of mass migration and displacement, the search for a ‘syntonic state’ is a provocation that explores nostalgia in popular culture; it’s use as a political device to incite fear and anger and the ways in which we all struggle to find our place in the world.

Syntonic State will assemble, converge and appear across the city and county with the conviction that art in urban spaces can activate historical, architectural, societal, political and aesthetic contexts. TULCA will present a diverse array of these artistic responses aimed at recontextualising history, as a vehicle for understanding our present moment.

TULCA 2018: Syntonic State features artworks by Irish and international artists that are presented across multiple venues throughout the city including: TULCA Festival Gallery at Fairgreen House, Galway Arts Centre, 126 Artist-run Gallery, NUIG Gallery, Columban Hall, Electric Galway and Sheridans.

TULCA 2018: Syntonic State curated by Linda Shevlin | 2-18 November 2018

TULCA 2018 Artists:
Bassam Al-Sabah, Cyprien Gaillard, Domestic Godless, Aoibheann Greenan, Mark Garry & Sean Carpio, Helen Hughes, Jesse Jones, Mark Leckey, Colin Martin, Stella Rahola Matutes, Eleanor McCaughey, Conor McGarrigle, Dennis McNulty, Paul Murnaghan, Gavin Murphy, Ciaran Og Arnold, Laura Ni Fhlaibhin, Ciara O’Kelly, Rosie O’Reilly, Marcel Vidal, Susanne Wawra



Linda Shevlin has curated, facilitated and managed both large and small-scale visual arts projects including the 53rd Venice Biennale where she was project manager for the representative artists Gareth Kennedy & Sarah Browne and is Tulca Festival curator for 2018.

In 2017 she was the invited curator for the Hennessy Art Fund, purchasing new works for the IMMA collection and also curated the visual art programme for Bealtaine Festival 2017/2018 where she developed projects, commissions, residencies & exhibitions. with numerous Irish artists including Vivienne Dick, Kathy Prendergast, Kevin Gaffney, Pauline Cummins and Frances Mezzetti.

In 2016 she curated Radical Actions at RMIT Galleries, Melbourne as part of Culture Ireland’s 2016 International Programme ‘I Am Ireland’. The exhibition featured works by Duncan Campbell, Jesse Jones, Kennedy Browne and Seamus Nolan.

Other recent independent curatorial projects include Americana: Future Rural featuring John Gerrard (IE), Brian Duggan (IE), Kim Shively (USA) and M12 Studio (USA) at The Dock, Leitrim and Amharc Fhine Gall X commissioning Ella de Búrca, Ruth Clinton and Niamh Morriarty.

She has been awarded the Arts Council of Ireland’s Visual Arts Curatorial Residency award for three consecutive years (2013 – 2016) and in that time has produced a series of events and exhibitions in County Roscommon including newly commissioned works by Maria McKinney (IE) and Sean Lynch (IE); public art projects by Sean Rafferty (AUS), Ruth E. Lyons (IE) and Deirdre O’Mahony (IE), exhibitions by Martin Parr (UK), Duncan Campbell (IE) & Eamon O’Kane (IE) and a symposium titled The Workers with contributions from Adam Sutherland of Grizedale Arts (UK) & M12 Collective (USA) among others.

Shevlin is currently curator in residence with Roscommon Arts Centre & Solstice Arts Centre.


Linda Shevlin
Tivanagh School
Co. Roscommon
+353 86 605 2571
+353  71 966 4606