Galway - European Capital of Culture 2020

Galway International Arts Festival has commissioned Mirror Pavilion, a major work by artist John Gerrard, for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture.

Each year for over 30 years, the European Union designates one or more cities as a European Capital of Culture. These cities are expected to produce an innovative year-long cultural programme that highlights the richness and diversity of cultures in Europe.

Galway European Capital of Culture 2020

Galway is European Capital of Culture in 2020. Due to the impact of COVID-19 the cultural programme has been reimagined, with local and national artists and cultural organisations that won Galway the European Capital of Culture designation remaining at its core. From Galway International Arts Festival, Druid, MACNAS and many more.

The ambitious programme comprises both digital and live events which take place across the villages, towns, islands and the city of Galway and offers theatre, music and sport, to poetry, film, visual art and much more.

The reimagined programme will run until early in 2021.

Galway 2020: The GIAF Contribution

Mirror Pavilion by John Gerrard was commissioned by Galway International Arts Festival for Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture.

The world unveiling of this major installation will be a dazzling moment on the Irish landscape. The work is a response to the escalating climate crisis and fearlessly pushes the boundaries of digital art using simulation. The Pavilion is a beautiful and striking structure, with
 three sides and the roof clad in a highly reflective mirror and the fourth wall a high–resolution LED wall. This structure will host two new artworks Corn Work and Leaf Work which
 will unfold on the LED screen presented in two locations; Corn Work at the historic Claddagh Quay in Galway City and Leaf Work at the spectacular 4,000–year–old Derrigimlagh Bog in Connemara. The works reflect and respond to the landscape of both locations.

Two years in the making, this highly anticipated project is by Irish artist John Gerrard, internationally renowned for his large-scale outdoor work including Western Flag and Solar Reserve.

Dates & Locations

Mirror Pavilion, Corn Work
Claddagh Quay, Galway City
3 - 26 September

Mirror Pavilion, Leaf Work

Derrigimlagh Bog, Connemara, Co. Galway
11 – 31 October

View the Galway 2020 Winning Bid Book