Empty commercial spaces around Galway have been given a new lease of life as exhibition spaces for the annual Tulca Festival.

Organisers have accessed a number of vacant properties across the city, to display a wide selection of contemporary visual art.

Tulca focuses on the work of Irish artists and as well as giving a platform to their work, aims to bring it to as wide an audience as possible. 

Each year, festival organisers identify specific locations across the city that can be repurposed as exhibition spaces. This year, a former homewares store in the city centre has been turned into the official festival gallery.

Other exhibitions are being held in old churches, smaller galleries and in a city nightclub.

Festival curator, Linda Shevlin, said the aim was to attract people into locations they might not usually access to enjoy art they might not usually view.

Among the venues is a 200-square-metre basement space, where a short film is being shown throughout the day.

Festival-goers are brought to the basement in small groups to view the installation.

An extensive outreach programme, that has involved over 1,000 Galway school students in recent months, is also culminating with a special art trail, on which families are encouraged to visit different exhibitions across the city.

The event continues until Sunday evening.