Daily Archives: September 1, 2017

VAI Workshop | Promotion techniques for artists and makers, Belfast

27 September
VAI Offices, Belfast

VAI Members – FREE
Non-Members – £10

Sharon Adams shows how to use the basics of marketing to increase awareness of your work. This interactive session focuses on planning for a specific exhibition or event. You will learn how to make good use of free and low cost options to get maximum results. The material applies to individuals or groups.

The session will cover:

Defining your goals
Drawing up a marketing plan
Converting your artist statement into a press release
Social media marketing
Low cost print options

Book here: visualartists-ni.org/

VAI Workshop | Creating opportunities, and building professional relationships, Portstewart

20 September, 1pm – 5pm
Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart

VAI Members & Residents of Causeway Coast & Glens – Free
Non-Members – £10

Curator and critic, Marianne O’Kane Boal will lead this afternoon workshop, which will look at ways artists can think strategically about their careers, building professional relationships and working with curators and galleries.

Marianne will be joined by artist Alison Lowry, who will talk about her practice, sharing information on how she has overcome professional challenges, and how she has maximised opportunities in order to develop her career.

Venue Flowerfield Arts Centre
Address 185 Coleraine Rd, Portstewart BT55 7HU
Northern Ireland BT55 7HU, GB

Book here: visualartists-ni.org

VAI Workshop | Working with Digital Images with Tim Durham – Tipperary

This day-long workshop is about the processes of preparing and storing digital image files (most often photographs). The session will present best practice in relation to Photoshop, Apple’s Photos and Media Pro software packages. These three packages are used for demonstration purposes only. If you use another software package the principles learnt on one package will cross over to another. This workshop will cover the when, why and how of preparing digital image files looking at two distinct areas: file formatting and file storage/cataloguing. Time will also be given to the calibration of computer screens.

Participants wishing to attend should have some basic familiarity with creating, saving and finding files on their pc or Apple computer, and preparing images for attachment to emails, etc. Participants may, if they wish, bring a laptop to this event.

Tim Durham is a photographic artist. He holds an MFA (Photography) from the University of Ulster. He is interested in architectural interiors, boundaries and borders, the etymology of words and portraiture. For the past 10 years he has been teaching artists how to photograph their own work. timdurham.ie

Venue Damer House, Roscrea
Address Castle Street, Roscrea
Roscrea County Tipperary E53 CP02, IE
Starts Sat Sep 9 2017, 9:30am GMT

Book here: visualartists.ie/professional-developmentp/

Get Together 2017 takes place this Friday, 15 September


We’re very excited about Get Together this Friday, Ireland’s national day for visual artists. It promises to be a great day for generating discussion and opportunities. We’ll be making new connections and reconnecting with old friends and very much hope you can join us.

VAI Members are able to book extras such as Speed Curating and Clinics. These extras are very popular and are booking up fast so we’ve added a few extra time slots to accommodate those booking in the last week with some of the most in demand experts including:

Annette Moloney, Gabhann Dunne, Linda Shevlin, Maeve Mulrennan, Matt Packer, Rana Öztürk, Simon Fennessy Corcoran

Clinics offer focused one-on-one advice for 20 minutes with experts. These Clinics will be of particular interest to artists seeking feedback on their work, portfolio review or direction on opportunities. When you book your General Admission ticket you will be given a Promo Code to book these extras.

For more information, programme and tickets see: GET TOGETHER 2017/

Taking place on Friday the 15th September 2017 at IMMA.
We hope you can join us!

By the time I get to Phoenix | Group Exhibition at Seacourt Centre, Co. Down

4 to 30 September
Exhibition opening 4 September, 7pm

As part of an ongoing initiative by Seacourt to sustain and maintain relationships between international artists and arts organisations this latest exhibition features original prints by 20 artists from Seacourt and 20 guest artists from the Arizona Print Group. Both sets of artists were asked to respond to poets and songwriters from their respective countries and their responses were exchanged in the form of a boxed compilation of artworks. Participating artists include, Edward Ferguson, Helen Roberts, Fionnuala O’Neill, Tracey Hendry, Steph Harrison, Angela Darby, Pamela Hamilton, Robert Peters, Clinton Kirkpatrick and many more.

The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking
Unit 20 Dunlop Industrial Units
8 Balloo Drive
County Down
T: +44 (0)28 9146 0595
E: info@seacourt-ni.org.uk
W: seacourt-ni.org.uk

Booking Open for Get Together 2017 | 15 September

The programme for this year’s national conference for visual artists is open for registrations with a wide range of artists, curators, critics and speakers invited.

The focus of this year’s programme is The Freedom to Make. We’re thrilled to welcome keynote speakers Marie Korpe and Ole Reitov – co-founders of Freemuse, the world’s leading organisation defending artistic freedom. They will discuss how personal, political, religious and social attitudes impact on ideas; test the limitations of freedom of artistic expression, and address how violations can be monitored.

We also have series of panel discussions and artist talks. We’re maximising attendees’ options for our popular Clinics for focused one-on-one advice on your practice. Speed Curating will return, which will offer an opportunity to meet and show your work to a selection of over 30 curators. The day provides the opportunity for artists to get together so they can meet curators, ask for advice from experts and discuss professional visual art practice.

For more information, programme and tickets see: GET TOGETHER 2017/

Taking place on Friday the 15th September 2017 at IMMA.
We hope you can join us!