Daily Archives: September 20, 2017

VAI Workshop | Filing Your Taxes Online – Revenue Online Services with Gaby Smyth

Friday 13 October

Designed specifically to be relevant to the financial realities faced by self employed artists this session aims to demystify the process of filing your taxes on line with Revenue Online Services (ROS). The session offers a step by step demonstration of the ROS interface showing where and what information to enter when filing your tax self assessment online. The session will look how you enter and treat income from different sources i.e. PAYE, Self-Employed income, Artist’s Tax Exempt Income. It will also discuss capital purchase and allowances and where to include extracts from your accounts for (expenses /overheads) and other issues in response to participants questions. N.B. For the purposes of facilitating this number of participants the ROS interface will be entered through a demonstration ROS account (projected in the room) rather than through your own ROS Account. We can provide relevant screen shots during/following the session.

Clinics (14.00 – 15.00) 4 x 15min clinics only
Following this group session there will also be limited number of 1-to-1 Advice Clinics, which can be booked separately at this link for an additional fee.

Location: VAI Office, Windmill View House, Oliver Bond Street, Dublin 8

For more information and to register click HERE.

VAI Workshop | Self Employment – What you need to know with Gaby Smyth, Dublin

Friday 6 October

An introductory session on finance for visual artists, this session aims to support artists who are new to self employment or who are considering registering as self-employed with Revenue. This session will look at: the benefits of being registered as self-employed; how to register as a self employed tax payer; how different income is treated in your tax return; how to record income and expenditure; what are allowable expenses; the Artists Tax Exemption; Income Tax; USC; PRSI and other issues in response to participant questions.

For more information and to register click HERE.

Location: VAI Office, Windmill View House, Oliver Bond Street, Dublin 8

Open Call | Rua Red Winter Open Exhibition 2017 (Submission Fee)

Application deadline: Monday 9 October, 5pm

Rua Red Annual open exhibition of fine and applied arts. Submissions may be in any discipline: painting, sculpture, new media, digital, printmaking, ceramics, glass, photography, installation and jewelry.

This open submission is an opportunity for graduates, emerging and established artists from Ireland (including the North) to exhibit their work in Gallery 1.

Exhibition dates: 14th December 2017 – 20th January 2018

The overall winner of the Rua Red Art Prize will be awarded a solo show in Gallery 2 at some point during the ensuing 12 month period.

Rua Red has a policy of supporting artists at all stages of their career. One of the new ways that Rua Red will implement this policy is by forming an ‘Acquisition Committee’ in September 2017. The role of the committee will be to select and purchase works from the Winter Open exhibition to form a new collection for the organisation. The works will go on show within the building on a rotational basis in the Conference and Meeting Room areas.

All works submitted for exhibition are considered by a Selection Panel.

The People’s Choice Award sponsored by The Square is determined by a public vote from visitors to the exhibition, the winner will collect €1000 towards their professional practice.

How to Apply
You can apply by post, hand delivery or online.

Download the submission form at www.ruared.ie, or request from Rua Red reception. Post/deliver/email the completed submission form together with disc of images and payment to: Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre, Blessington Rd, Tallaght, D24.
Email: events@ruared.ie

Artists can submit a maximum of three works. Each submission must include the following:
– Completed Submission Form
– Images (maximum of 3)
– Registration and Handling Fee of €10 payable to ‘South Dublin Arts Centre Company’

Please Note, a Registration and Handling Fee of €10 is required for each completed submission form.

For full submission details please visit: ruared.ie/event/winter-open-call-submissions-2

Open Call | Livestock – Live Art Platform, Dublin

Application deadline: Friday 14 of October

Livestock, Live Art Platform, seeks proposals for performance for their next event. Livestock – “GET REAL”.

Livestock “Get Real” will take place at the Complex, Little Mary Street, Dublin 7 on Monday 30th of October, 2017.

Proposals should include a biography, images of work and a brief outline of the core concerns of your work, a timeline of your proposed performance and any technical specifications/requirements. Please also include a Health and Safety assessment of your proposed performance.

Please submit your proposal for performance to livestock@thecomplex.ie .


Commission | Two Wall Mounted Artworks for The Innovation Factory, Belfast

Deadline for proposals: Friday 13 October, noon

The Project
To create two large artworks at the Innovation Factory in Belfast that reflect the rich and evocative entrepreneurial history of West Belfast and forward thinking future of the Innovation Factory and its customers, through an open competition which will be judged by a panel of key local stakeholders.

The Innovation Factory would like to commission two artworks that can either be mounted or applied to two walls at the Innovation Factory. They are seeking artists who would like to provide 1 or both of the artworks. This could be an individual or collaboration of artists. The most important element is that the artworks reflect innovation and enterprise within West Belfast, are engaging and eye catching – in keeping with the overall branding and fit out of the Innovation Factory.

The Innovation Factory is the newest business community in Belfast – and attracts national and international customers. Based on the previous site of Mackie International, this renovated factory space has now returned to its employment roots by offering a future for entrepreneurial spirit. With flexible, leased space and bespoke business advice in the heart of a well-connected, booming city.

Please read the artists brief for full details here: Artwork for IF Competition Brief-

The Budget
The total budget for both artworks is £5,000 inclusive of design, materials and time.

Judging Criteria
In terms of scoring, below is how proposals will be evaluated:
• 40% artistic treatment
• 40% reflection of West Belfast heritage/future facing nature of Innovation Factory
• 20% cost

For all enquiries and to confirm attendance at the open house please contact Innovation Factory by either phone on 028 9590 2500 or by email at info@innovationfactoryni.com


Open Call for Arts Organisations | Belfast Open Studios: Visual Artists Café

Application deadline: Friday 29 September

Belfast Open Studios is inviting art spaces, projects and galleries across Northern Ireland to take up free tables at the Visual Artists Café, which will take place at the Black Box in Belfast on Saturday 14 October from 3pm – 5pm. Last year we introduced 15 arts organisations to over 100 visitors and participants. This year we hope to make this Visual Artists Café the biggest yet and are extending our invitation to more organisations, groups, collectives and projects than ever.

Individual organisations are encouraged to determine the activities which take place at the table; whether it simply acts as an information point, a showcase for its members’ work or demonstrates techniques within a specific medium, for example.

Please contact Jane Morrow, jane@visualartists-ni.org to secure a free table at this event.

Places are limited so please book early.


LATITUDE | North-55 at Malin, Inishowen, Co. Donegal.

29 September 2017

LATITUDE is a North-55 collaborative project which explores the cultural and social complexities of place.
ENGAGE colloquium contributors include: Bonita Bennett (District Six Museum, Cape Town), Marie Barrett (North-55, Donegal), John Peto (The Nerve Centre, Derry), Micaela Martegani (MORE ART, New York), Fiona Whelan (Visual artist, Dublin), Kevin Murphy (Voluntary Arts Ireland), Annette Patton (Inishowen Development Partnership).

LATITUDE: Premier screening of the LATITUDE film and ENGAGE colloquium.

The ENGAGE colloquium will draw on local, national and international contributors to promote discussion on a range of socially engaged arts practices addressing issues of marginalisation, civic participation and post-conflict society.

The LATITUDE film traces community displacement and socio-cultural dividing
lines along three cross-border rivers the Blackwater, the Erne and the Foyle. The film is both layered and abstract, moving visually into these underwater terrains creating a dialogue ‘above’ and ‘below’ the waterline.
LATITUDE is a Making Great Art Work – Open Call 2016 award funded by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

For booking and enquiries please contact:
Kate O’Callaghan – North-55 Programme & Event Co-Ordinator

Malin Hotel (ENGAGE colloquium) and Malin Green (LATITUDE film screening)
Malin, Inishowen, Co.Donegal.
T: 086 6094275
W: north-55.com
E: kathryn.ocallaghan@gmail.com

Open Call | Bullock Lane Studio Opportunity at Townhall Cavan

Application deadline: 28 September 2017

The Bullock Lane Studio Opportunity supports artists to work intensively and in quiet spaces at Townhall, Cavan for 12 weeks. Artists will receive financial support of €125 per week and the studio facility.

Artists are encouraged to engage with another art professional: curator, writer, mentor to assist them to develop critical writing for their practice. A fee will also be provided to this art professional.

The artist is encouraged to host an event or share their work with either their artist peers or interested members of the public to discuss themes explored in their studio time.

Please use the following headings when making your application:

· About the artist: Artists must include an up to date CV, up to 10 images of current work, and a short paragraph describing their work.
· About the work: Artists apply in writing with an overview of the work that they intend to undertake while at the studio. Artists are requested to nominate another professional who they wish to work with during the course of their studio opportunity at Bullock Lane.
· Time: Artists can apply for a period of 12 weeks. The studio will be available from October 2017 through to March 2018.
· Engagement: Artists are encouraged to outline any engagement element that they wish to offer while on the studio opportunity, this might include participating in a peer to peer conversation with other artists, or a presentation to students or the public on work and ideas.

Apply in email or hard copy to:

Santina Burns
Cavan County Council Arts Office
Farnham Centre
Farnham St
Co Cavan


Contact santinaburns@cavancoco.ie or 049 4378548 with any queries.

Open Cal to Artists in Kildare | Incubation Space Phase II at Riverbank Arts Centre

Deadline applications: Tuesday 26 September, 12 noon

After the successful offering of studio space to artists this summer, Riverbank Arts Centre are delighted to announce a Winter Incubation Space period to close our 2017 programme, from Tuesday November 7th – Friday December 15th.

Do you need more space to develop your artwork? Riverbank Arts Centre are offering Kildare based artists or artists originally from Kildare with all levels of experience an opportunity to use the McKenna Art Gallery at Riverbank Arts Centre as their own studio for short or long periods of time throughout the winter of 2017. Artists can apply to use the space for 1 day to three consecutive days and up to four days a week for five weeks.

Please note: The availability of the incubation space will be dependent on application and Riverbank Arts Centre will be unable to offer any applicants the use of the space on Mondays during this time.

The incubation space may suit those who want to:

• Develop or continue a particular body of work
• Work in an art studio for the first time
• Have the space to reflect and think about their work
• Have the space or time to develop or improve skills

To apply please send:

• A brief description of how you would like to use the space and time, including why this is important for you personally and/or for your practice. (Maximum amount of words 250)
• An artist’s CV if you have one or a brief note describing how long you have been making art and anywhere you have shown your work or have done arts based activities, for example: workshops/projects etc.
• A number of images/example of your work (Maximum 10)

All applications can be either:
Emailed to: carolanncourtney@kwaras.ie
Posted to: Carolann Courtney c/o This Must Be the Place, Incubation Space, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare


Out Now | September – October 2017 Issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

September – October 2017 is a themed issue that focuses on contemporary Irish painting, offering timely insights into recent exhibitions, seminars, residencies and current studio practices. With so many vibrant painters currently working in Ireland and a wealth of painting exhibitions taking place nationwide, this thematic inquiry cannot be comprehensive. The issue places emphasis on materiality and the making process, while touching on discourse specific to the medium of painting.

The Visual Artists’ News Sheet is the primary all-Ireland information resource for visual artists presenting case study articles on all aspects of the lives of professional artists, alongside features offering critical reflection and analysis of relevant aspects of the art world in Ireland and internationally.

Members of VAI receive a copy of the VAN delivered straight to their door. The News Sheet is also available to pick up free of charge in galleries and arts centres. Selected articles featured in the print edition are available at the Visual Artists’ News Sheet Online here: www.visualartistsireland.com.

In this Issue:

A series of extended essays has been commissioned to provide thematic surveys of contemporary Irish painting: Ramon Kassam examines representations of the landscape; Mark O’Kelly discusses recent developments in portraiture; and Alison Pilkington offers valuable insights into contemporary abstract painting.

In the columns for this issue, Colin Martin introduces ‘The Materiality of Painting’ – an upcoming lecture series at the RHA that seeks to explore material concerns specific to current painting practice. VAI NI Manager Rob Hilken discusses the trajectory of painting in Northern Ireland, while Marcus Cope outlines the evolution of the Marmite Prize for Painting. Also in this issue, Susan Connolly reports on her residency in Golden Paints, New York, while Marc Guinan discusses the seminar he organised at The LAB, Dublin, entitled ‘Painters Talking Paint’. In the organisation profiles, Ronan Lyons discusses the Molesworth Gallery, Dublin, while Valerie Ceregini interviews three painters – Colm MacAthlaoich, Natasha Conway and Dennis Kelly – who will present solo exhibitions at Pallas Projects and Studios in the autumn.

In the ‘How is it Made?’ section, James Merrigan discusses All or Nothing, his new documentary film about painting. Ailve McCormack interviews Mark Francis in his London studio, while Helen G. Blake talks about her painting practice. Interviews by Joanne Laws and Martin Herbert offer insights into the work of Elizabeth Magill and Ronnie Hughes, to coincide with their high-profile touring exhibitions. Joanne Laws also interviews three Irish painters at various stages of their careers – Jane Rainey, Ciarán Murphy and Robert Armstrong – about the realities of maintaining a painting practice in Ireland.

Reviewed in this issue’s extended Critique section are: ‘Painting NOW’ at Green on Red Gallery; ‘Memory Needs a Landscape’ at Taylor Galleries; ‘The Living and the Dead’ at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios; ‘International Ireland’ at the Ulster Museum; ‘Crooked Orbit’ at Kevin Kavanagh; ‘Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings’ at Kerlin Gallery; ‘A Dream and an Argument’ at The MAC; and ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ at Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels.

As ever, we have details of upcoming VAI Professional Development Programme, exhibition and public art roundups, news from the sector and current opportunities.