Daily Archives: February 6, 2018

New VAI Logo/Stamp for Members Use

Over the past months we have had several requests from members for a way for them to let people know that they are members of VAI through their websites etc.

As we are now in preparation for the launch of our new website, we thought that we could do a small pre-launch idea by providing such a logo/stamp for people to use.

Members have been emailed with a copy of the image to use. Of course, there is no pressure on you to use it, as mentioned we’ve been asked for it, and we think that it is a great idea for making our members even more visible.

If you are a member and have not received an email with a copy of the image please contact: info@visualartists.ie.

If you would like to find our more about VAI Membership view HERE.

All the best from us all,
Noel & VAI Team

Vacancy | Public Art Commissioner – Seamus Heaney: A Work of Public Art

Closing date for tender responses is Wednesday 21 February, 12 noon.

The Arts Council of Ireland and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland are seeking to appoint a suitably qualified Public Art Commissioner to deliver a commission which represents the island-wide artistic and civic contribution made by Seamus Heaney in his lifetime. It is proposed to have a dual commission of public art pieces that would celebrate the life and work of Seamus Heaney (1939 -2013).

Tenderers will be expected to demonstrate a range and variety of experience in relation to public art commissioning including demonstrated experience of delivering services of a similar size and nature to a high standard. Tenderers must have delivered a minimum of two projects of a similar scale.

Tenders are invited for this contract by way of a public tender process advertised via the eTenders procurement website www.etenders.gov.ie/publicartcommissioner. All tenders should be submitted (via the etenders post-box facility) by 12 noon, 21 February 2018. Any questions regarding this contract should be directed to the Questions and Answers facility at www.etenders.gov.ie as set out in the tender notice and not to the Arts Council of Ireland or Arts Council Northern Ireland.

For more information see: artscouncil-ni.org/news/seamus-heaney-a-work-of-public-art

Visual Arts Workspace Grant Awards 2018

The outcome of the Visual Artists’ Workspace Scheme, which is administered by Visual Artists Ireland on behalf of the Arts Council has been announced.

This Scheme offers grants of up to a maximum of €40,000 towards the running costs of visual artists’ workspaces. In keeping with the Council’s policy document Visual Artists’ Workspaces in Ireland – A New Approach, this scheme has the aim of assisting artists workspaces throughout the country to provide the best possible environment for working visual artists and, where feasible, to enable a level of subsidy for resident visual artists.

In total, 19 studios/workspaces were awarded funding, supporting facilities for 676 individual artists.

View the full list of award allocations HERE.

Open Call | Féile an Phobail, Festival Exhibition, Belfast

Application deadline: Friday 23 February

2018 marks the 30th anniversary of Féile an Phobail and the call is now open for submissions for art exhibitions for the flagship August Féile (2nd -12th August).

Féile will be hosting exhibitions in a number of key venues in the City during August. 2018 is a fantastic opportunity for the West Belfast community to celebrate 30 years of progress and global culture. Flagship August Festival, 2nd – 12th August.

The theme of this year’s Féile will be community celebration of global culture. We also welcome submissions of non-themed exhibitions.

Expressions of interest to include:

• Description of content/ theme of exhibition
• Short artist biography paragraph with contact details including telephone number and email
• 6 images each no bigger than 1.07 MB
• Size and dimensions of exhibition, including any technical requirements

If interested please submit proposal to Deirdre Mackel by email: deirdre.mackel@usdt.co.uk

Please Note: There is no artist fee or installation budget available. Féile an Phobail do not provide insurance. Opening reception and promotion managed by Féile an Phobail. Artists must be available to instal works in the week leading up to the exhibition and on the day after the exhibition closes in the particular venue, to dismantle and collect their work.


Open Call | A Better Place, Waterford Healing Arts Trust Exhibition

Application deadline: Monday 5 March, 2pm

Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) has announced an Open Call to artists based in Ireland to submit proposals for an exhibition entitled “A Better Place”, to take place at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) later this year. This annual exhibition, curated by WHAT, aims to use original artworks to make UHW a better place for all: patients, visitors and staff.

Now in its third year, the “A Better Place” exhibition has grown each year, with 43 entries received in 2017. Artists are invited to submit two samples of their work to be considered and voted on for a full solo exhibition. These samples will be displayed at the hospital for a period of four weeks and all who view them will have an opportunity to submit their vote via a voting card. Artists are not identified during the selection process.

The artist whose work receives the highest number of votes is then invited to present a full solo exhibition in June, for two months. Votes are encouraged on the basis of the aesthetic quality of the work and the positive impact it makes on the viewer, which is in keeping with the theme of the exhibition.

Please note:

  • Artist fees are based on VAI Artist Payment Guidelines
  • Works are covered by WHAT insurance
  • WHAT arrange an opening reception for the launch of the exhibition, which is open to the public. They promote the exhibition widely in the Waterford media and have had a very good turnout in the two years the exhibition has been running
  • If the artist is not based locally, WHAT will provide accommodation for the installation and exhibition launch, and will contribute towards their travel and transport of artworks costs.

Further details are available from www.waterfordhealingarts.com or 051 842664.

Funding | Galway County Council Artist Bursaries and Tyrone Guthrie Residency 2018

Application deadline: 1 March, 4pm

Applications are invited by the Galway County Council Arts Office for the 2018 Artist Bursaries and Tyrone Guthrie Residency. These funds provide funding to individual artists. Galway County Council will offer bursaries to individual artists practicing in any of the artistic disciplines (film, literature, music, visual arts etc).

Galway County Council invites applications from Community and Voluntary Groups and individual Artists for support through the following schemes:

1. Support Scheme for Community Based Economic Development 2018
2. Support Scheme for Community Based Amenities and Services 2018
3. Individual Artist Bursaries & Tyrone Guthrie Residency 2018

Application forms for scheme 3 can be accessed on the Council’s website galway.ie/en/services/artsoffice/funding or email: bcunningham@galwaycoco.ie or by telephoning 091-509584.

Briefing seminars for potential applicants to these funding programmes:
Thursday, February 8th 2.30 pm – 8pm Connemara Coast Hotel, Furbo
The schemes presentation with be repeated on a number of occasions throughout the workshop with attendees having an opportunity to discuss their project with a staff member.

Artist Talks | Brian Maguire and Mark McLoughlin at The Glucksman

Tuesday 13 February, 11am to 1pm

Brian Maguire (artist) and Mark McLoughlin (filmmaker) will be in conversation with professor Nuala Finnegan. For this event, there will also be a screening of McLoughlin’s documentary Blood Rising (2013, 73mins) which looks at Maguire’s work with the victims and families of femicide in the border region of Ciadud Juarez, Mexico.

Free event, book here: eventbrite.ie/perspectives-brian-maguire

The Glucksman
University College Cork,
T: (021) 490 1844
E: info@glucksman.org
W: glucksman.org

Cork Printmakers Education Programme Feb – May 2018

Full details of Cork Printmakers’ Adult Education Programme for February – May 2018, are now available. There are a wide range of courses (including many new courses), in a variety of printmaking techniques, which are suitable for the complete beginner to advanced level.

Weekend and 1 day courses:
Etched with Love (New course), Sat 10 February, Fee €40
Intaglio Printing (New course), Sat and Sun, 17 and 18 February, Fee: €190
Relief Printmaking Linocut & Lino Etching (New course), Sat and Sun, 3 and 4 March, Fee: €180
Printed Textiles: Intermediate (New course), Sat and Sun, 24 and 25 March, Fee: €195
Bookbinding for Artists & Designers, Saturday 7 April Fee: €95
Bookbinding for Artists & Designers, Sunday 8 April Fee: €95
Photopolymer Printmaking using Riston Film (New course), Sat and Sun, 21 and 22 April, Fee: €200
Relief Printmaking: Intermediate (New course), Sat and Sun, 12 and 13 May, Fee: €190
Photo Plate Lithography (New course), Sat and Sun, 26 and 27 May, Fee: €210

Evening and morning courses:
Discover the World of Etching, beginning Wednesday 21 February for 7 weeks (evening), Fee: €295
Waterbased Photo Screen-printing: Intermediate, beginning Tuesday 27 February for 6 weeks (evening), Fee: €245
Waterbased Photo Screen-printing: Introductory, beginning Tuesday 10 April for 6 weeks (morning), Fee: €245

Location: Cork Printmakers, Wandesford Quay, Clarke’s Bridge, Cork
Booking: 021 4322422 / info@corkprintmakers.ie
Website: corkprintmakers.ie

Blacksmithing Workshop with Mourne Creative, Co. Down

Don your leather Apron and Gloves and come take part in the is exciting heritage craft of Blacksmithing up here in the Mournes. Niall McGinley will guide you through the basic tool making skills required for blacksmithing and then you can use your very own tools to create other instruments for the home fire The blacksmithing workshop will take place over at the stables beside the cottages with lunch in Bearnagh cottage from 1-2pm

Dates: 8th April 2018
Times: 10am to 4pm
Fee: £90
Location: Mourne Creative, Tory Bush Cottages 79 Tullyree Rd, Kilcoo, Co. Down BT34 5LD
Booking: mournecreative.com

Fingal County Council Artists’ Support Scheme 2018

Application deadline: 23 March, 4pm

Fingal County Council is delighted to announce the Artists’ Support Scheme, 2018. This strand of funding which has been increased by 50% this year, allows professional artists to avail of up to €4,000 of an award towards travel and professional development opportunities, a residency, or towards the development of work.

The objective of the Artists’ Support Scheme is to support individual professional artists from Fingal to develop their artistic practise. The award is open to practising artists at all stages in their professional careers working in music, visual art, drama, literature and dance. To be eligible to apply, applicants must have been born, have studied, or currently reside in the Fingal administrative area.

The funding is for projects or initiatives which will take place between 1 June and 31 December 2018.

For further information and application forms please visit www.fingalarts.ie
Contact: denise.reddy@fingal.ie t: 01 890 5733.

Ceramics Workshop with Amy Mackle in the Mournes

This workshop will begin by us making the most of our location in the heart of the Mournes and taking inspiration from the beautiful landscape that surrounds us. Participants will begin the day making sketches or photographing what they might like to draw onto clay.

Each participant will then have the opportunity to make their own porcelain slabs to use as our ‘canvases’ for our ceramic landscapes. Amy will take along a selection of the tools and coloured porcelain slips and underglazes which she uses in her own work and demo a range of techniques for mark making, drawing and painting with the slips and tools. Participants can then create their own piece of ceramic wall art using their drawings from earlier and the techniques they have been shown. Amy will be on hand to offer advice and assistance throughout the day and particpants will have lots of opportunity to experiment. At the end of the workshop Amy will then take the landscapes and fire and glaze them for participants and return their pieces framed and ready to hang at home to be admired by all.

Dates: 7th April 2018
Times: 10am to 4pm
Fee: £65
Location: Mourne Creative, Tory Bush Cottages 79 Tullyree Rd, Kilcoo, Co. Down BT34 5LD
Booking: mournecreative.com

Throw your own Jug Workshop at Mourne Creative

Come learn how to design and make your own stoneware jug under the expert guidance of Thomas Powell. Learn how throw your jug to get the basic shape/base in the morning and in the afternoon learn to pull handles and create prints to finish off your jug This workshop is aimed at those who have been to Pottery workshop before and would like to further their skills.

Dates: 24th February 2018
Times: 10am to 4pm
Fee: £65
Location: Mourne Creative,
Tory Bush Cottages
79 Tullyree Rd,
Kilcoo, Co. Down BT34 5LD
Booking: mournecreative.com

Free Training in Outdoor Arts with Limerick School of Spectacle

Applications are now open for Limerick School of Spectacle European Outdoor Arts Academy, a free 8 day training event in Outdoor Arts.

Running from 11th-18th March, this year’s participants will be involved in the St. Patrick’s Day parade, theme Circus 250.
Led by Walk the Plank, organised, hosted by partner Limerick City and County Council, and associate partners Fidget Feet Aerial Dance.

Receive free training in preparing, creating and teaching outdoor arts spectacle event management.

Limerick School of Spectacle involves 8 days of talks, workshops, and training with participants and community groups designing and creating a section of this year’s Limerick’s St Patrick’s Day Parade.

There is no deadline for this opportunity, once all 25 places have been filled, the opportunity will close.

With international partners Pafos 2017, Cyprus; Plovdiv 2019 Foundation; Bulgaria; Dvimiescio kulka, Lithuania. The training is made possible through the support of Creative Europe; SNF; Limerick City and County Council and Arts Council of Ireland.
Limerick School of Spectacle 2018 is the fifth of five distinct international European Schools of Spectacle that have happened across Europe between 2016 and 2018.

Book here: eventbrite.co.uk/e/european-outdoor-arts-academy

The Alpine Fellowship 2018, Visual Arts Prize

Application deadline: 15 March

Awarded for the best visual arts response to ‘Childhood’ – the theme of the Alpine Fellowship Annual Symposium. The winner and two runners up are invited to attend the Venice symposium.

Winner receives £2000 and a further £1000 towards shipping and installing the winning piece.

Rules: Open to all nationalities, aged 18 and above. All visual media permitted including, but not limited to, painting, sculpture, digital, and installation. Limited to one entry per person.

Entries should include appropriate images or video and details of the work. Shortlisted entries will be notified by email. Judges have final decision and no correspondence is permitted.

Symposium: June 21st – 24th 2018
Entries to: visualarts@alpinefellowship.com


For Sale | 9 Wooden Frames, Dublin

Set of 9 frames for sale. Bevelled, distressed wood effect with gold slip, ivory inner mount and white slip with glass.

outer 51 cm by 62 cm, opening 25.5 by 35.5 cm.

Cost €80 each. Absolute bargain at €200 for the lot.

Still in wrappers. Suit artist for exhibition.

Dublin 7 area, call to discuss collection or other arrangements.

Contact Margaret on 086 3659393 for more details.

Six Artists Shortlisted for 2018 Golden Fleece Award Worth €30,000

The trustees of the Golden Fleece Award are delighted to announce the shortlist of artists qualifying for 2018 award. Those shortlisted are Magda Bethani (ceramicist), Ursula Burke (sculptor), Damien Flood (painter), Paul Hallahan (painter), Cecilia Moore (metalworker) and Natasha Rollinson (jeweller). The award will be announced at a ceremony at the RHA on 15th March 2018.  The prize fund for 2018 is €30,000, making the Golden Fleece Award the most generous art prize in Ireland.

For the 2018 award, a total of 139 artists to applied for consideration, a record in the 17-year history of the award. Artists were asked to submit images of their work along with a statement outlining how they would utilise the award. Participating artists’ ambitions varied from preparing for future exhibitions, to developing their practice, acquiring new tools and studio materials.

The award was established as a charitable bequest by the late Helen Lillias Mitchell. The Golden Fleece Award is governed by a board of trustees which includes members of Lillias Mitchell’s family, professional fund managers and arts professionals who work closely together to fulfill her wishes. They are supported by a distinguished advisory panel whose knowledge and experience are invaluable in guiding the development of the award. This includes Patrick T. Murphy, Director of the Royal Hibernian Academy (chairperson), jewelry designer and NCAD academic Angela O’Kelly, graphic artist Robert Russell, painter Eoin Mac Lochlainn and Dara O’Leary, Manager of the RDS Art Programme.

All information is now available on goldenfleeceaward.com.

Encaustic Painting Course with Joanna Kidney at Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Co. Mayo

Encaustic painting is a tactile,immediate and ancient painting process using molten, pigmented beeswax. This in depth course will explore the broad and varied possibilities of the process of encaustic painting. It will be predominantly studio-based, with demonstrations, critiques, group meals and short trips to soak up the North Mayo landscape, ambience and light.

The course will take an experimental approach to exploring encaustic paint’s inherent qualities- translucency/opacity, texture, malleability and chance. It will cover tools and methods used to build up/break down/manipulate layers and ways of combining encaustic paint with oil paints and oil bars/pastels. It will also cover encaustic monoprinting, collage and embedding photographic imagery. Discussions about developing a personal visual language and self-critique are integrated in the course. There will be plenty of one to one, giving space for the development of each individual artist’s vocabulary and vision.

The course will also cover making encaustic paints and initial encaustic studio-set up information. It is suitable for artists working both abstractly and figuratively and is open to all levels from beginner to advanced, the needs of each individual will be addressed.

Dates: 27th April to 5th May 2018
Fee: $1,650 which includes tuition, shared cottage with private bedroom for 7 nights, lunch/dinner/dessert/tea/coffee, collection/delivery to the bus/train stations in Ballina, full use of the Ballinglen Library and facilities 24/7.
Location: Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ballycastle, Co. Mayo
Booking: unaforde.baf@gmail.com
Website: ballinglenworkshops.com/joanna-kidney.html

VAI Workshop | Working with Digital Images with Mervyn Smyth, Portstewart (Rescheduled to 2 March)

The session will demonstrate how to prepare digital image files looking at two distinct areas: file formatting and file storage/cataloguing. How to prepare digital image files for a range of uses such as: online (website, email, online submissions), presentations (digital projection) and for printing (catalogues, books and prints).

The workshop will be facilitated by Mervyn Smyth, a photographer with a background in photo-journalism and community education, and an early member of Belfast Exposed.

Friday 2 March
CC+G residents/VAI Members £5 / visitors/non-members £10
Flowerfield Arts Centre, 185 Coleraine Rd, Portstewart, BT55 7HU

For more information and to register click HERE.

Inspired by G.V. Du Noyer: A Drawing and Painting Workshop at Longueville House, Mallow, Co. Cork

There will be two half-day sessions of watercolour painting on geological themes with Shevaun Doherty SBA and the Irish Geological Association. Shevaun is an exhilarating and award-winning Irish watercolourist as well as an absolutely wonderful teacher.

During the weekend, on Saturday afternoon, an excursion to visit an awe-inspiring Exhibition entitled “Stones, Slabs and Seascapes: George Victor Du Noyer’s Images of Ireland” at the beautiful Crawford Gallery, Cork will further inspire participants. A tour of the Exhibition will be led by Petra Coffey, a Co-Curator, with Peter Murray, of fascinating and rarely shown art work. The Exhibition commemorates the 200th Anniversary of Du Noyer’s birth. George Victor Du Noyer was a most talented and prolific painter who recorded many aspects of life and landscape all over the island of Ireland as part of his work for the Geological and Ordnance Surveys of Ireland.

Organised by The Irish Geological Association with Shevaun Doherty SBA (Watercolourist and Teacher) and Petra Coffey (Exhibition Co-Curator).

Dates: Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th February, 2018
Times: 9am Saturday 10th February to 1pm Sunday 11th February
Cost: €80 Workshop participation fee only (Price does not include accommodation, food or refreshments)
Location: Longueville House, Mallow, Co. Cork
Booking: Please contact maria@geology.ie or on 087 3644645
Website: geology.ie

Michael Lodge & Alison O’Grady | Exhibition at Séamus Ennis Arts Centre, Fingal

6 February to 2 April 2018

From his studio in Drogheda, Michael Lodge specialises in portrait and landscape using oils, pastels, polymer resin and bronze. “My landscapes are based on actual scenes, but the lighting, colour scheme and mood of the paintings are derived to a large extent from memory. In sculpture, I seek to capture the character of the subject, while at the same time achieving a first rate likeness. As I am now in my late sixties, I can call upon decades of experience in painting and sculpture. As a result I find that my work is more creative and fluid than ever before”.

Alison O’Grady is an illustrator, graphic designer and art educator. From 1984-1989, Alison attended Balbriggan Community College and is a past pupil of Michael Lodge. Alison holds qualifications in Design and Art Education. Since 2007 Alison has taught art, locally, nationally and internationally.

Séamus Ennis Arts Centre
Naul, Fingal, Co. Dublin
T: +353 (0)1 802 0898
E: info@seamusenniscentre.com
W: tseac.ie