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Ad prices start at €200, with discounts for new advertisers and for multiple bookings.

 

 

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Late Night Art Belfast | Thursday 5 October

Late Night Art Belfast happens on the first Thursday of every month with over a dozen galleries opening their doors for an evening celebration of the vibrant visual arts scene in Belfast.

Join in around the world next week by following the hashtag #LNAB and reshare your favourite images, videos and surprises with your friends and colleagues.

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GUIDED TOURS:
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Fully guided bus tour departs from outside the front of the Linenhall Library at 6.30pm and finishes approx. 9.15pm. Join this tour by booking through paypal on www.belfastarttours.co.uk or by ringing the Townhouse on 028 90311798. £10 per person.

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Or make your way around the galleries at your own pace. Here are just some of the highlights of this Late Night Art:

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OPENINGS:
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Golden Thread Gallery

The Really Wild Show | Iain Griffin
Signs and Ciphers | Alistair Wilson

84-94 Great Patrick St, Belfast BT1 2LU
T: +44 28 9033 0920
E: info@gtgallery.co.uk
W: goldenthreadgallery.co.uk

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Platform Arts Gallery

material conditions | Cecilia Danell, Jane Queally, Marias Diaz, Michelle Hill, Ruby Wallis, Simon Daly, Vicky Smith

1 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA
T: 028 9031 1301
E: platformbelfast@gmail.com
W: platformartsbelfast.com

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Catalyst Arts

International Live Art Biennial FIX 17

5 College Court, Belfast BT1 6BS
E: catalystarts@gmail.com
W: catalystarts.org.uk

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QSS Bedford Street Gallery
Pioneer
Conor McFeely

31-33 Bedford Street, Belfast City Centre
Phone: +44 28 90 24 31 45
E: gallery@queenstreetstudios.net
W: queenstreetstudios.net

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END OF THE EVENING:
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Real Sketchy
The Green Room @ The Black Box

When Late Night Art just isn’t late enough, Real Sketchy is here for you. (I mean 9pm isn’t really that late is it but ‘Early Night, Tucked Up in Bed with an Ovaltine by Nine Art’ doesn’t really scan does it)

InkMonkey Art Supplies provide the pens and paper, Black Box serve up the booze & pizza and we scan the hell out of everything while playing you the finest tunage.

You’d be surprised the amount of fun you can have with a pencil, a scanner and a premium Spotify account.

Oh and it’s free in like!


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!


Late Night Art Belfast | Thursday 7 September

Late Night Art Belfast happens on the first Thursday of every month with over a dozen galleries opening their doors for an evening celebration of the vibrant visual arts scene in Belfast.

Join in around the world next week by following the hashtag #LNAB and reshare your favourite images, videos and surprises with your friends and colleagues.

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GUIDED TOURS:
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Fully guided bus tour departs from outside the front of the Linenhall Library at 6.30pm and finishes approx. 9.15pm. Join this tour by booking through paypal on www.belfastarttours.co.uk or by ringing the Townhouse on 028 90311798. £10 per person.

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Or make your way around the galleries at your own pace. Here are just some of the highlights of this Late Night Art:

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OPENINGS:
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Golden Thread Gallery

The Really Wild Show | Iain Griffin
Signs and Ciphers | Alistair Wilson

84-94 Great Patrick St, Belfast BT1 2LU
T: +44 28 9033 0920
E: info@gtgallery.co.uk
W: goldenthreadgallery.co.uk

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Fenderesky Gallery
Graham Gingles: New Boxes and Drawings, Gallery 2
Helen Blake – Tony Hill: Works on Paper, Gallery 1

31 North Street
Belfast
BT1 1NA

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Platform Arts Gallery

Deflated Capital | Doireann Ni Ghrioghair
Opening 7 September 6-9pm
Gallery 1.

Roaming Around the City | Bilu Blich
Opening 7 September 6-9pm
Gallery 2

1 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA
T: 028 9031 1301
E: platformbelfast@gmail.com
W: platformartsbelfast.com

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QSS Bedford Street Gallery
Unafraid Blue
Artists: Colm Clarke | Angela Hackett | Catherine McLaughlin | Grace McMurray | David Turner

31-33 Bedford Street, Belfast City Centre
Phone: +44 28 90 24 31 45
E: gallery@queenstreetstudios.net
W: queenstreetstudios.net

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Pollen Studios and Gallery
All That Sits Unsaid | Stuart Cairns
Opening 6.30pm – 9pm
Also open Saturday 9th September 12pm – 4pm

37-39 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA
E: pollenstudiobelfast@gmail.com
W:.facebook.com/pg/PollenStudioBelfast/
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The Green Room @ The Black Box
Tonya McMullan

18-22 Hill St, Belfast BT1 2LA, UK

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END OF THE EVENING:
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Real Sketchy
The Green Room @ The Black Box

When Late Night Art just isn’t late enough, Real Sketchy is here for you. (I mean 9pm isn’t really that late is it but ‘Early Night, Tucked Up in Bed with an Ovaltine by Nine Art’ doesn’t really scan does it)

InkMonkey Art Supplies provide the pens and paper, Black Box serve up the booze & pizza and we scan the hell out of everything while playing you the finest tunage.

You’d be surprised the amount of fun you can have with a pencil, a scanner and a premium Spotify account.

Oh and it’s free in like!


Late Night Art Belfast | Thursday 3 August

Late Night Art Belfast happens on the first Thursday of every month with over a dozen galleries opening their doors for an evening celebration of the vibrant visual arts scene in Belfast.

Join in around the world next week by following the hashtag #LNAB and reshare your favourite images, videos and surprises with your friends and colleagues.

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GUIDED TOURS:
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Fully guided bus tour departs from outside the front of the Linenhall Library at 6.30pm and finishes approx. 9.15pm. Join this tour by booking through paypal on www.belfastarttours.co.uk or by ringing the Townhouse on 028 90311798. £10 per person.

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Or make your way around the galleries at your own pace. Here are just some of the highlights of this Late Night Art:

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OPENINGS:
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EAST BELFAST is open for Late NIght Art as part of the Eastside Arts Festival 2017

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Eastside Gallery
Brian Ballard : Pictures
Curated by the ArtisAnn Gallery

402 Newtownards Road, Belfast
T: +44 28 9045 8114

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The Bath House
Gary Shaw

4 Glenmore Street,
Belfast
E: thebathhousebelfast@gmail.com
W: bathhousebelfast.wordpress.com

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Templemore Swimming Baths
Diving Station – Colm Clarke

Templemore Ave, Belfast
www.eastsidearts.net/event/

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Golden Thread Gallery

Signs and Ciphers | Alistair Wilson

84-94 Great Patrick St, Belfast BT1 2LU
T: +44 28 9033 0920
E: info@gtgallery.co.uk
W: goldenthreadgallery.co.uk

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Fenderesky Gallery
Celebrating 40 Years of Belfast Print Workshop

31 North Street
Belfast
BT1 1NA

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Platform Arts Gallery

“The Chronotopes”
Work by Dave Loder
Opening 3rd August 6-9pm
Gallery 1.

“Runes or Rhubarb”
Work by Graduate Resident Damian Magee
Opening 3rd August 6-9pm
Gallery 2

1 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA
T: 028 9031 1301
E: platformbelfast@gmail.com
W: platformartsbelfast.com

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The Crescent Arts Centre
Queeriosity

2-4 University Road, Belfast
BT7 1NH, Northern Ireland
T: +44 (0) 28 9024 2338
E: info@crescentarts.org
W: crescentarts.org

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QSS Bedford Street Gallery
Unafraid Yellow
Artists: Sean Campbell Artist, Ashley Holmes, Clement McAleer, Robert Moriarty and Zoë Murdoch

31-33 Bedford Street, Belfast City Centre
Phone: +44 28 90 24 31 45
E: gallery@queenstreetstudios.net
W: queenstreetstudios.net

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The Green Room @ The Black Box
Patrick Hickey

18-22 Hill St, Belfast BT1 2LA, UK

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Conway Mill – The Drying Room
‘Strings Attached’ by Anna Donovan

5-7 Conway Street, Falls Road, Belfast

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Artcetera Studio
VISAGE: THE FACE OF DRAG

43 Rosemary St, Belfast

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Arts and Disability Forum
Relfections of Nebulae 2
Artist: Keith Sheppard

109-113 Royal Avenue,
Belfast, N.Ireland BT1 1FF
T: +44 28 9023 9450
E: info@adf.ie
W: adf.ie

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Ink Monkey Art
‘Inexternal’ by Stephen o’Kane

Cathedral Quarter
17 North Street

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STILL SHOWING
OPEN FOR LATE NIGHT ART
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Belfast Exposed Photography Gallery
Complete and Utter Happiness’ by Jacqueline Douglas

The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast
T: +44 (0)28 9023 0965
E: info@belfastexposed.org
W: belfastexposed.org

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Golden Thread Gallery
Abstracted Alignment – Derek Wilson

84-94 Great Patrick St, Belfast BT1 2LU
T: +44 28 9033 0920
E: info@gtgallery.co.uk
W: goldenthreadgallery.co.uk

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END OF THE EVENING:
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Real Sketchy
The Green Room @ The Black Box

When Late Night Art just isn’t late enough, Real Sketchy is here for you. (I mean 9pm isn’t really that late is it but ‘Early Night, Tucked Up in Bed with an Ovaltine by Nine Art’ doesn’t really scan does it)

InkMonkey Art Supplies provide the pens and paper, Black Box serve up the booze & pizza and we scan the hell out of everything while playing you the finest tunage.

You’d be surprised the amount of fun you can have with a pencil, a scanner and a premium Spotify account.

Oh and it’s free in like!


Join / Renew VAI Membership

advocacyBelow is list of services, facilities and resources provided by Visual Artists Ireland for our members. These resources are designed to be useful, practical and relevant to artists.

  • The Manual – a comprehensive on-line information resource covering all aspects of professional development.
  • Help-desk – offering advice, information and support on professional issues.
  • Legal Advice | Debt Collection – a solution that minimises costly legal proceedings for artists getting paid.
  • Discount Scheme –material suppliers and service providers.
  • Equipment/Facilities – affordable access to video editing, cameras, computers and other equipment.
  • VAI Members Events – a programme of informative and networking events held around the country
  • VAI Professional Development Programme – a wide range of professional development training throughout the year including workshops, peer discussion groups, seminars and talks.
  • Studio Exchange Programme – VAI members can now register with Artelier for studio exchange with peers anywhere in the world.
  • Visual Art Address Book – Members contact area and directory of visual art organisations and services
  • Visual Artists Ireland and Digital Arts Studios Residency Award
  • The Valerie Earley Residency Award at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre.

To become a member of VAI and to view details on the full list of befits, services and resources available to professional, organisational and associate members visit: visualartists.ie/join/


VAI Office at Windmill View House, Oliver Bond Street, Dublin 8.

oliver-bondHaving been in Dame Court, Dublin 2 for five years, Visual Artists Ireland have moved to a larger location in Dublin 8.

The lager space will facilitate our career development workshops, VAI archive, members hot desks and our expanded equipment hire service. Our contact number remains the same – 01 6729488.

Windmill View House,
4 Oliver Bond Street,
Dublin 8.
Tel: +353 (0)1 672 9488
Email: info@visualartists.i


VAN July/August Edition Out Now | Guest Editor Linda Shevlin

VAN July:Aug 2016

 

The July/August Visual Artists’ News Sheet (VAN) is available and has been sent to all members. Selected articles on art criticism, artist-led spaces, funding in Northern Ireland and online works are up on the new VAN blog at: http://visualartistsireland.com

The July/August issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet was guest edited by Linda Shevlin and features articles from Anna Macleod, Dominic Stevens, Aoibheann Greenan and many more.

 
VAN Online:
visualartistsireland.com


ONE DAY LEFT | All Ireland Workspace Survey 2016 | For Individual Artists, Artists Groups, and Arts Organisations

advocacyIndividual Artists, Artists Groups, Workspaces, and other Studio Programmes

PLEASE ASSIST US IN OUR SURVEY INTO ARTISTS WORKSPACES

Since our foundation, Visual Artists Ireland has provided support to artists and to workspaces both practically and in our advocacy work. Over this period we have seen many changes and a wide range of challenges. We have seen different solutions provided… some of which continue and some which have fallen by the wayside as other ways of thinking have come to the fore.

The current acknowledged difficulties of finding suitable buildings or spaces is no longer new news. For the past year, we have been looking both at home and abroad to see what things are working and how we can learn from them so that we can provide concrete suggestions and assistance. What is missing is clear quantifiable evidence of both the supply and the demand… and the precise needs of both across Ireland.

The next step in this is to ask artists, artist groups, and organisations to assist us in putting together a clear view of what is currently available and what are the real needs out there – both for artists and for organisations/groups.

To do this we have put together two surveys. In these surveys we ask the key questions that will provide us with a wider understanding of the entire country and also local areas. The findings of this survey will be combined with our other research so that we can provide a formal report that can be used by all to clearly identify what we are talking about…

For Artists – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DSHDMV6
For Workspaces/Artists Groups https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DF3LVGC
Deadline to complete is 12th May 2016

At the 2016 Get Together we will have a specific forum to discuss our own findings and also to invite decision makers to come and see various models that can be developed around the country.

As always, if you are having a local discussion about this subject, then please let us know, and if we can’t make it to the actual meeting then please let us know the outcomes.

All of the information that you provide will be used only for this report and will be fully anonymised when published.


2016 Survey for Visual Artists in Ireland – Please complete

advocacyIt is now coming up on 4 years since the full introduction of the Payment Guidelines for Visual Artists. In that time we have see the Arts Council and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland affirm that organisations and events that they fund must pay artists in an equitable manner. We have also seen Dublin City Council adopt the policy and have news that other local authority areas are following suit.

This means that we should notice changes in artists’ incomes from exhibition making and all of the other work that is undertaken to support the sector. Therefore, we are now asking for you to participate in what we hope to be our biggest survey so far so that we can assess if there has been any improvement.

All of the information that you provide is strictly confidential to you. Therefore we ask that you are as open as possible, and can find some time to assist us by completing the survey.

The deadline for completion is Friday, 19th February… but we ask that you don’t put it off…

If you are in the Republic of Ireland then please use https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FCK2BM7

If you are in Northern Ireland then please use https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FMRFKYT


Will we advertise your internship opportunity? The Answer!

internships and volunteersVisual Artists Ireland receives constant comment about internships and requests to advertise a wide variety of these opportunities during the  year.  We also receive much comment from our members who ask why we are advertising opportunities that refuse to pay.  We conducted a survey through our website. The answers to the question “Should Visual Artists Ireland advertise unpaid internships?” were:

  • Only if the internship clearly follows VAI’s Internship Best Practice Guidelines (43%, 70 Votes)
  • No (42%, 69 Votes)
  • Yes (15%, 25 Votes)

It is clear from this that we have quite a split vote between the terms of the conditions we should advertise them and that we should not advertise them at all if there is no payment.  Therefore, we have decided to advertise only when there is an undertaking from the organisation that they fully adhere to our Internship Guidelines.

The basics consider the following conditions:

Definition of the internship

An internship should:

provide a valuable supported learning experience; provide mentorship; allow an individual to develop or enhance skills that are applicable to their chosen area;

ensure the development of interpersonal work relationships; enable the candidate to learn good work habits such as communication, time and project management skills;

offer networking opportunities that will lead to paid employment or help to further the intern’s career in other tangible ways.

An internship is not Volunteering, Student Placement, Apprenticeship or Work Experience.

A Internship MUST be offered with the following Written Agreement:

  • Each intern should be provided with a contract / letter of understanding outlining the role and responsibilities within the organisation that will be allocated to the intern. A same checklist is provided in the Guidelines.
  • An intern should be provided with a defined role and job title.
  • An internship should be short term and ideally between three and six months.

Objectives

Educational

  • Many interns have some experience and qualifications that would be advantageous to an organisation.
  • An internship should be either the first experience of a role or an advancement from a voluntary position. In order to achieve this supportive and advantageous internship; one which will provide a meaningful experience and enhance an interns employability in the future; there should be a clear set of achievable objectives from the outset. These include transparency on day-to-day activities and responsibilities and clarity of progression within the organisation (if applicable). In general all interns should be given a level of responsibility that will further their experience.

Recruitment

  • Interns should be recruited in the same way as regular employees of an organisation, with proper consideration given to how their skills and qualifications fit the tasks they will be expected to undertake.
  • Recruitment should be conducted in an open and transparent way to enable fair and
    equal access to available internships.

Induction

  • Before the intern starts, a written contract should be put in place defining the intern’s working hours, the length of the internship, the intern’s goals and their obligations.
  • Any training the intern will require for their role should be planned in advance. This plan should be shared with the intern on their first day. The training should include a health and safety induction tailored to the individual organisation.

Supervision

  • Organisations should ensure that there is a dedicated person(s) to supervise the intern and conduct regular performance reviews. This person should provide ongoing feedback to the intern, be their advocate and mentor during the period of the internship, and conduct formal performance reviews to evaluate the success of their time with the organisation.

Payment & Duration

  • Where possible the intern should be paid the National Minimum Wage. At the very least Host Organisations should cover necessary work-related expenses incurred by the intern: travel to, from and during work. This will ensure wider access and allow people from varied economic backgrounds to access internships.

Please note: It is a complete exception that VAI will advertise who hold to the minimum requirements. Preference will be made for organisations who are clearly providing a minimum of minimum wage positions.

Reference

A detailed personalised reference should be provided at the end of the internship .

Working conditions

Health & Safety: The Host Organisation must be fully compliant with current workplace health and safety and all other legal requirements.

Garda Vetting: The Host Organisation has responsibility to ensure that the appropriate process is applied to placements that require Garda vetting. Interns must agree to comply with requests for Garda Vetting where necessary.

Annual Leave: Interns are entitled to all Public Holidays and 1.75 days annual leave for each month they participate in an internship.

Sick Leave: The maximum cumulative sick leave permissible over the course of an internship is five working days over a three month internship; ten working days over a six to nine month internship.

So, our answer is Yes, we will advertise your internship opportunity if it complies in full with the above best practice guidelines. We suggest that annual planning both logistical and financial should have clear allowances made to ensure that organisations use internships in the meaningful way that benefits all.


Should Visual Artists Ireland advertise unpaid internships?

internships and volunteersWe have seen an increase in calls for internships from a wide range of organisations. We have always been very careful, as with all of our listings, to filter them for what we can clearly identify as a definite opportunity. However, it is unfortunate that even with careful filtering we have received messages and telephone calls from both sides of the argument: 1. expressing dismay that we advertise and 2. expressing dismay that we won’t advertise those that don’t fit our guidelines on best practice for internships.internships

We have run a recent poll on Facebook which has shown that the majority feel that we should not advertise internships at all. A lesser number agree that we should advertise but only if the organisation clearly shows that they are following our best practice guidelines. and a minority feel that we should advertise them one way or another.

Clearly we can make a decision on this. But, we decided that we would put it out to you to have your say. So, we are asking you to vote in this poll.  It will close September 27, 2015 @ 12:28 pm, and it will clearly inform our current policy on whether or not to advertise internships.

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Note: This only refers to opportunities advertised as Internships. It does not affect opportunities that clearly state that they are volunteer positions.

 


Based in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, Channel Islands, Isle of Man?

VAI NI longIt seems funny for VAI to be talking about far flung places such as the Channel Islands, but Irish visual artists have proven to be quite a resourceful lot as they pop up in the oddest of places.  Okay, that’s a bit glib, but as we continue to expand out ways to support Irish visual artists, we have now set up an eBulletin specifically for visual artists in Northern Ireland and those living in other parts of the United Kingdom. This takes content from our main eBulletin and from other UK sources for news, exhibitions, events, and opportunities. If you are based or work in Northern Ireland or  in Scotland, Wales, England, Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man then we encourage you to subscribe to the bulletin as it is designed specifically for you. http://visualartists.ie/contact/subscribe-to-the-e-bulletin/

If you are an organisation working or based in any of the above, you can send us your news of exhibitions, events, opportunities etc. through our usual channels – http://visualartists.ie/contact/eguidelines/

 


Update on eBulletin

As you will know from previous messages, our eBulletin provider is phasing out their software service.  It has been quite a battle trying to find software that can deal with all of the listings that we receive on a weekly basis.  We have done a parallel run with the old and the new systems.  We are speaking  with the new software’s developers to find the solution to one or two tiny issues that we hope to resolve. In the meantime, we are aware that you will be receiving some old information as well as new.  This will only continue as the system gets up to date with our content.  Truly we wish that we could have it otherwise, but with the amount of notifications, jobs, money making opportunities etc that we provide, we want to make sure that you don’t miss out.

The formats remain the same. The Jobs & Ops ebulletin and the Exhibitions and Events ebulletins will both have News at the top, and then the Listings.  We receive over 200 mails per week with listings which means that we are continuously trying to find a way that makes sense to bring you all of the information.  We believe that this new format is very clear, but the Table of Contents is one thing that few of the systems that we have looked at can deliver.  We will continue to work on bringing that back, but we felt that it is more important that we bring you a stable system very quickly.

As always, the warmest of greetings from all of us in VAI.

Noel

Oh, and before we forget, you should have received your invitation to our new office opening.  Nope, we’re not leaving Dublin, but we are opening our first office outside of Dublin which will be dedicated to our delivery in Northern Ireland. So, please join us on Friday, 3rd July between 1pm and 3pm on the First Floor, 109 – 113 Royal Avenue, Belfast, BT1 1FF to celebrate this event.  If you are travelling to Belfast, then First Thursday is the evening before. This means galleries will be open late.  We timed our opening for lunchtime so as to allow people to come on the day and also get a chance to see the vibrancy of Belfast.  Keep an eye out for the announcement of Belfast Open Studios later this year… another chance to see inside the studios and meet fellow artists as well as other supporting events.