Category: VAI Members Events


Visual Artists’ Help-Desk, Belfast

VAI’s monthly Wednesday Help-Desks allow artists to book in for a 30 minute one-to-one appointment to discuss any aspects of their artistic career.

To book an appointment with the Help-Desk click HERE.

Topics we cover can include:

  • Funding applications
  • Proposals
  • Artist statements, bios and CVs
  • Signposting to relevant arts organisations and contacts
  • Strategic planning
  • Tax and finance
  • Website and social media
  • Networking

If you are looking for feedback on text or images, it is often helpful to send us relevant material a week before your appointment.

2017

Wednesday 13th December

2018

Wednesday 17th January
Wednesday 14th February
Wednesday 14th March
Wednesday 11th April
Wednesday 16th May


Visual Artists’ Help-Desk, Portstewart   Recently updated !

Wednesday 6 December, 11am to 4pm

VAI’s Help-Desks allow artists to book in for a 30 minute one-to-one appointment to discuss any aspects of their artistic career.

To book an appointment with the Help-Desk click HERE.

Topics we cover can include:

  • Funding applications
  • Proposals
  • Artist statements, bios and CVs
  • Signposting to relevant arts organisations and contacts
  • Strategic planning
  • Tax and finance
  • Website and social media
  • Networking

If you are looking for feedback on text or images, it is often helpful to send us relevant material before your appointment.

Flowerfield Arts Centre
185 Coleraine Rd, Portstewart BT55 7HU


VAI Workshop | Sustaining Your Practice – Clonmel

Wednesday 22 November, 10.30am to 16.30pm

Sustaining Your Practice looks at the practical, creative and career challenges of sustaining your visual arts practice and aims to address questions about how we sustain and continue to grow in our practices as artists. How do we keep our work and selves energised and connected with new opportunities, platforms, modes of working and with peers and make the best of our livelihoods. Following contributions from artist Martina Galvin and curator Maeve Mulrennan artists will have the opportunity to avail of a limited number of 1-to-1 advice clinics. We will provide a separate booking page for artists to register for these clinics.

In partnership with Tipperary County Council and hosted by South Tipperary Arts Centre.

For more information and to book visit: visualartists.ie/professional-development


VAI Workshop | Costing and Pricing Your Work with Patricia Clyne-Kelly POSTPONED

Postponed: February 2018, date to be confirmed.

Whether submitting a commission proposal, working to a project budget or selling your work, it is essential to know how to calculate costs and to have confidence that the price you ask will be sufficient to cover expenses and generate an income and funds for future research and developments during the quiet times.

This workshop will look at basic financial accounting and is simplified into a structure that will assist artists with money matters. It looks at developing a day rate for your work as an artist, building in ongoing overheads into your costings for projects of all kinds whether: workshops; commissions and exhibition fees or pricing individual works of art.

There will be some hands on exercises that Patricia may ask you to do so please do come prepared with pen and paper. The session is also intended to be complimentary to other VAI workshops such as Creative Proposals and Public Art Proposals.

Location:
Visual Artists Ireland
Windmill View House,
Oliver Bond Street
Dublin 8

For more information and to book visit: visualartists.ie/professional-development


PR and Digital Marketing for Visual Artists with Emma Dwyer

Date: Thursday 30 November, 10.30am to 4.30pm
Location: Visual Artists Ireland, Windmill View House, Oliver Bond Steet, Dublin 8

When you have the product right, how do you let people know about it? Learn the basics in visual arts communications and how you as an artist can promote your own work.

This 1 day workshop teaches you easy to follow basics in PR and Digital Marketing. Topics covered include, how to write and where to send a press release, how to set up a website without knowing anything about websites, where to be active on social media, how to take advantage of email newsletters. You will leave with a clear overview on pr and digital marketing that you put into action yourself.
Emma Dwyer will draw on her experience of working in communications in various arts organisations, including her most recent role as Communications Manager for EVA International.

Emma Dwyer has experience in various areas of the arts including architecture, theatre, publishing and visual art. Her expertise is in arts communications. She has held roles in Dublin Contemporary 2011, mother’s tankstation, Irish Architecture Foundation and Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre and is currently working as Communications Manager with EVA International. Alongside a healthy obsession with the internet, Emma loves publishing and has in the past edited various art publications including Oh, Francis, in circulation from 2009 to 2012 and worked as the editor of Dublin 4 local newspaper, NewsFour. Emma holds a degree in English, Media and Cultural Studies from Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology and a masters in Art in the Contemporary World from National College of Art and Design, Dublin.

For more information and to register please visit:
visualartists.ie/professional-developmentp/#!event/2017/10/27/pr-and-digital-marketing-for-visual-artists-with-emma-dwyer


Rescheduled – Nov 15 | Writing About Your Work with Sue Rainsford

Date: Wed Nov 15 2017, 10:30am to 4.30pm
Venue: Visual Artists Ireland
Address: Windmill View House, Oliver Bond St, Dublin 8

As an artist, you will be required to write about your work for a variety of reasons including press releases, proposals and applications. Focusing on the artist statement, this session will equip participants with a text to work from, develop and adapt in the future.

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VAI Workshop | Curating Exhibitions, Portstewart

15 November
1pm to 5pm
Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart

£10 / Free (VAI Members and Residents of Causeway Coast and Glens)

Techniques for creating coherent, intelligent group or solo exhibitions. Artists often produce self-curated group exhibitions with their peers; this workshop looks at how skills such as selection of work, techniques for hanging or presenting work, and lighting can make a dramatic difference to the audience experience.

Jane Morrow is an independent curator currently based in Northern Ireland. She has over a decade of curatorial experience, as well as in artist development work for galleries, initiatives and individuals around the UK (in regions including the West Midlands, East of England and South London), as well as in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Jane is interested in working across gallery, studio and network contexts around formal and informal learning environments for artists. She has originated, fundraised for and delivered numerous exhibitions, commissions, learning projects, symposia, publications, opportunities, residencies, workshops and bespoke professional development programmes for individuals and groups. Jane is experienced in working with artists who practice regionally, nationally and internationally at all stages of their careers. Her most recent work has included roles with: Visual Artists Ireland/ Northern Ireland, Greater Manchester Arts, London Sculpture Workshop and Belfast Photo Festival, amongst others.

For more information and to book, click HERE.

Venue Flowerfield Arts Centre
Address 185 Coleraine Rd
Portstewart, BT55 7HU, UK


VAI Workshop | Project Clinic with Marguerite Nugent, Belfast

Monday 6 November
10am to 12pm

Marguerite Nugent is Curatorial Services and Programme Development Manager at Wolverhampton Art Gallery. Responsible for programming and collections development at the gallery for the past fourteen years, Marguerite has led an acquisitions programme which embraces both historical and contemporary art in a variety of media as well as leading on the CAS Special Collections Scheme at Wolverhampton. Marguerite teaches on the MA Gallery Studies at the University of Essex and contributed to Pop Art Book (Black Dog, 2007), a publication produced for the re-display of the Pop Art Collection at Wolverhampton.

For more information and to book, click HERE.

Venue VAI Belfast Offices
Address 109-113 Royal Avenue
Belfast, BT1 1FF


Belfast Open Studios | Speed Curating, 4 November

Choose from a list of the best curators in Ireland and Northern Ireland for one-on-one meetings. Selecting whom you would like to meet entitles you to 10 minutes with each curator – an opportunity to show them your work, present your ideas and make connections. This is a hugely popular event for curators and artists and has led to multiple exhibitions, working relationships, and collaborations.

For more information and a list of curators, click HERE.

Venue Belfast Exposed
Address 23 Donegall Street
Belfast, BT1 2FF
Sat Nov 4 2017


Belfast Open Studios | Curator Talks, 3 November

This is an opportunity to hear from three high-profile UK-based curators about the work that they do with artists, venues and communities. This afternoon event will followed by drinks at The Sunflower from 5.30pm for further informal networking opportunities.

Jes Fernie
Patricia Fleming
Sacha Waldron

For more information and to book, click HERE.

Venue VAI Belfast Offices
Address 109-113 Royal Avenue
Belfast, BT1 1FF
Starts Fri Nov 3 2017, 3:00pm
Ends Fri Nov 3 2017, 5:00pm


Peer to Peer Critique for Painters with James Merrigan and Phillip Allen

Date: 25 October 2017, 12.30 to 4.30pm
Location: Royal Hibernian Academy School, Ely Place, Dublin 2
Visual Artists Ireland in partnership with the RHA School

An afternoon of peer-to-peer artists’ presentations with facilitated feedback and contributions from artist-critic James Merrigan (BILLIONART) and artist Phillip Allen (Turps Banana). Each artist will have the opportunity to give a short 10min presentation on their work followed by 10-15mins of facilitated peer feedback. A selection of 8 artists will be made by the RHA School and contributing artists James Merrigan and Phillip Allen. To express interest please follow the link below to the VAI registration page. Deadline for expression of interest: 5pm Monday 9 October, 2017

Please note that there will be a charge for of €40 for VAI Members and €80 for Non Members once your place has been confirmed.
For more information please visit: visualartists.ie/professional-developmentp/#!event/2017/10/25/peer-to-peer-critique-for-painters-with-james-merrigan-and-phillip-allen


VAI Talks, Show and Tell | Focus on Painting: Belfast

Wednesday 4 October, 2017
Fenderesky Gallery, North Street

Programme

18.00 – 19.00 – Panel Discussion: Painting Now!
Susan Connolly, Carol Graham, Riann Coulter, Hannah Casey

19.00 – 20.00 – Talk: Painting’s Primacy
James Merrigan
As a lapsed painter, curator that curates painting, and critic that uses painting as a way to fatten language and deepen conversation, James Merrigan will reflect on painting’s primacy within his curated, textual and film projects.

For more information and to register click HERE.


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


VAI Workshop | Visual Artists Cafe: Introducing the Lakelands

12 October, 12pm – 5pm
Waterways Ireland, Enniskillen

FREE

This networking event brings together artists and organisations from across the Lakelands region that straddles the border. We welcome artists and arts professionals from Fermanagh and Omagh, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, and Monaghan to come along, share your work and build your network of peers and contacts.

Show and Tell
The purpose of Show and Tell is to allow artists to present work or concepts to each other in an informal atmosphere. The events are also designed to allow curators and artistic directors to keep up to date on what is current in artists’ studios without the need to do a large number of studio visits, as well as providing the wider general audience with an inside view of artistic practice.

Following Registration
When you have registered, you will then receive a confirmation. After this you will need to send us a copy of your presentation. 10 slides labeled and correctly sized. It is important that you rehearse your timings well as you will have only minutes to talk. Therefore we suggest that you practice practice practice. If you you have any questions then email siobhan@visualartists.ie who will be happy to help.

There are only 10 places available for the Show and Tell. However, we will operate a waiting list. If we don’t receive presentations from artists before Tuesday 3 November 2017, we will offer their place to the next person on the waiting list.

To register visit: visualartists.org.uk/professionaldevelopment


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/


VAI Workshop | Working with Digital Images with Tim Durham | 9 September

VAI in partnership with Tipperary County Council and Damer House Gallery

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.

For more information see: visualartists.ie/working-with-digital-images-with-tim-durham

Location: Damer House
Castle Street, Roscrea
Roscrea County Tipperary


VAI Workshop | Public Art I – Cross Artform Commissions from Ambition to Realisation

6 September, 10.30am to 2pm

The first of two sessions focusing on Public Art Commissioning this event coincides with INFRASTRUCTURE the Fingal County Council Open Call for artists to make artworks and art projects through the County’s Per Cent for Art funded commission programme 2017 – 2021. Through Infrastructure, Fingal County Council will actively bring contemporary art directly into everyday life, and into the urban, coastal and rural communities in Fingal.

This mini seminar aims to highlight different approaches to public art commissioning with reflections from commissioners and artists working in visual and other artforms.

Speakers include: Caroline Cowley, Public Arts Officer, Fingal County Council; artist Garrett Phelan and others to be confirmed.

For more information see: visualartists.ie/public-art-i-cross-artform-commissions-from-ambition-to-realisation

Location: Malahide Castle Visitors Centre, Malahide, Co. Dublin