Category: VAI Members Events


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.


VAI Workshop | Peer Critique with Janet Mullarney, Dublin

VAI in partnership with the RHA School

VAI are delighted to work with Janet Mullarney once again in our series of partnership Peer Critique events with the RHA School

This Peer Critique session is relevant to artists working in sculpture and installation.  Following a presentation on her own work Janet will lead a Peer Critique with 6 interested artists.  Artists participating will be asked to make short presentations on their practices a on future projects they would like to develop. After each presentation, Janet will facilitate a constructive and supportive discussion amongst the group.

Janet Mullarney is a Dublin born sculptor who has spent a great deal of time working in Italy. “Her sculptures are a little like Angela Carter’s novels, where the everyday and the ordinary can suddenly plummet into the surreal and the mythic. Tables and stairs, trolleys and mattresses are the props that carry extraordinary characters. Subjects mined from the natural world and anthropo-morphized to play out human joy and human tragedy.” Patrick T.Murphy. To register and for further information see HERE.


VAI Workshop | Costing + Pricing Your Work with Patricia Clyne-Kelly, Dublin

23 February, 10.30 to 16.30

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.

VAI members should log in to their membership profile to avail of the 50% discount.
Members Rate: 40 Euro
Non-Members Rate: 80 Euro

Visual Artists Ireland, Address Windmill View House, Oliver Bond Street, Dublin 8
More information and Book HERE.


VAI Workshop | Creating and Curating Spaces (Thinking Outside the Box), Newtownards

Tonya McMullan (Prime Collection and The Bathhouse) will facilitate two workshops exploring techniques for creating coherent, intelligent group or solo exhibitions in non-traditional spaces. Artists often produce self-curated group exhibitions with their peers; this workshop will deal with both the planning and delivery of such projects.

23 and 30 April, 6 – 9pm
ANDBC residents/VAI Members £5 / visitors/non-members £10
Ards Arts Centre, Town Hall, Conway Square, Newtownards BT23 4NP

For more information and to register click HERE.


VAI Workshop | Creating and Curating Spaces (Thinking Outside the Box), Portstewart

Tonya McMullan (Prime Collection and The Bathhouse) will facilitate two workshops exploring techniques for creating coherent, intelligent group or solo exhibitions in non-traditional spaces. Artists often produce self-curated group exhibitions with their peers; this workshop will deal with both the planning and delivery of such projects.

Wednesday 28th March 1pm-4.30pm
CC&G residents/VAI Members £5
Non-members £10
Flowerfield Arts Centre, 185 Coleraine Rd, Portstewart, BT55 7HU

For more information and to register click HERE.


VAI Workshop | Working with Digital Images with Mervyn Smyth, Bangor

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.

12 March, 6 – 9pm, Sync Space
ANDBC residents/VAI Members £5 / visitors/non-members £10
Sync Space, Dufferin Ave, Bangor, BT20 3BX

For more information and to register click HERE.


VAI Workshop | Small Business Skills with Liam McGarry, Bangor

Small business consultant Liam McGarry will look at how preparing a business plan can help artists set goals, measure progress and assist with long term planning through clarifying your business idea and using tools such as cash flow forecasting.

19 February, 6 – 9pm
ANDBC residents/VAI Members £5 / visitors/non-members £10
North Down Museum
Town Hall, Castle Park Ave
Bangor, BT20 4BT

For more information and to register click HERE.


Visual Artists Cafe | LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN! Boom! Studios, Bangor

Start the new year as you mean to go on, at this fun, lively, social event with a twist.

Belfast-based artist Charlotte Bosanquet has something unusual up her sleeve to get your creative juices flowing, kick out the old and get inspired to make things happen.

You will build connections with your peers, using collaborative exercises to break the ice and then get support with your projects through open discussion.

Wednesday 24 January, 7 to 9pm
Boom! Studios, Bangor
Free

For more information and to register click HERE.


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

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.