Category: VAI Members Events


PR and Digital Marketing for Visual Artists with Emma Dwyer

Date: Friday 27 October, 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


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


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

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 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


VAI Workshop | Documenting Your Work with Tim Durham | 1 September

Friday 1 September, 10am to 5pm

Artists often struggle to photograph their own work or spend scarce money paying someone else to do it for them. But with some basic guidelines and practice, artists are, for the majority of purposes well able to photograph their own paintings, drawings, etc with the digital compact or SLR camera that they already own. This session is about getting the very best quality results from the equipment you have.

For most of the situations in which you present images of your work whether: submitting proposals, portfolios of work for submission to galleries, websites, catalogues, press releases for magazines and newspapers, this workshop will assist you in a methodical step-by-step process to obtain the best possible results with your digital compact camera or digital SLR.

Perhaps you may still need to employ a professional photographer for producing coffee table books and limited edition prints. But having undertaken this workshop you will have a better understanding of the process and potential pitfalls, and be able to communicate knowledgeably with a photographer. The course will cover, exposure, ISO, white balance, apertures, depth of field, jpg and raw quality, resolution of images, tripod use and much more.

Location: Visual Artists Ireland, Windmill View House, 4 Oliver Bond St, Dublin 8.

Click here for more information and to book online: visualartists.ie/documenting-your-work


Let’s Make it Happen, Ards Art Centre, Newtownards

Thursday 24 August, 6pm to 9pm

This is a fun, lively, social networking 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.

FREE (registration essential)

Location:
Ards Art Centre
Address Town Hall, Conway Square
Newtownards

Click here for more information and to book online.


VAI Workshop | Social Media and Online Presence, Limavady

Wednesday 23 August, 1pm to 5pm

This workshop is aimed at beginners.

This workshop will look at ways artists can use free internet tools to support their overall professional development, and to promote specific exhibitions. We will explore platforms that enable you to showcase your work on-line, such as WordPress and Tumblr.

We will also look at how social media can help expand your audience; and other ways to connect, such as developing and maintaining mailing lists and contacting journalists. The day will also include tips on how to use internet-based tools to support your applications and proposals.

Fee:
VAI Members / Residents of Causeway Coast & Glens: Free
Other: £10

Location:
Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre
24 Main St,
Limavady

Click here for more information and to book online.


VAI Workshop | Facilitation skills for artists working with groups, North Down Museum, Bangor

This workshop is delivered over two evenings
Monday 14th August (6-9pm)
Monday 21st August (6-9pm)

£5 (VAI Members)
£10 (Non-members)

The booking fee includes both sessions

This will explore the theory and practice of running a community arts workshop and involves a hands-on workshop exploring the potential of creativity in a group setting. The course aims to facilitate the participation of artists who have an interest and commitment to the development of their creativity and group skills. In many cases this session may explore skills that you already practice inherently, this session will provide the space for reflection and exploration of these skills within a peer group setting.

Click here for more information and to book online.


Information Session | SIAP Funding for Individual Artists, Arts Council NI

Wednesday 26 July
11am to 1pm

Open to all artists, this meeting aims to provide information on the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Support for Individual Artists Programme. There will also be an opportunity to discuss your application with an Arts Development officer.

The SIAP Programme includes the following strands:

  • General Arts Awards
  • Artists Career Enhancement Scheme
  • Major Individual Award
  • Artists’ International Development Fund (Individuals)
  • Self Arranged Residencies

SIAP is now open for applications, deadline Thursday 24 August 2017 at 4pm. Applications can be made online at:
artscouncil-ni.org/funding/scheme/SIAP

Information session venue:
Visual Artists Ireland, Belfast Office
109-113 Royal Avenue, Belfast
Northern Ireland BT1 1FF, GB

This event is free, please register here: visualartists.org.uk/services/acni-funding-for-individual-artists-siap-information


VAI Workshop | Documenting and Photographing Your Work, Portstewart, Derry

Wednesday 19 July, 1pm to 5pm

Documenting Your Work aims to develop photography and video skills that artists need to present their work to curators, galleries, in applications and proposals, in marketing and to gain exposure online. Experienced photographer Simon Mills will lead this practical event.

Session One: Exploring Photography (2hrs)

Simon will look at techniques to photograph different types of work, including wall-based work and sculpture at a range of sizes. We will go through the most common pitfalls and mistakes and develop techniques to get the most out of your images.

Session Two: Practical (2hrs)

In this second session, we will put some of this advice into practice. We will set up a number of different objects and wall-based work within the room and look at how using the techniques we discussed earlier can be applied to take amazing images of your work. We will look at how great results can be achieved with a range of different types of cameras.

Fee:
VAI Members / Residents of Causeway Coast & Glens: Free
Other: £10

Location:
Flowerfield Arts Centre
Address 185 Coleraine Rd
Portstewart

For more information and to book click here.


Seminar | Public Art and Public Engagement, Ennis, Co. Clare

Thursday 29 June, 2pm to 5pm

A seminar on public art – VAI in partnership with Clare County Council Arts Office.

Coinciding with the launch of Clare County Council’s new programme of public art commissioning Gaining Ground – Re-Imagining our Futures through lasting Public Art Encounters. Clare County Council Public Art Programme 2017- 2020

This afternoon series of talks and 1-to-1 Clinics aims to support artists who might wish to submit proposals to Gaining Ground. Accomplished artists Fiona Woods, Gareth Kennedy and Pauline O’Connell will provide insight into their practices as they relate to public art making, focusing on projects that have engaged in a significant way with local communities.

They will discuss:

– successful public art proposals and projects they have achieved
– methodologies and ideas they have developed as a means of engaging with communities
– approaches to developing connectedness and sustainability in the process and outcomes of projects
– technical or other challenges they have encountered and overcome
– their learning through project/s and advice for artists new to the public commission process

Following the talks there will be a number of 1-to-1 Clinics, for artists attending, with the speakers. The clinics are an opportunity for advice on a public art proposal or a project idea that you are developing and for feedback on how you present your ideas at proposal stage. Please request a clinic on the registration form on the VAI web site. Clinics will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

For more information and to book online click here.


Professional Development Workshop | Sustaining Your Practice for Mid Career Artists, Galway

Friday 23 June
10.30 – 16.30

Visual Artists Ireland in partnership with Galway City Council Arts Office and Galway County Council Arts Office

Following on from our previous work in Galway Towards Sustainability this series of talks looking at the practical, creative and career challenges of sustaining your practice in mid and late career. The session aims to address questions around how we sustain and continue to grow in our practices as artists beyond mid career? 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. This series of talks and 1-to-1 advice clinics will include input from: artist, Marie Hanlon; accountant, Marion McDonald and curator, Anya von Gosseln.

10.30 – Coffee & Registration
11.00 – Tax & Self Employment for Visual Artists with Marion McDonald
11.45 – Keeping the Stimulus – the artist perspective with Marie Hanlon
12.30 – Working with Mid Career Artists – the curators perspective with Anya von Gosseln
13.15 – 14.15 – LUNCH (finance clinics will run during Lunch end – 14.30)
14.15 – 16.30 – 1-to-1 Clinics with Marie Hanlon or Anya von Gosseln

For more information and to book online click here.