Category: VAI Members Events

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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

Ards Art Centre
Address Town Hall, Conway Square

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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.

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

Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre
24 Main St,

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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.

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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:

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:

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.

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

Flowerfield Arts Centre
Address 185 Coleraine Rd

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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.

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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.

Information Session, Belfast | Upcoming Artist Residency Deadlines (Dublin + Rome)

This afternoon event focuses on two artist residencies to take place in 2018: The British School at Rome and Fire Station Studios in Dublin.

Both residencies will be selected by open submission and have application deadlines towards the end of June. This event will give more information about what artists can expect form each residency opportunity and gain insights that will be useful when making applications.

12.00 – Registration and coffee
12.30 – Damien Duffy – The British School at Rome Residency
1.30 – Break
2.00 – John Beattie – Fire Station Studios
4.00 – Finish

Derry-based artist, Damien Duffy will be presenting recent work and talking about his experience of the British School at Rome Residency that he completed in 2016.
You can read an interview with Damien at

Fire Station Artists’ Studios offers living and working spaces for visual artists, as well as workshop and computer facilities. The open call for 2018 residencies will open on 2nd June 2017 and the closing date will be: 30th June 2017 at 5pm.
Three studio allocations will be made available in early 2018. Residencies are from 1 year to 2 years 9 months.

Date: 14/6/17
Times: 12:00pm – 4pm
Fee: Free (VAI Members) / £5
Location: The Black Box, Belfast

Visual Artist’s Ireland Café @ DLR Lexicon Library (register as audience)

April 30, 2016 – April 30, 2016


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VAI ArtNetVisual Artists Ireland in partnership with ArtNetDLR @ DLR Lexicon

This VAI Cafe involves a Show & Tell with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area artists presenting their work or concepts in an informal atmosphere. This event also welcomes interested artists, curators and artistic directors allowing them 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.  The format is very simple. 10 artists are given 5 minutes each to present and speak about their work or concepts in 10 slides. (more…)

Visual Artist’s Cafe, ArtLinks Artists @ VISUAL Carlow

November 25, 2015 – November 25, 2015

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art

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VAIVISUALArtLinksA Visual Artists Ireland event in partnership with ArtLinks the four Local Authority Arts Offices in Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford County Council regions hosted by VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow.

As part of a seminar day on Models of Exhibition Programming by VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art.



(11.30 – 12.30) Panel Discussion on Exhibition Models: Open Submission


Mary Cremin, Curator of Tulca, Galway 2015
Rachael Gilbourne & Kate Strain: Curatorial Collective RGKSKRG
Blaise Smith ARHA: RHA Annual Exhibition
Moderated by Emma-Lucy O’ Brien

(12.30 – 13.30)  Lunch

(13.30 – 17.30) VAI & ArtLinks Artists Café

VAI and ArtLinks present a series of short presentations by 8 selected artists, 2 from each of the counties Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford who received funding in 2015 as part of the ArtLinks bursary scheme for specific projects. This is an opportunity for ArtLinks artists to present and share their work with peers and curators during the day. Presentations will be roughly 15mins each including Q&A. The Visual Artist’s Café is part of an ongoing initiative by VAI to foster artists networks, connections amongst artistic peers and other fine art professionals.


Alan Counihan – Kilkenny
Pauline O’Connell – Kilkenny
Rosalind Murray – Carlow
Liam O’Neill / Paradox Pictures – Carlow
Sarah Lincoln – Waterford
Blawnin Clancy – Waterford
David Begley / Wexford
Hanneke Van Ryswyk / Wexford

The artists will make short 20min presentations on their work followed by questions and answers.  Liam O’Niell will screen his recent short film Lost & Found.


Show & Tell for Kerry Artists @ Siamsa Tire Tralee

December 4, 2015 – December 4, 2015

Siamsa Tire

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Visual Artists Ireland in partnership with Siamsa Tire

Join us at Siamsa Tire on Fri 4 Dec for one of our ever-popular Show and Tell events involving 8 – 10 local artists presenting their work.  Register here if you wish to present at the event.


VAI with Roscommon Visual Artists Forum | Common Room Cafe and Show & Tell

RVAF_logo_colourVisual Artists Ireland with Roscommon Visual Artist Forum supported by Roscommon Arts Office.
Common Room Cafe and Show & Tell

Saturday 15th February | 10am – 4pm | Roscommon Arts Centre, Roscommon | Free Event | Pre-booking essential

This event is suitable for visual artists, curators and critical writers. SHOW & TELL is suitable for Roscommon Visual Artist Forum members. Places for both events are limited and priority will be given to RVAF members. Places must be pre-booked through Curator in Residence Linda Shevlin at  / 086 6052571.

 SHOW & TELL | 10am – 12.30pm
Members of Roscommon Visual Artist Forum (RVAF) are invited to take part in a SHOW & TELL for fellow members in The Gallery, Roscommon Arts Centre. A maximum of 13 members will offer a a speed presentation on their individual work (maximum 10 minutes per presentation). This session is open to all RVAF members who are welcome to bring work and not necessarily present. To register your interest and for more information please contact Curator in Residence Linda Shevlin directly at / 086 6052571. PRESENTATION SLOTS ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED BUT ATTENDANCE IS STILL ENCOURAGED.

Visual Artists Ireland (VAI) COMMON ROOM CAFE | 1.30pm – 4pm
The Common Room Cafe is a social space where people can take time out, relax, network and also gain access to some of the opportunities made available to them by various visual art organisations or artists willing to share experiences. The cafe is an evolution from the VAI info clinics previously run around the country.

The Cafe is also an opportunity to hear from the immediate visual art community on the ground, to understand issues that they may be having and should be flagged to Visual Artists Ireland. From such feedback VAI can support tailored professional development programmes, and events that can target shortfalls in provision for example.

Common Room Cafe schedule

*1.30pm – Tea and coffee available, an table of VAI informations, leaflets, info packs, membership forms etc.
*2pm – Aideen Barry will make a small presentation about the VAI and other organisations that she works for
*2.30pm – Linda Shevlin will discuss the Roscommon Visual Artists Forum and possible professional development training for it’s members through VAI. The above will be followed by a discussion on new developments in the arts community, such as the recent guidelines for internships that VAI have just published or the Payment for Artists Guidelines published in November 2013.
*4pm – End






Visual Artists Ireland / CREATE – Recent Graduate Evening

recent-graduate-eveningOrganised by VAI Membership Manager Adrian Colwell and CREATE Programme Support Intern Hazel Dixon, the evening consisted of short presentations from Ciara McKeon, Jane Fogarty, Dave Fagan and Richard Forrest

The four speakers selected for this event have all graduated from art college within the last three years and are pursuing various career paths within the visual arts. Each speaker talked about their art practice, as well as their personal experiences during and after art college.

The Recent Graduate Evening aims to provide an insight into the different opportunities and options available to those leaving the creative and structured art college environment, which often proves a difficult transition.

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Visual Artists Ireland / The Market Studios Screening of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari


Visual Artists Ireland in collaboration with The Market Studios Presented a screening of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari on the 30th of October at 6pm.


The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a 1920 German silent horror film directed by Robert Wiene from a screenplay by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer. It is one of the most influential films of the German Expressionist movement and is often considered to be one of the greatest horror movies of the silent era in film.


The screening was introduced by Executive Director of The Market Studios Deirdre Morrissey and studio member Eimear Tynan and was followed by an informal discussion and networking opportunity. Free popcorn and fizzy drinks were available to all on the night.


The event was held at the VAI Office, Central Hotel Chambers, Dame Court, Dublin 2. The evening was free for both VAI and Market Studio members to attend.


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Galway Show and Tell Evening | 12th September at 6pm


126, Artist-run Gallery, 4 Commerce House, Flood Street, Galway

The Visual Artists Ireland ‘Show and Tell Evening’, provides artists with the opportunity to give a presentation on their practice in an informal setting where they can network and meet people with similar ideas and interests. Due to popular demand a number of ‘Show and Tell’ events are held outside of Dublin, with the first event being held in the 126 Gallery, Galway. 

The presenters were Ceara Conway (, Nuala Ní Fhlathúin (, Richard Forrest (, Ruby Wallis (, Joyce Little, Tom Meskell ( and Una Spain (

The event was held at 126, Artist-run Gallery, 4 Commerce House, Flood Street, Galway City and was followed by a wine reception.

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For any other information, please email event organiser Adrian Colwell : adrian@visualartists.i

Visual Artists Ireland – Show and Tell Evening | 13th August at 6pm


Adelle Hickey presents her work at VAI Show and Tell. Photo courtesy of Florence Paule G

The Visual Artists Ireland ‘Show and Tell Evening’, provides artists with the opportunity to give a presentation on their practice in an informal setting where they can network and meet people with similar ideas and interests. We are now inviting artists, curators, etc. to attend/take part in this free event.

This event was held at Visual Artists Ireland, (Ground Floor, Central Hotel Chambers, 7 – 9 Dame Court, Dublin 2) was followed by a wine reception.

Speakers were: Adelle Hickey, Judy Carroll Deeley, Sinead Cormack, Eamonn Farrell, Flora Moscovici, Helen Comeerford and Agnes Conway

For any other information, please email event organiser Adrian Colwell :

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Show and Tell Evening | 19th February 2013 at 6.30pm

Show_tell_feb13The Visual Artists Ireland ‘Show and Tell Evening’, provides artists with the opportunity to give a presentation on their practice in an informal setting where they can network and meet people with similar ideas and interests. 

This event was held at Visual Artists Ireland, (Ground Floor, Central Hotel Chambers, 7 – 9 Dame Court, Dublin 2) on 19 February 2013 and was followed by a wine reception.

Speakers were:  Brendan Earley, Ann Marie Curran, Vukasin Nedeljkovic, Jason Ellis, Brian Duggan, Tadhg Mc Grath, Siobhan Clancy, Cliona Harmey, Ciaran O’Keeffe (aka Smilin’ Kanker)

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