Category: VAI Professional Development Training


Developing Creative Proposals with Annette Moloney, Belfast | 9 July

VAI Professional DevelopmentDeveloping Creative Proposals with Annette Moloney
Saturday 9th July
10am to 5pm
Visual Artists Ireland, Belfast Office

This workshop is ideal for people applying for ACNI SIAP funding.

Preparing proposals can be a challenging and time consuming exercise for artists. It’s not always easy to communicate an unrealised idea and it can take time and effort to transform some blank A4 paper into a clear and creative proposal that will, hopefully, capture the imagination of a selection process or panel. The day will include a presentation and conversation on best practice and some group discussions on examples of recent artist’s proposals.

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Positioning Your Practice – Fingal

June 23, 2016 – June 23, 2016

Malahide Castle

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Visual Artists Ireland in partnership with Fingal County Council Arts Office
N.B. places will be prioritised for Fingal based artists.

Speakers: Bea de Sousa  / The Agency Gallery, Nick Kaplony / ArtQuest and Mary Cremin / Independent Curator

The contributing speakers will provide different perspectives on how to position ones work as an artist speaking from their own professional experience and from the vantage point of working internationally as arts professionals.

Schedule

Morning Talks

Mary Cremin will discuss her curatorial work: at Tulca 2015 and at IMMA, where she has worked with many international artists; her experience of the development of shows, production, lead in times. She will offer observations on the level of preparedness and professionalism required by artists working at this level also discuss how curatorial concerns are balanced with logistical and funding constraints.

Nick Kaplony will talk about how to prepare for international opportunities and make the most of opportunities such as residencies; exchanges; visits to biennales and art fairs.

Bea de Sousa will talk about her curatorial interests at The Agency Gallery – the commercial gallery system, positioning your work, the relationship between commercial gallerist and artist and considerations around how work might fit or be presented within the commercial gallery system.

Afternoon Clinics

Optional 1-to-1 Clinics are available with each of the speakers. Please check clinic option in the registration form to book a clinic slot. Clinics will run for approx 20mins per person and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

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Arno Kramer – On the Place of Contemporary Drawing – Talk Dublin

September 28, 2016 – September 28, 2016

Visual Artists Ireland

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Arno Kramer & his work at Ballinglen FoundationThis talk is open to VAI members and other visual art professionals interested in hearing about Arno’s approach to drawing as an artist and as a curator of drawing.

Arno says I would like to show images from special drawings, relevant at this time, discussing content and scale of the works for example. The talk will be related to overviews of shows I have curated during several years such as Into Drawing, Into Irish Drawing, All About Drawing and exhibitions at the Drawing Centre Diepenheim, The Netherlands.

It is no exaggeration, I believe, to claim that contemporary drawing has received more attention in exhibitions. With publication of books like Vitamin D 1 and 2, Drawing People, Walk the line, Drawing. The bottom line and more, there is also attention internationally.  Nevertheless this is only happening the last five years and there still is the lingering general impression that museums and art galleries have displayed little appreciation of contemporary drawing for a long period. Of course, institutions that have amassed a considerable collection of drawings, have placed this work on show with reasonable regularity, but mainly on a modest scale and usually in the Print Galleries of these museums. In my opinion, for a period, too few attempts have been made to obtain a grasp on developments in the world of contemporary drawing.

For artists interested in the Peer Critique with Arno follow this link to register.

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EVENT POSTPONED, Visual Artists Cafe at North Down Museum, Bangor

vai cafeDue to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been postponed. Please email rob@visualartists-ni.org if you wish to be notified of the new date when confirmed

Visual Artists Cafe: Artists Speak
Saturday 11th June, 11am to 4pm | VAI Members £3 / Non Members £5
North Down Museum, Bangor

This event will introduce you to three artists working in a range of visual arts disciplines. You will get a chance to hear Charlotte Bosanquet, Liam Crichton and Susan Connolly talk about their work and how they created and took opportunities to establish their professional career as an artist. The talks will be followed by a panel discussion with the artists to answer your questions. After lunch you will get a chance to share your work in our Show & Tell, followed by a chance to discuss what you have seen throughout the day.

visualartists.org.uk/events/visual-artists-cafe-artists-speak/

North Down Museum
Town Hall, The Castle, Bangor, BT20 4BT


Curator Talk and Peer Critique with Joseph Wolin – Dublin

June 9, 2016 – June 9, 2016

Visual Artists Ireland

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Joseph Wolin Curator CriticWe are delighted to welcome Curator and Critic Joseph Wollin to Dublin.  Joseph will give a public talk about his work followed by a private Peer Critique session for a small group of 6 artists.

Joseph Wollin Talk (10.30 – 11.15)

This talk is open to artists curators and any visual arts professionals interested in hearing about Joseph’s work in particular this exhibition with the Skylark Foundation.

Joseph R. Wolin is a curator and critic based in New York.  He has organised exhibitions at Rubicon Gallery and The LAB in Dublin, and his exhibition of the work of Tom Molloy was seen at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Connecticut in 2010. He co-curated the exhibition The Royal Art Lodge: Ask the Dust, which traveled to six venues in four countries during 2003 – 2005.  A frequent contributor to The New Yorker and Time Out New York, he teaches at Parsons School of Design.

In this talk Joseph will speak about the exhibition Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne includes iconic works by thirty-eight contemporary artists, from Andy Warhol to Mark Bradford. The exhibition is presently on the last leg of its two-year tour to four American universities. Assembled from a private collection based in Los Angeles, the project traces a number of intertwined narratives in the history of recent art from the 1960s to the present. (more…)


Handling and Packaging your Work with Maurice Ward Art Handling

VAI-Maurice-Ward21 April, 11.30am | Cost: €5 / Free for VAI members

Do you feel confident about handling and packaging your own art work?  Do you feel confident that the materials you use for packaging: protect your work sufficiently for handling and transport; don’t affect the material condition of the work and look presentable and professional?

When sending art works to venues for exhibition or in response to open calls most likely you’ll be packaging the work yourself and passing it on to a courier.  The condition of the packaged work, and how you as an artist have handled this task, may often form the first impression a curator or gallery manager has of you as a professional. Done well it allows your work to travel easily and protects your work from damage.

This session is an opportunity to gain insight into minimum standards of materials and approaches to handling and packaging your work for transport and storage purposes. The session is offered free of charge to VAI members by Maurice Ward who will talk you through best practice and offer short demonstrations of how to package art work. The session is open to individual artists; independent curators; gallery managers and anyone involved in artist-led gallery spaces or small festivals. Staff from Maurice Ward Art Handling will look at how you may handle and care for your work as an artist and will also talk about how you might consider conservation issues in your use of art materials and packaging.

Maurice Ward Art Handling are a division of the Maurice Ward Group, a powerful global freight-forwarding network and one of Europe’s leading supply chain solution providers. With offices in Ireland and Hungary and access to an international network, our client reach is global and our reputation second to none. Maurice Ward professional staff is trained in the best use of modern equipment and techniques for the handling, storage and transport of art works.

For more information and to register please visit: visualartists.ie/professional-developmentp/?ee=235


Sustaining your Practice – Bealtaine & Visual Artists Ireland

May 26, 2016 – May 26, 2016

The Lab Gallery

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Visual Artists Ireland in partnerhsip with Bealtaine 2016 Festival

‘Sustaining your Practice’ will consist of a number of practical talks designed to address key welfare and financial issues for mature practitioners. The day will close with a talk by artist Robert Ballagh reflecting back on his career.

(10.30 – 15.00) Thurs. 26 May @ The LAB Gallery, DCC, Foley St, Dublin 1.

Four practical talks will address the following topics:
Physical & Mental Health – Dr. Loren Duffy / CPsychol, APA
Legacy Planning from a Legal Perspective –  IVARO
Tax and Pension Entitlements – Gaby Smyth
DACS Art360 Initiative – Gilane Tawadros / CEO, DACS
An artist in reflection – Robert Ballagh

Registration fee covers a light lunch.

Bealtaine 2016 Programme.

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Legal Advice Clinics for Visual Artists & Makers of Fine Craft with Brenda Tobin / LASA

May 11, 2016 – May 11, 2016

Visual Artists Ireland

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VAI DCCoIVisual Artists Ireland in partnership with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland in conjunction with Brenda Tobin / LASA (Legal Advice Service for the Arts)

Open to visual artists and makers of fine craft, this is an opportunity for creatives to avail of short 20min drop-in legal clinics where one-to-one advice can be offered on a specific matter.  Matters might include: a letter that you need to write or reply to, drafting of a contract clause or more general advice on a particular problem such as how to propose a fee for your work.  LASA (Legal Advice Service for the Arts) clinics were established by Brenda Tobin as a way to offer artists and creatives the legal advice on their work that they would normally be unable to afford.  N.B. Places will be offered on a first come first served basis with time slots allocated on that basis also.
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Communications and Digital Marketing for Visual Artists with Emma Dwyer

October 6, 2016 – October 6, 2016

Visual Artists Ireland

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Emma DwyerDescription:

This session examines how you as an artist can communicate about and market your practice. Emma Dwyer will give you the basic tools for communications and digital marketing. Topics covered will include: how to write clear understandable and engaging copy whether for web, press releases or social media; digital marketing and how best to use it including websites and social media; how and where to pitch to press; and how to present and disseminate promotional materials. 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. (more…)


Working with Digital Images with Tim Durham – Dublin

June 16, 2016 – June 16, 2016

Visual Artists Ireland

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Tim Durham Science Gallery 2009This 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. (more…)


VAI and Bealtaine Survey of the Needs of Artists Over 50

prof-dev-for-facebook330 April 2016 | Free
Visual Artists Ireland, Central Hotel Chambers, 7 to 9 Dame Court, Dublin 2

Visual Artists Ireland in partnership with Age and Opportunity and the Bealtaine Festival, would like to develop a seminar event that addresses the career issues of artists aged 50 years and older, both established and emerging. This Seminar event will take place during the upcoming Bealtaine festival period in May 2016.

To this end we would like to invite artists to respond to the following survey questions so that we can devleop an event that is relevant and responsive. We thank you in advance for your participation in this survey and hope you will join us for our VAI Bealtaine Seminar in due course.

For more information please visit: visualartists.ie/professional-developmentp/?ee=237


Documenting Your Work with Veronica Nicholson, Portlaoise

prof-dev-for-facebook313 May 2016 | Cost: €20 – €40 | Available Spaces: 12
Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise

Visual Artists Ireland in partnership with Dunamaise Arts Centre.

The importance of good quality documentation of your work cannot be understated. Good photographs can make all the difference to your exhibition proposals, funding applications, curator visits and online visibility.

During the day we will look at:

Getting to know your Digital SLR (DSLR) camera, what settings to use
What other equipment is needed for a basic set-up
Guidance on image format
Lighting: how to light 2D, how to light 3D work, using available light, and using artificial light.
Post-processing in computer/laptop using software that came with your camera and/or other free software.
Guidance on what format to use when saving master images for future use.

For more information and to register please visit: visualartists.ie/professional-developmentp/?ee=236


Handling and Packaging your Work with Maurice Ward

prof-dev-for-facebook321 April | Cost: €10 – €20 | Available Spaces: 20
Handling and Packaging your Work with Maurice Ward
Visual Artists Ireland, Central Hotel Chambers, 7 – 9 Dame Court, Dublin 2

This session will discuss conventions around handling, packaging and storing art works. Staff from Maurice Ward Art Handling will look at how you may handle and care for your work as an artist and will also talk about how you might consider conservation issues in your use of art materials and packaging.

 

 

For more information and to register please visit: visualartists.ie/professional-developmentp/?ee=235


Documenting Your Work with Simon Mills, Void Gallery

prof-dev-for-facebook3Saturday 5 March, 1 to 4pm
Documenting your work with Simon Mills
VOID Gallery, Derry~Londonderry

The importance of good quality documentation of your work cannot be understated. Good photographs can make all the difference to your exhibition proposals, funding applications, curator visits and promotional materials. This afternoon event will be taken by professional photographer Simon Mills. Simon documents exhibitions professionally for The MAC, works on Freckle Magazine and was a founding member of online Visual Arts Magazine – Collected.

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Pricing Your Work with Patricia Clyne Kelly, Bangor

prof-dev-for-facebook3Saturday 9 April, 1 to 5pm
Pricing your work with Patricia Clyne Kelly
Venue TBC, Bangor

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.

visualartists.org.uk/events/pricing-work-patricia-clyne-kelly/


Taxation, Financial Planning and Budgeting for Visual Artists – Tralee

February 4, 2016 – February 4, 2016

Kerry County Council

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Visual Artists Ireland in partnership with Kerry County Council.

Do you have difficulty making sense of the financial aspects of your work?

This session in two parts is designed specifically to be relevant to the financial realities faced by artists.

Gaby Smyth will address: Tax & Self-employment; accounting for different incomes i.e. PAYE Self-Employed and Social Welfare; filling with Revenue Online Services; the Artists Tax Exemption; VAT and State Pension entitlements.  Annette Moloney will also provide a brief session in the afternoon on how to approach budgeting for projects and proposals and costing your time and work.

The first part of the day will take the form of a 4hr workshop on the financial aspects of self-employment and taxation for visual artists with the opportunity to discuss the issues as part of a small group of 10- 12 participants. Please use the registration form below to inform us of particular questions or issues you would like to see addressed. We can then proceed to adapt the session around your interests.

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Developing Creative Proposals with Annette Moloney – Tipperary

February 10, 2016 – February 10, 2016

The Source Arts Centre

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VAI in partnership with Tipperary County Council Arts Office. In conjunction with the Arts Council Curator in Residence Award.

Preparing proposals can be a challenging and time consuming exercise for artists.  It’s not always easy to communicate an unrealised idea and it can take time and effort to transform some blank A4 paper into a clear and creative proposal that will, hopefully, capture the imagination of a selection process or panel. The day will include a presentation and conversation on best practice and some group discussions on examples of recent artist’s proposals. Priority given to artists from Tipperary

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The Art of Mental Health with First Fortnight Festival @ The LAB, Dublin City Council

January 13, 2016 – January 19, 2016

The Lab Gallery

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Visual Artists Ireland in partnership with First Fortnight Festival and The LAB Gallery. Talks and discussions  for artists and freelancers in the visual arts around good mental health. Part of the First Fortnight programme of events that accompany the Damien Doyle and George Bolster exhibitionAmazement Insulates Us All/Memento Vivere’ @ The LAB Gallery.

Wed 13 Jan (11.30 – 13.30) Resilience and Self Support – with psychotherapist and mindfulness practitioner Adie Clarke and psychiatrist Dr. Niall Crumlish.

Sat 16 Jan (11.30 – 13.30) Healthy Work Practices with psychologist Dr. Loren Duffy and visual artist Theresa Nanigian.

Tues 19 Jan (13.00 – 14.00) Talks & Panel Discussion with artists George Bolster, Alan Counihan and Ciara McKeon whose practices address mental health and the issue of suicide.

To register to attend please follow the registration link and tell us which of these events you would like to attend.

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Visual Artists Cafe – Writing Proposals, Newtownards, Co.Down

prof-dev-for-facebook7 November, 11am to 4pm
Ards Arts Centre, Town Hall, Conway Square, Newtownards, Co.Down

This session is aimed at artists who feel they need to gain an overview on how to put together proposals for a variety of contexts. This session will look at how to target opportunities relevant to your practice and outline issues that you may need to consider when approaching different opportunities such as Arts Council / Local Authority bursaries or Public Gallery calls for submissions. The session will discuss: Dos and Don’ts; writing style; formatting; imaging and presentation and provide examples of good and bad proposals.

Curator Marianne O’Kane Boal will bring her curatorial experience to bear when discussing the expectations that public venues and funding organisations have in relation to artists seeking their supports.

Attendance at this event is fully sponsored by Ards and North Down Borough Council Arts Office

visualartists.org.uk/events/visual-artists-cafe-writing-proposals-bangor-1/


VAI & RVAF Professional Development Workshops – Roscommon

November 6, 2015 – November 6, 2015

King House

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RVAF_logo_colourVisual Artists Ireland in partnership with Roscommon Visual Artists Forum

Based on correspondence with the Roscommon Visual Artists Forum, and suggestions that emerged during the previous RVAF event ‘North West Curators in Conversation’, speakers have been invited to cover the following topics:

• Áine Phillips – ‘Writing About your Work’
• Helen Carey – ‘Working with Public Galleries’
• Shelly McDonnell – ‘Working with Artist-led Galleries’
• Mark Garry – ‘Research Methodologies for Visual Artists’

This will be a really informative series of talks with plenty of time for discussion and feedback with individual speakers.

To reserve a place, please fill out the registration form below by Monday 2nd November.  Alternatively contact Joanne Laws: roscvaf@gmail.com

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