15 September 2017

Ireland’s National Day for Visual Artists

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Military Rd, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland

The programme for this year’s national conference is open for registrations with a wide range of artists, curators, critics and speakers invited.

The focus of this year’s programme is The Freedom to Make. We’re thrilled to welcome keynote speakers Marie Korpe and Ole Reitov – co-founders of Freemuse, the world’s leading organisation defending artistic freedom. They will discuss how personal, political, religious and social attitudes impact on ideas; test the limitations of freedom of artistic expression, and address how violations can be monitored.

We also have series of panel discussions and artist talks. We’re maximising attendees’ options for our popular Clinics for focused one-on-one advice on your practice. Speed Curating will return, which will offer an opportunity to meet and show your work to a selection of over 30 curators. The day provides the opportunity for artists to get together so they can meet curators, ask for advice from experts and discuss professional visual art practice.



What can attendees expect?

Panel discussions:

Sustaining Your Practice
The panel will be discussing the practical, creative and career challenges of sustaining your practice in mid and late career, and testing assumptions about how artists’ needs change as their careers develop.

Culture in Every Community
Do the arts always need to be useful and measurable? Can balance be achieved between supporting process and directing innovation? And what does this mean for individual artists’ practice? Join us for this discussion on the specific skills and challenges required to help sustain a socially-engaged practice.

AICA Art Writing Focus
These sessions build on the success of our Art Writing panel at last year’s event and are developed in partnership with International Association of Art Critics – Ireland (AICA Ireland). In the first event Sue Rainsford, winner of VAI/DCC Critical Writing Award 2017, will talk to Joanne Laws, Features Editor of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet, about her research and writing practice’. After, arts writer and Circa editor Michaële Cutaya will talk to Lívia Páldi’ about her background in publishing and her new role as Curator of Visual Arts at Project Arts Centre, Dublin.

What’s new this year?

Based on your feedback, we are making it easier for attendees to make it along to more events by streamlining the layout and schedule – no more dashing between rooms or sneaking in at the back!

This year, Get Together will also host an all-day screening, where we will show the work The Third Man by Erik Bünger. Our current socio-political climate demands that we are both aware and cautious of the potential for ideas – and their communication – to become manipulated. It has never been more important for us to question our roles as observers and active participants. Erik Bünger is a Swedish artist, composer and writer living in Berlin. His work revolves around the human voice and its relationship to the body, language, music and technology. This aspect of the programme aims to provoke dialogue amongst attendees by offering another perspective on our theme this year: The Freedom to Make.

Building upon the popularity of this aspect of the programme in 2016, we are also spotlighting Clinics – with more specialists available to offer advice on your specific area of concern or in-depth analysis, which seeks to help you in an area of your career. Clinics are for up to 20 minutes in the morning and afternoon, and include experts who can provide advice in areas including: Portfolio Review, Proposal Writing, Curatorial, Tax & Self Employment, Legal, Social Welfare, Pensions and Promoting Your Work.

Your favourites are back:

Artist Speak
Throughout the day there will be presentations by eight exemplary artists speaking about their work, the development of their careers and their own personal experience as professional visual artists. Read more here about our speakers in the morning and afternoon.

Speed Curating
Choose from a list of 30 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. This books up fast, so get your slot quick!

Visual Artists Café
A space to meet one another. A space that encourages making new connections, meeting people and sharing networks. There will be representatives from arts organisations and galleries from all over the country.

The Café will also have Help Desks from VAI and IVARO. Advice and support is offered on issues ranging from practical professional information to knowing your rights.

Visual Artists Ireland is privileged this year to host a delegation of international guests from the International Association of Art (IAA) at this event. The IAA is an NGO working in official partnership with UNESCO, which aims to stimulate international cultural co-operation – free from any aesthetic, political or other bias – among the artists of all countries; to improve the economic and social position of artists at the national and international levels; and to defend their material and moral rights.

A light lunch of a variety of sandwiches and tea and coffee will be available on the day in The IMMA Chapel. These will include gluten and lactose free options.