Visual Artists Ireland is an all Ireland membership organisation for professional visual artists.
We experience a constant increase in people asking for our support. We have also seen success in terms of our lobbying both of government and media concerning the rights of visual artists. Looking forward we can see more and more call on these services.
Our work with individual artists occupies a huge amount of time for our help desk facility. Issues that are a constant subject for us are problems with revenue and social welfare, advice on contracts, finding the best deals on insurance, advice on how to proceed with commissions, setting up a studio, professional development, mediation, and also recently we have been dealing with cases of artists that have suffered from fraud and misrepresentation.
It is also worth noting that VAI has advertised over 3.75 million Euro’s worth of opportunities in the past 12 month period. Added to these are the free information services that we offer, including the eBulletin, The Visual Artists News Sheet, Twitter, Facebook, RSS Feeds and our own social network for visual artists http://www.thecommonroom.net. All of these allow artists to not only know what is going on, but also to publicise their own activities. Already we have in excess of 1600 people signed up to The Common Room, and recently have started an international advertising campaign to make people aware of the artists who are registered on it. With over 9,500 subscribers to the eBulletin added to the extremely high number of visitors to our website, we can now say that we are the primary comprehensive source of information for the visual arts in Ireland.
There are many other benefits to artist members such as the Supplier discount scheme, delivery of The Visual Artists News Sheet direct to your door, equipment hire, the use of VAI facilities and also 50% on all of Visual Artists Ireland’s professional development and discussion group programmes. In fact, attendance on one workshop usually repays most of the membership fee. Our Professional Development Officer is always gathering an understanding of what current needs that artists have in this area, and has delivered a wide variety of topics in all parts of the country.
By joining Visual Artists Ireland you become part of a larger representative body supporting and promoting the rights and status of individual artists. The larger the membership the greater the mandate the organisation has to represent the interests of individual artists and the art sector.