By joining Visual Artists Ireland you gain all the benefits of membership and 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.
Visual Artists Ireland is the representative body for professional artists.
We provide practical support to visual artists in all art forms throughout their careers
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 eBulletins, The Visual Artists News Sheet, Twitter, Facebook, and RSS Feeds. All of these allow artists to not only know what is going on, but also to publicise their own activities. We have recently started an international advertising campaign to make people aware of the artists who are registered on it and have regular bulletins to the general media to ensure that they are aware of events in the visual arts.
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.