About Our Professional Development

Visual Artists Ireland operates a wide range of professional development training and events throughout the year including workshops, peer discussion groups, seminars, talks and our annual national day for the visual arts event ‘Get Together’. The delivery of this programme is greatly supported by our relationship with local and international visual art professionals and partner organisations throughout the island of Ireland. VAI works in partnership with Local Authorities, visual arts venues and others, combining resources to support the professional development of visual artists at regional level.

This approach creates synergetic benefit by: providing high quality professional practice opportunities for artists; allowing for the development of a programme which is responsive to the needs of artists at local level and by providing capacity to expand the our reach of the programme with strategic partners.   In the last few years events have taken place in Dublin, Cork, Carlow, Clare, Galway, Kerry, Limerick, Portlaoise, Waterford Professional Development Events in Republic of Ireland and in Belfast, Derry, Down, Fermanagh, Tyrone Professional Development Events in Northern Ireland.

The VAI Professional Development Programme works in tandem with other professional development resources and supports provided by VAI such as the The Manual – A Survival Guide for Visual Artists  ,VAI Help Desk, professional practice articles in The Visual Artists News Sheet and The VAI Student Pack aimed at undergraduate and recent graduates. Click here for a link to Professional Development Events in Northern Ireland



  • Money Matters for Visual Artists
  • Managing your Accounts
  • Writing about Your Work
  • Presentation Skills for Visual Artists
  • Preparing Proposals
  • Web Design Training for Visual Artists
  • Promoting your Work Online
  • Copyright and the Internet
  • Legal & Contractual Issues for Visual Artists
  • Technical & Installation Skills for Visual Artists
  • Working with Public and Private Galleries
  • Initiating Artists-Led Exhibitions and Events
  • Discussion and Exchange Event for Artists Groups and Collectives
  • Peer Critique Painting
  • Peer Critique Photography
  • Peer Critique, All Media
  • Peer Critique, Multi-media and Installation
  • Peer Support Session for Artists Working Collaboratively
  • Art in Public Clinics
  • Cross Generational & Reminiscence Work
  • Roundtable Discussion on Collaborative Photography
  • Digital Photography & Photoshop
  • DIY Digital Photography, Creative Image Making



You will also find details of the VAI Professional Development Programme via the VAI Professional Development Group on Facebook. Professional Development training and events are regularly publicised through the VAI e-bulletin, here on the VAI web site and in The Visual Artists News Sheet.

Monica Flynn / Professional Development Officer
T: +353 (0)1 672 9488
E: monica@visualartists.ie