Professional Development Programme Spring Summer 2011

Professional Development Training Spring/Summer 2011

Visual Artists Ireland in partnership with: Ards Arts Centre and Ards District Council, Newtownards; Belfast Exposed, the Community Arts Forum & Digital Art Studios, Belfast; The VOID, Derry; Fermanagh District Council Arts Office; Kerry County Council Arts Office and the National Sculpture Factory, Cork.


Northern Ireland&


Open Forum – About Curating @ PS Squared, Belfast / Thur 23 June, 11am – late

Part of the PS Squared Curator in Residence programme, this event is supported by Visual Artists Ireland. For further details.

Curator in Residence Participants are: Ben Crothers, Charlotte Bosanquet, Rowan Sexton, Sinead O’Donnell, Lydia Holmes, Yvonne Kennan, Siraj Izhar, Susan Lynch, Tonya McMullan & Colm Clarke.

>ABOUT CURATING< is an open forum for everyone interested in all aspects of curating, art distribution, new forms of culturalencounters and the relationship between artist, art object, audience and display.  Unlike more traditional formats of a concentrated session, the forum is seen as a loosely structured continuum, starting in the morning with talks and presentations, either in person or via Skype, open to continue into a near midsummer night.  About CURATING will take the form of open conversations, presentations, chance encounters, in between discussions and missed opportunities; a deliberate de-concentration and blurring of statements.


Peter Richards, Golden Thread Gallery
Karen Downey, Belfast Exposed
Ciara Hickey, Ormeau Baths Gallery

The nine curators in residence have put together a list of questions for contributors

Invest in Yourself!

series of workshops in partnership with Belfast Exposed

Sustaining your Practice with Rosie Burrows
Thursday 9 June (10.30 – 16.30) @ BX

Preparing Proposals with Marianne O’Kane-Boal & Aisling O’Beirn
Thursday 24 Mar (10.30 – 16.30) @ BX

Artists Funding & Supports with Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Thursday 31 Mar (10.30 – 16.30) @ BX – FREE

Promoting your Work with Mary Carty, Spoiltchild Design
Thursday 14 Apr (10.30 – 16.30) @ BX

The Rules of Engagement: Brokering and building relationships in collaborative arts practice
Friday 15 Apr (10.30 – 16.30) @ the Community Arts Forum (CAF)

Research Skills for Visual Artists with Chérie Driver
Thursday 21 Apr (10.30 – 16.30) @ BX

Other partners and venues

Peer Critique New Media with Saoirse Higgins
Tuesday 31 May (10.30am – 16.30) @ Digital Art Studios, Belfast

Mobility and Exchange in the Visual and Applied Arts
Wednesday 11 May (09.00 – 15.30) A Common Room discussion event @ Ards Art Centre. FREE

The Artist as Critic with Damien Duffy, James Merrigan and Michaële Cutaya
Tuesday 8 Mar (14.00 – 16.00) @ Ormeau Baths Gallery – FREE

A Beginners Guide to Art Bollocks with Jason Oakley editor of the Visual Artists News Sheet
Tuesday 1 Mar (14.00 – 16.00) @ Ormeau Baths Gallery – FREE

Preparing Proposals with Kerry McCall and Brian Connolly
Wednesday 16 Mar (10.30- 16.30) @ Ards Art Centre

Preparing Proposals with Marianne O’Kane-Boal
Monday 28 Mar (10.30- 16.30) @ The VOID

Working with Public Galleries with Seamus Kealy (Director / The Model, Sligo)
Saturday 9 Apr (14.00 – 16.00) @ Higher Bridges Gallery, Enniskillen

Documenting your Work with Joanna Karolini
Tuesday 8 Feb (10.30am – 16.30) @ Digital Art Studios, Belfast

Dublin & Cork


Working with Public Galleries – Seamus Kealy (Model Art & Niland) & Florence Derieux (FRAC)
Thursday 24 Feb 2011 (10.30 – 16.30) Dublin

Working Out Working In- Performance Masterclass with Nigel Rolfe
Wednesday 2 Mar, 2011 (10.30 – 16.30) Cork
Wednesday 9 Mar, 2011 (10.30 – 16.30) Dublin

Peer Critique – Sculpture & Installation with Daphne Wright
Friday 11 Mar, 2011 (10.30 – 16.30) Cork
Saturday 12 Mar, 2011 (10.30 – 16.30) Dublin

Costing & Pricing your Work with Patricia Clyne-Kelly
Monday 7 Feb (10.30- 16.30) @ Visual Artists Ireland

So I’m an Artist?! – Talks, Info & Networking for Students & Recent Graduates
Wednesday 2 Feb (14.30-16.30) & (17.15-19.15) @ The LAB Gallery, Foley St, Dublin




Understanding your Accounts with Gaby Smyth
Monday 14 Feb (12.00 – 17.00) Castleisland, Kerry


VAI @ PhotoIreland Festival – July

Visual Artists Ireland in partnership with PhotoIreland are pleased to present a limited run of professional development workshops aimed at both emerging and established photographers.

4 sessions will take place over the closing weekend of PhotoIreland Festival on 23  & 24 July at La Catedral Studios (off Thomas Street), Dublin 8.

Online Marketing with Mary Carty

Preparing Proposals & Grant Applications with curators Eilis Lavelle & Sarah Searson

Working with Public and Private Galleries with curators Karen Downey and Jerome O’ Drisceoil

Photography Careers in Focus with Anthony Luvera, Dragana Jurisic, Liam Campbell & Stephanie Joy