DUBLIN, Tuesday, 01 March 2011, Visual Artists Ireland (VAI), the All Ireland representative body for professional visual artists, today announced the launch online of its extensive archive of visual arts news, events and commentary available to researchers and to the general public online through its website www.visualartists.ie.
As the most extensive repository of news, events and commentary on the visual arts in Ireland, VAI is now providing access to the published information through a searchable online archive. Through this web resource, users will be able to read, browse, and search the extensive amount of information that VAI publishes on an annual basis. The project is a continuation of VAI’s strategy to make as much information about the visual arts available to both the general public and to researchers.
Speaking about the project, VAI CEO Noel Kelly said “we are approached on a consistent basis for information of events both local and internationally. The provision of this resource allows access for researchers from around the world and will provide them with a very comprehensive understanding of what is happening in the arts in Ireland. It is also a very interesting record of news and opportunities that have been made available to visual artists since late 2005.” Kelly continued “as well as providing a coherent record, the archive allows readers to access the information as portrayed in the words of their time. I am grateful to the project team who have pulled this project together in a very short space of time, and know that it will be a valuable resource.”
The Visual Artists’ News Sheet has been devised primarily as an information resource for artists in Ireland. It is published 6 times a year in a 36 page, colour/B+W, tabloid newspaper format. It is useful, practical and relevant, it is regularly produced and widely distributed, it draws on a diverse range of contributors and assumes a broad readership amongst visual artists. This publication is a valuable and much needed resource for all artists practising in Ireland. Current issues are free to members, and are available through outlets across the country. The online archive is made available back to the end of 2005.
Founded in 1980, Visual Artists Ireland is the all Ireland development and resource body for professional visual artists. It provides services, facilities and resources for artists, operates an artistic programme and acts as an advocate for the interests of professional visual artists.