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Our physical offices are closed in Dublin and Belfast, but we are continuing to delivery our Advocacy, Advice, Lifelong Learning, and Information Provision online, by email, or in the case of the Visual Artists News Sheet either online or delivered by post to all members.

Our mainline number can be used to make contact as normal, and all of our email addresses and online forms are still being monitored and responded to. We recommend compliance at all times to Government advice and continue to be the voice of artists to the government and funding bodies during this time. You can find out more about our online events in the VAI Events section, and through the eBulletins which are still operating twice weekly. We are delivering regular networking and information events as part of our wider learning and skills programme. These also include online Help Desks which are supported by our Help Line which is still operating.

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Online Artist Talk | Brian Duggan at Glucksman

21/04/2021 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Join artists from our forthcoming exhibition Home: Being and Belonging in Contemporary Ireland to discover more about their work and artistic practice in this free, online series of talks. Dublin-based artist Brian Duggan investigates the physical limitations of the immediate environment on the individual.  Ideas of control and where we stand, how we are tied and what binds us, […]

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Online Exhibition | Dara McGrath: For Those That Tell No Tales at Crawford Art Gallery

24/04/2021 – 29/08/2021 @ – The War of Independence was a defining moment in Ireland’s history. Between 1919 and 1921, approximately 1,400 people died in the struggle for an independent Irish republic. Cork city and county saw the bloodiest of the fighting. In total, 528 people of all backgrounds – including members of the public, Irish Volunteers, and British Forces – lost […]

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Online Exhibition | Rule Driven by John Macormac at Platform Arts

10/04/2021 – 01/05/2021 @ – The exhibition is the latest manifestation of an ongoing exploration of sonic and visual pattern, informed by mathematics, geometry and the natural world. Each component enacts a set of carefully formulated, self-determined rules, influenced greatly by instructions for works written by Sol LeWitt. Densely worked drawings of repeated forms echo those present in nature gathering […]

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Online Exhibition | 30 Years of Making, Signal Arts Centre

29/03/2021 – 24/04/2021 @ – Signal Arts Centre is celebrating over 30 years in existence with an exhibition in both Signal and Mermaid Arts Centres. The exhibition, entitled “Signal Arts Centre – 30 Years of Making” will open on Monday 29th March and will run until 24th April. Although the work will be hung in both galleries, the exhibition will be made […]

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Minister Martin announces Markievicz Award recipients for 2021

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, today announced the 10 new recipients of the Decade of Centenaries Markievicz Award bursary scheme for artists.  The Markievicz Award is intended to support artists to develop their craft and ultimately produce great art that recognises and commemorates the role of women…


IMMA announces its 30th Birthday Programme

A new programme, IMMA Outdoors, that activates the grounds with artist commissions, events, collaborations, social distanced spaces and cafés, creating a new radically public space for visitors to safely engage with IMMA, is part of a rich and extensive 30th Birthday programme at IMMA, announced today (Thursday 8 April 2021). IMMA’s 2021 programme also presents…


Winners of the 2021 Golden Fleece Award Announced

The Trustees are delighted to announce the winners of the 2021 Golden Fleece Award are Aideen Barry, Bassam Al-Sabah, Maria McKinney, Lorna Donlon, Laura Fitzgerald and Sinéad O’Dwyer. The announcement was made in a special video presentation celebrating twenty years of the Golden Fleece Trust and includes wonderful interviews with the artists: view here. Each…

Centre Culturel Irlandais Residency Recipients Announced

Nora Hickey M’Sichili, director of the Centre Culturel Irlandais, is delighted to announce the recipients of residencies for the Centre’s 2021-2022 programme. “In these times of uncertainty, CCI is more committed than ever to supporting Irish artists and welcoming them to Paris. Together with offering precious time to concentrate wholly on their work, our residencies…

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