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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 too. 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 Talk | Paul Carroll in conversation with Chris Moody

03/03/2021 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Paul Carroll in conversation with Chris Moody. Wednesday 3 March, 6pm This event takes the form of a Zoom meeting during which presentations will be made by both Paul Carroll and Chris Moody followed by discussion and Q&A. Email for Zoom invitation. Redd is a new series by photographer Paul Carroll that explores how people and communities in Ireland interact […]

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Online Exhibition | Lockdown Landscapes

28/02/2021 – 01/04/2021 @ – Lockdown Landscapes is an online exhibition of work created during lockdown by Stephanie Noble. The dramatic, wild landscapes, lonely mountains and bracing seascapes that Stephanie chooses to paint, aim to snatch as much of the sensation in that environment as possible. Stephanie is a palette knife painter and almost all her oil or acrylic work […]

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Online Screening | aemi online and EVA International present Emily McFarland’s Curraghinalt

10/02/2021 – 13/04/2021 @ – For this edition of ‘aemi online’ aemi is partnering with EVA International, Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art, to present Emily McFarland’s Curraghinalt, a remarkable work in documentary form that aemi had the privilege of screening in real life in 2019 in partnership with AMINI as part of ‘No Longer Peripheral’, an event that explored artist moving […]

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Online Festival | Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics

22/03/2021 – 28/03/2021 @ – One of Belfast’s most innovative and engaging festivals, Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics (22nd – 28th March) returns for its seventh year. The festival launched its virtual programme for 2021 on 18th February with comedian Tim McGarry. The week-long festival will host 115 webcasts (the great majority of which are free) during March […]

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Minister Martin announces Details of SEODA – Culture Ireland’s Global Online Arts Festival

Minister Catherine Martin T.D. has announced details of Culture Ireland’s online festival for mid-March which is designed to celebrate Irish arts worldwide at a time when Irish artists normally travel the globe, presenting and sharing our culture on international stages. The festival, entitled SEODA, meaning jewels, includes many of Ireland’s finest artists and companies and…

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Surviving or Thriving? Online Series to support the wellbeing of arts professionals – Waterford Healing Arts Trust and Arts Council

Surviving or Thriving? Arts Council and Waterford Healing Arts Trust announce innovative online series to support the wellbeing of the arts sector in Ireland The Arts Council/An Comhairle Ealaíon and Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) have announced details of an innovative new online series designed to support the wellbeing of arts professionals in Ireland, with…

'Balance' by Kathleen Walsh, this year's limited edition Awards Sculpture commissioned for the 29th year by daa.

Business to Arts Awards 2021 Shortlist Announced

The 29th Business to Arts Awards Shortlist showcases a diverse range of partnerships across Ireland, many of which have evolved significantly due to Covid-19. The Awards recognise industry-leading creative partnerships. The shortlist includes best-practice in sponsorship, staff engagement, commissioning, philanthropy, CSR initiatives and community engagement with the arts. We congratulate the short-listed nominations in each category,…

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Void Gallery Announces Move to New Location

Void Gallery is delighted to announce that in April 2021 it will move to a dedicated exhibition space in the heart of Derry city. This exciting move will enable Void to bring its visual arts programme to a wider audience. Void’s new home will be located at the foot of the Derry Walls, at 10…

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