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We’re Back! Get Together 2021, Ireland’s National Event for Visual Artists

The theme for this year’s Get Together is Sustainable! Ambition! – a deliberate exploitation of the multiple explanations of each word….
Sustainable (Career, Income, Materials, Planet);
Ambition (Scale, Experimentation, Permission, Drive, Outlets)


21 Artists Speaking about their work

21 visual artists from across a wide range of art practices and career levels will speak about their work, their motivation, and give insight into their careers.


50+ Visual Arts Specialists

With Speed Curating, Specialist Clinics and Information desks, attendees will have the opportunity to book an an appointment or visit information desks from a wide range of specialists and organisations who work with and support visual artists.


Making contacts and meeting friends

As well as the opportunity to book appointments to meet with curators and experts, GT2021 also provides attendees with the ability to “hang out” and chat with other attendees, as well as visit information desks from a wide range of organisations.

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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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Signal show flyer November 2021

Akademiska Stilleben | Nicholas Benedict Robinson at Signal Arts Centre

22/11/2021 – 05/12/2021 @ – Akademiska Stilleben An exhibition of still-life and cast paintings at Signal Arts Centre, Co. Wicklow by Nicholas Benedict Robinson. Monday 22nd November – Sunday 5th December 2021 Opening night: Friday 26th November, 6-8pm


Artist Talk | Paul Seawright in conversation with Colin Davids at Belfast Exposed

04/11/2021 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – As part of the Belfast International Arts Festival, Belfast Exposed invites you to ‘Paul Seawright in conversation with Colin Davidson’ as they discuss Paul’s project, ‘Beasts of Burden’ on display in Gallery 1 from 7th October till 18th December. The Talk will take place in Belfast Exposed on Thursday 4th November, from 6pm. Booking is […]


My Name is Maya | Manon Ouimet at Belfast Exposed

07/10/2021 – 30/10/2021 @ 6:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Belfast Exposed presents a solo photographic exhibition that showcases new photographic works by Futures Awardee, Manon Ouimet, ‘My Name is Maya ’. Ouimet’s series tracks her conversion to Judaism with her images reflecting her journey from spiritual desire to belong, through a calendar year of richly-grounding festivals, traditions and food. The Belfast Exposed Futures Awards […]


Beasts of Burden | Paul Seawright at Belfast Exposed

07/10/2021 – 18/12/2021 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Belfast Exposed presents a solo photographic exhibition ‘Beasts of Burden’ which showcases new photographic works by Paul Seawright. This insightful exhibition will be showcased as part of the Belfast International Arts Festival 2021. The Exhibition Opening Night will take place during Late Night Art on the 7th October at 6pm – 9pm. In ‘Beasts of Burden’, […]

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Culture Night 2021 | Come Together Again

The sixteenth edition of Culture Night will take place on Friday 17 September 2021. Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir is brought to you by the Arts Council; it is a national moment, celebrating all that makes up the richness and diversity of culture in Ireland today, connecting people to cultural activities locally and nationally and…

Anna Spearman, ‘Loose Parts’, installation view, Roscommon Arts Centre; photograph by Dickon Whitehead, courtesy the artist and Roscommon Arts Centre.

Out Now! September – October 2021 issue of The Visual Artists’ News Sheet

In celebration of physical encounters with art – and the role of writing in recording these experiences – this issue focuses almost exclusively on the many interesting and vibrant exhibitions taking place around the country over the last few months. Among numerous Exhibition Profiles, Mary Flanaghan interviews artist Anna Spearman about her recent solo show,…


VAI is recruiting: Services Design & Delivery Position – Full Time

VAI is looking for somebody very special to join our team to take up responsibility for quality led Services Design & Delivery both Online and Offline which are directed at supporting the professional careers of visual artists in Ireland. Reporting to the Office Manager, the person in this role is accountable for the service design…

Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media

Creative expression and new exhibitions to mark the centenary of the 1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty

From the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media: Catherine Martin T.D., Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media published a programme of events to mark the centenary of various aspects of the Anglo-Irish Treaty which was signed on the 6th December 1921.   The Programme highlights some of the key…

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