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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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RAY DAY 7-RADIO WAVES | Crawford Gallery Online

26/11/2020 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm – Free to attend but pre-booking is essential through Eventbrite. Artists Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly, founders of The School of Looking, investigate the art and science of seeing in this series of lunchtime talks on their exhibition INVISIBLE LIGHT at the Crawford Art Gallery; funded by Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) Discover Programme and developed with […]


Online Talk | Photographs from the David Kronn Collection with Seán Kissane

26/11/2020 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm – IMMA invites you to join a talk by Seán Kissane, Curator, IMMA who introduces Northern Light, a new exhibition drawn from the exceptional collection of photography amassed by Dr David Kronn over the past 25 years. Kissane will discuss a selection of prints, that highlight the complex history of the conflict in Northern Ireland specifically, […]

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setting suns | close horizons – Online Exhibition by Nick Miller

12/11/2020 – 31/12/2020 @ – I often make series of works on paper to nurture my own energetic relationship with painting, experimental tangents for their own sake. In normal times, when planned exhibitions occupy me, these works fill up storage draws and are rarely, if ever seen. Responding to the existential impact of Covid 19 in the context of cancellations […]


Pop up expo | Modeenagh Studio, Fermanagh

05/12/2020 – 23/12/2020 @ – Exhibition of contemporary drawings by Irish and International artists in association with The Drawing Box a socionomic arts project that celebrates arts beyond borders.

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Arts Council Awards 94 Commissions to Artists and Organisations Across Ireland

The Irish emigrant experience, the female munitions workers of the First World War, children’s curiosity for nature, and dance during the pandemic feature among 94 new commissions announced the Arts Council this week. The investment, worth a total of €1.3 million across 20 counties, means that artists will partner with arts organisations to create new…


Preparing for Brexit | Trading and Customs – EORI Numbers

If you are an artist based in Ireland or Northern Ireland that plans to ship work anywhere outside of the island after the 1st January 2021 then you should start getting prepared. You currently need an EORI number to move goods from Ireland or the UK to non-EU countries (until 1st January 2021). After the…


Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce Report Published

VAI welcome the publication of “LIFE WORTH LIVING”, the Report of the Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce, announced by Catherine Martin T.D., Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht today. It has been widely acknowledged that the impact of COVID-19 on the Arts/Culture sector has been more detrimental, and will last longer,…


Creative Ireland Programme and Dublin City Council Announce Diversity Commissions

Gallery of Photography Ireland have announced the five talented artists that have been commissioned to produce new artworks that creatively reflect diverse communities in Dublin city. The initiative is supported by the Creative Ireland Programme and Dublin City Council and is being curated by Gallery of Photography Ireland. “We are delighted to partner with Creative…

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