About

Visual Artists Ireland is the Representative body for professional visual artists in Ireland. VAI research has identified: Isolation; a Need for Support; and a Need for Information as the three primary areas of concern for visual artists.

Each of these impact areas are directly referenced by a range of services which are clearly directed towards our vision statement “We dare to dream of a time when artists will live in a world of opportunities.” Through the delivery of Networking, Support, and Information services, we allow individual artists and artist groups to develop their careers, develop a capacity to take advantage of the opportunities, and to share knowledge. We do this through: Advocacy; Advice; Membership Services; Lifelong Learning; and Information Provision.

Vision

We dare to dream of a time when visual artists will live in a world of opportunities.

Mission

Our Mission is to create a trusted space where visual artists are valued and have access to supports and knowledge that supports and allows them to develop at all stages of their professional career.

Strapline

Supporting Visual Artists at all stages of their professional careers.

In our actions, developing and delivering supports for artists at all stages of their career, we work within the following contexts:

  • the contemporary context, which informs the analysis and interpretation of artistic practice and career supports through a lens of ideas and challenges; 
  • the personal context, which informs the analysis and interpretation of emotions, sensory experiences, personal philosophy, beliefs and ideas that are reflected in individual artistic practice;
  • the cultural context, which informs the analysis and interpretation of the social influences and representations of time, place, politics, purpose, ethnicity, gender and spiritual and secular beliefs within artistic practice;
  • the formal context, which informs the analysis and interpretation of formal visual art elements and principles, the application of materials and techniques, the stylistic qualities relative to contemporary art practices;

and how these contribute to creativity, career development, engagement, communication and meaning.

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