Human Rights & Equality Policy

Visual Artists Ireland is committed to eliminating discrimination, promote equality of opportunity and protect the human rights of staff and persons that it engages with in the delivery of its services.  VAI policies, procedures and practise are directed towards inclusion and understanding and comply with the Employment Equality Acts 1998 and 2004, Equal Status Act 2000 and the Irish Human Rights & Equality Act 2014. VAI retains the services of an outside agency to ensure that we are informed of obligations and changes to legislation, which are reflected in updates to our policies and procedures.

Our Commitments


VAI will provide equality of opportunity for all job applicants or employees irrespective of gender, marital / civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religious belief, age, disability, race, colour, nationality or ethnic or national origin, membership of the travelling community.

The aim of the policy is to promote equality of opportunity for job applicants and employees and operate on the basis of abilities, merits, qualifications and the potential of the individual.

VAI will seek to ensure that through its recruitment and selection procedures, it provides equality in opportunities for employment.

VAI is committed to achieving equality of opportunity for all employees in career development, training, promoting and re-grading.

VAI will monitor and review employment policies and practices to ensure that they do not, directly or indirectly, discriminate unfairly against individual members or staff or particular groups of employees.


Implementing equal opportunities for job applicants and employees is a continuing process that needs to be kept under constant review.  The process involves devising codes of practice; establishing procedures; describing good practice and setting goals to ensure that the momentum of implementation is maintained.

VAI will consult with staff where appropriate and practicable, on issues relating to equal opportunities policies.

VAI seeks to ensure that, as far as is reasonably practicable, employees and applicants for employment are informed of this policy and as appropriate, any associated procedures and action programmes.

VAI will seek to provide appropriate equal opportunities training for all employees.

VAI encourages the promotion of a working, learning and social environment where all employees work positively and harmoniously together.  VAI is committed to ensuring that the work environment should give all employees the freedom to do their work without having to suffer bullying or intimidation from manager, supervisor, colleague or group of colleagues.

VAI is committed to facilitating the effective development of staff potential through access and participation in higher and further education and training programmes.

This policy will be communicated to all private contractors reminding them of their responsibilities towards the equality of opportunity.

Promotion and advancement will be made on merit and all decisions relating to this will be made within the overall framework and principles of this policy.

Job descriptions, where used, will be revised to ensure that they are in line with our equal opportunities policy.  Job requirements will be reflected accurately in any personnel specifications.

We will adopt a consistent, non-discriminatory approach to the advertising of vacancies.

Dignity at Work Charter / Bullying

We at Visual Artists Ireland commit ourselves to working together to maintain a workplace environment that encourages and supports the right to dignity at work.  All who work here are expected to respect the right of each individual to dignity in their working life.  All will be treated equally and respected for their individuality and diversity.  Bullying in any form is not accepted by us and will not be tolerated.  All individuals whether employed by us or contracted by us have a duty and a responsibility to uphold this dignity at work charter.

VAI acknowledges the right of all employees to a workplace and environment free from any form of bullying. Every member of staff has an obligation to be aware of the effects of their own behaviour on others.

Any instances of bullying will be dealt with in an effective and efficient manner. In cases where the behaviour is proved to be repeated and consistent, causing unnecessary stress and anxiety, this will be considered gross misconduct.

As part of VAI’s code of conduct, it is imperative that all staff and suppliers respect the dignity of every colleague. Please consider the multi-cultural beliefs of all of your colleagues regarding your code of conduct, with particular reference to remarks, dress code, posters, e-mails and anything which may cause offence on the grounds of a person’s gender, marital/civil status, race, religion, family status, age, sexual orientation or disability or to a member of the traveller community.

In the workplace is repeated inappropriate behaviour, direct or indirect, whether verbal, physical or otherwise, conducted by one or more persons against another or others, at the place of work and/or in the course of employment, which could be regarded as undermining the individual’s right to dignity at work.

We deplore all forms of personal or sexual harassment and bullying and seek to ensure that the working environment is sympathetic to all our employees. The workplace environment is not confined to the business premises or normal working day and extends to conferences, external training, and work related social events.

Membership & Service Users

Visual Artists Ireland is dedicated to the care and respect for our membership and services users in their professional lives.  To this end VAI respects diversity and promoting and protecting peoples’ rights in order to ensure that any barriers to dignity are addressed and protections put in place.

Serving Visual Artists is the reason for our existence.  VAI is committed to meaningful participation and inclusion, in particular those members feeling isolated due to lack of access and accessibility through advocacy, support and publishing.

In keeping with our internal policies concerning Human Dignity and Equality, we provide our services without discrimination. This includes, but not exclusive to:

  • Gender Identity
  • Civil status: single, married, divorced, etc.
  • Family status: if you’re the parent or person responsible for a child over 18, or if you’re the main carer or parent of a person with a disability
  • Sexual orientation
  • Religion
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Race
  • Being a member of the traveling community.
  • Environmental Justice:

Visual Artists Ireland recognises the right to a clean, safe and sustained environment.  It recognises the environmental impacts that our activities can cause and the urgent necessity to adopt sustainable solutions and provide for a sustainable future.


A review of this policy will be carried out at two yearly intervals in order to ensure that this policy statement is in line with best practice and legal provisions then current.


This version of our policy represents an extract from our overarching policies and procedures documents which are subject to regular updating by our third party agency who work with our Office Manager to ensure compliance and that this and all VAI policies are actively followed in all of our work.





Extracted Version – 01 March 2021

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