Sustainable Development Goals

The 2012 Rio de Janeiro United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development placed before us a series of objectives related to environmental, political and economic challenges which face our world. Since then, 17 specific goals and 169 universal goals, termed SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), which have steered the policies and actions of governments, companies and citizens.

As VAI’s core mission works to improve the lives of visual artists in our world, we are working at aligning our programmes and identifying clearly where we impact on the SDGs and our contribution to making the world a better place by 2030.

We all share the vision of the SDGs and are deeply involved in achieving them through the various initiatives we run. Our activities are a reflection of our ethical commitment to society and each of our services are working towards objectives that offer service and support to Ireland’s visual artists which are in turned mapped SDGs targets:

Our primary vision is to ensure that visual artists are provided with equitable opportunities to develop their professional lives. As a core part of our advocacy we focus on The Social, Economic and Fiscal Status of the Visual Artist and actively work to ensure that such opportunities are truly equitable and suitably remunerated. We promote this and advocate strongly on its adoption as natural justice as well as a core part of organisations corporate governance and compliance; mediating a path for organisations in its adoption – SDG 1 – No Poverty; SDG 16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

We believe that our lifelong learning/education works towards providing the resources and knowledge to deal with important decisions in artists’ lives. Our learning is in line with SDG 4 – Quality Education.

Our aim is to support artists in the development of their professional lives and to share this message across the island of Ireland and beyond. In these services for visual artists, we arrange help desk/mentoring, advice clinics, courses and workshops to expand on the subjects that develop artists at all career levels.

Aside from our HR policies on (minimum) wages and fair pay, we believe that these services plus our advocacy, information provision and advisory services in compliance and best practice, support and facilitate access to equitable treatment, employment and the continuity of innovative projects in accordance with SDG 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth and SDG 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; SDG 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries.

We are committed to gender equality and the removal of discrimination, and evidence this in ensuring that our work and the opportunities available to visual artists are as equitable as possible within their specific contexts as well as through the application of our own internal policies. We deliver programmes that engage with the development of understanding of other cultural backgrounds, and seek to create a shared experience that reduces the sense of other, or as we term it ghettoisation, token gestures and discrimination.- SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women.

Our research is actively shared and our actions work towards providing the time and resources required for artists to experiment and develop in their areas of practice. We work with municipal, national, and international bodies in the promotion of the visual artist as an integral part of a sustainable, health and vibrant community. SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

We are committed to the reduction of our carbon footprint, and although not yet perfect, this remains an active consideration both in our day to day work and in the design and planning of our new services. SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production; SDG 13: Climate Action. 

We extend our services to raise awareness of the richness of practice that exists in Ireland by the promotion of artists and through active engagement with other international and national agencies as well as individuals who wish to know more about Ireland’s visual arts culture. SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

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