Critique supplement appears with each edition of the Visual Artists News Sheet. In 2011, it was decided that a self-contained section of critical engagement with exhibitions that feature in Irish venues or which feature Irish artists internationally will be a valuable addition to the wide range of vibrant critical writing that exists in Ireland today. Critique has become one of the only consistent print media sections dedicated to the peer critique of exhibitions taking place across Ireland.

Critique is aimed at providing valued criticism based on the best practice of AICA Ireland and is egalitarian in terms of exhibitions selected. The section aims to show the broad range of practices, generations, and geographic locations that make up the visual arts in Ireland today. Critics writing for critique come from a panel of established artists and writers. Critique also forms the basis for Visual Artists Ireland’s dedication to the encouragement of critical writing, and the development of critical writers.

Each Critique features six reviews of exhibitions, events, publications, and projects that are either current or have recently taken place in Ireland or abroad. Critique reflects the broader aims of The Visual Artists News Sheet to be relevant to the broad spectrum of visual artists working in all disciplines. The reviews are commissioned to reflect upon and critique a diversity contemporary Irish visual arts practice – in terms of media, generation and geography. Based on these criteria, the exhibitions that are featured are taken from the extensive listings that are provided to Visual Artists Ireland for inclusion in our eBulletin and online media.

Critique relates to VAI’s commitment to developing the professional contexts and infrastructures for artists working in Ireland, that have included talks and critical writing bursaries developed in partnership with The Lab, Dublin, and are are a key feature of our National Get Together.

The review writers have been drawn from a panel that was assembled from an open call out held earlier in 2011. A rigorous analysis is made of each writers approach to critical engagement. We have strict guidelines that are based on international standards that each writer must adhere to.

Please note that whilst we are very open to being made aware of exhibitions, events, publications, and projects by the provision of press releases and announcements for our eBulletin, Critique only publishes writing which has been commissioned specifically for each edition. It is also important to note that Critique is based on information received by Visual Artists Ireland about forthcoming events both local and abroad. For this reason it is important to provide this information in a timely manner. We attempt to cover exhibitions that are still open and therefore usually require notice of approximately one month before each publication date of The Visual Artists News Sheet.

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