Get Together 2018 takes its inspiration from Visual Artists Ireland’s new vision statement – We dare to dream of a time when visual artists will live in a world of opportunities. In this year’s event we will look at each other’s experiences and see what we can learn through the open exchange of ideas. In particular, we will hear from artists at different levels of experience about their work, their inspirations, and gain an understanding of how they have overcome obstacles to chase this world of opportunities. We will have presentations from key residencies available to Irish artists, as well as from artists who have taken time to use them to step outside of their day to day lives. We will look at ways of thinking differently about ourselves as we search out ways to network and build positive relationships. We will learn from the specific sector of Photography about how this area of practice has built up a reputation, developed a unique voice, and come to be recognised for quality with a view to sharing this experience across all art forms. Speed curating returns in all its frenzied glory as do the ever popular clinics, where recognised experts will be available to discuss a wide range of issues on a one-to-one basis. All of this surrounding the Visual Artists Café, where arts organisation and artists support agencies will gather to provide information about their services as well as a place to perch and catch up with friends old and new.
Get Together 2018 will take place on Monday 21st of MAY at IMMA.
For a glimpse of what to expect, take a look at this video, it gives a beautiful insight into what the day is all about – our artists!
What can attendees expect?
Curating Ireland – New Ways of Working
Creating opportunities for artists by making projects happen outside of traditional institutions.
Speakers: Daniel Birmingham, Jenny Haughton, Mary Cremin, Matt Packer
Residencies: Time, Space & New Environments
Applying for and getting the most from Residencies at home and abroad.
Speakers: Amanda Rice, Ingibjörg Gunnlaugsdóttir, Janice Hough, Mark Clare
Photography: Ireland’s Eyes
Looking at unique Irish voices and visual identity through recent developments in Irish photography.
Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger, Clare Gallagher, Fiona Kearney, John Duncan, Tanya Kiang
Throughout the day there will be presentations by eight exemplary artists speaking about their work, the development of their careers and their own personal experience as professional visual artists. Read more here about our speakers in the morning and afternoon.
Cecily Brennan, Marcel Vidal, Samuel Walsh, Susanne Wawra
Atsushi Kaga, Evgeniya Martirosyan, Margaret Irwin West, Pádraig Spillane
Choose from a list of 30 of the best curators in Ireland and Northern Ireland for one-on-one meetings. Selecting whom you would like to meet entitles you to 10 minutes with each curator – an opportunity to show them your work, present your ideas and make connections. This is a hugely popular event for curators and artists and has led to multiple exhibitions, working relationships, and collaborations. This books up fast, so get your slot quick! View a full list of curators in the Full Programme.
Specialists will be available to offer advice on your specific area of concern or in-depth analysis, which seeks to help you in an area of your career. Clinics are for up to 20 minutes in the morning and afternoon, and include experts who can provide advice in areas including: Portfolio Review, Proposal Writing, Curatorial and Promoting Your Work.
Áine Phillips, Annette Moloney, Emma Dwyer, Gabhann Dunne, Jennie Guy, Sheena Barrett, Simon Fennessy Corcoran
This year, Get Together will also host an all-day screening programme of new moving image works my members of MExIndex, curated by Fifi Smith. These four films, illustrate the rich cross section of contemporary artists moving image works registered in the MExIndex today. This screening also focuses on the range of artists methodology and strategies used in this area of the visual arts.
The close observation revealed in these works, may perhaps, also give a glance at a possible zeitgeist in artists moving image works today.
Artists: Avril Corroon, Aisling O’Beirn, Visto Desde el Zaguán (Philippe Faujas and Jacqueline Heeley), Maximillian le Cain and Vicky Langan.
IMMA Open Studios & Project Spaces
IMMA Artists in Residence Dragana Jurisic and Neil Carroll Welcome Visitors to VAI’s Get Together in to their Studios.
Photographer Dragana Jurisic has been living onsite at IMMA since December 2017 and is located in studio 3b. Painter Neil Carroll has just joined the programme and is taking up a studio only residency at IMMA, Neil is located in Studio 14. Both residencies were awarded through the IMMA 1000 Open Call.
As a special treat for visitors to the Get Together who have never been inside one of the residential spaces Apartment 1 will also be open for a nosey!
At the same time as the open studios IMMA will also open access to the satellite exhibition in The Project Spaces which forms part of the ‘Cosmology of Exhibitions’ for The 38th EVA International featuring works by Locky Morris, Marlon T. Riggs andRoy Dib.
Visual Artists Café
A space to meet one another. A space that encourages making new connections, meeting people and sharing networks. There will be representatives from arts organisations and galleries from all over the country.
The Café will also have Help Desks from VAI and IVARO. Advice and support is offered on issues ranging from practical professional information to knowing your rights.
A light lunch of a variety of sandwiches and tea and coffee will be available on the day in The IMMA Chapel. These will include gluten and lactose free options.
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