This year’s Get Together takes its theme from the belief that we, as artists, must always have the right to experiment. As a verb, a noun and an imperative, ‘Experiment’ poses a challenge for us to re-examine ourselves and our work through different eyes. We all experiment, try things out, fail, succeed or change through experimentation; perhaps we may even realise that the place we find ourselves in fits just fine. Looking at our own artistic career, we can observe many occasions when we have experimented, either with new concepts, materials or modes of working. Whether we find historical context, new artistic intention, or simple convergence with likeminded artists, one thing is very clear: experimentation is at the core of what we do. Through listening and discovering how fellow artists find ways to include experimentation in their working methods, we can gain the confidence to make time, to try things out, and to look at our ongoing work through a different lens.
As well as Panel Discussions, Artists Speak and Speed Curating return to this year’s Get Together, as will the ever-popular Specialist Clinics, where recognised experts will be available to discuss a wide range of issues on a one-to-one basis. All of this will surround the Visual Artists Café, where Arts Organisations and Artist’s Support Agencies will gather to provide information about their services, while catching up with friends old and new. Follow the link of the right for full details of the programme.
If you haven’t been before, this video will give you a glimpse of last year’s event and the excitement expected on the day.
This year Get Together will be taking place in the new location of TU Dublin, Grangegorman (formerly called DIT Grangegorman). We look forward to seeing their amazing new campus and facilities that they offer to their students and alumni.
We recommend booking early!
Ever wish you could get a chance to sit down with a curator to introduce yourself and show them your work? At Speed Curating there’ll be 40 of the top curators in Ireland waiting for you to do just that.
Before you book, you will have the chance to read about the curators in the programme and decide who you want to meet. On the day, you’ll have 10 minutes to talk about what you’re working on, how you think you could work together or just introduce them to your practice. The best way to show curators your work is to bring a laptop, or alternatively you can also bring small originals or hardcopies.
This fast-paced but friendly environment offers a chance for curators to meet artists they might never have come across, or to see new bodies of work in development. Multiple exhibitions and working relationships have developed from VAI’s Speed Curating events, and everyone walks away feeling the benefit of having discussed their practice with fellow professionals.
40 curators taking part in Ireland’s National Day for Visual Artists is a singular opportunity that comes around only once a year. It sells out fast so try to book early.
Do you have an area in your practice you need help with or would just like some advice on where to go next? Get help in 20-minute one-on-one meetings with experts in their field. Whether you want to know where to start after a gap in your practice, would like to know how you can take your career to the next stage, or would just like someone to review your work or your website and give you feedback, Clinics offer focused time to do this. To get the most out of the session, you can send questions in advance, as well as information about your work.
If you have bought a ticket we have something extra…
A little extra for those of you who are coming to Get Together… All attendees who have purchased a ticket are being placed into a draw for a wonderful prize… Some of you may know of the James Turrell project in Liss Ard outside of Skibbereen. The winner drawn randomly out of a hat, or other suitable receptacle, will receive a 260 Euro voucher that can be used for One Night’s Accommodation, including an evening meal, and breakfast for two people. Residents in the hotel have the opportunity of free access to the Turrell project, which I am sure that anyone who has experienced it will tell you how special a place that it is.