Get Together 2021


Ireland’s National Event for Visual Artists #GT2021

5th, 6th, 7th October 2021

Sustainable! Ambition!


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The theme for this year's Get Together is Sustainable! Ambition! - a deliberate exploitation of the multiple explanations of each word….
Sustainable (Career, Income, Materials, Planet);
Ambition (Scale, Experimentation, Permission, Drive, Outlets)


21 Artists Speaking about their work

21 visual artists from across a wide range of art practices and career levels will speak about their work, their motivation, and give insight into their careers.


50+ Visual Arts Specialists

With Speed Curating, Specialist Clinics and Information desks, attendees will have the opportunity to book an an appointment or visit information desks from a wide range of specialists and organisations who work with and support visual artists.


Making contacts and meeting friends

As well as the opportunity to book appointments to meet with curators and experts, GT2021 also provides attendees with the ability to “hang out” and chat with other attendees, as well as visit information desks from a wide range of organisations.


Christian Jankowski

“Being part of something”

Fotocredit: Jörg Reichardt






Tuesday, 5th of October

10:00 AM

Opening Words (Live Captioned)

  • Kevin Rafter, Chair, The Arts Council

10:30 AM

Artists Speak 1 (Live Captioned)

  • Andi McGarry
  • Atoosa Pour Hosseini

11:30 AM

Panel Discussion: Craft Crashing through the walls of Visual Art Galleries (Live Captioned)

Ceramic, Glass, Textile, Fibre- all words that are now accepted into the vocabulary of “art”. But, this has not always been so, and still today we see artists working in these mediums in Ireland being ignored by what could be considered the “accepted” visual arts space and their programmes. We are asking four leading artists working in this area to give us the benefit of their experience, motivation, and things that they have learned along the way.

  • Aaron Angell, London, Troy Town Art Pottery
  • Amber Cowan, New York, Amber Cowan Glass
  • Gareth Mason, Hampshire, England

Moderated by Louise Allen,
Director of the Creative Futures Academy

01:00 PM

Artists Speak 2 (Live Captioned)

  • Caoimhe Kilfeather
  • Kathryn Nelson

02:00 PM

Speed Curating

  • Peter Mutschler (PS², Belfast)
  • Moran Been-noon (Independent)
  • Mary Cremin (Void Gallery, Derry)
  • John Daly (Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin)
  • Brenda McParland (Independent / Solstice Arts Centre / dlrLexicon)
  • Eve Woods (Pallas Projects/Studios, Dublin)
  • Róisín Power Hackett (Independent )
  • Sara Greavu (Project Arts Centre, Dublin)
  • Ann Davoren (Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre)
  • Emer Lynch (Independent)
  • Anne Mullee (Independent)
  • Aoife O’ Connell (Lavit Gallery, Cork)
  • Miguel Amado (Sirius Arts Centre, Cork)

02:00 PM

Specialist Clinics

  • Matt Packer (Working with Curators / Internationally / Biennials)
  • Eric Hennelly Flanagan (Artist Profile / Marketing Strategy / New Technologies)
  • Jacqui McIntosh (Curator Feedback / Drawing / Painting)
  • Cliodhna Shaffrey (Curator Feedback / Exhibitions / Professional Practice)

Wednesday, 6th of October

10:30 AM

Artists Speak 3 (Live Captioned)

  • Chanelle Walshe
  • Elke Westen

11:30 AM

Panel Discussion: Sustaining a Practice and Working with Ambition (Live Captioned)

“You don’t wait for someone to ask you to take action. You just do it. And you find the support you need for the journey. You don’t procrastinate because you don’t know how to do something. You find the answers, roll up your sleeves, and get to work because it’s important to you. You know that you have just one life to live and you won’t feel as if you lived it if you don’t do your best work. You don’t make excuses, and you don’t have time for other people who make excuses.”
Ambitious Artists Own Their Goals | Alyson B. Stanfield | Art Biz Success

Size, materials and looking outside of the box to find supports for ambitious projects.

  • Lindsay Seers

Moderated by Helen Pheby
Head of Curatorial Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

01:00 PM

Artists Speak 4 (Live Captioned)

  • Jonah King
  • Duc Van Pham

02:00 PM

Keynote: “Being part of something” (Live Captioned)

  • Christian Jankowski

02:00 PM

Speed Curating

  • Ben Crothers (The Naughton Gallery, Queen’s University Belfast)
  • Catherine Hemelryk (CCA Derry~Londonderry)
  • Rachel Botha (The Douglas Hyde Gallery / Catalyst Arts / Independent)
  • Emer McGarry (The Model, Sligo)
  • Julia Moustacchi (Independent)
  • Helena Tobin (STAC – South Tipperary Arts Centre)
  • Michele Horrigan (Askeaton Contemporary Arts, Limerick)
  • Ruth Carroll (The Dock, Leitrim)
  • Seán Kissane (IMMA, Dublin)
  • Elke Westen (Independent)

02:00 PM

Specialist Clinics

  • Jennie Guy (Curator Feedback / Arts in Education / Public Art)
  • Annette Moloney (Artist Statements / Proposals / Career Advice)
  • Gaby Smyth (Artist Tax Exemption / Self Employment / Managing Accounts)
  • Gabhann Dunne (Artist, Paint & Career Advice)
  • Dobz O’Brien (Curator Feedback / Scaling Up / Large Scale Projects)
  • Margarita Cappock (Curator Feedback / Collections / Catalogue Production)

Thursday, 7th of October

10:30 AM

Artists Speak 5 (Live Captioned)

  • Martin Marley
  • Barbara Kenneally

11:30 AM

Practice & The Anthropocene series: The Work of SUPERFLEX (Live Captioned)

This presentation will be about SUPERFLEX’ background, the motivations for their practice, and how it examines interspecies living, climate change and economic power dynamics. In the presentation there will thus be both a retrospect focus on previous artworks and a focus on works from 2019 and onwards.

  • Jakob Fenger, Co-Founder, Superflex

Moderated by Chris Clarke,
Senior Curator at The Glucksman, University of Cork, Ireland

01:00 PM

Artists Speak 6 (Live Captioned)

  • Sinead Brennan
  • Elaine Harrington

02:00 PM

Speed Curating

  • Julia Gelezova (PhotoIreland)
  • Kate Strain (Kunstverein Aughrim)
  • Aisling Murray (Science Gallery Dublin)
  • Helen Pheby (Yorkshire Sculpture Park)
  • Valeria Ceregini (Independent)
  • Dawn Williams (Crawford Art Gallery, Cork)
  • Diana Bamimeke (Independent)
  • Niamh Brown (Ormston House, Limerick)
  • Brendan Fox (Museum of Everyone + Games for Artists & Non-Artists)
  • Kevin Kavanagh (Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin)
  • Séamus McCormack (Commonage/New Contemporaries)
  • Alissa Kleist (Household / Independent)
  • Marysia Wieckiewicz-Carroll (Berlin Opticians Gallery, Dublin)

02:00 PM

Specialist Clinics

  • Emma Dwyer (Digital Marketing / Social Media / Websites)
  • Aine Phillips (Performance Art / Working with Communities / Curating)
  • Linda Shevlin (Project Proposals / Funding Applications / Curator Feedback)
  • Brenda Tobin (Contracts / Strategic Advice / Media Sector)

Specialist Clinics

Speed Curating



Ticket Price

Artists Speak

Panel Discussions


Help Desks

Information Desks

Speed Curating

Specialist Clinics

VAI Member

€25 for VAI Members


€120 for Non-VAI Members.


Professional, Associate, Organisations, Friend Membership Levels are eligible for the Membership Rate. Membership must be valid and up to date at the time of the events.

VAI Members Only

Only available to paid up members. You must have a valid General Entrance ticket for the day before you book for these events. If you do not have your general entrance ticket booked, we reserve the right to reallocate your appointments to those with fully paid General Entrance Tickets.

Speed Curating

The ever popular Speed Curating is returning and every afternoon there will be curators available for one on one sessions with artists.

You have the chance to read about the curators interests and experience in their bio below. On the day, you’ll have 15 minutes to talk about what you’re working on, how you think you could work together or just introduce them to your practice.

You can book up to three appointments, so we suggest that you research the curators that you wish to see. If you book more, we will remove any curators over the limit of three. It is your responsibility to ensure that you comply with the restriction so as to avoid disappointment on the day.

5 Euro per appointment

If you book more than THREE appointments, you will be contacted and asked to correct your selection to THREE.

Specialist Clinics

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.

You can book up to three appointments, so we suggest that you research the curators that you wish to see. If you book more, we will remove any curators over the limit of three. It is your responsibility to ensure that you comply with the restriction so as to avoid disappointment on the day.

10 Euro per appointment

If you book more than TWO appointments, you will be contacted and asked to correct your selection to TWO.


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