Join VAI

Visual Artists Ireland is the representative body for professional artists.
We provide practical support to visual artists in all art forms throughout their careers.

By joining Visual Artists Ireland you gain all the benefits of membership (full list here) and become part of a larger representative body supporting and promoting the rights and status of individual artists. The larger the membership the greater the mandate the organisation has to represent the interests of individual artists and the art sector.

Please note the following important facts when applying for membership:

If you are applying for Professional or Associate Membership, you will be asked to select criteria that make you eligible as a Member. The first section is a series of tick boxes, and further on you will come to a similar area that will ask for evidence of the criteria that you have selected. Organisational Members or Friends do not have to complete that section, but may do so if they wish.

All qualifications are double checked by VAI staff. It is entirely your responsibility to ensure the facts that you supply are both correct and verifiable. If we are unable to verify a fact it will be discounted from your application.

A third level qualification in Fine Art or Associated Visual Arts Discipline is assessed on the basis that the 3rd level institution recognises the discipline as part of their Visual Arts programme. We recognise that artists enter the field from a wide range of avenues, with or without formal college qualifications. Therefore, if your qualification is from another discipline, or you do not have a 3rd level formal qualification, then we must have other evidence that clearly shows your visual arts practice and awards and commissions have been awarded for visual arts specific commissions, projects, events. Other bursaries, project awards, travel grants are not accepted. Non-visual artist applications for Professional status will be refused and Associate membership will be awarded instead. If your circumstances change, it will be possible to change your membership level at any stage.

Fraudulent applications may lead to legal investigations. Application fees associated with such applications will not be refunded.


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New Members Application Form

If you would like to join VAI as a new member please fill out the form below.

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