About Our Lifelong Learning

Visual Artists Ireland operates a wide range of professional development training and events throughout the year including workshops, peer discussion groups, seminars, talks and our annual national day for the visual arts event ‘Get Together’. The delivery of this programme is greatly supported by our relationship with local and international visual art professionals and partner organisations throughout the island of Ireland. VAI works in partnership with Local Authorities, visual arts venues and others, combining resources to support the professional development of visual artists at regional level.

When you engage with VAI’s Life Long Learning services you are getting more than just one person. You are accessing the experience of an entire team who work on a daily basis with visual artists and arts organisations not only in Ireland but also across Europe. We draw on this network to ensure that all of our delivery is up to date with current best practices. In addition, something that is unique about our service is that our support doesn’t end when participants leave. We provide free help desk and advice services, supported by our online and print information and news provision. This is what makes us unique. We continue to offer access to trustworthy and timely help and information that supports them in their daily lives.

You can also find details of the VAI Professional Development Programme via the VAI Professional Development Group on Facebook. Professional Development training and events are regularly publicised through the VAI e-bulletin, here on the VAI web site and in The Visual Artists News Sheet.

Our Lifelong Learning Programme includes:

Workshops: VAI Workshops take place throughout the year and across the country. The workshops address key business skills such as accounts, taxation, marketing yourself, pricing art and commission amounts, improving  online presence, project and time management, and looking at alternative ways of creating income.

NEWSkills Workshops: Based on requests from artists we are introducting new skills workshops offering tips and hints across a wide variety of practices. These workshops are supported by a new Skills Section in forthcoming Visual Artists News Sheets.

Clinics, Help Desks, One 2 One Advice & Support: VAI advice services for individuals take place throughout the year. Events offer attendees the opportunity to a face to face meeting with a variety of expects covering finances, legal, taxation, marketing, and career advice as well as telephone and email support.

Group Mentoring, Peer 2 Peer Sessions and Crits: These sessions involve facilitated mentoring sessions to achieve specific learning goals. These  allow a number of people to participate in a learning group and to benefit simultaneously from the experience and expertise of leading experts in a variety of fields.

Networking Events: Connecting with people offline can offer a lot more than just concentrating on online channels – Events take place throughout the year bringing together: Artists; Curators, Artistic Directors, Funders, Support Organisations, and a wide variety of interested parties.

Artists Speak, Talks & Panel Discussions: Hearing how fellow artists have developed their practice and their careers is an ever popular way for attendees to learn from other artists’ experiences.

Speed Curating: The fast paced chance to get your work seen by curators. Attendees get the opportunity to meet with a variety of curators for advice and the chance to make them aware of their work.

Bootcamp: A series of fast based sessions delivered over a number of days offering quick insight in the variety of knowledge required to maintain a practice in Ireland today.

Members of Visual Artists Ireland receive preferential rates.

Your specific requirements:

If you don’t see a particular workshop that you feel would benefit you or benefit a group, organisation, or studio that you are part of, give us a call and let us know about your needs. We often bring a number of individuals’ needs together and find ways of delivering a solution specific to your locality and to your requirements.

If you are an organisation who wishes to partner with us on Life Long Learning workshops and events, then please give us a call and we can work together to deliver a quality programme for artists in your area.

REMEMBER: If it doesn’t have the VAI name and logo, it doesn’t come with all of the support and back up services that VAI offers to visual artists across Ireland.

Sample Testimonial

“Excellent. A model service with workshops, courses and helpful information for artists. The online information service and the printed VAI newsletter are essential for artists in Ireland, North and South.” – Bernadette Kiely – Visual Artist


  • Money Matters for Visual Artists
  • Managing your Accounts
  • Writing about Your Work
  • Presentation Skills for Visual Artists
  • Preparing Proposals
  • Web Design Training for Visual Artists
  • Promoting your Work Online
  • Copyright and the Internet
  • Legal & Contractual Issues for Visual Artists
  • Technical & Installation Skills for Visual Artists
  • Working with Public and Private Galleries
  • Initiating Artists-Led Exhibitions and Events
  • Discussion and Exchange Event for Artists Groups and Collectives
  • Peer Critique Painting
  • Peer Critique Photography
  • Peer Critique, All Media
  • Peer Critique, Multi-media and Installation
  • Peer Support Session for Artists Working Collaboratively
  • Art in Public Clinics
  • Cross Generational & Reminiscence Work
  • Roundtable Discussion on Collaborative Photography
  • Digital Photography & Photoshop
  • DIY Digital Photography, Creative Image Making

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