Visual Artists Ireland is the Representative body for professional visual artists in Ireland. Since our foundation in 1980, VAI has undertaken to provide equitable and independent advice, supports, and events that support artists at all stages of their career.
VAI research has identified: Isolation; a Need for Support; and a Need for Information as the three primary areas of concern for visual artists. Each of these impact areas are directly referenced by a range of services which are clearly directed towards our vision statement “We dare to dream of a time when artists will live in a world of opportunities.”
Network + Support + Information = VAI
We translate these impact areas into the following key actions which define all of our services.
Networking + Developing Capacity + Sharing Knowledge = VAI
We dare to dream of a time when visual artists will live in a world of opportunities.
Our Mission is to create a trusted space where visual artists are valued and have access to supports and knowledge that enable them to develop at all stages of their professional career.
Our Advice services are available to all artists by telephone, email, and our online Help services, as well as through our offices in Dublin and Belfast. Our News and Information provision is available to artists across Ireland through our eBulletins, our bi-monthly Visual Artists News Sheet, our members’ updates, as well as through our Social Media presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, and LinkedIn. We have regular events including our Lifelong Learning Programmes which are delivered across Ireland, commissioned by Local Authorities, Studio Groups, and other Artists’ Support Organisations. This also includes Ireland’s National Day for Visual Artists – Get Together which brings together talks, artists speaking about their work, a chance to meet up with a wide range of curators and other specialists offering services to visual artists, as well as a day to meet old and new friends.
In parallel to this, we operate an active Advocacy programme which looks at Local, National, and International trends and policies that work with our own primary research in seeking to create an equitable environment in which artists can live and work. We also work towards the support/creation of Networks and Networking opportunities for visual artists through an active Curator Appointments programme, as well as contributing the voice of Ireland’s visual artists in key EU debates.
Add your Support to our Work!
Although we attempt to make most of our services available to all artists, we are dependent on generating revenue through a variety of activities, including our membership. If you are not already a Member or wish to support us through being an Associate or a Friend, then Join Us and help us in our work as well as benefiting from some of member only services such as the Visual Artists News Sheet direct to your door, Speed Curating, Specialist Clinics, and the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of our programmes.