Regularly Asked Questions

Our help desk have a number of questions that are constantly asked by our members.  In this section we outline our advice under the following headings.

If you have a query you would like answered please contact our help desk by telephone or at

Why should I become a member of Visual Artists Ireland?
What are the benefits of being a member of Visual Artists Ireland?

What should I look for in an exhibition contract?

Tax & Self-Employment
I wish to apply for the Artists’ Tax Exemption. How do I go about it?
I am an artist registered as self-employed. Please would you advise me regarding preparing my annual tax returns.

How do I attract professional critics and curators to my exhibition?

I am considering using an agent to help me promote and sell my work. Where can I find one?

Pricing & Costings
I have won a commission to design a corporate Christmas card for a commercial company. Would you advise me as to the going rate for this type of work?

I have been approached by a person who wishes to one of my images on an album cover. Can you advise me on the copyright implications of such an exchange?

I have completed a commission for a local authority. What are the implications of ownership and copyright with regard to public art commissions?

I need to get insurance for my studio – can you advise?

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