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Ormston House Announces Artists for River Residencies

Ormston House is delighted to announce the artists for the River Residencies following an international open call. The River Residencies will bring together artists and rural communities including boat-builders, folklorists, Geopark guides, historians, swimmers, citizen scientists and other catchment custodians, in partnership with four local authorities along the River Shannon. Cavan Arts Office will host boredomresearch in…

Out Now! – July-August Issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

July – August 2022 issue of The Visual Artists’ News Sheet VAN’s July/Aug issue features reviews of recent exhibitions, including Patrick Graham, ‘Transfiguration’ at the Hugh Lane Gallery; Tinka Bechert, ‘Readymade #1’, at Oonagh Young Gallery; and Backwater Artists, ‘CLOSER’, at Lavit Gallery. Introducing the new Angelica column series, Alice Rekab outlines an ongoing project…

Valerie Asiimwe Amani Awarded the Linenhall International Artist Residency 2022

The Linenhall Arts Centre (Castlebar, Co. Mayo) is very pleased to announce multidisciplinary artist Valerie Asiimwe Amani as the recipient of this year’s International Artist Residency. Valerie Asiimwe Amani is a Tanzanian artist and writer working through multidisciplinary explorations of video, text, textile and installation. Her practice interrogates the ways in which body erotics, language, place and…

VAI Lifelong Learning | Next Week’s Events

In next weeks Lifelong Learning offer, we learn more about the do’s and don’ts when making applications for funding and about socially engaged art practice. County Wexford based visual artists can also avail of a live curator talk with Kate Strain. 4 July: The Visual Artist’s Guide to Funding & Applications – Webinar (11am) Clinics…

Dominic Thorpe Awarded the Bolay Residency 2022 at The Linenhall Arts Centre

The Linenhall Arts Centre (Castlebar, Co. Mayo) is very pleased to announce visual artist Dominic Thorpe as the recipient of this year’s Bolay Residency. Thorpe is the third recipient of the annual residency and was selected from among 98 other applicants this year. Dominic Thorpe works in performance art, as well as drawing, video, photography,…

Under Darkening Skies | Susan Mannion Commission Launched at Wild Nephin National Park, Mayo

Under Darkening Skies, a public art commission by the visual artist Susan Mannion at the Ballycroy Visitor Centre at Wild Nephin National Park was officially launched by Sean Lysaght on Tuesday, June 21st, 2022. The artwork was commissioned by the Office of Public Works (OPW) under the Percent for Art Scheme in collaboration with the…

Navigating a Future: Project Showcase and Digital Publication Launch

In November 2020, Mayo County Council commissioned four artists for a public art commission entitled ‘Navigating a Future’. The commissioned artists were Breda Burns, visual artist; Catherine Donnelly, dance artist; Breda Mayock, musician and visual artist and Áine O’Hara, visual artist and theatre maker. Key to the thinking behind this commission was the desire to…

Artist Noah Rose Announced as Artist for Irishtown Public Art Commission

Mayo County Council is delighted to announce Noah Rose as the successful artist for the Public Art Commission in Irishtown village. Mayo County Council’s Arts Service collaborated closely with Irishtown Community Development Ltd. to development this exciting opportunity for an artist to work in a historic village with a strong community spirit. Over the summer…

VAI Lifelong Learning | Socially Engaged Practice with Áine Phillips (5 July)

This session explores the terminology and practice of socially engaged art and would suit those who are interested in delivering local and community led work for and with a range of communities. Áine Phillips will lead the webinar and take the afternoon clinics sessions. Áine Phillips is a performance artist based in Galway, exhibiting and performing in…

VAI Lifelong Learning | Next Week’s Events

In next weeks Lifelong Learning offer, we learn more about the do’s and don’ts when making applications for funding and look at best practice considerations and techniques for visual artists who wish to reduce their environmental impacts. 28 June: The Artist’s Guide to Funding & Applications – Webinar (11am) Marianne O’Kane Boal returns to deliver…

Fund to expand the National Collection with artworks about climate change, diversity and migration

From the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media: New funding to acquire contemporary artworks for the National Collection, in new media and on pressing issues including climate change, diversity and global migration, has been announced by Minister Catherine Martin.   The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media today announced…

VAI Lifelong Learning | Next Week’s Events

In next weeks Lifelong Learning offer, we learn more about the do’s and don’ts when making applications for funding, starting or restarting your career and will see work from six artists in our second Show & Tell of the year. 21 June: The Artist’s Guide to Funding & Applications – Webinar (11am) Clinics (1-5pm) Marianne…

Advertise with VAI in the Upcoming Issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

The Visual Artists’ News Sheet is guaranteed the most affordable and cost effective platform for publicising art events, exhibitions, arts services, artists’ materials & equipment, notices of commissions & other opportunities for artists. We print and distribute 6000 copies per issue of this 40 page newspaper throughout Ireland six times a year, ensuring that your…

€380,000 in funding announced for Culture Ireland’s promotion of Irish arts globally

From the The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media: Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, today announced funding of just under €380,000 for the promotion of Irish arts globally through Culture Ireland’s Grant Programme. Seventy projects covering architecture, circus, film, music, theatre and visual arts will…

2022 Recipients of PLATFORM 31 Artist Development Scheme Announced

From Platform 31: 2022 Recipients of PLATFORM 31 artist development scheme announced Nationwide artist development scheme by the 31 Local Authority Arts Offices, in collaboration with the Arts Council Following the success of the inaugural Platform 31 programme in 2021, this innovative scheme has returned for 2022, showing the commitment of Local Authority Arts Offices,…

VAI Lifelong Learning | Next Week’s Events

We start the new month with a much talked about issue – Finding a Creative Space/Studio. Finding and keeping a creative space/studio is a challenge facing visual artists across the length and breadth of Ireland. This event will seek to equip visual artists (or collectives) with guidance on the key things to consider and enquire…

Call for Participation in Arts Council Survey of Visual Artists’ Workspaces

Artist studio groups and organisations with studios/residencies are invited and encouraged to take part in the Arts Council survey of Visual Artists’ Workspaces in the Republic of Ireland. The Arts Council has commissioned O’BF_A Architects to carry out an audit, mapping and analysis of Visual Artists’ Workspaces in the Republic of Ireland. All providers, owners…

Partner Event | Moving Artworks and Creative Goods to and From GB & NI

Following on from the VAI Having an Exhibition or moving artwork post Brexit event back in March, The Arts Council of Northern Ireland have commissioned training for artists and creatives operating under the NI Protocol post EU exit. Delivered by the Trader Support Service, this event targets artists moving artwork and cultural goods out of or…

10 artists receive Markievicz Award to create work that reflects on the role of women in Irish history

From the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media: The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, today announced the 10 new recipients of the Decade of Centenaries Markievicz Award for artists. The Markievicz Award is intended to support artists to develop their craft and ultimately produce great…

VAI Lifelong Learning | Next Week’s Events

We continue our 2022 Artist Talks series by welcoming internationally renowned artist Candice Breitz. The talk takes place on Tuesday (17 May) at 5pm on online via zoom. Candice Breitz is a Berlin-based artist. Her moving image installations have been shown internationally. Throughout Breitz’s career, she has explored the dynamics by means of which an…

Out Now! – May-June issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

VAN’s May/June issue features coverage of several major exhibitions, including ‘i See Earth’ at VISUAL, Carlow, and ‘girls girls girls’ at Lismore Castle Arts. Also featured in this issue is an interview with Rónán Ó Raghallaigh, a profile on the 40th anniversary of Black Church Print Studio, a Regional Focus on County Longford, and much…

Ukraine Fundraiser for the Vedel School, organised by Solstice Arts Centre

Solstice Arts Centre launches fundraiser to support musicians, producers and artists at the Vedel Music School in Lviv, Ukraine Solstice is launching a fundraiser in aid of the Vedel School of Contemporary Music in Lviv, Ukraine, to support musicians, producers and artists who currently remain in Lviv, fighting Russian invaders in the Ukrainian Armed Forces,…

VAI Lifelong Learning | Next Week’s Events

We welcome Liza Lou as the next guest speaker in our VAI Artist Talks series. The talk takes place next Thursday (12 May) at 4pm on online via zoom. Liza Lou (b. New York, NY; lives and works in Los Angeles, CA) is an artist who for the past thirty years has made sculpture, paintings,…

Applications are Now Open for the Basic Income for the Arts Pilot Scheme

The application portal is now open for the Basic Income for the Arts Pilot Scheme. The application portal will close on the 12th of May 2022. Apply at gov.ie/BasicIncomeArts Please read the Basic Income for the Arts Pilot Scheme: Guidelines for applicants and Frequently Asked Questions are available here: Basic Income for the Arts Pilot…

Basic Income for the Arts – FAQ’s for VAI Members

The Irish Government has launched a new and pioneering pilot scheme to support artists and creative arts workers. The Basic Income for the Arts pilot scheme will examine, over a three year period, the impact of a basic income on artists and creative arts workers. Payments of €325 per week will be made to 2,000…

VAI Awards 2022: Call for Applications – Exchange!

“a residency award that provides funding for two or more artists to come together to exchange and create understanding across different cultural contexts.”

VAI Lifelong Learning | Artists Talks | Candice Breitz

We are delighted to announce Candice Breitz to our programme of guest speakers in our VAI Artist Talks series – her talk takes place at 5pm on 17 May online via zoom. Candice is a Berlin-based artist. Her moving image installations have been shown internationally. Throughout Breitz’s career, she has explored the dynamics by means…

VAI Lifelong Learning | Artist Talks | Liza Lou

We are delighted to announce Liza Lou as the next guest speaker in our VAI Artist Talks series. The talk takes place at 4pm on 12 May online via zoom. Liza Lou (b. New York, NY; lives and works in Los Angeles, CA) is an artist who for the past thirty years has made sculpture,…

VAI Lifelong Learning | This Week’s Events

In this week’s VAI Lifelong Learning offer, Glasgow School of Art’s John Thorne returns to deliver a webinar and 1-2-1 clinics on The Ethical Artist Creating Challenging, Meaningful Work in a Changing World on Tuesday 26th April at 11am (Webinar) and from 1-5pm (Clinics). The webinar will highlight best practice considerations and techniques for visual…

Gather by Niamh O’Malley | Ireland at Venice 2022 Officially Opens

Ireland at Venice 2022, the national representation of Ireland at the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia presents Gather by artist Niamh O’Malley. Gather is curated by the Temple Bar Gallery + Studios Curatorial Team, Clíodhna Shaffrey & Michael Hill Niamh O’Malley’s sculpture and moving image works hold us in the space…

VAI Lifelong Learning | Next Week’s Events

In next week’s VAI Lifelong Learning offer, Glasgow School of Art’s John Thorne returns to deliver a webinar and 1-2-1 clinics on The Ethical Artist Creating Challenging, Meaningful Work in a Changing World on Tuesday 26th April at 11am (Webinar) and from 1-5pm (Clinics). The webinar will highlight best practice considerations and techniques for visual…

Kim McAleese appointed as Director of Edinburgh Art Festival

From Edinburgh Art Festival: The UK’s largest annual festival of visual art is delighted to announce Kim McAleese as its new Director. She takes up the position ahead of the 18th edition of the festival, which returns from Thursday 28 July to Sunday 28 August 2022. Founded in 2004, Edinburgh Art Festival (EAF) is the platform for the…

VAI Lifelong Learning | Next Week’s Events

In next week’s VAI Lifelong Learning offer, we look at the challenges of how to plan your Artist career path… Focusing on Offaly, this webinar will look at opportunities for artists and creatives in the midlands, the advantages of being geographically central, and the necessity of collaborative projects in rural locations. The webinar takes place…

Arts Council (ROI) survey on the continued financial impact of Covid-19.

The Arts Council are requesting input from artists on an update to their survey on the continued financial impact of Covid-19. The survey will help them assess both the financial impacts and the challenges to arts practice and also identify the needs arising for the future. It is a follow-up to the surveys issued to…

VAI Lifelong Learning | Upcoming April Events

Following on from our March programme in Lifelong Learning which covered topics such as working with curators, the St Anne’s Park commission with Sculpture Dublin, developing a digital identity, working collaboratively and our first show and tell of the year, we have an interesting line-up of events this month. Our first live event of the…

New Event | Donegal Visual Artists Network – Friday 15 April, 1pm

The Donegal Visual Artists Network was set up in 2021 to support artist development in County Donegal. The network is led by Artlink Fort Dunree, Regional Cultural Centre (Letterkenny), Glebe House & Gallery and An Gailearaí. In this event you will hear updates from the Donegal Visual Artists Network team on current work and future opportunities…

Basic Income for the Arts pilot scheme launched by Government – Applications Open 12th April

The Irish Government has launched a new and pioneering pilot scheme to support artists and creative arts workers. The Basic Income for the Arts pilot scheme will examine, over a three year period, the impact of a basic income on artists and creative arts workers. Payments of €325 per week will be made to 2,000…

€540,000 funding for Culture Ireland’s promotion of Irish arts globally including music, literature, theatre and visual arts

From the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media: The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, today announced funding of over €540,000 by Culture Ireland for the promotion of Irish arts globally in 2022. Through Culture Ireland’s grant programme, 85 projects will be supported involving Irish circus,…

Creative Ireland awards over €1,000,000 to creative projects for older people

From the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media:   400 free concerts for residential care settings to be delivered by the Mobile Music Machine €560,000 for 16 Creativity in Older Age projects delivered by local authorities  Star-studded concert to celebrate the contribution of carers at the National Concert Hall  Today the Creative…

VAI Awards 2022: Call for Applications – Experience!

“a residency award that provides funding for two or more artists working across the generational divide to come together to share knowledge and experience”

New Culture Ireland Strategy 2022-2025 to bring contemporary Irish arts to an increased worldwide audience

From the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media: The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, launched Culture Ireland’s new Strategy 2022-2025. Culture Ireland’s new Strategy 2022-2025 is focussed on the promotion of Irish arts worldwide and takes into account recent global changes and the heightened importance…

Latest research shows 900 older people in NI care homes benefitted from art during the pandemic

From the Arts Council Northern Ireland: A research report published today (9 March 2022) by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland reveals findings from an independent evaluation of Round V of the Arts Council’s pioneering Arts and Older People Programme (AOPP). The report covers the time period January – October 2021 and shows that 900 older people…

New Event | Show & Tell – Thursday 24 March, 3-4.30pm

We are proud to announce our first Show & Tell event for 2022. This Visual Artists’ Café puts our members in the spotlight. We will hear from 6 visual artists in our online Show & Tell and we hope you can join us. Our Show & Tell format is informal and centred around creating a…

Out Now! March/April 2022 issue of The Visual Artists’ News Sheet

VAN’s March/April 2022 issue has a thematic focus on painting. Among specially commissioned feature articles, a series of Artist Interviews between painters at different career stages aims to generate expanded discussion on the nature of contemporary painting. In Member Profiles, we observe the diversity of practice among VAI members, whose primary medium is painting –…

Basic Income for the Arts Pilot Scheme – Report on the Public Consultation Published

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD has published a report on the public consultation she held in January 2022 on the Basic Income for the Arts pilot scheme. The purpose of the public consultation was to ensure the general public, artists and those working in the arts and culture…

New Event | Working With Curators – Tuesday 22 March

It is extremely beneficial for artists to have their work seen by curators. Outside of the potential for exhibitions, there is also the valuable opportunity to engage in a critical discussion of their practice. However, we do appreciate this can be a rather daunting process. What should you know and/or research in advance contacting a…

Diverse contributions of women in the revolutionary period documented on Mná 100 – a free online resource for the Decade of Centenaries

Visit www.mna100.ie this International Women’s Day Ahead of International Women’s Day, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, encourages engagement with the Mná 100 online resource and has outlined commemorative plans for the year ahead which will raise the profile of women during the revolutionary period. Minister Martin said: “Mná 100 has gone from…

Dublin Visual Artist Niamh McCann selected for Solas Nua’s Norman Houston Multi-disciplinary Commissioning Award

Solas Nua in Washington, D.C., is delighted to announce that Dublin-based visual artist Niamh McCann has been selected for Solas Nua’s inaugural Norman Houston Multi-disciplinary Commissioning Award. The Norman Houston Multi-disciplinary Commissioning Award is a bi-annual commission for a new work open to artists working in any discipline on the island of Ireland. Part of…

Hennessy Craig Award 2022 Winner Cecilia Danell

The Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts are delighted to announce that the Hennessy Craig Award 2022 of €20,000 has been awarded to Cecilia Danell. The award is made based on the overall practice of the artist and is open to any painter under the age of 35 who has exhibited in the open submission section…

2022 Emerging Curator Development Programme, new Curator announced for Kilkenny Arts Office

The Kilkenny County Council Arts Office is delighted to announce that they have recently appointed Sinéad Keogh as the fourth curator to avail of the Emerging Curator Development Programme. This programme will enable Sinéad to gain direct experience in the field of curating exhibitions with Kilkenny County Council Arts Office. Three exhibitions or projects in…

Now Open | The Free Counselling Project by MyMind Centre for Mental Wellbeing

MyMind Centre for Mental Wellbeing are leading a new initiative backed by the Department of Health, to provide free counselling and therapy to those impacted by Covid-19, including artists and creative sector workers. Despite the ongoing easing of restrictions, the pandemic continues to have lasting effects on mental health across Irish society, and particularly for…

VAI Awards 2022: Call for Applications – Experiment!

“a residency to provide time and space for the awardee to experiment within their art practice”

Upcoming VAI Events | Moving Artwork Post Brexit (3 March) + Digital Identity – Communicating Your Practice Online (4 March)

We hope you can join us for two events we’ll be hosting for artists in early March. As always, our webinar events are open to everyone to attend, with some events free for VAI members. Our two events next week will be focusing on how artists and organisations are adapting to changes: a panel discussion…

Platform Commissions Artist Announcement – 40th EVA International

EVA is pleased to announce the selected artists for the Platform Commissions programme of the 40th EVA International—Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art: Sarah Durcan, Phillip McCrilly, Sharon Phelan, Frank Sweeney, Cliodhna Timoney, and Amna Walayat. The selected artists will work with EVA International to develop projects that will then be presented as part of the…

Last Chance to Book | Exploring Budgets with Visual Artists with Annette Moloney (24 Feb)

This webinar aims to explore the sometimes tricky topic of budgeting for Visual Artists. It aims to provide outline information on figuring out budgets for applications for funding and supports, including as examples for funded projects, grant applications, bursaries and residencies etc. The session will examine a number of budget headings, which can be used…

The 192nd RHA Annual Exhibition Open Call – Closes Sunday 27 Feb

The 192nd RHA Annual Exhibition is Ireland’s largest and longest running exhibition of visual art. Open to all artists working in paint, drawing, print, sculpture, photography and architecture, the RHA Annual attracts a large public and buying audience. With sales in excess of €600,000 in 2021, the Annual is a key event of the art…

Irish Artists Gillian Fitzpatrick and Justin Donnelly in ‘The Moon Gallery’, the First Outer Space Art Gallery

The Moon Gallery is an international, collaborative art installation housing the seeds of a future, shared interplanetary culture. In collaboration with Nanoracks , powered by Voyager Space , the test payload of 64 artifacts, each no bigger than one cubic centimeter, is targeting launch aboard the NG-17 Cygnus resupply mission on February 19, 2022. The…

VAI Lifelong Learning | Next Week’s Events

In this week’s VAI Lifelong Learning offer, we look at the challenges of and how to wade through the difficult task of exploring budgets as a visual artist. Webinar & Clinics: Exploring Budgets with Visual Artists (24 Feb) Annette Maloney helps us explore the sometimes tricky topic of budgeting for Visual Artists. Her session will…

Creative Ireland Programme to be extended until 2027

Minister Martin announces government decision to extend the culture and wellbeing programme that transforms people, places and communities through creativity Today, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD announced the Government’s decision in principle to extend the Creative Ireland Programme until 2027. In 2017, Creative Ireland was launched as an…

Next Week | Artist Talk: Connolly Cleary and The Eco SHOWBOAT (17 Feb, free for VAI members)

Following on from our January webinar The Ethical Artist with John Thorne from the Glasgow School of Art, we continue the conversation of how we can make a meaningful impact for the environment through our practice. In our upcoming VAI Visual Artists Café event we hear from School of Looking artists Anne Cleary and Denis…

VAI Lifelong Learning | Upcoming February Events

Following on from our January webinar The Ethical Artist with John Thorne from the Glasgow School of Art, we continue the conversation of how we can make a meaningful impact for the environment through our practice. In our upcoming VAI Lifelong Learning event Connolly Cleary and The Eco SHOWBOAT, we hear from School of Looking…

Minister Martin, T.D., announces over €700,000 in funding for the promotion of Irish arts globally

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, today announced funding of over €700,000 by Culture Ireland for the promotion of Irish arts globally in 2022. Funding of €610,000 is to support 80 projects presenting Irish architecture, film, literature, music, theatre and the visual arts worldwide through Culture Ireland’s Grant…

January – February 2022 issue of The Visual Artists’ News Sheet

In VAN’s first issue of the year, we profile a range of exciting projects, exhibitions, screenings and festivals taking place around the country, as 2021 came to a close.   On The Cover Anthony Haughey, Anthem Art Intervention, Fort Dunree, on the Eve of the Anglo-Irish Treaty Signing, 5 December 2021; photograph by Anthony Haughey,…

Five Arts Projects To Share €250,000 ESB Brighter Future Arts Funding In Partnership With Business To Arts

€250,000 ESB Brighter Future Arts Fund, delivered in partnership with Business to Arts, to support arts and arts organisations aiming to engage communities around sustainability and the energy transition Five projects, in Carlow, Waterford, Limerick, Derry and Dublin selected from over 85 submissions across the island of Ireland.  ESB, in partnership with Business to Arts, has announced five projects…

This Week’s VAI Webinars | Pricing Your Work and Creating Video Content to Tell Your Artist Story

We’re delighted to have two webinars that are open to all to attend: Video Content to Tell Your Artist Story with Simon Mills (Wed 2 Feb) This event will provide a how to step by step guide for artists who wish to shoot, edit and create artist video content to platform their practice and work…

Dublin City North Central Area Arts Projects Information Session from Dublin City Council

Interested in arts projects planned for 2022 in the North Central Area (NCA) of Dublin City? The North Central Area is one of 5 administrative areas used by Dublin City Council to co-ordinate the delivery of services in the city. This area includes Kilbarrack, Raheny, Donaghmede, Coolock, Artane, Darndale, Clontarf, Fairview. 2022 is going to…

Sharon Kelly Awarded The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

Visual artist Sharon Kelly has recently been awarded The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant which will support the creation of new work / projects. Kelly’s practice which explores ideas around resilience, focusing on the mind-body synergy incorporates drawing, video, installation and sculpture. She is currently working with female boxers from Corinthians Boxing Club, north Dublin, as part…

Minister Catherine Martin Launches Online Consultation on Pilot Basic Income for the Arts

The Basic Income for the Arts pilot is set to open for applications early this year and will be available for artists and creative arts workers to support their practices. This online consultation offers the public the opportunity to feed into the policy development underpinning the pilot scheme. Catherine Martin TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture,…

Last Chance to Book | VAI Lifelong Learning Seminars

Last chance to book these VAI Lifelong Learning Seminars! VAI Clinic | The Ethical Artist – Creating, Challenging, Meaningful work in a Changing World (19 January) Event: The Ethical Artist – Creating, Challenging, Meaningful work in a Changing World Format: Online Clinics (Online via zoom) Date: Wednesday 19th January Time: 1pm – 5pm Description: Clinics offer focused…

Deadline Reminder | Applications Open for VAI Residency at Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris

Applications are invited for the 2022 Visual Artists Ireland Residency at Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris. The Residency is open to all members of Visual Artists Ireland working in all visual art forms at all career stages. This year VAI will provide a two month research based residency at Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. Accommodation, one…

Minister Catherine Martin publishes a progress report on the Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce recommendations

From the Department Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media: The Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce published a report, ‘Life Worth Living’, in November 2020 which included ten recommendations to assist the recovery of the arts and culture sector post-pandemic In April 2021 the Minister established an Oversight Group tasked with appraising the recommendations set…

Seasons Greetings from all of us in VAI

As we come to the close of yet another year in which we have all faced the challenges set by COVID, the VAI team would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with your dreams and desires. We will be closing for the Christmas break at 4pm on Thursday…

AIC Scheme Bursary Award 2021 Recipient Announced

From Create: Create and the Irish Local Development Network are delighted to announce Kate O’Shea as the recipient of the Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2021: Collaborative Arts and Community Development Kate is a multi-disciplinary social practice artist working across printmaking, large-scale installation, performance and publishing. Her collaborative practice builds spaces of solidarity…

£2.7 Million in Covid Support to Creative Individuals

Northern Ireland Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has released £2.7million to support creative people impacted by the pandemic. Minister Hargey said: “I am delighted that my Department, through the Arts Council, will be awarding grants to 1,433 individuals to help encourage them to remain within the creative sector here. “This sector has been seriously impacted by…

Array Collective Win Turner Prize 2021

We are beaming with pride that Belfast-based art collective, Array, have won this year’s Turner Prize – the first Northern Irish artists ever to have received the prestigious award. The jury awarded the prize to Array Collective for their hopeful and dynamic artwork which addresses urgent social and political issues affecting Northern Ireland with humour, seriousness…

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, T.D., announces almost €2 million to support the promotion of Irish arts globally

From the Department Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media: The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin T.D., announced funding of almost €2 million by Culture Ireland for the promotion of Irish arts globally in 2022. The funding is to support Irish artists, arts organisations and Irish cultural centres abroad…

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios announces Guest Curators 2022

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is pleased to announce the awarded curators from our recent Open Call for Curators as RGKSKSRG (Rachael Gilbourne and Kate Strain), and Katherine Murphy. RGKSKSRG will curate Oh My Demigod, a group exhibition that re-reads and re-tells the epic Irish story of the Táin Bó Cúailnge, particularly the role played by the young Cú…

Current Calls for Artists to provide work without a fee

It has come to our attention that artists are being approached to be part of a new national collection. The request is for work to be donated and signed over as a gift to the organising institution. The printing of the work, inclusion in a future exhibition and publication form the basis for remuneration. We…

Arts Council Announces 2022 Visual Artists Workspace Scheme Recipients

The Arts Council is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2022 Visual Artists Workspace scheme. This scheme offers grants up to a maximum of €40,000 towards the running costs of visual artists’ workspaces. It aims to support artists’ workspaces throughout the country to provide the best possible working environment for visual artists and, where…

November – December 2021 Issue of The Visual Artists’ News Sheet

VAN’s final issue of the year has just been despatched to members and arts organisations, while the digital version is now available for subscribers in the members’ area of the VAI website. You can receive a copy directly in the post, as part of VAI’s membership subscription (Professional or Associate, €25/€50 per year). Alternatively, you…

PS2 Announces New cohort of artists for our Freelands Artist Programme 2022-23

We are excited to announce the artists for the fourth and final cohort of artists of the PS² Freelands Artist Programme. This five year long initiative, funded by the Freelands Foundation, supports creative and professional development for (re)emerging artists based in Northern Ireland, and fosters long term relationships and collaborations between artists and the regional…

Liam O’Callaghan wins the 9th King Ping Pong 2021 for Abbey Studios

King Ping Pong announces its 2021 inter-art-organisation table tennis tournament was won by Liam O’Callaghan, who represented Abbey Studios, Dublin. Sixteen competitors battled it out at the tournament, which was held on 5th November in The Complex, Dublin and in addition to the championship table, included a custom-made krazy table by artist Conor O’Sullivan, which…

New Team Member: Alf Desire, VAI Services

We are delighted to welcome Alf Desire to the VAI team. Alf joins in the area of VAI services, which has responsibility for the design and delivery of events that support the professional careers of visual artists in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The service offers a wide range of professional development training and…

New $60 Million ‘Flagship Hub’ for Irish Arts Center in New York City

The New York Times has reported the opening of the new $60 million flagship building for the Irish Arts Center in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. The new space will be able to host music, theatre, dance and other performances. A visual arts exhibition curated by former Sirius Arts Centre director Miranda Driscoll has been…

Maria McKinney Awarded the Bolay Artist Residency 2021 at The Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar

The Linenhall Arts Centre is very pleased to announce visual artist Maria McKinney as the recipient of this year’s Bolay Residency. McKinney, an artist from Donegal who creates work through a range of media including sculpture, installation, photography and video was awarded the ‘On Sight’ 2020 art commission at the National Museum of Ireland –…

The VAN Podcast – Episode 6: Aideen Barry | Out Now!

The VAN Podcast is a podcast series from Visual Artists Ireland. Published every two months, The VAN Podcast features online conversations, recorded remotely, with various contributors to each issue of The Visual Artists’ News Sheet. This gives opportunities to discuss some of the ideas arising from published texts, while also offering insights into wider practice.…

€25m for Pilot Basic Income Scheme for Artists Announced in Budget 2022

The maintenance of the Arts Council funding at €130m, and €25m for a basic income scheme for artists are among the key points for the arts and culture sector announced in this year’s Budget. Highlights in Culture and Arts include: €25m to pilot a new Basic Income Guarantee scheme for artists and arts workers. Significant…

The Arts Council Announce almost €1 Million in its Festival Investment Scheme Round 1

Every year, hundreds of arts festivals in every part of the country apply to the Arts Council for assistance in organising their artistic programme. This year, the Arts Council announces €924,989 investment in Festivals taking place January to June 2022. We received 73 applications of which we were able to fund 59 Festivals across 16…

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Ready to open your doors? We can help with that. After a year of uncertainty and staying at home, VAI welcomes the return of many in-person events, exhibitions and shows. We are excited to see so many vibrant artists showing their work in galleries and exhibitions across Ireland. With so much going on so suddenly,…

September – October 2021 issue of The Visual Artists’ News Sheet

In celebration of physical encounters with art – and the role of writing in recording these experiences – this issue focuses almost exclusively on the many interesting and vibrant exhibitions taking place around the country over the last few months. Among numerous Exhibition Profiles, Mary Flanaghan interviews artist Anna Spearman about her recent solo show,…

Arts Council surveys reveal true impact of pandemic on NI’s creative sector

From The Arts Council of Northern Ireland: The Arts Council of Northern Ireland published the findings of surveys conducted with artists and arts organisations in Northern Ireland who received Emergency Funding support during the pandemic. The surveys reveal the devastating impact of the pandemic on Northern Ireland’s creative sector and the lifeline provided by public…

Get Together 2021: Ireland’s National Day for Visual Artists

Registration now open! Get Together 2021, Ireland’s National Day for Visual Artists is now spread over three days with Panel Discussions; Artists Speaking about their work; Specialist Clinics, Speed Curating, and a Keynote from Christian Jankowski. The theme for this year’s Get Together is Sustainable! Ambition! a deliberate exploitation of the multiple explanations of each…

New £5 million recovery fund opens to support individuals working in the arts and creative sectors

From The Arts Council of Northern Ireland: The Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI) and the Department for Communities (DfC), have today (Wednesday 15 September) opened a new recovery funding programme, co-designed to support individuals in the Arts and Creative sectors retain valuable skills. The Creative Individuals Recovery Programme (CIRP), worth £5 million from the…

Bank of Ireland Begin Together to support almost 100 projects and organisations across the island of Ireland

From Bank of Ireland: Over €800,000 in funding support for grassroots community groups, social enterprises and artists Social isolation prevention, groups that work with migrants, financial literacy for young people, and multi-sensory arts experiences are among almost 100 community and arts projects that will receive financial support from Bank of Ireland’s Begin Together programme. In…

Culture Night 2021 | Come Together Again

The sixteenth edition of Culture Night will take place on Friday 17 September 2021. Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir is brought to you by the Arts Council; it is a national moment, celebrating all that makes up the richness and diversity of culture in Ireland today, connecting people to cultural activities locally and nationally and…

Creative expression and new exhibitions to mark the centenary of the 1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty

From the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media: Catherine Martin T.D., Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media published a programme of events to mark the centenary of various aspects of the Anglo-Irish Treaty which was signed on the 6th December 1921.   The Programme highlights some of the key…

Belfast International Arts Festival returns centre stage this autumn

From the Arts Council NI: The 59th Belfast International Arts Festival (BIAF) has been launched with an imaginative and inspirational programme that seeks to positively contribute to the post Covid social, economic and cultural revival of the city, and more widely its artistic communities and audiences. From October 6 to November 7, over 200 uplifting,…

Megs Morley appointed head of visual art at Galway Arts Centre

The curator, public art commissioner, educator and editor, Megs Morley, has been appointed as the new head of visual art at the Galway Arts Centre. Since 2020, Ms Morley has been the curatorial research fellow for arts and social justice for create, at the National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts, Dublin. As part of her…

VAI: We’re Moving…

  Arts Council Application Preparation, Planning for this year’s Get Together, a Full Week of Life Longing Learning events, getting the Visual Artists News Sheet next edition ready, and… We are moving office! As of Wednesday, September 1st our new address will be Visual Artists Ireland The Masonry, 151-156 Thomas Street, Dublin, D08 PY5E. Phone…

Minister Martin Announces the Appointment of New Members to the Culture Ireland Expert Advisory Committee

Catherine Martin TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media announced the addition of six new members to the Culture Ireland Expert Advisory Committee. Announcing the new members of the Expert Advisory Committee, Minister Martin said: “Culture Ireland plays a vital role in building Ireland’s reputation globally through the promotion of Irish arts…

Out Now! The VAN Podcast – Episode 5: Array Collective

The VAN Podcast is a podcast series from Visual Artists Ireland, available wherever you get your podcasts, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and Soundcloud. Published every two months, The VAN Podcast comprises online conversations, recorded remotely, with various contributors to each issue of The Visual Artists’ News Sheet. This gives opportunities to discuss some…

Arts Council NI’s report highlights implications for NI arts sector following UK withdrawal from EU

From the Arts Council NI: The Arts Council of Northern Ireland published a report setting out the key changes in legislation affecting creative workers and arts organisations travelling or trading with EU counterparts. ‘EU Withdrawal: Key Changes and Implications for Northern Ireland-based Arts Organisations’ considers the impact of new rules and the steps that are…

University of Atypical launches Chris Ledger Legacy Awards in tribute to former CEO

The University of Atypical today launched The Chris Ledger Legacy Awards in memory of its much-loved former CEO who died a year ago. The Awards, which have been funded by Unlimited and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, recognise the major contribution Chris made to the Arts and cultural sector in Northern Ireland and especially her many…

Minister Martin publishes second Progress Report on the Implementation of the Audiovisual Action Plan

From the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media: The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, today published the second Progress Report on the Implementation of the Audiovisual Action Plan. The Plan was launched in June 2018 and delivers on the commitment in Pillar 4 of the…

Arts Council NI Report provides evidence of immediate need for a support fund for individual artists

A Statement from the Chair of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Liam Hannaway: The Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI) was asked by the Department for Communities (DfC) to collate evidence demonstrating the impact of Covid-19 emergency funding for individual artists in 2020/21, and to evidence the need for sectoral support funding right now.…

Bedwyr Williams selected for Ancient Connections Public Art Commission in Ferns, County Wexford

Ancient Connections is delighted to announce that internationally renowned artist Bedwyr Williams, working with Contemporary Art Society, has been selected by an expert panel and the communities to create the new piece of public art that will link Ferns, Co. Wexford with St Davids, Pembrokeshire. Bedwyr has proposed to create a series of giant beehives,…

Award winning Grafton Architects announced as principal design consultants of the €29m Crawford Art Gallery redevelopment project

From the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media: Taoiseach, Micheál Martin T.D. and Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin T.D today announced that the contract for the design for the redevelopment at the historic Crawford Art Gallery has been awarded to Grafton Architects. The overall plan provides…

CCA Derry~Londonderry shortlisted for £100,000 Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021

CCA Derry~Londonderry has been selected as one of the five finalists for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021, the world’s largest museum prize. The Centre for Contemporary Art has been exhibiting emerging artists from Northern Ireland alongside international peers since 1992. Today CCA creates opportunities for audiences to experience ambitious, experimental and engaging contemporary…

VAI Summer Gallery Guide 2021

To mark the much-anticipated reopening of galleries, museums and art centres, we have compiled a Summer Gallery Guide to inform audiences about forthcoming exhibitions happening in July and August across Ireland and Northern Ireland. These exhibition details have been collated based on organisational websites and correspondence. All information was correct at the time of writing;…

€11.5m Covid Support Scheme for Events-Sector Businesses Announced

Tánaiste & Minister Martin Launch €11.5m Covid Support Scheme for Events-Sector Businesses Up to €50,000 available for SMEs involved in concerts, sport, cultural events, conferences or trade shows The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar and Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin today (Thursday, 15 July…

New Arts Council Collection Acquisitions – 2021

The Arts Council is delighted to announce that it has added 30 artworks to its Collection which will be seen by audiences across Ireland in coming years. The artists whose work has now been added to the Collection are David Beattie, Myrid Carten, Brian Fay, Laura Fitzgerald, Ann Maria Healy, Austin Ivers, John Lalor, Leanne McDonagh,…

Ormston House announces artists for River Residencies

Ormston House is delighted to announce the artists for the River Residencies following an international open call. The River Residencies will bring together artists and rural communities including boat-builders, folklorists, Geopark guides, historians, swimmers, citizen scientists and other catchment custodians, in partnership with four local authorities along the River Shannon. Cavan Arts Office will host boredomresearch in…

Arts Council invests €3m in its Creative Places Programme

Arts Council has expanded its Creative Places programme nationally to invest in places which have not benefitted from sustained arts investment before. Expanding from its pilot programme in Tuam, the new places include Athy (Kildare), Bagenalstown (Carlow), Darndale, (North Dublin), Edenderry (Offaly) and the West Cork Islands for three year programmes, while Shannon (Clare), Iveragh…

Reminder: VAI Survey on Artists Payments and Workplace

VAI is updating to our research into the real impact and experience of the Artists’ Payments Guidelines. Rob (Hilken) and Shelly (McDonnell) have been working on putting together a questionnaire to capture the information that we need to continue our advocacy work in that area. Many have filled it out already, and a huge thank…

Minister Martin approves over €147k in funding for cross-border cultural projects under Cooperation with Northern Ireland Scheme 2021

From Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Published on 23 June 2021 The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, has today announced funding of €147,500 for 13 projects to support cultural projects with significant cross-border elements under the Cooperation with Northern Ireland Scheme 2021. The Cooperation with Northern…

Minister Martin announces funding for Small Scale Local Festivals and Summer Schools

he Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin T.D. has today announced a funding allocation of €96,391 for 28 events to support Small Scale Local Festivals and Summer Schools taking place around Ireland in 2021. The scheme is designed to assist local cultural events which may not be eligible under funding…

Arts Council issue COVID-19 Guidance Document to help Festival and Event Organisers

The Arts Council and Fáilte Ireland have come together in partnership to develop guidelines in line with the government’s COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery 2021 — The Path Ahead to help festival and event organisers minimise the risk of the transmission of COVID-19 at festivals and individual events, and to rebuild confidence and trust among attendees. The Main Guidance Document…

Catherine Martin, T.D. Announces Recipients of Culture Ireland Funding – April 2021

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin T.D., announced funding of €455,000 by Culture Ireland for the promotion of Irish arts globally in 2021 and 2022. The funding is to support 51 projects presenting Irish film, literature, music, theatre and the visual arts worldwide and includes a special focus on…

Nina Oltarzewska Receives University of Atypical 2021 Graduate Award

University of Atypical 2021 Graduate Award, in association with Ulster University, has been awarded to Nina Oltarzewska. Nina will receive a prize of £300 towards her professional development and support from the University of Atypical. The annual UofA Graduate Award supports an exceptional d/Deaf, disabled and neurodiverse artist at the beginning of their professional career.…

Visual Artists Ireland welcomes new Board of Trustee member, Maeve Jennings

VAI welcomes Maeve Jennings as an external expert in the areas of cultural structural development and international Strategic Development Goals to the Board of Trustees.

Basic Income Guarantee Pilot Scheme for Artists Announced as part of National Economic Recovery Plan

VAI welcomes the announcement that a Basic Income Guarantee pilot scheme for artists will be part of the government’s recovery plan. Speaking following today’s Cabinet meeting, Catherine Martin TD said that she was delighted to confirm that in the National Economic Recovery Plan announced today, she has secured a commitment for Government to prioritise a…

Northern Ireland Culture, Arts and Heritage Recovery Taskforce Survey

The Minister for Communities has established a Culture, Arts & Heritage Recovery Taskforce in response to COVID-19, to consider measures to support re-opening and recovery of the sector in the short-term, paving the way for a longer term strategy for culture, the arts and heritage.  The Taskforce has been asked to consider measures: to support the…

Out Now! The VAN Podcast – Episode 4: Elaine Hoey

The VAN Podcast is a podcast series from Visual Artists Ireland. Published every two months, The VAN Podcast comprises online conversations, recorded remotely, with various contributors to each issue of The Visual Artists’ News Sheet. This gives opportunities to discuss some of the ideas arising from published texts, while also offering insights into wider practice.…

A New Neon Commission for the National Sculpture Factory

From the National Sculpture Factory: The National Sculpture Factory in association with Cork Midsummer Festival have commissioned a new public artwork by artist Eimear Walshe, entitled The Land for the People. Title : The Land for the People Artist : Eimear Walshe Date : Launch at 11:00pm Mon 21st June Venue : National Sculpture Factory Launch : Tune in…

Arts Council Artist Survey 2021

This survey is issued by the Arts Council. It seeks to improve our understanding of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on artists in 2020. It is a follow up to the survey we issued in April 2020 at the start of the COVID-19 crisis – key findings of which are published on our website – which…

Catherine Martin T.D. launches Ireland’s Representation at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2021

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin T.D. launched Ireland’s Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale on Thursday, 20th May 2021. This year Ireland is represented by Annex, a multi-disciplinary research and design collective, comprised of a core team of architects, artists, and urbanists who are presenting an exhibition entitled…

Save the Date – Public Art Now Conversations (24-26 June)

Public Art Now Conversations is an exciting new online event exploring the changing landscape of Public Art now and in the coming decades, June 24-26, 2021. Technological University Dublin and the Grangegorman Development Agency are delighted to invite your attendance as part of Public Art Now Conversations; a structured programme of six online conversations led…

Has the artist been paid? VAI Artist Payment Survey 2021 – Open Now!

Visual Artists Ireland continue to campaign for better pay for artists. We are currently doing some work on our Artist Payment Guidelines, and we would like to ask for your help to make them better. Has the artist been paid?: Take Survey 2021 here As always, we are working on quite a variety of events…

The May – June 2021 issue of The Visual Artists’ News Sheet

Welcome to the May-June issue of The Visual Artists’ News Sheet. In columns in this issue, Cornelius Browne considers the historical rejection of exhibitions by outsider artists in his Plein Air column for this issue. Conversely, tasked with developing a large-scale exhibition during a global pandemic, Niamh O’Malley outlines ongoing preparations for Ireland at Venice…

Turner Prize Shortlist Announced

Tate Britain today announced the shortlist for Turner Prize 2021: Array Collective, Black Obsidian Sound System, Cooking Sections, Gentle/Radical, and Project Art Works. An exhibition of their work will be held at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry from 29 September 2021 to 12 January 2022 as part of the UK City of…

Creating Time Awards 2020/21

First series of Unlimited grants awarded to d/Deaf, Disabled and Neurodivergent Artists Winner of The Voice, Andrea Begley, is one of 11 d/Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists to be awarded £1,000 by a new grant programme run by the University of Atypical. The Creating Time Awards is the first in a series of grant programmes…

New 2021 Programme for the Decade of Centenaries including a permanent new 20th Century History of Ireland exhibition

From the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media: Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Minister Catherine Martin announce 2021 Programme for the Decade of Centenaries including a permanent new 20th Century History of Ireland exhibition Cultural Institutions and Creativity take centre stage in the Government’s commemoration programme featuring: Investment in new…

Last Chance to Book | Per Cent for Art Scheme Applications (4 May)

Workshop: Per Cent for Art Scheme applications (online) Visual Artists Ireland in Partnership  with Wexford Arts Office is hosting  a one day webinar on Per Cent for Art and opportunities for emerging and established artists. Date: 4th May, 2021 Morning Workshop Time: 11am – 12.30pm   Presenter: Maeve Mulreannn Workshop description: This  workshop on   Per Cent…

Jan/Feb/March Webinar Recordings Now Available to VAI Members

VAI Webinar’s and online events have been very popular with thousands of places booked. We have found them to be a great way to stay connected with artists and to provide some practical support. If you missed out on some of the events you can now watch the recordings in the Members Area of our…

Minister Martin Announces the Addition of a Significant Body of Contemporary Artworks to the National Collection

Minister Catherine Martin announces that 422 artworks by 70 artists will be added to the National Collection thanks to the €1m fund provided to the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) and the Crawford Art Gallery in October 2020.   The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media has been working with the…

Recipients of Exploring and Thinking Bursary Award Announced

The four Dublin Local Authorities South Dublin County Council, Fingal County Council, Dublin City Council, and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council have announced this year’s recipients of the Exploring & Thinking Bursary. The Awards will support individual professional artists to develop their artistic practice working with and/or producing work for early childhood arts. Early childhood arts…

Minister Announces 5 Recipients of Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 Programme Artist Residencies

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin T.D. has announced 5 selected artists-in-residence under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 Programme. The Department scheme underpinning the selection is a partnership with the National Museum of Ireland (NMI), the National Library of Ireland (NLI), the National Archives, the Military Archives and Beyond 2022|Ireland’s…

Two New Bursaries in the Visual Arts: The Anita Young Bursaries for Mid-Career Artists

From the Tyrone Guthrie Centre: The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig are proud to announce the Anita Young Bursaries for Mid-Career Painters, in association with the RHA Gallery and the Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast. Watercolour artist, Anita Young, was born in Mansfield, England, and trained at the Central School of Art and Design in London.v…

Arts Council Announces Funding Worth More Than €1 million for Four Innovative Arts Projects

From the Arts Council: Four large-scale, innovative arts projects for audiences in every part of Ireland have received funding of more than €1 million from the Arts Council, with planning and preparation already begun in anticipation of the end of the Covid-19 pandemic. The government agency for funding and developing the arts said the awards…

2021 Recipients of the Visual Artists Ireland / Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris Residency

We are delighted to announce the 2021 recipients of the Visual Artists Ireland / Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris residency are:⁠ ⁠ Mick O’Shea & Irene Murphy⁠ ⁠ and⁠ ⁠ Abigail O’Brien⁠ ⁠ Congratulations to all three artists whose applications outlined exciting and considered projects that we will be talking more about as they undertake their…

Out Now! The VAN Podcast – Episode 3: Nathan O’Donnell and Marysia Wieckiewicz-Carroll

The VAN Podcast is a podcast series from Visual Artists Ireland. Published every two months, The VAN Podcast comprises online conversations, recorded remotely, with various contributors to each issue of The Visual Artists’ News Sheet (VAN). This gives opportunities to discuss some of the ideas arising from published texts, while also offering insights into wider…

Minister Martin announces Markievicz Award recipients for 2021

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, today announced the 10 new recipients of the Decade of Centenaries Markievicz Award bursary scheme for artists.  The Markievicz Award is intended to support artists to develop their craft and ultimately produce great art that recognises and commemorates the role of women…

IMMA announces its 30th Birthday Programme

A new programme, IMMA Outdoors, that activates the grounds with artist commissions, events, collaborations, social distanced spaces and cafés, creating a new radically public space for visitors to safely engage with IMMA, is part of a rich and extensive 30th Birthday programme at IMMA, announced today (Thursday 8 April 2021). IMMA’s 2021 programme also presents…

Winners of the 2021 Golden Fleece Award Announced

The Trustees are delighted to announce the winners of the 2021 Golden Fleece Award are Aideen Barry, Bassam Al-Sabah, Maria McKinney, Lorna Donlon, Laura Fitzgerald and Sinéad O’Dwyer. The announcement was made in a special video presentation celebrating twenty years of the Golden Fleece Trust and includes wonderful interviews with the artists: view here. Each…

Centre Culturel Irlandais Residency Recipients Announced

Nora Hickey M’Sichili, director of the Centre Culturel Irlandais, is delighted to announce the recipients of residencies for the Centre’s 2021-2022 programme. “In these times of uncertainty, CCI is more committed than ever to supporting Irish artists and welcoming them to Paris. Together with offering precious time to concentrate wholly on their work, our residencies…

Permanent Public Arts Space to be Created in Galway City as part of Major Redevelopment Project

Galway city is to get a long-awaited permanent civic arts space as part of a planned redevelopment of its major post office. An Post announced on Wednesday that it had tasked agents Cushman & Wakefield with a competitive tender to redevelop the landholding at the junction of Eglinton Street and William Street in Galway City Centre. The…

Science Foundation Ireland Launches the STEAM Art Collaboration

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has launched the STEAM Art Collaboration. This new initiative aims to inspire and engage primary school students, and the public, with research through the commission of five artworks which unite the disciplines of art and science. Artists Shevaun Doherty, Ed Devane, 1iing Heaney, Peter Nash and David Beattie were chosen following…

The Golden Fleece Award 2021 Announcement

The winners of the 20th anniversary Golden Fleece Award will be announced 6pm, Wednesday 31 March. Watch the announcement and view the shortlist here. The Golden Fleece Award supports artists and creative practitioners working across all visual art, craft and applied arts disciplines. Since its inception in 2002, over one hundred applicants have been shortlisted…

VISUAL Carlow Announces Artists for the Residency Programme 2021

VISUAL Carlow are delighted to announce the launch of their new and ambitious Artist Development and Support Programme for 2021, delivered in partnership with Carlow County Council Arts Office and supported by the Arts Council of Ireland. Throughout 2021 VISUAL will support several artists, curators, and arts practitioners in the development of their practice and…

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios announces the Recent Graduate Residency Artist 2021

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is pleased to announce that Michelle Malone is the recipient of the Recent Graduate Residency 2021. We look forward to working with Michelle throughout the year ahead and to support her in developing her practice within the creative community of artists and the administrative team working from TBG+S. Michelle Malone’s…

March-April 2021 Issue of The Visual Artists’ News Sheet

As galleries and museums across Ireland and Northern Ireland remain closed to the public, we have once again had to temporarily shift our focus away from physical exhibitions. VAN’s March – April 2021 issue is loosely themed around artist publishing activities, while also covering a timely range of online film screenings and moving image programmes.…

FUTURES: Irish Talents 2021 Announced

The 5 Irish artists selected to join the platform in 2021 are Aoife Herrity, Audrey Gillespie, Clare Lyons, Jialin Long, and Mark Duffy. They will join the platform’s activities to present their work to international professionals and to network, amongst other opportunities that will be developed for them, including exhibitions, publishing opportunities, portfolio reviews, and more. Aoife Herrity…

Sculpture Dublin – Ballyfermot Commission: Public Update

Sculpture Dublin is inviting local people in Ballyfermot to an online public meeting to hear more about the planned sculpture commission in Ballyfermot. In 2021, the grassy area beside Ballyfermot Community Civic Centre will be transformed into a ‘people’s park’ – a free, open, democratic, inviting green space for the benefit of its local community.…

ACNI Digital Survey

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI) is the development and funding agency for the Arts in Northern Ireland. We distribute public money and National Lottery funds to develop and deliver a wide variety of arts projects, events and initiatives across Northern Ireland. The Arts Council has developed this survey for arts organisations to determine which key…

Exterior Artwork Commission Awarded at VISUAL Carlow

The commission to create an art work for the exterior of VISUAL’s iconic building has been awarded to Sky Fold, a project by architects Emmett Scanlon, Jeffrey Bolhuis and Laurence Lord (AP+E). Sky Fold was selected from a very competitive national call to artists and architects. Due to the Covid 19 restrictions we have had to…

PLATFORM 31 Artist Bursary Scheme Announced

PLATFORM 31 is a nationwide artist development scheme by the 31 Local Authority Arts Offices, in collaboration with the Arts Council. 31 artists representing every Local Authority in Ireland have been announced as the recipients of the inaugural PLATFORM 31, a bursary for artists to develop their practice and test new ideas of collaboration, research,…

Minister Martin announces Details of SEODA – Culture Ireland’s Global Online Arts Festival

Minister Catherine Martin T.D. has announced details of Culture Ireland’s online festival for mid-March which is designed to celebrate Irish arts worldwide at a time when Irish artists normally travel the globe, presenting and sharing our culture on international stages. The festival, entitled SEODA, meaning jewels, includes many of Ireland’s finest artists and companies and…

Surviving or Thriving? Online Series to support the wellbeing of arts professionals – Waterford Healing Arts Trust and Arts Council

Surviving or Thriving? Arts Council and Waterford Healing Arts Trust announce innovative online series to support the wellbeing of the arts sector in Ireland The Arts Council/An Comhairle Ealaíon and Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) have announced details of an innovative new online series designed to support the wellbeing of arts professionals in Ireland, with…

Business to Arts Awards 2021 Shortlist Announced

The 29th Business to Arts Awards Shortlist showcases a diverse range of partnerships across Ireland, many of which have evolved significantly due to Covid-19. The Awards recognise industry-leading creative partnerships. The shortlist includes best-practice in sponsorship, staff engagement, commissioning, philanthropy, CSR initiatives and community engagement with the arts. We congratulate the short-listed nominations in each category,…

Void Gallery Announces Move to New Location

Void Gallery is delighted to announce that in April 2021 it will move to a dedicated exhibition space in the heart of Derry city. This exciting move will enable Void to bring its visual arts programme to a wider audience. Void’s new home will be located at the foot of the Derry Walls, at 10…

Liberties Creative Campus – Dublin City Council

Dublin City Council is consulting on the feasibility of ambitious plans to bring forward a “creative campus” in the heart of the Liberties area of Dublin 8. The proposals are part of an Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF) regeneration project that aims to deliver new workspace for artists within the city. In total three…

2021 Golden Fleece Award Shortlist Announced

Ten applicants have been shortlisted for the 2021 Golden Fleece Award, worth €60,000. The Trustees of the Golden Fleece Award are delighted to announce the shortlist of artists and makers qualifying for the 2021 Award. Those shortlisted are: Aideen Barry (multimedia / sculpture / installation), Bassam Al-Sabah (multimedia / CGI filmmaking), Fiona Byrne (glass), Izzy O’Reilly (fashion design), Jennifer Hickey (ceramic sculpture), Laura Fitzgerald (painting / installation…

Sara Greavu announced as new Curator of Visual Arts at Project Arts Centre

Project Arts Centre is delighted to announce that Sara Greavu will join the team as Curator of Visual Arts from April 2021. Following the hugely successful programme of Curator Lívia Páldi, which not only made an active reach into Project’s rich history, but brought unique international visions to Dublin, Project are delighted to welcome Sara…

Re-Imagining Our Outdoor Public Spaces | Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, today announced a new funding scheme to help local authorities open up and create public spaces and facilities dedicated to the arts, culture and festivals. The scheme will be known as the Outdoor Public Space Scheme 2021. The support will allow each…

The VAN Podcast | Episode 2: NINE Artist Collective and The Angelica Network

The VAN Podcast is a podcast series from Visual Artists Ireland. Published every two months, The VAN Podcast comprises online conversations, recorded remotely, with various contributors to each issue of The Visual Artists’ News Sheet. This gives opportunities to discuss some of the ideas arising from published texts, while also offering insights into wider practice.…

Art Book Release from PS² | HARDCORE VANILLA RAIN by Jennifer Mehigan

PS², Belfast, presents this project by Jennifer Mehigan, HARDCORE VANILLA RAIN, which was adapted as the Covid restrictions changed during the research and preparation time. Instead of a physical installation which visitors would have been able to encounter, the artist reshaped the concept to the ‘traditional’ media form of a printed publication with inserted samples…

Last Chance to Book | Show and Tell – Artist Registration (Focus: Co. Kilkenny based artists)

This Visual Artists’ Café will put our Co. Kilkenny based members in the spotlight in a ‘show & tell’ format. Featured will be 6 artists giving 6 different snapshots of the Kilkenny based Visual Artist in 2020 and beyond; work, motivations, challenges and acclimation. What we experienced. What we learned. We hope you can join…

Rua Red Announces Magdalene Series for 2021

Launching this summer at Rua Red, the Magdalene Series; a programme of exhibitions, interventions, performances and events curated by Rua Red Director/Curator Maolíosa Boyle. The series features five of Ireland’s leading artists: Amanda Coogan, Alice Maher, Rachel Fallon, Jesse Jones, and Grace Dyas. Rua Red commissioned the five artists to research and produce new work…

Last Chance to Book | Thinking Outside the Box (11 Feb)

CREATING AND CURATING SPACES (THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX) One of the most common questions we get is “how can I get an exhibition?” Networking and building a relationship with galleries is important but may take several years to pay off. Open calls might only select 10% of submissions. The approach we will look at here…

Arts Council announces more than 30 funding opportunities for 2021

The Arts Council has announced more than 30 awards and funding schemes for 2021, designed to give to a wide range of artists and arts organisations the opportunity to apply for support. The state agency for funding and developing the arts said it was publishing the opening and closing dates for all of its schemes…

Last Chance to Book | Thinking Outside the Box (11 Feb)

One of the most common questions we get is “how can I get an exhibition?” Networking and building a relationship with galleries is important but may take several years to pay off. Open calls might only select 10% of submissions. The approach we will look at here is to think outside the box and create…

Survey for new Arts and Digital Hub in Belfast

Belfast South Community Resource (BSCR) are seeking funding from The Executive Office, Urban Villages Initiative, to build an Arts and Digital Hub, containing an Arts Studio and Digital Space. The Executive Office would like to understand your views on this project. Please find attached a link to a short survey for the proposed new Arts…

Last Chance to Book | Visual Artists Café – Artist Led Initiatives (2 Feb.)

‘What is an artist led initiative? How are they established? And what are the benefits of working this way? We explore the ups and downs, high and lows, the nuts and bolts with some of Ireland’s leading working examples. This week’s Visual Artists Café is in collaboration with South Dublin County Council Arts Office. We will welcome…

CCA Derry~Londonderry Awarded Art Fund Respond and Reimagine Grant

CCA Derry~Londonderry has secured funding through a Respond and Reimagine grant to facilitate a website upgrade and deliver a dynamic online programme of events in 2021. With this grant, CCA Derry~Londonderry are working with NI-based digital agency Myth to update and modernise their website to make it fully functional, accessible and capable of hosting an…

Arts Council Northern Ireland publishes findings from its 2019/20 Annual Funding Survey

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland today published findings from a survey of 97 arts and culture organisations in receipt of funding through its Annual Funding Programme. The survey collects data on organisation staffing, financial statements (income and expenditure), numbers of performances, participation based events, exhibitions and festivals. It also records details of known and…

Minister Martin Announces Payment of Additional €1.9m to the Arts Council

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, announced that she has approved the payment of an additional €1.9m to the Arts Council. This funding is in addition to previously additional allocations of €25 million to the Arts Council which was designed to help alleviate the effects on the arts…

Deadline Approaching to Apply for VAI Residency at Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris

Applications are invited for the 2021 Visual Artists Ireland Residency at Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris. The Residency is open to all members of Visual Artists Ireland working in all visual art forms at all career stages. This year VAI will provide a two month research based residency at Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. Accommodation, one…

Arrangements in place to pay PUP to people who lose their job between now and the New Year

The Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys, TD, announced that arrangements are in place to process new applications made by people for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment over the Christmas period. Minister Humphreys informed today’s Cabinet meeting of the measures that she has put in place to ensure that those who require PUP income support will,…

November/December Webinar Recordings Now Available to Members

Our Webinar’s and online events over the last few months have been very popular with thousands of places booked. We have found them to be a great way to stay connected with artists and to provide some practical support. If you missed out on some of the events you can now watch the recordings in…

Maeve Mulrennan Joins Cork County Council Arts Office

Cork County Council Arts Office are delighted to welcome Maeve Mulrennan who has joined as Assistant Arts Officer. In this role she will be working with the Library and Arts Services team to develop and produce creative engagement opportunities for people living in the County. This will include the Cork County Creative Ireland Programme and…

Appointment of Cultural Officers in London and New York under Global Ireland 2025

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, T.D., announced the appointment of two specialist Cultural Officers, one in London and one in New York, under the Government’s Global Ireland 2025 strategy. These appointments are a key action to widen and deepen Ireland’s global cultural presence and engagement in these priority…

Arts Council Invests €7 million in 530 Artists Across Ireland

More than 530 artists across 27 counties and overseas have received a Bursary Award, the Arts Council has said. The grants of up to €20,000 will help musicians, actors, writers, dancers, filmmakers, and visual and other artists develop their art. The state agency for funding and developing the arts said that, in response to the…

VAN Podcast – Episode 1: Cornelius Browne and Frank Wasser

The VAN Podcast is a new podcast series from Visual Artists Ireland, hosted by Joanne Laws, Features Editor of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet (VAN). Published every two months, The VAN Podcast comprises online conversations, recorded remotely, with various contributors to each issue of the VAN. This gives opportunities to discuss some of the ideas…

European Study on Artists’ Working Conditions Published

The European Commission and stakeholders published a new study that sheds light on the status and working conditions of artists, cultural and creative professionals. The study looks at characteristics of employment of artists and cultural and creative professionals in EU Member States with regard to: artist status and entitlements social security self-employment support ecosystems and alternative financing…

Artists Announced for PS² Freelands Artist Programme 2021-2022

PS² is delighted to announce the names of the third cohort of artists who will participate in the programme over the next two years: Myrid Carten, Phillip McCrilly, Helouise O’Reilly, Robin Price and Jonathan Ross. The PS² Freelands Artist Programme is an initiative funded by the Freelands Foundation that supports creative and professional development for…

Arts Council Awards 94 Commissions to Artists and Organisations Across Ireland

The Irish emigrant experience, the female munitions workers of the First World War, children’s curiosity for nature, and dance during the pandemic feature among 94 new commissions announced the Arts Council this week. The investment, worth a total of €1.3 million across 20 counties, means that artists will partner with arts organisations to create new…

Creative Ireland Programme and Dublin City Council Announce Diversity Commissions

Gallery of Photography Ireland have announced the five talented artists that have been commissioned to produce new artworks that creatively reflect diverse communities in Dublin city. The initiative is supported by the Creative Ireland Programme and Dublin City Council and is being curated by Gallery of Photography Ireland. “We are delighted to partner with Creative…

Golden Thread Gallery Launches Buy Local Art Campaign

Artists deconstruct the taken-for-granted narratives of our lives, our histories and our beliefs. Golden Thread Gallery is deeply connected to local visual artists, and they’ve seen over this past year how many of them faced losing livelihoods, as galleries, museums and shops closed, exhibitions and art fairs were cancelled, and many of the ways in…

Ten Artists Awarded Studios at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is pleased to announce the awarded artists from our open calls for Three Year Membership Studios and Project Studios. Three Year Membership Studios have been awarded to David Beattie, Jenny Brady, Forerunner (Tanad Aaron and Andreas Kindler von Knobloch), Mairead O’hEocha, Tamsin Snow. Project Studios have been awarded to Léann Herlihy, Eleanor McCaughey, Rajinder Singh, Suzanne Walsh. Three Year…

Creative Places Tuam Seeding Funds Announced

Creative Places Tuam are delighted to announce the recipients of the Creative Places Tuam Seeding Fund. This fund was established in order to respond to the challenge posed by Covid 19 to artists and communities alike. The Seeding Fund enables individuals and groups to fund research or projects that will happen in and benefit the…

Artists’ Awards Announced at 190th RHA Annual Exhibition

The RHA are delighted to announce that artists’ awards contributing to a generous prize fund of over €52,500 have been awarded to artists exhibiting in the 190th RHA Annual Exhibition. The Academy remains indebted to the many generous sponsors who make this prize fund possible. The value of financial awards such as the RCSI Art…

Creative Ireland Bursaries Awarded in Wexford County

The Creative Ireland Programme has awarded 9 bursaries totalling €43,572 to artists across County Wexford with each artist receiving an average of €5,000. Wexford County Council, in association with Creative Ireland, is supporting a broad programme of events as part of Wexford’s Creative Ireland Culture and Creativity Strategy from 2018 – 2022 which encompasses the…

78,759 Euro offered in Capital Funding to 10 Visual Arts Organisations for essential maintenance and repairs

78,759 Euro has been offered in Capital Funding to 10 Visual Arts Organisations to assist them with essential maintenance and repairs.

Arts Council Northern Ireland Announce Recipients of SIAP Funding

The Arts Council has announced details of 242 artists to receive funding through its Support for Individual Artists Programme (SIAP). The funding package, worth almost £475,000, has been made possible thanks to the National Lottery and will provide vital support to artists working across all disciplines, including visual arts, literature, music and community arts. Artists…

Sandra Johnston Announced as Recipient of the O’Malley Visual Arts Award 2020

The Irish American Institute and the Judges for the 2020 O’Malley Visual Arts Award Christina Kennedy, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Donal Maguire, National Gallery of Ireland and Catherine Marshall, art historian, writer and curator are pleased to announce that Sandra Johnston has been selected as the 23rd winner of the O’Malley Visual Arts Award.…

Aosdána Elects 12 New Members

Aosdána, the affiliation of creative artists in Ireland, elects 12 new members. The 12 newly elected members are: Kevin Barry (Literature); Gerard Byrne (Visual Art); Pat Collins (Visual Art); Jim Doherty (Music); Margo Harkin (Visual Art); Martin Lynch (Literature); Gina Moxley (Literature); Valerie Mulvin (Architecture); Mairead O’hEocha (Visual Art); Arthur Riordan (Literature); Liz Roche (Choreography);…

September Webinar Recordings Now Available to Members

Our Webinar’s and online events over the last few months have been very popular with thousands of places booked. We have found them to be a great way to stay connected with artists and to provide some practical support. If you missed out on some of the events you can now watch the recordings in…

TULCA Announce 2020 Festival Programme – The Law is a White Dog

TULCA Festival of Visual Arts announces its 2020 festival programme, titled The Law is a White Dog, curated by Sarah Browne. Contributors to The Law is a White Dog are artists, poets, lawyers and activists: AM Baggs, Éric Baudelaire, Rossella Biscotti, Caroline Campbell (Loitering Theatre), Maud Craigie, Máiréad Enright, Forerunner (Tanad Williams and Andreas Kindler von Knobloch), Michael Holly,…

Bursaries Awarded to 57 Gaeltacht Artists

Ealaín na Gaeltachta has awarded bursaries of up to €6,000 to 57 Gaeltacht artists, totalling €280,000. These include writers, musicians, visual artists, dancers, storytellers, theatre makers and filmmakers, established and emerging artists in the contemporary and traditional arts, whose audiences spread far beyond our Gaeltacht regions. With the Gaeltacht arts sector hit hard by the…

IMMA and the Crawford Art Gallery Receive €1million Fund to Purchase Artworks

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, announced that significant funding of €1 million has been approved for two National Cultural Institutions, the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Crawford Art Gallery. The funding will enable the acquisition of artworks to support Irish artists in these very difficult…

Arts Council Funding increased to €130 million in Budget 2021

We welcome the announcement by the Government of €130 million in funding for the Arts Council in 2021. This is the highest budget ever allocated to the Arts Council and an increase of over €50 million on the 2020 budget of €75 million. In a statement the Arts Council have said the investment would be used…

New Art and Ageing Programme Launched at IMMA in partnership with Creative Ireland

The Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin T.D. announced the launch of a new partnership between the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) and Creative Ireland. The partnership is focused on expanding arts programming for older people as we deal with the impact of cocooning and social distancing measures…

Ciara Moloney announced as PS² Freelands Artist Programme Curator 2020-2022

PS² (Belfast) have announced the appointment of Ciara Moloney as the Curator of the Freelands Artist Programme 2020-2022. The PS² Freelands Artist Programme is an initiative funded by the Freelands Foundation that supports creative and professional development for emerging artists based in Northern Ireland, and fosters long term relationships and collaborations between artists and arts organisations.…

Niamh O’Malley with Temple Bar Gallery + Studios to represent Ireland at the 59th Venice Art Biennale in 2022

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media Catherine Martin announced the selection of artist, Niamh O’Malley with Temple Bar Gallery + Studios as the curator will represent Ireland at the 59th Venice Art Biennale in 2022. The Venice Arts Biennale is one of the most important international platforms for the visual arts,…

VAI is Hiring: News Provision Role – Full Time, 3 Year Contract

We are looking for an experienced professional with excellent communication skills and a positive attitude to join the Visual Artists Ireland team in the role of News Provision. The role will facilitate the delivery of the news content of The Visual Artists News Sheet, twice weekly and monthly versions of the eBulletin, and VAI’s online…

Meadhbh McNutt announced as winner of the DCC/VAI Art Writing Award 2020

Visual Artists Ireland, in partnership with Dublin City Council’s The LAB Gallery, are delighted to announce Meadhbh McNutt as the winner of the DCC/VAI Art Writing Award 2020. McNutt’s winning essay, focusing on the critical discourse surrounding online exhibitions, will be published in the November/December 2020 issue of The Visual Artists’ News Sheet. She will…

£29m in Covid-19 Funding Announced to Support Northern Ireland’s Arts Sector

£29m in Covid-19 funding to support Northern Ireland’s arts sector has been approved by the Stormont Executive. It was signed off by ministers as part of a wider £165m financial package on Thursday. There have been devastating financial consequences for all working in and around the arts because of venue closures, the restrictions of social…

Culture Night 2020 | Friday 18 September, Connecting through Culture

This year, for the first time, the Arts Council takes on the stewardship of Culture Night, now in its 15th year. The programme is a mixture of online, broadcast and in person events and experiences taking place right across the country created with the support of local authorities, arts organisations and artists. In a year…

New Art Space in Kilkenny: The Brown Mountain Diamond

The Brown Mountain Diamond is a fledgling art initiative homed in a farm complex in rural Co. Kilkenny, Ireland. The project is founded, owned and operated by visual artist Carl Giffney. It takes much of its ethos and methodology from previous art projects including The Good Hatchery (co-founder / 2007-2016) and Frontiers in Retreat (participant /…

Arts Grants / Bursaries Information Sessions – Dublin City Council

Arts Grants / Bursaries are changing to respond to new Opportunities and Challenges. In addition to the annual general information session, there are significant new changes proposed to Dublin City Council Arts Grants / Bursaries this year. This follows on a review of Arts Grants by the Arts Office with the support of the elected…

Aram Wahhoud Awarded Lismore Castle Arts Stableyard Studio Award

Lismore Castle Arts have announced visual artists Aram Wahhoud as the recipient of the inaugural Stableyard Studio Award. This award aims to support artists in their practice, and mainly to provide space for artists who have had difficulty in finding a space since the pandemic. The award covers the rent and bills of the studio.…

Paddy Campbell Awarded Giotto e l’Angelico Prize

Irish sculptor Paddy Campbell has become the first non-Italian winner of a prestigious annual award for contribution to cultural life in the Tuscan region. The Giotto e l’Angelico prize, which is of national artistic significance in Italy, is awarded by the Association of Giotto and Angelico to a person they consider to have made an…

Department of Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht Issue Clarification on New Measures

On 18 August 2020, the Government announced additional measures in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, including the following for Cultural and social activities: they should close by 11.30pm all customer facing staff to wear face coverings all customers to wear face coverings until seated and again on departure they are required to…

Galway 2020 Reimagined Programme Announced

Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture made the decision not to proceed with live events scheduled from mid-March onwards, in response to public health guidelines and in the interests of public health. However, despite these challenging times, Galway 2020 has remained committed to the recovery and sustainability of the sector and our incredible artists and…

Culture Ireland Announce Recipients of €400,000 in Funding

The Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin T.D., has announced over €400,000 in funding for the promotion of Irish arts globally. Minister Martin, announced funding of over €400,000 for the promotion of Irish arts globally in 2020 and into 2021 by Culture Ireland. The funding is to support Irish…

Zurich Portrait Prize Shortlist Announced by National Gallery of Ireland

From more than one thousand entries, the shortlists of both the 2020 Zurich Portrait Prize and Zurich Young Portrait Prize have been announced by the National Gallery of Ireland. 26 artists, working across a variety of different media, have made it through to the final stage of the Zurich Portrait Prize. The winner of the…

The Unseen Shows Podcast – Episode 7: Róisín White ‘These Dark Shapes’

The Unseen Shows is a podcast series by Visual Artists Ireland, featuring interviews with artists whose exhibitions have been affected by the closure of galleries in mid-March, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Our final podcast in this series features an interview with Róisín White, whose solo exhibition, ‘These Dark Shapes’ was due to open…

Arts Council Northern Ireland to Open Creative Support Fund

Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has announced the Northern Ireland Creative Support Fund will reopen on 31 July with a £4m support package for the arts, creative industries and cultural sector. The Minister said: “I am announcing further details on the opening of a £4 million funding package designed to help bolster freelancers and performers…

€500,000 Creative Ireland Investment in the new Creativity in Older Age Programme

Catherine Martin T.D. announced a new programme of creative activity for older people to be delivered by the Creative Ireland Programme through its strategic national partners and the local authorities. The Creativity in Older Age Programme has been designed to counteract the social side effects of the pandemic. It will begin immediately and will be…

Open Call | DCC / VAI Art Writing Award 2020

Dublin City Council and Visual Artists Ireland invite applications for the Art Writing Award 2020. The DCC / VAI Art Writing Award was launched in 2011 as a developmental opportunity for art writers in Ireland. The award reflects the commitment of Dublin City Council Arts Office and Visual Artists Ireland to encourage and support critical…

Visual Artists Shortlisted for Venice Art Biennale 2022

Catherine Martin TD, Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht has announced the successful applicants who have been shortlisted in the selection process for Ireland’s representation at the 2022 Venice Art Biennale. The successful artists and curators, who were selected following an open call by Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts…

Call for Participation | Make a Hyacinth, Bucket Challenge Sculpture with Alan Phelan

This Monday Plinth Commission recipient Alan Phelan will be at Void Gallery, Derry, to hand out materials for his crowd-sourced project which will be launched on the Derry Walls in September 2020. He would like YOU to get involved by making your own flower sculpture at home using papier-mache. It will then be assembled on…

The Unseen Shows Podcast by VAI – Episode 6: Ursula Burke ‘A False Dawn’

The Unseen Shows is a new podcast series by Visual Artists Ireland, featuring interviews with artists whose exhibitions have been affected by the closure of galleries in mid-March, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Our sixth podcast features an interview with Ursula Burke, whose solo exhibition, ‘A False Dawn’ was due to run at the…

90 Artists to Receive Micro Grants from RHA #ReallyHelpingArtists

#ReallyHelpingArtists was a initiative the RHA conceived back in April as a way of creating a positive action amid all of the close-downs and uncertainty of that first full month of lock-down. RHA were very aware that the precarious economics that most artists survive on had just become even more impossible in these new circumstances.…

Bassam Al-Sabah, Sam Keogh, Ruth E. Lyons and Inga Meldere Recipients of TBG+S International Residencies

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is pleased to announce the recipients of our International Residency Programme, supporting artist residencies in New York, Paris and Dublin. The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) Residency 2020, in New York, is awarded to Sam Keogh. The TBG+S/HIAP International Residency Exchange 2020, in Dublin, is awarded to Inga Meldere.…

Alan Dunne and Alé Mercado Shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards 2020

Two Irish Illustrators, Alan Dunne and Alé Mercado, are shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards 2020. Alan Dunne is shortlisted for his work for the An Post Christmas Stamps 2019 in the Design Product & Packaging category and Alé Mercado is shortlisted for his work for West Cork Podcast Live Show in the same Design…

Call for Information – Highlighting Public Art in Healthcare

artsandhealth.ie and publicart.ie are seeking examples of  artwork commissioned under the Department of Health, Per Cent for Art Scheme between 2010 and 2020. artsandhealth.ie and publicart.ie would like to get a comprehensive picture of artwork that has been or is being commissioned through the Irish Government Per Cent for Art Scheme in healthcare settings, over…

Artist in the Community Scheme 2020 Round One: Successful Applicants

Congratulations to all successful applicants to the AIC Scheme in 2020, who come from a range of art forms and contexts. In recognition of the severe limitations in place due to physical distancing and the challenges this poses to artists and communities, we offered and granted Research and Development Awards only (both with and without…

Recipients of RDS Craft Awards 2020 Announced

Five emerging Irish craftspeople were each awarded a €10,000 bursary for the development for their burgeoning craft and business skills as part of the 2020 RDS Craft Awards (announced June 27, 2020). Róisín de Buitléar chaired an experienced judging panel that awarded the total prize fund of €50,000. These Awards are the largest annual prize…

Dublin City Council Launches Major Public Art Project – Sculpture Dublin

Sculpture Dublin aims to raise awareness of Dublin’s sculptural heritage and to commission new works in parks and public spaces city-wide. It is a Dublin City Council initiative, developed by Parks and Landscape Services and the City Arts Office, and supported by the Hugh Lane Gallery and Visual Artists Ireland. Sculpture Dublin will commission six…

Stephen S T Bradley Wins Prize at Moscow International Foto Awards

Stephen S T Bradley’s photo series ‘A Terrible Beauty’ won silver in the science/environment category against competition from thousands of photographers across the globe. His images will be showcased in the MIFA Best of Show exhibition in Moscow later this year. When entering this year’s Moscow International Foto Awards (MIFA), the name of the W…

Arts Council announces expanded Bursary Award across all art forms

Hundreds of artists around the country are set to benefit from a bursary of up to €20,000 to help them develop their art, the Arts Council said today. The state agency for funding and developing the arts said it had added significantly to the amount available in its second round of bursaries for 2020. It…

The Unseen Shows Podcast by VAI – Episode 5: Gary Coyle ‘Dreaming Different Dreams’

The Unseen Shows is a new podcast series by Visual Artists Ireland, featuring interviews with artists whose exhibitions have been affected by the closure of galleries in mid-March, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Our fifth podcast features an interview with Gary Coyle, whose solo exhibition, ‘Dreaming Different Dreams’ ran at at Kevin Kavanagh Gallery,…

National Sculpture Factory Announce Recipients of Graduate Residency Awards 2020

Since its inception, National Sculpture Factory (NSF) primary objective has been to support the talents of artists, at all stages of their careers in exploring and developing their practice of art-making in all their forms of expression and production. To this end, NSF have developed a very successful core programmatic strategy which creates the time…

Artists announced for Accenture’s Women on Walls at DCU

Five award-winning and internationally-acclaimed artists have been selected for Accenture’s Women on Walls at DCU initiative, which will celebrate the lives of female pioneers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) through a series of commissioned portraits. The artists are: Bríd Higgins Ní Chinnéide, Jackie Hudson Lalor, Una Sealy Jim Fitzpatrick and Blaise Smith. The…

Dominic McKeown and Sinéad O’Neill-Nicholl Awarded University of Atypical’s Graduate Award 2020

University of Atypical is delighted to once more announce their annual Graduate Award, aimed at supporting D/deaf and disabled artists at the beginning of their professional career in the arts. This year’s cohort of students have faced a number of challenges brought about by COVID-19, with many missing out on aspects of the experience, most…

June Webinar Recordings Now Available to Members

Our Webinar’s and online events over the last few months have been very popular with over one thousand places booked. We have found them to be a great way to stay connected with artists and to provide some practical support. If you missed out on some of the events you can now watch the recordings…

Belfast Exposed Announce Artists for Future Artists Programme 2020

Belfast Exposed are delighted to announce this year’s six successful applicants to the ‘Futures Artists’ programme. The six emerging artists joining the programme are: David Copeland Samantha Johnston Milo Lethorn Manon Ouimet Graeme McCormick Ioanna Sakellaraki ‘Futures Artists’ is a career development programme where emerging artists receive funding, professional mentoring, a solo exhibition, and inclusion…

Alan Phelan and David Beattie Awarded the Plinth Commissions 2020/21 – Void Gallery, Derry

Void Gallery is delighted to announce artists Alan Phelan and David Beattie as the recipients of the Plinth Commissions for 2020 and 2021. Funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Plinth Commissions is a collaboration between Void Gallery, The Siege Museum and Friends of the Derry Walls. The Walker Memorial Plinth was built in…

Get Together Recordings | Illustrating A Point – Panel Discussion

Get Together 2020 has been postponed due to Covid-19 and we hope to reschedule the event in Spring 2021. In the meantime you might enjoy listening to some recordings of talks from previous events. This recording is from Get Together 2019 that took place at TU Dublin Grangegorman on Friday the 14th June. Curator Ben…

Have Your Say | Research on the Needs of Artist Workspaces in Dublin – Dublin City Council

The Dublin City Council Arts Office is looking for existing and emerging artists to participate in a research study that will explore the current and future requirements of artist workspaces in Dublin. The insights gathered from the research will be used to influence the creation of a design brief and assess the feasibility of sites…

New Research Points to “Cultural Catastrophe” in UK – Creative Industries Federation

“Cultural catastrophe” – over 400,000 creative jobs could be lost, with the UK creative industries projected to lose £1.4 billion a week in revenue in 2020. The Creative Industries Federation has warned of a “cultural catastrophe” as newly commissioned research from Oxford Economics reveals that the UK’s creative industries are on the brink of devastation.…

The Unseen Shows Podcast by VAI – Episode 4: Austin Ivers ‘Threads’

The Unseen Shows is a new podcast series by Visual Artists Ireland, featuring interviews with artists whose exhibitions have been affected by the closure of galleries in mid-March, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Our fourth podcast features an interview with Austin Ivers, whose solo exhibition, ‘Threads’, was due to open at the end of…

Shortlist of Nominees Announced for Gallery of Photography Graduate Awards

Gallery of Photography Ireland is delighted to announce the nominees for their new Graduate Awards. With these Awards Gallery of Photography want to identify and support emerging photographic talent in Ireland. The Awards will provide essential curatorial guidance and production resources for the most promising photography students as they embark on their careers as artists.…

RHA Micro Grants Open for Applications Next Week

#ReallyHelpingArtists is a new fund from the RHA to make small, easily accessible grants to alleviate some of the financial distress artists are experiencing, during the current pandemic. As an artists’ organisation, the RHA is acutely aware of the difficulties that visual artists are experiencing in the current crisis. Opportunities for earning income from sales,…

Highlanes Gallery Announce Shortlist for Open Exhibition, Bernie Masterson is Recipient of Janet Mullarney Prize

The life and work of Janet Mullarney has inspired the first Open Submission Exhibition and Competition from the Highlanes Gallery and it’s in her name that the first prize of €3,000 is awarded to an artist. The judges Seán Kissane, Joy Gerrard and Jerome O Drisceoil were unanimous in their selection of the Janet Mullarney…

Aideen Barry Awarded Bunting Harp Collection Commission from Music Network and the Irish Traditional Music Archive

“Oblivion is an alchemy, turning the sounds of the past into a completely unheard-of landscape that will only appear for an extraordinary moment, like an eclipse or aurora borealis.” Aideen Barry Music Network and the Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) have appointed visual artist Aideen Barry to create a new artwork inspired by the Bunting…

Get Together Recordings | Curating Ireland: New Ways of Working

Get Together 2020 has been postponed due to Covid-19 and we hope to reschedule the event in Spring 2021. In the meantime you might enjoy listening to some recordings of talks from previous events. In this panel discussion from Get Together 2018 (21 May), Mary Cremin (Director of Void Gallery, Derry) chairs a panel discussion…

Amanda Coogan and Julie Merriman Receive Markievicz Award 2020

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D., has announced the 2020 recipients of the Markievicz Award, the second year of this bursary scheme for artists and writers, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the appointment of the first female cabinet minister, Constance de Markievicz, in 1919. The Award Scheme is an initiative…

‘The Unseen Shows’ Podcast Series by VAI – Episode Three: Aine Phillips ‘Buttered Up’

‘The Unseen Shows’, a new podcast series by Visual Artists Ireland. This podcast series features interviews with artists whose exhibitions are currently sealed behind closed doors, due to the closure of all cultural venues in mid-March, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The third podcast in this series features an interview with Áine Phillips, whose…

Visual Artists Café with Kiera O’Toole and Miguel Martin (Tuesday 16 June)

We are delighted to announce that for our weekly Visual Artists Café next Tuesday the 16th of June, 3pm we will be joined by visual artists Kiera O’Toole and Miguel Martin. Kiera O’Toole Dublin born, Kiera O’Toole is an independent artist with a studio in The Model in Sligo since 2016 and is a current…

Get Together Recordings | Sustaining Your Practice – Mary A. Kelly, Geraldine O’Reilly, Nick Miller and Susan MacWilliam

Get Together 2020 has been postponed due to Covid-19 and we hope to reschedule the event in Spring 2021. In the meantime you might enjoy listening to some recordings of talks from previous events. In this panel discussion, chaired by Mary A. Kelly, established Irish artists Geraldine O’Reilly, Nick Miller and Susan MacWilliam discuss the…

Theatre Forum publish “Re-opening Arts Centres – Guidelines”

Theatre Forum have published useful Guidelines on the Re-opening of Arts Centres. These will assist arts centres throughout the country to consider how they might prepare to re-open under radically changed circumstances. The Government’s Phased Reopening plan provides a road map for organisations, including those supported by the Arts Council, to reopen their workplaces, cafés,…

ONLINE: Visual Artists Café, Tuesday 2 June

At our weekly Visual Artists Café on Tuesday the 2nd of June, 3pm our special guests will be artists Ursula Burke and Helen Gaynor. Another guest will also be joining us, TBC! Ursula Burke is an Irish artist who works within the discipline of Sculpture. She uses a variety of media including porcelain sculpture, embroidery…

‘The Unseen Shows’ Podcast Series by VAI – Episode Two: Neil Carroll

‘The Unseen Shows’, a new podcast series by Visual Artists Ireland. This podcast series features interviews with artists whose exhibitions are currently sealed behind closed doors, due to the closure of all cultural venues in mid-March, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The second podcast in this series features an interview with Neil Carroll, whose…

Visual Artists Café – Show & Tell with Wexford Artists (Tuesday 26 May)

Our Visual Artists’ Café next week will put Co. Wexford in the spotlight. We will hear from Catherine Bowe from Wexford Arts Centre and will see work from 6 artists based in Co. Wexford for our second online Show & Tell. We hope you can join us from your home or studio. Anyone who has…

COVID-19: Road back to Business – The Visual Arts

With the publication of a roadmap back to business, the government has set down indications of how a phased return to business may take place. Since its publication, VAI has been working with a number of expert sources to prepare a guidelines for visual arts organisations, events, and groups who are looking to return to…

Arts Council and Arts & Disability Ireland announce recipients of the 2020 Arts and Disability Connect Scheme

Arts and Disability Connect is a scheme designed to support artists with disabilities to make new and ambitious work. 2020 marks the 7th year of this Arts Council scheme managed by Arts & Disability Ireland. There are 14 artists who were funded through New Work, Mentoring and Training awards. New Work awards give artists the…

Applications Closed | Arts Council of Northern Ireland Artists Emergency Programme

The Artists Emergency Programme has temporarily closed until further notice. ACNI closed the fund on 11th May and have referenced the high level of demand for the fund as the reason to close without notice. Assessments of applications received are currently underway and there will be two rounds of moderation; the first taking place this…

Arts Council Establish Advisory Group for Covid-19 Crisis

The Board of the Arts Council has established a short-term Advisory Group to identify ways to deal with the Covid-19 Crisis. The Council has brought together a number of leading expert voices from the arts and other sectors including public health, economics and media. Members of the advisory group include filmmaker Lenny Abrahamson; theatre and…

Arts Council Survey Results | Nine in ten artists hit by Covid-19 losses

Artists and arts organisations across the country are suffering enormous financial losses and facing an uncertain future as a direct result of the Covid-19 public health crisis, new data from the Arts Council shows. Surveys carried out by the Arts Council, the government agency for funding and developing the arts, show that 90 percent of…

Get Together Recordings | Artistic Freedom – a human right with many obstacles

Get Together 2020 has been postponed due to Covid-19 and we hope to reschedule the event in Spring 2021. In the meantime you might enjoy listening to some recordings of talks from previous events. The first of these recordings is the Keynote Speech from Get Together 2017 by Marie Korpe and Ole Reitov co-founders of…

‘The Unseen Shows’ Podcast Series by VAI – Episode One: Mark Garry ‘Songs and the Soil’

We are delighted to launch ‘The Unseen Shows’, a new podcast series by Visual Artists Ireland with Joanne Laws, Editor of the Visual Artist News Sheet (VAN). This podcast series features interviews with artists whose exhibitions are currently sealed behind closed doors, due to the closure of all cultural venues in mid-March, in response to…

Online Visual Artists Café – Tuesday 19 May

At our weekly Visual Artists Café next Tuesday at 3pm our special guests will be artists Seoidín O’Sullivan and Orla Whelan. We hope you can join us from your home or studio. It’s not just a chance for you to find out what’s happening in the art world, it’s also a fantastic opportunity to connect…

Information for Visual Artists on the ACNI Artists Emergency Programme

Yesterday we welcomed Suzanne Lyle, Head of Visual Arts at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for an online public meeting to discuss the Artists Emergency Programme. You can now view a recording of this meeting in the VAI Members Area of our website under Webinars & Recordings. Artists Emergency Programme The Arts Council has…

Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business Announced

As you may have seen in the news, the government has published a Roadmap for reopening society and business, based on a broad range of assumptions and implemented on a phased basis, each of which is subject to measurement and further assessment before implementation. The various government departments have been in conversation with a wide…

Change of Schedule | Public Art Now International Conference, Grangegorman, Ireland

Public Art Now regret to inform you that the conference due to take place on the 29-31 October 2020 has been postponed. They have monitored how the Covid-19 pandemic has developed nationally and internationally and for these reasons, made the decision to reschedule Public Art Now conference for spring 2021. The organisers will resume preparations…

Minister Madigan Commits to Supporting Galway 2020

Josepha Madigan, T.D., Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has today committed to supporting Galway 2020 as it starts to explore the possibilities for a revised programme. The Minister assured Galway 2020 that remaining funding from her Department for the European Capital of Culture will be made available for projects that can be completed.…

Webinar: Finances & Tax for self-employed artists with Louise Gorman [NI/UK focused]

This session will consider the elements of tax relevant to self-employment, including use of home costs, travel costs and general expenses. We will also review how to manage any capital expenditure on large items of equipment and how to offset potential losses against other income from prior or future years. We will also discuss how…

Update on payments awarded for COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment and Enhanced Illness Benefit

Published: 20 April 2020 From: Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection Today, the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection issued payments to 584,000 people in respect of their application for the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment. Around 50,000 are receiving a payment for the first time. These payments are in addition to the 212,000…

Call for Inputs for UN Report: Cultural Rights and Climate Change

The United Nations Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights is preparing a report that will address both the threats posed by climate change to culture, heritage and the cultural rights guaranteed by international law, including the right to take part in cultural life without discrimination, the rights to artistic and scientific freedom, the…

Book a one-on-one Visual Artists Help Desk (Online)

Do you have an area in your practice you need help with or would just like some advice on where to go next? Every Wednesday artists can book a Help Desk session that will be held online. These Help Desks will be free of charge for Members and Non Members for the duration of the…

Arts Council Survey | Impact of COVID-19 on Professional Artists (closes Tuesday 14 April)

The Arts Council have launched a survey that sets out to capture the impact of the Covid-19 on artists. They are gathering information to understand what actions the Arts Council can take to support and advocate for artists in the short to medium term. They have separately undertaken a survey with arts organisations, this survey…

Update on Arts Council response, and clarification on Covid-19 Scheme (Press Statement – Arts Council)

The following Open Letter from the Board of the Arts Council was released on April 8th, 2020. VAI is in constant communications with both Arts Councils and the Department of Culture, Heritage & Gaeltacht regarding the range of supports needed at this time across the visual arts sector, as well as looking at the medium…

Arts Council of Northern Ireland COVID-19 Survey

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has designed a short survey to collect information about the financial and human impacts that the spread of coronavirus has had on artists and arts organisations in Northern Ireland. They will work closely with colleagues in Government to share the impacts and make the case for additional resources. To…

COVID-19 Supports For Artists And Those Working In The Arts Sector (Press Statement – DCHG)

The following press statement was released last night in summary of the Government’s supports for the arts during the COVID-19 crisis. VAI is in constant communications with both Arts Councils and the Department regarding the range of supports needed at this time across the visual arts sector, as well as looking at the medium and…

Update from the Arts Council – 25 March

The Arts Council will continue to operate fully throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Their priority is to support artists and arts organisations through this difficult time. Regular updates will be provided on their website and on their social media channels. The Arts Council is contact with a broad range of artists and organisations to give a…

COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment available to those experiencing loss of income

COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is a new social welfare payment for employees and self-employed people who have lost their income during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. For full information on this Scheme visit Citizen’s Information.  COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment Main Points: Both self-employed people and employees can apply if their income has been reduced Single page…

Ailbhe Ní Bhriain Announced as Winner of the 2020 Golden Fleece Award

The Trustees of the Golden Fleece Award are very pleased to announce that Cork-based multimedia artist Ailbhe Ní Bhriain is the winner of the 2020 Golden Fleece Award. She receives the main award, worth €15,000. Two Golden Fleece Special Awards are being presented to jeweller / silversmith Annemarie Reinhold (€10,000) and painter Kathy Tynan (€5,000).…

Profile Your Public Art in the May/June edition of The Visual Artists’ News Sheet

If you have recently been involved in a public commission, Per Cent for Art project, socially-engaged project or any other form of ‘art outside the gallery’ we would like you to email us the information for publication in the next issue of The Visual Artists’ News Sheet (VAN). The Visual Artists’ News Sheet is a…

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – VAI Update 25 March 2020

VAI along with so many other people and organisations are making and reviewing decisions based on current government guidelines and will keep you updated on our website News section and with emails to our members. As we continue to look at the practical nature of working remotely, we have now in place a range of…

VAI Events – COVID19 Status – Updated 16 March 2020 14:16

We are reviewing on a daily basis our public events As we make the difficult decisions that so many other people and organisations have to make because of the current pandemic, we have put in place the following policy, in keeping with current government guidelines: UPDATE: Our March events have now been cancelled. We are…

Maureen Kennelly appointed as new Director of the Arts Council

Maureen Kennelly has been appointed as the new Director of the Arts Council. Her appointment follows a competitive recruitment process to fill the position previously held by Orlaith McBride. Originally from Ballylongford in Co. Kerry, Maureen Kennelly is currently Director of Poetry Ireland. Over a two-decade career in the arts sector, she has worked with…

Centre Culturel Irlandais: the recipients of residencies and bursaries for the Centre’s 2020-2021 programme

ANNOUNCING THE RECIPIENTS OF: 33 Artist Residencies; 10 Language Bursaries; 2 Old Library and Archives Fellowships; 1 Paris Writer’s Residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais for 2020-2021

Thank you to all VAI Members who participated in our recent survey

Thank you to all VAI Members who participated in our recent survey about our policies regarding advertising Jobs & Opportunities. We would also like to thank those who made contact with us to offer their stories and to offer both insights and evidence of the effect of our work and policies to date. As those…

March / April 2020 Issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

We are thrilled to present VAN 100 – the 100th issue of The Visual Artists’ News Sheet – which coincides with the 40th anniversary of Visual Artists Ireland this year. For these reasons, we are celebrating the organisation’s origins in sculpture, with this special issue. Central to VAN 100 is a specially commissioned survey, Four…

Five Artists Shortlisted for 2020 Golden Fleece Award

The Trustees of the Golden Fleece Award are delighted to announce the shortlist of artists and makers qualifying for the 2020 Award. Those shortlisted are: The Trustees of the Golden Fleece Award are delighted to announce the shortlist of artists and makers qualifying for the 2020 Award. Those shortlisted are: Laura Fitzgerald Pierce Healy Ailbhe…

Sarah Browne to Curate TULCA Festival of Visual Arts 2020

TULCA has announced Sarah Browne as the curator of the 18th edition of TULCA Festival of Visual Arts in 2020. Sarah Browne is an artist based in Ireland concerned with non-verbal, bodily experiences of knowledge, labour and justice. Her practice involves sculpture, film, performance and public projects, as well as forms of writing and publishing…

Paying the Artist – The Arts Council Publish New Policy

The Arts Council today launched their new policy  Paying the Artist. This sets out a vision and plan to create change over the period 2020–2022. We, in Visual Artists Ireland, welcome this firm show of support for individual artists, and recognise it as part of the on-going support that the Arts Council has given our…

Experiment! Call for Applications for New VAI Research Residency Funding

Experiment is a pilot programme that provides an alternative form of residency. Based on feedback from members, it is clear that it is difficult for the majority of visual artists to take time out of their lives to take advantage of residential residencies. We have heard stories of issues with time off from other work,…

Aideen Quirke Appointed Director of Cork Printmakers

The Board of Cork Printmakers have announced the appointment of Aideen Quirke as the new Director of the organisation. Quirke is a curator and, more broadly, arts worker who brings to Cork Printmakers a wealth of experience and expertise gained at a variety of organisations in Cork and across Ireland. Cork Printmakers promotes print as…

Adopting a Carbon Neutral approach to the making and presentation of the visual arts – Julie’s Bicycle in Dublin.

We are delighted to announce that Claire Buckley, of Julie’s Bicycle, will present at Get Together 2020. Rather than trying to make it up as we go along, we have invited Claire to join us and provide guidance and insight to the development of a more carbon neutral approach in visual arts practice and visual…

Create to Manage Creative Places Ireland, Tuam, Co Galway

Create have announced that they have been awarded the tender to manage the pilot programme of Creative Places Ireland, to take place in Tuam, Co Galway. Creative Places Ireland is a three-year pilot programme, led by the Arts Council, for communities around the country that have not previously had opportunities to benefit from sustained public…

Culture Night Consultations – Dublin, Cork and Galway

The Arts Council is holding a series of conversations on Culture Night in the New Year, which will take place in Dublin, Cork and Galway. Culture Night has expanded to towns and villages across Ireland since its origins in Temple Bar in 2006 by Dublin City Council. In 2019 it was reported that 4,000 free…

Folk Radio Will Go Live on 87.9 FM in Feb 2020

Folk Radio is a public art project in the form of a new artist-led radio station based at X-PO in Kilnaboy, a village in the heart of the Burren community in Co. Clare, and is commissioned through Clare County Council’s Gaining Ground programme. Folk Radio engages the wider and existing communities active in and around…

Rosemary Steen Appointed CEO for Design & Crafts Council Ireland

The Board of Design & Crafts Council Ireland has announced the appointment of Rosemary Steen to the position of Chief Executive Officer. Ms Steen is currently an Executive Director at EirGrid and has a wide range of business experience across a number of sectors. She will take up her position in mid-February. Design & Crafts…

Arts Council of Northern Ireland Awards Residencies in India to Eleanor Wheeler and Kathryn Graham

Northern Ireland artists will be showcasing their talents in India this year as part of a number of international opportunities developed by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to raise the profile of local artists abroad. Visual artists Eleanor Wheeler and Kathryn Graham have been selected to undertake working residencies at the prestigious Sanskritti Cultural…

Group Crit with Raoul Klooker – Queer Artistic Practices – Dublin

7 February 2020 What is it? Having somebody to talk to; removing the sense of being in it on your own; getting contructive advice and feedback that goes beyond friends telling you “It’s great” helps you to push your work further. VAI Group Crits are designed to do just that! To allow you to talk…

Deadline Reminder for DCHG Capital Investment Framework 2016-2021

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, has announced a new €4.7m capital investment scheme for arts and culture centres. It will run from 2019-2022 and focus on enhancing the existing stock of arts and culture centres throughout the country. It will also prioritise carbon footprint reduction in line with the Government’s…

19 New Works Added to Arts Council Collection

The Arts Council is delighted to announce that it has added 19 new works to its Collection which will be seen by audiences across the country. The artists whose work has now been added to the Collection are Sven Anderson, Eamon Doyle, Rachel Fallon, Ruth Le Gear, Marielle MacLeman, Vukašin Nedeljković, Séamus Nolan, Miriam O’Connor,…

Recipients of Visual Artists Workspace Scheme 2020 Announced

The Arts Council is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2020 Visual Artists Workspace scheme. This scheme offers grants up to a maximum of €40,000 towards the running costs of visual artists’ workspaces. It aims to support sustainable artists’ workspaces throughout the country to provide the best possible working environment for visual artists and,…

The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Has Published Culture 2025 – A National Cultural Policy Framework

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, has published Ireland’s first ever national cultural policy framework, Culture 2025 – A National Cultural Policy Framework to 2025. Culture 2025 sets the direction for Government policy across the cultural sector, including the arts, the Irish language and the creative, heritage and audiovisual sectors.…

IMMA Announce 2020 Programme

The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) have announced highlights of its 2020 programme which includes solo exhibitions by Bharti Kher, Christodoulos Panayioutou, Paula Rego and Eva Rothschild; a major international group exhibition Xenogenesis by The Otolith Group and an exhibition from the IMMA Collection Ghosts From the Recent Past. The IMMA Collection: Freud Project…

Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools to Announce a New Call for Creative Associates in Early 2020

The Arts Council intends to tender for a panel of Creative Associates to support the delivery of the Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools from the academic year 2020-21 onwards for a period of up to 5 years. The Arts council will publish relevant tender documents within the next few months. This is an opportunity for artists, creative…

Fiona Harrington Appointed Curator of Headford Lace Project

Headford Lace Project are delighted to announce that Fiona Harrington has been appointed as curator for our international lace exhibition which will be held in Headford in late 2020. They are thrilled to be working with such an internationally renowned artist who has traditional lace making skills at the heart of her practice. We are…

VAI Christmas Opening Hours

Christmas & News Year Wishes from VAI! We will be closing for Christmas break on Monday the 23rd of December and we will reopen on Monday the 6th of January. We wish all of our members, artists and friends the very best for the holidays and look forward to working together in the New Year!…

Teresa Buczkowska Appointed to the Arts Council

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, T.D. has announced the appointment to the Arts Council of Teresa Buczkowska for a 5 year term to November 2024. Ms Buczkowska has wide experience in relation to equality, diversity and inclusion. She works as the Integration and Anti-racism Coordinator at the Immigrant Council of…

Beyond 2022: Launch of Ireland’s Virtual Record Treasury Research Project

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD announced €2.5 million in Government funding today for a flagship research project led by Trinity College Dublin which will digitally recreate seven centuries of historical records of the Public Record Office of Ireland destroyed by fire at Dublin’s Four Courts at the beginning of the Irish Civil War. Beyond 2022:…

Applications Open for Visual Artists Ireland Residency at Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris

Applications are invited for the 2020 Visual Artists Ireland Residency at Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris. The Residency is open to all members of Visual Artists Ireland working in all visual art forms at all career stages. This year VAI will provide a two month research based residency at Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. Accommodation, one…

November / December 2019 Issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

The Visual Artists’ News Sheet (VAN ) is the primary all-Ireland information resource for visual artists. The final issue of 2019 profiles a range of significant projects including: Dorothy Cross’s recent performative event, Heartship; Sinead McCann’s socially-engaged project, film and touring exhibition, The Trial; and Eimear Walshe’s recent commemorative project, commissioned by Roscommon County Council.…

Barry Lynch wins the 8th King Ping Pong 2019 for DCC Arts

King Ping Pong announces its 2018 inter-art-organisation table tennis tournament was won by Barry Lynch for Dublin City Council Arts Office. Sixteen competitors battled it out at the tournament, which was held on 29th November in Pallas Projects, Dublin and in addition to the championship table, included a custom-made krazy table by artist Dáire McEvoy.…

Róisín Power Hackett Announced as Recipient of ARC-LAB Gallery Curatorial Scholarship

The LAB Gallery at Dublin City Arts Office in partnership with IADT are pleased to announce Róisín Power Hackett as the recipient of their inaugural ARC-LAB Gallery Curatorial Scholarship. This award is unique in the context of curatorial education at postgraduate level. The ARC-LAB Scholar will work with the Curator of the LAB Gallery on…

Save the Date: Public Art Now Conference at TU Dublin, October 29-31, 2020

Public Art Now is an exciting new conference exploring the changing landscape of Public Art now and in the coming decades. Public Art comprises a varied set of art practices. It provides opportunities for collective participation and self-expression, historical reflection and community dialogue. It contributes to our social, spatial and political topologies by proposing new…

Flax Art Studios (Belfast) to Launch New Sculpture and Media Facilities in December

Flax Art Studios have been developing their studios to provide professional sculptural production and media facilities. Flax workshops include wood, plaster, casting, digital fabrication, textile, and large internal/eternal workspaces. They also offer Media production space including a photography studio, film studio and sound recording booths. Launching in December 2019 as an open resource for artists…

Minister Madigan Announces Funding for Crawford Art Gallery, Cork for Environmental Controls

  Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, has announced a capital grant of €183,500 for work associated with the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at Crawford Art Gallery, Cork. The current Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) plant at the Gallery needs substantial investment to ensure that it will meet…

Artist Talk Series | The Workhouse with Ines Schaber (4 Dec, 6pm.)

VAI and Project Arts Centre invite you to attend an Artist Talk with Ines Schaber, an artist and writer based in Berlin and Los Angeles. In recent decades, artists, photographers, curators, and critics have caught archive fever, and archives and their processes have often come to dominate discussions in and around photography. This has particular…

The Workhouse | Workshop with Ines Schaber and Lívia Páldi at TBG+S (5 Dec. 4pm)

Ines Schaber is an artist and writer based in Berlin and Los Angeles, and teaches at the California Institute of the Arts in the program of Photography and Media. Her artistic work addresses the complexity of image-making by investigating the hidden layers of historical evidence. This workshop will consist of three parts: a general introduction…

Annabel Potterton Announced as Recipient of Solstice Visual Arts Award 2019

Dunboyne artist Annabel Potterton has been announced as the overall winner of the 2019 Solstice Visual Arts Award at the opening of the eight annual SURVEYOR exhibition on Saturday 8 November. Solstice Arts Centre invited artists from or living in County Meath to submit artworks of all disciplines for inclusion in the open exhibition, which…

Arts Council Northern Ireland Announces Recipients of ACES Awards 2019-20

14 artists from Northern Ireland have been announced as the latest recipients of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s ACES awards 2019-20, a National Lottery supported funding grant bestowed upon Northern Ireland’s most talented emerging artists to enable them to develop their professional, artistic careers through the creation of new work. Awards under the Artists…

Tim Shaw Events – Peer Critique and Talks in Belfast and Dublin

VAI is delighted to present a series of events with artist Tim Shaw taking place in Belfast and Dublin. Global terrorism, freedom of speech, abuse of power and artificial intelligence. Some of the themes our guest artist, Tim Shaw, has explored through his sculpture and installation works. Originally from Belfast, sculptor Tim Shaw will be…

Doris Salcedo Wins $1 M. Nomura Award

Doris Salcedo was named the winner of the inaugural Nomura Art Award, which will be given annually to one artist. The million-dollar prize is the largest cash prize in contemporary visual art, and is meant to allow an artist of major cultural significance to work on an ambitious project they didn’t previously have the resources…

Orlaith McBride Appointed Director of the National Archives

Orlaith McBride has been named as the new Director of the National Archives. She succeeds Mr. John McDonough who served in the post prior to taking on the post of Director of Library Services at DCU. Orlaith McBride has been the Director of the Arts Council since 2011. During her time as Director she delivered…

New Public Art by Holger Lönze in Geashill, Co. Offaly

Geashill, Co. Offaly’s has unveiled a collection of sculptures by Holger Lönze. The artwork was commissioned by Offaly County Council and funded by the Town and Village Renewal Scheme and Offaly County Council. The sculptures were installed at the picnic area on the Portarlington approach road in Geashill. The sculptures take inspiration from the mythological…

Bassam Al-Sabah Recipient of Fingal Arts Studio Award 2019

RHA School and Fingal Arts are delighted to announce Bassam Al-Sabah as the recipient of the 2019 Fingal Arts Studio Award. This award was selected by Colin Martin, RHA Head of School and Sarah O’Neill, Deputy Arts Officer, Fingal Arts. Bassam Al-Sabah will begin his residency in November 2019. Th award provides a funded studio…

Minister Madigan announces new scheme to enhance arts and culture centres nationwide

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, has today announced a new €4.7m capital investment scheme for arts and culture centres. It will run from 2019-2022 and focus on enhancing the existing stock of arts and culture centres throughout the country. It will also prioritise carbon footprint reduction in line with the…

The Arts Council Northern Ireland is relocating

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is relocating from The Sidings in Lisburn. The new address will be: Linen Hill House 23 Linenhall Street Lisburn BT28 1FJ Northern Ireland To accommodate the office move, The Arts Council will be closed to the public from Thursday 17th October 2019 and will reopen on Wednesday 23rd October…

Last Chance to Book | Information Session: GDPR for Visual Artists, Dublin

Tuesday 29 October, 10:30am – 12:30pm for Visual Artists, 2pm – 4pm for Arts Organisations. Location: VAI Office, 4 Oliver Bond Street, Dublin 8. GDPR is something that we hear a lot about in the media and through conversations that are normally accompanied by an acknowledgement of confusion. You may say, I’m an artist and…

Last Chance to Book | Working with Curators with Brendan Fox, Wexford

Date: 5 November, 11:30am to 5:00pm. It is extremely beneficial for artists to have their work seen by curators. Outside of the potential for exhibitions, there is also the valuable opportunity to engage in a critical discussion of their practice. This workshop will offer the opportunity to assess each attendees arts practice in a curatorial…

Culture Crops: Last Days To Register

Culture crops is a conference on the road, where we will explore approaches to culture in non-urban territories in Europe. Guided by 5 key questions, the programme centres upon facilitated debate and exchange, creative workshops and panel discussions with policymakers working on the EU-level. Join us in Konstanz-Kreuzlingen 23-26 October to take part in this…

TACTICAL MAGIC | TULCA 2019 Programme Announced

TULCA Festival of Visual Arts TACTICAL MAGIC curated by Kerry Guinan 1-17 November 2019 TULCA Festival of Visual Arts is pleased to announce the programme for this year’s iteration of the festival, TACTICAL MAGIC curated by Kerry Guinan, 1-17 November 2019. Now in its 17th year, TULCA Festival of Visual Arts is a multi-venue, artist-centred festival…

Save the Date: Kader Attia in Dublin, Monday 25th November2019!

VAI, in partnership with Project Art Centre, will welcome Kader Attia to Ireland to present on his recent work on Monday, 25th November 2019. Further details and bookings will be available soon. Kader Attia (b. 1970, France), grew up in Paris and in Algeria. Preceding his studies at the École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués Duperré and…

Laura Fitzgerald Announced as Recipient of the 2019 Emergence Visual Art Award

Wexford County Council Arts Department and Wexford Arts Centre in partnership with IT Carlow Wexford Campus School of Art and Design have announce Laura Fitzgerald as the recipient of the EMERGENCE Visual Art Award 2019. As a joint initiative between the three organisations, the award’s aim is to support visual artists with the development and…

Miranda Driscoll to Step Down as Director of Sirius Arts Centre

Sirius Arts Centre (Cobh, Co. Cork) has grown exponentially over the last thirty years through the hard work of its staff, management and board. In recent years this has been led by the ambitious work of its Director Miranda Driscoll who has further extended Sirius Arts Centre’s national and international profile, built valuable partnerships, increased…

Create Announce Successful Applicants of AIC Scheme Second Round 2019

Congratulations to all the successful applicants to the Artist in the Community Scheme (Second Round 2019), who come from a range of art forms and contexts. Research and Development Award Artist; Community; Context; Artform; Location Alex Pentek; Cork Traveller Women’s Network; Art and Cultural Diversity; Visual Arts; Cork John Whelan; North Wexford Traditional Singing Circle;…

Minister Madigan Announces Appointments to the Board of the National Gallery of Ireland

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ms Josepha Madigan TD, has announced that she will appoint the following persons as members of the Board of the National Gallery of Ireland: John O’Doherty and Dan Flinter John O’Doherty is the Managing Partner of KOD Lyons Solicitors and a member of the Criminal Law Committee…

Social Welfare Scheme for Professional Artists on Jobseeker’s Allowance is accepting applications from professional artists engaged in a wide range of art forms

The Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty T.D. and the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D., have announced that the Social Welfare Scheme for Professional Artists on Jobseeker’s Allowance is now open for applications from a wide range of professional artists. A pilot scheme open to visual artists…

VAI Workshop | Career Review with Geraldine O’Reilly – Limerick (8 Oct.)

It is clear that everybody’s careers go through the highs and the lows. This work is designed to look at what has worked and what you’ve learned, and to gain insight into potential journeys that you may undertake to move forward. This will also include a look at the skills and research that you may…

1 Place Left | Landscape of Opportunities with Maeve Mulrennan – Limerick (24 Sept.)

If you are signed up to the VAI eBulletin you will see new opportunities for artists every week. There are open calls for commissions, exhibitions, residencies and funding. There are also submissions you have to pay for, others that require a detailed application. Most require at least some of your resources and some are considerable…

Shortlist Announced for Zurich Portrait Prize 2019

The Zurich Portrait Prize is an annual competition showcasing contemporary portraiture and attracts entries from across the island of Ireland, and from Irish artists living abroad. This exhibition will feature a shortlist of portraits chosen by the 2019 judging panel. The winner will receive a cash prize of €15,000, and a commission worth €5,000, to…

Visual Artists Café in Partnership with FLive Arts Festival, Enniskillen (15 October)

Visual Artists Ireland are delighted to present a Visual Artists Café in collaboration with FLive Arts Festival, Enniskillen. This Visual Artists Café event brings together artists from across Enniskillen and surrounding areas. We welcome artists and arts professionals to come along, share your work and build your network of peers and contacts. The Café will…

VAI Workshop | AMINI – Project Clinic with Peter Taylor at The MAC, Belfast (26 September)

As part of the AMINI event in partnership with VAI, at the MAC on 26th September,  we are delighted to announce that Peter Taylor, director of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (BFMAF) will be conducting a number of one-on-one advice sessions with artists who work with moving image. These will be 45 minute, individual, informal…

First Recipients of Markievicz Awards Announced

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan TD, announced the first recipients of the Markievicz Award, a new bursary scheme for artists, so-called to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the appointment of the first female cabinet minister, Constance de Markievicz. The Award Scheme is an initiative of Minister Madigan under the Decade of…

Arts Council of Northern Ireland Consultation: Equality Action Plan and Disability Action Plan

As part of the 5-year review of the Arts Council’s Equality Scheme an updated draft Scheme and associated action plans have been developed. The Arts Council’s draft equality and disability 5-year action plans 2019 – 24 are both open for consultation with the arts sector and key stakeholders, as well as our partners in local…

Richard Gorman, Tamsin Snow and Eithne Jordan – Awarded Age & Opportunity Visual Arts Residency at Cowhouse Studios

Age & Opportunity and Cowhouse Studios are delighted to announce the 5th year of the Age & Opportunity Visual Arts Residency initiative, which will will take place August 26th – September 6th. The idea behind the residency is to create a quiet space over the course of two weeks for artists of different generations to…

The Arts Council Launches ‘Creative Places Ireland’ Pilot in Tuam, Co. Galway

Tuam is offered a three-year pilot programme developed for communities around the country that have not had opportunities to benefit from sustained public arts investment. At a meeting of the Municipal District of Tuam, the Arts Council launched a new Creative Places Ireland pilot programme, the first of its kind in the country. The three-year…

Minister Madigan Announces Annex as Ireland’s representation at the 17th Biennale Architettura in 2020

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, is delighted to announce that Annex has been selected to represent Ireland at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, Biennale Architettura 2020. Annex is an international research and design collective founded in 2019. The collective is comprised of a team of architects, artists,…

Arts Council of Northern Ireland Consultation | Equality Action Plan and Disability Action Plan

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s draft equality and disability 5 year action plans 2019 – 24 are both open for consultation with the arts sector and key stakeholders, as well as partners in local and central government, and the wider public sector. These action plans set out the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s commitment…

Róisín Stack Awarded Jerome Hynes Fellowship for Clore Leadership Programme 2019/20

The Arts Council have announced that Róisín Stack is the recipient of the 2019/2020 Jerome Hynes Fellowship – offered through the London-based Clore Leadership programme. Róisín Stack is a theatre maker and arts manager based in Galway, Ireland. Her areas of interest are artist & art form development. In 2018 she co-founded Theatre57, a collective…

New interactive research tool for the creative industries – UK

Culture Counts have launched ‘Useful Facts’; a new online research tool for the cultural sector. There is a vast amount of academic and sector research into the impacts of the arts, screen heritage and creative industries. However finding the most useful facts is a challenge, particularly for time pressed arts organisations. Cultural organisations use data…

New PEC research:  The Migrant and Skills Needs of Creative Businesses in the United Kingdom

Just published, the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre have brought out new research in collaboration with the Creative Industries Council on the migrant and skills needs of creative businesses in the UK. This report details the results of a survey of employers commissioned by the Creative Industries Council (CIC) from December 2017 to January…

For Northern Ireland Organisations – CIF Briefing: Prepare your organisation for Brexit

As Members of the Creative Industries Federation we have been provided with the following important briefing for NI organisation preparing for Brexit. The Department for Exiting the European Union has put together a preparedness exit site which helps with understanding what your business or organisation may need to do to prepare for Brexit, what’s changing…

Basic Space Announce New Co-Directors Moran Been-noon, Siobhán Mooney and Julia Moustacchi

Basic Space have announced that Moran Been-noon, Siobhán Mooney and Julia Moustacchi, will join Roisín Bohan as the new co-directors of Basic Space! Moran Been-noon is a Dublin-based independent visual artist, curator and writer. In her curatorial work she explores the potential of contemporary political art by engaging with questions of spaces and places that…

VAI Workshop | Landscape of Opportunities with Sheena Malone – Kildare (13 Nov.)

If you are signed up to the VAI eBulletin you will see new opportunities for artists every week. There are open calls for commissions, exhibitions, residencies and funding. There are also submissions you have to pay for, others that require a detailed application. Most require at least some of your resources and some are considerable…

VAI Workshop | Career Review with Jaki Irvine – Kildare (16 Oct.)

It is clear that everybody’s careers go through the highs and the lows. This work is designed to look at what has worked and what you’ve learned, and to gain insight into potential journeys that you may undertake to move forward. This will also include a look at the skills and research that you may…

Jesse Jones Announced as Recipient of the Creative Residency Award, King’s Inns

The Honorable Society of King’s Inns together with Dublin City Council Culture Company are pleased to announce visual artist Jesse Jones as the recipient of the inaugural Creative Residency Award. The 6 month Creative Residency which will commence on 1st September 2019 will support Jones to explore her practice and the theme of art and…

Have Your Say | Wicklow County Council Arts Plan Consultation

Wicklow County Council Arts Office want to hear your views before they publish a new arts plan towards the end of 2019. The plan will guide the development of sustainable provision for the arts in the period 2020-2024. It will build on achievements to date and take account of the cultural and wider public context…

Visual Artists Café in Partnership with Tipperary County Council (26 Sept.)

The Visual Artists Café will concentrate on looking at the needs for artists who are based in Co. Tipperary. The event will look at some of the common concerns facing visual artists and seek to identify a programme of work that will take place in Co. Tipperary later in the year. We will look at…

Revenue Commissioners Announce New Regulations for The Regional Film Development Uplift

Revenue Commissioners have announced new film regulations aimed at supporting broader regional development of the audio-visual sector in Ireland. The Regional Film Development Uplift, announced as part of Budget 2019, will be available to productions being substantially undertaken in “assisted regions” which means areas designated as such under the regional aid map. In addition, to…

VAI Workshop | How to Photograph Your Art with Tim Durham – Wexford (9 Oct)

In this workshop you will learn how to make high quality photos of your art work. These photos will help you create a strong first impression in others of your work and your professionalism. As part of your practice you need photos of your work when making exhibition and grant applications. You also need them…

Grace McMurray wins The Arts Club Award at Summer Exhibiton of Royal Academy of Arts London

Belfast based artists Grace McMurray has won The Arts Club Award at the 2019 Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts London for her woven glitter ribbon piece ‘George Michael’. The award is for an artist aged 35 or under for a work in any medium except architecture. The Summer Exhibition continues until August…

Arts Council Publishes Arts Centre Policy and Strategy 2019 and Information Sessions

As a means of meeting its own obligations expressed in its strategy Making Great Art Work, the Arts Council is publishing its Arts Centre Policy and Strategy 2019 which will be used to define applications for funding in 2020. The Policy and Strategy draws on some of the recommendations of the Review, which the Arts…

Minister Madigan announces measures to significantly increase funding for Public Art

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, today announced new, significant measures aimed at increasing funding for public art and artists. The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has completed a review of the Percent for Art scheme, which allocates up to one percent of public capital projects to the commissioning…

Social Welfare Scheme for Self-Employed Artists extended to wider Creative Community

Ministers announce extension of Social Welfare Scheme for Self-Employed Artists from September. The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD and the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty TD, have announced the extension of the scheme on a permanent basis to self- employed artists including those working in the…

Arts Council Northern Ireland awards almost £1.2 million National Lottery funding to local projects

Forty-seven arts organisations across Northern Ireland are set to benefit from almost £1.2million of Arts Council of Northern Ireland National Lottery funding, to bring a series of high-quality arts projects to people across the region. The funding will be used by groups to support the development and creation of events, exhibitions, performances and workshops across…

Galway County Council Arts Plan 2019-2023 Consultation – Professional Arts Survey

Galway County Council Arts Office seeks valuable feedback from professional arts practitioners to inform its first Arts Plan in a decade. This plan will reflect changes in the artistic landscape and possible legacy from Galway 2020, the European Capital of Culture. It will address how working in this new context, areas will be prioritised for…

DCC Arts Office Information Session | Preparing a proposal as part of a consortium for potential Artist Studios within Royal Canal Park

Dublin City Council’s Arts Office is assisting the Ballymore Group to access expressions of interest from individuals, groups, organisations or consortia interested in exploring the possibility of occupying one or more properties for Artist Workspaces / Studios use within Royal Canal Park, Dublin 15, D15 DKW4. This call for Expressions of Interest is an exploratory…

VAI CEO, Noel Kelly, hosts visit of Luca Jahier, President of the European Economic and Social Committee to culture sector of Northern Ireland

Visual Artists Ireland (VAI) was delighted and honoured to co-host the visit of EU President Luca Jahier, of the European Economic and Social Committee to Northern Ireland. At a gathering that included Members of President Jahiers Committee and Cabinet, Members of the Legislative Assembly, Members of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and members of…

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios Announces Outcome of Open Call for Studios

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios announces recipients of Six Year Membership Studios, Three Year Membership Studios and ISCP (International Studio and Curatorial Program) Residency, New York Six Year Membership Studios awarded to: Gerard Byrne Isabel Nolan Three Year Membership Studios awarded to: Niamh O’Malley Sarah Pierce Atoosa Pour Hosseini Richard Proffitt Alice Rekab ISCP Residency…

Arts Council Announce Successful Applicants of Artist in the Community Scheme 2019 Round One

Create manages the Artist in the Community Scheme on behalf of the Arts Council. The successful applicants to Round One (2019) come from a range of art forms and contexts. Research and Development Award Artist; Community; Context; Artform; Location Jane Queally; Amach! LGBT Galway CLG/ Tach Solais Resource centre; Cultural Diversity; Visual Arts; Galway Michelle…

EU President Luca Jahier to Visit Belfast and Meet Artists

Visual Artists Ireland (VAI) is delighted and honoured to co-host the visit of EU President Luca Jahier, of the European Economic and Social Committee to Northern Ireland. At a gathering of the cultural sector at Belfast Exposed, artists will present their work to President Jahier on Tuesday 25 June. The visit will focus on Peace…

Reports of Scam Email Offers to Buy Artists Work

Artists should be aware that there seems to be an increase in the number of scams targeting artists in Ireland. Art Scams begin with email contact from a scammer looking to buy your work having seen it online. Art Scams are becoming more sophisticated by the day and it is very important for you, as…

Last Chance to Book | Peer Critique with Maryisa Wieckiewicz-Carroll at the RHA

Thursday 4 July, 10.30am to 5.00pm. The RHA School, in partnership with Visual Artists Ireland, have organised a Peer Critique session that will provide a vital space for artists to show and discuss their work with peers and experienced practitioners in a constructive forum. Participating artists will make short presentations on their own practice after…

Tom McLean Announced as Winner of The Screaming Pope Prize at K-Fest

The Screaming Pope Prize (SPP) is exclusively organised by artists for artists as part of K-FEST (Killorglin, County Kerry). Given for a single outstanding work of visual art each year, the award is a self-funded, not-for-profit initiative, with the ultimate vision of establishing itself as Ireland’s foremost celebration for emerging visual artists. The SPP recognises…

MexIndex to Launch Critical Writing Competition

At the VAI Get-Together on Friday 14 June, the MExIndex will launch a critical writing competition on the topic of Irish moving images/experimental film. The winning submissions will receive a monetary award and will be published on the MExIndex website (www.mexindex.ie). Details available on the day from the MExIndex desk at the VAI Get-Together in TU Grangegorman or from…

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios announces artist Annaliisa Krage recipient of HIAP/TBG+S Residency Exchange 2019

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is delighted to announce artist Annaliisa Krage as recipient of the 2019 HIAP/TBG+S Residency. Annaliisa Krage will spend May & June 2019 working from a studio at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. Annaliisa’s residency in Dublin will be based around production of a new body of work for her upcoming…

Rajinder Singh Awarded Artist in the Community Residency 2019, Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios

Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios are pleased to announce Rajinder Singh as the recipient of the 2019 Artist Residency Award based at Fire Station Artists’ Studios. The Residency will run during the month of June, incorporating International Refugee week (17-23 June 2019) offering opportunities for discussion and development of work. This residency is funded…

Profile Your Public Art in the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

Deadline: Wednesday 12 June. If you have recently been involved in a public commission, percent for art project, socially engaged project or any other form of ‘art outside the gallery’ we would like you to email us the information for publication in the the next issue of the Visual Artists News Sheet. Send images (3-4MB…

Bill Balaskas Awarded the TOYOTAYA Commission, Cork

National Sculpture Factory and Cork Opera House are delighted to announce Bill Balaskas the winner of the TOYOTAYA Commission for Cork Midsummer Festival 2019. ‘Red Air’ is a new site-specific public art installation by artist Bill Balaskas. For this new artwork, Balaskas will transform into flower beds-pots selected letters of the original TOYOTA signs that were…

May / June 2019 Issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

The Visual Artists’ News Sheet (VAN ) is the primary all-Ireland information resource for visual artists. This issue features a range of conferences, exhibitions, residencies and events that took place towards the end of 2018, while also profiling several ongoing artistic projects and collaborations. Members of VAI receive a copy of the VAN delivered straight…

Last Chance to Book | Being Creative: Tools in how to maintain creativity and overcome blocks (Limerick)

13 May, Ormston House, Limerick. Do you ever have those times when creativity seems to have left the room? The muse is on holidays and the blank paper/canvas/screen in front of you becomes a daunting prospect? If so, then this workshop is for you. The workshop offers highly practical methods, tips, and techniques that support…

Art Lending Scheme for Schools Launched in Northern Ireland

Sculptor, Brendan Jamison, has officially launched the Art Lending Scheme for Schools, a new visual arts initiative from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. The scheme offers schools the opportunity to exhibit works from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Contemporary Art Collection and aims to increase opportunities for young people to be inspired by…

Culture Action Europe | Live Online Dialogue with MEP Candidates, 25 April

Join Culture Action Europe (CAE) in a Live Online Dialogue with MEP candidates on 25 April 2019 from 10.00 to 18.00 to discuss key issues related to the future of Europe and the future of culture. Where Online at: jammart.eu with participants from all over Europe. The organisational and discussion team will be based in…

Cecilia Danell Wins VAI Suki Tea Art Prize 2019

Visual Artists Ireland and Suki Tea are delighted to announce Cecilia Danell as the winner of this years Suki Tea Art Prize. As winner of the Suki Tea Art Prize Cecilia will have a two month, fully-funded, artist residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris, including flights, accommodation, studio space, a monthly stipend, and…

Aideen Barry, Clare Langan and Margaret Irwin West Elected to Aosdána at its 40th General Assembly

Aosdána, the affiliation of creative artists in Ireland, elected six new members at its annual general assembly in University College Cork last Friday. Visual artists Aideen Barry; Clare Langan and Margaret Irwin West were elected; as were architect Niall McLaughlin; writers Anna Burns and Doireann Ní Gríofa. Founded in 1981, Aosdána was established by the…

Kerry Guinan to Curate TULCA 2019

TULCA is pleased to announce that Kerry Guinan has been appointed as the curator of the 17th edition of TULCA Festival of Visual Arts in 2019. Curator Biography Kerry Guinan is an artist, researcher, and curator based between Limerick and Dublin. She holds a BA in Fine Art & Art History from the National College…

 Nuala O’Donovan and Marcel Vidal Receive Golden Fleece Award of €12,000 Each

The trustees of the Golden Fleece Award are delighted to announce that this year Nuala O’Donovan (ceramicist) and Marcel Vidal (painter and installation artist) received a Golden Fleece award of €12,000 each. Two  special awards of €3,000 went to ceramicist Sara Flynnand photographer Dragana Jurišić. The awards were announced at a ceremony at the RHA. The 2019 award fund is €30,000, making the…

Róisín White Announced as Recipient of BLOW Photo Book Programme FUSE 2019

After a difficult judging process, BLOW Photo is pleased to announce the winner of the 2019 BLOW Photo Book Programme FUSE is Róisín White for her project “Lay Her Down Upon Her Back.’’ Róisín ’s project is a body of work that examines the legacy of the 1880s treatment known as The Rest Cure. Róisín’s…

Arts and Culture at the Core of Philanthropy – Report by European Foundation Centre

The field of arts and culture is at the core of philanthropy, and is among the most important areas of funding for philanthropic organisations in Europe. This mapping, produced by the European Foundation Centre / EFC’s Arts and Culture Thematic Network, sheds light on how activities carried out by the organisations engaged in this field…

Minister Madigan Announces Funding of €10,000 for Every Local Authority in 2019 Under the Community Strand of the Decade of Centenaries

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D., announced a funding allocation of €10,000 for every local authority in 2019, to support their role in leading the development of commemorative activities at county level under the Community Strand of the Decade of Centenaries programme. This collaborative approach between the State, local authority…

Arts Council of Northern Ireland Announce Recipients of Equipment Programme

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has announced awards worth £740,000 that will help arts organisations renew and replace essential equipment. New exchequer funding from the Department for Communities, has offered much needed support to arts organisations hoping to enhance their artistic services for audiences. The fund helps to improve lighting and sound systems, renew…

Aosdána General Assembly, 5 April, Cork

Aosdána, the affiliation of creative artists in Ireland, will hold its 40th General Assembly on Friday, 5th April 2019 in the Aula Maxima of University College Cork. This year’s General Assembly, which will be opened by UCC President Patrick O’Shea, will include contributions from senior students of the School of Music and Theatre, UCC during…

Vivienne Dick and Ciara Nic Chormaic Announced as Recipients of Arts Council Reel Art Awards

The Arts Council has announced the successful recipients of its 2018 Authored Works and Reel Art Awards. Vivienne Dick and Ciara Nic Chormaic are the latest recipients of Reel Art awards. Reel Art is the Arts Council’s long-running creative arts documentary scheme. The two successful films will premiere at the Dublin International Film Festival in…

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios Announces Jonathan Mayhew as Recipient of the 2019 TBG+S/HIAP Residency Exchange

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is delighted to announce artist Jonathan Mayhew as the recipient of the 2019 TBG+S and HIAP (Helsinki International Artist Programme) Residency Exchange. Jonathan will be artist in residence for three months during March – May at the HIAP studios on the island of Suomenlinna, Helsinki. He will use the time…

Michael Hill Appointed Programme Curator of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios have announced the appointment of their new Programme Curator, Michael Hill. Michael Hill is a curator and independent publisher who has held key roles in Ireland’s leading public and private contemporary art galleries, including the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College Dublin (2009-2017), and mother’s tankstation Dublin and London (2017-2018). During…

Women on Walls Unveiled at Royal College of Surgeons Ireland

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland have unveiled Women on Walls in partnership with Accenture, a series of portraits recognising the achievements of eight extraordinary women. RCSI in partnership with Accenture announced an open call to Artists in 2018 to commission a series of new portraits for the Board Room located in the RCSI’s…

Lily Cahill Announced as Winner of DCC/VAI Art Writing Award 2019

Visual Artists Ireland, in partnership with Dublin City Council’s The LAB Gallery, are pleased to announce Lily Cahill as the winner of the 2019 Critical Writing Award. Cahill’s winning text – a review of Michelle Doyle’s exhibition ‘Obedient City’ at A4 Sounds – will be published in the May/June 2019 issue of The Visual Artists’…

March / April 2019 Issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

The Visual Artists’ News Sheet (VAN ) is the primary all-Ireland information resource for visual artists. This issue features a range of conferences, exhibitions, residencies and events that took place towards the end of 2018, while also profiling several ongoing artistic projects and collaborations. Members of VAI receive a copy of the VAN delivered straight…

VAI Statement on Payments for Get Together 2019 – The Facts

It has come to our attention that comments have been made on Twitter concerning VAI’s compliance with payment policies surrounding the Speed Curating event which takes place each year as part of Get Together, our National Day dedicated to Visual Artists. We wish to offer the facts. Payment rates for Get Together are fully compliant…

Open Call | Dublin City Council Residential Artists’ Studio 2019

The closing date for the receipt of proposals: Friday 15 March,  12 noon. Dublin City Council Art’s Office is pleased to announce an open call to Irish and international Artists’ as well as Arts Organizations interested in applying for our “2019 Residential Scheme”. The scheme will run from April 2019 until the 31st January 2020. They…

Deadline Approaching for Arts of Council of Northern Ireland Equipment Programme

Application deadline: Tuesday 26 February, 4pm. The Arts of Council of Northern Ireland has opened a funding round that aims to help arts organisations renew their working environment and replace equipment. The new programme, supported by £740,000 of exchequer funding from the Department for Communities, offers much needed support to arts organisations hoping to replace old…

Dublin City Council Culture Company Announce Artists Selected for Engage the City

As the Engage the City programme gets ready to spring in to action, Dublin City Council Culture Company are delighted to announce the selected artists for 2019 are Helen Barry, Zoe Ní Riordáin, Ray Hegarty, John Conway and Sinéad McCann. Engage The City is a artist-led research programme that connects artists and communities who are…

Shortlist for 2019 Golden Fleece Awards Announced

Sara Flynn, Dragana Jurišić, Nuala O’Donovan and Marcel Vidal shortlisted for €30,000 Golden Fleece prize fund. The trustees of the Golden Fleece Award are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2019 prize. The four artists are Sara Flynn (ceramics/bronze forms), Dragana Jurišić (photography), Nuala O’Donovan (sculptural forms in porcelain clay) and Marcel Vidal (painting/sculpture). The winners…

Creative Europe Announce Pilot Mobility Scheme for Artists and Culture Professionals from April 2019

In April 2019 a new European pilot cultural mobility fund will be launched, supported by the European Commission through the Creative Europe programme. A consortium of European partners has been contracted by the European Commission to lead the process and to manage the pilot phase of the cultural mobility fund. The overall objective of this…

Fire Station Artists Studios Announce Digital Media and Sculpture Bursary Awards 2019

Fire Station Artists Studios is delighted to announce the 2019 awardees for their Digital Media and Sculpture Bursary Awards. The awardees benefit from free access to the studio facilities for a 3 months period, as well as curatorial support and a stipend. Sculpture Alan Magee was born in Ireland and lives and works between Dublin…

Vera Klute and John Coll Unveil Sculptures of Luke Kelly in Dublin

President Michael D. Higgins will officially unveil two sculptures honoring the late Luke Kelly on Wednesday, January 30, the 34th anniversary of Kelly’s death. The sculptures by Vera Klute is more than 2m high, made of marble and metal. It is freestanding and mounted on a large concrete plinth along the Royal Canal in the…

Oscar Fouz Lopez Awarded the Tony O’Malley Residency 2018 / 2019

The RHA are delighted to announce Oscar Fouz Lopez as the recipient of the Tony O’Malley Residency 2018 / 2019. The Tony O’Malley Residency is awarded on an annual basis to an artist who wishes to work primarily in the medium of paint. During his lifetime Tony O’Malley was the recipient of subsidised studios and…

Cork Printmakers Commission Marianne Keating for Artwork at Wandesford Quay

Wandesford Quay CLG selected Irish, London-based artist Marianne Keating to create a work addressing the historical, architectural, symbolic and/or social features of Wandesford Quay in Cork city centre. Keating is working on a film exploring the social dimension of Wandesford Quay through an archival examination of the unrecorded biography of this former warehouse’s workers, excavating…

Profile Your Public Art in the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

Deadline: Friday 15 February. If you have recently been involved in a public commission, percent for art project, socially engaged project or any other form of ‘art outside the gallery’ we would like you to email us the information for publication in the the next issue of the Visual Artists News Sheet. Send images (3-4MB in…

Five Artists Awarded Project Studios at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is delighted to announce five artists who have been awarded studio spaces at TBG+S. Project Studios have been awarded to Jenny Brady, Chloe Brenan, Paul Hallahan, Celina Muldoon, Martina O’Brien. Project Studios offer a one year tenure and are generally awarded to artists at an earlier point in their career.…