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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…

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…

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…

Out Now | July / August Issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

Over the last few months, the livelihoods of artists have been catastrophically affected by the unprecedented public health restrictions, undertaken to protect against the spread of COVID-19. The closure of all cultural venues has resulted in the cancellation or postponement of thousands of exhibitions and events across Ireland. VAN’s July/August issue features profiles from numerous…

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.…

Government Announce €25M Extra Covid Support for Arts and Culture

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar and Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan have announced €25 million in extra supports to help the Arts and Culture sector recover from the Covid19 Emergency. The funding will include bursaries and commissions to artists and arts organisations, and resources for museums and culture workers as they prepare…

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…

Conor O’Grady Awarded Jon Schueler Scholarship Artist in Residence 2020, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Artist and Curator Conor O’Grady based in Counties Donegal and Mayo has been selected as the Jon Schueler Scholarship Artist in Residence 2020 at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. This is the eighth year of the Residency Programme which runs at the National Centre for Gaelic Language and Culture on the Isle of Skye. The Scholarship is…

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…

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…

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…

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…

JUMP by Cléa van der Grijn wins at Oaxaca FilmFest, Mexico

JUMP by Cléa van der Grijn is a 26 minute experimental film which has won at Oaxaca FilmFest, Mexico. Oaxaca Film Fest is a week long film and script festival which had over 10,000 submissions. Oaxaca Film Fest is one of the largest film festivals in South America. JUMP also has had official selections in…

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…

ADI and Arts Council Announce Recipients of Arts and Disability Connect Scheme 2019

In the 6th year of the Arts and Disability Connect funding scheme €30,500 has been awarded to 14 artists with disabilities through New Work, Mentoring and Training awards. New Work awards give artists the resources and time to develop new and ambitious work. Artists work with an arts partner to support them to get this new…

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…

Emma Wolf-Haugh, Sibyl Montague and Katie Watchorn Awarded IMMA 1000 Residencies 2019

Building on the achievements of the inaugural IMMA 1000 residencies, IMMA are delighted to announce three new artists selected through this successful initiative established to support artistic development in a meaningful or transformative way with the provision of time and space on IMMA’s Residency Programme. In December 2018 IMMA’s invited panel, Zoe Gray (Senior Curator,…

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.…

Business to Arts and Creative Ireland Seeking Host Companies for Artist-in-Residence (AR) Programme

Application deadline: Friday 15 February 2019. Business to Arts, in partnership with the Creative Ireland Programme’s National Creativity Fund, are seeking expressions of interest from businesses that would like to develop new (or significantly enhance their existing) CSR activity through the Artist-in-Residence (AR) Programme. The AR Programme will cover a broad spectrum of activity and…

Linda Shevlin Appointed Project Curator at Solstice Arts Centre

Solstice Arts Centre is delighted to announce the appointment of Linda Shevlin as Project Curator for 2019. Shevlin will be responsible for the delivery of Solstice’s visual programme and will curate a series of exhibitions during the winter season. Linda has curated, facilitated and managed both large and small-scale visual arts projects, most recently Tulca…

Public Consultation Welcome on ACNI Strategic Framework for Developing the Arts 2019-2024

The Arts Council Northern Ireland has developed its draft Strategic Framework for the Arts 2019-2024 in consultation with the arts sector and key stakeholders, as well as partners in local and central government, and the wider public sector. The strategy will establish the key priorities and actions that the Arts Council will pursue over the…

Minister Madigan Announces Five New Cultural Ambassadors for Ireland

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D., has announced the appointment of five Cultural Ambassadors. The new positions will see high-profile figures from Ireland’s arts and culture community promote Ireland globally as part of the Government’s Global Ireland 2025 initiative. Global Ireland 2025 is aiming to double Ireland’s footprint globally by…

Josepha Madigan TD Announces €2.13m in Funding from Culture Ireland

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs, Josepha Madigan TD, has announced approval of over €2.13m in funding by Culture Ireland for the promotion of Irish arts globally in 2019. A total of €1.16m will enable 168 Irish artists and arts organisations to present projects, covering architecture, circus, dance, film, literature, music, opera, theatre…

Culture Action Europe | European Parliament Elections 2019 Campaign

The Culture Action Europe EP Elections 2019 Campaign aims to foster a stronger recognition of the cultural dimension of the European Union and culture’s contribution to Europe and to encourage voters to make their voice heard by participating in the European Parliamentary elections. The campaign gives voters the ability to make an informed decision about…

Rosie O’Reilly Announced as Recipient of Basic Space Artist Residency

Basic Space is delighted to announce Rosie O’Reilly as the recipient of the Basic Space Artist Residency (BS/AR) March 2019, in partnership with ONONO, Rotterdam. Rosie O’Reilly is an artist and maker. She is concerned with the rationalist-constructivist view of nature that separates it from experience. She works across audio, sculpture and drawing making site…

Grant Awarded to Amharclann Chois Fharraige, Indreabhán, Co. Galway

A one-off grant of €20,000 has been granted to Amharclann Chois Fharraige, Co. Galway by Minister of State Seán Kyne. Seán Kyne T.D., Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for Irish, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, has announced that he has awarded a grant of €20,000 to Amharclann Chois Fharraige, Indreabhán, Co. Galway to…

Get Together: Call for Curators

Visual Artists Ireland is looking to update its panel of curators who participate in our programmes throughout the year. In particular, VAI’s Speed Curating event during Get Together. The panel of curators are also called upon during the year to deliver aspects of our Life Long Learning Programme which are aimed at raising awareness of…

Arts Council Announce Workspace Scheme 2019 Recipients

2019 Visual Artists Workspace scheme recipients announced. The Arts Council is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2019 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 workspaces throughout the country to provide the best possible working…

Arts Council Announces Recipients of Next Generation Bursaries

18 artists have been awarded prestigious Next Generation bursaries by the Arts Council – the programme recognises and promotes a selection of artists from different disciplines, such as traditional arts, music, dance, film, theatre and literature, with the bursary affording them the time they need to develop their practice. The recipients are: Kevin Breathnach, Myrid…

Minister Madigan Announces Appointment of Dónall Curtin 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 Mr. Dónall Curtin for a period of 5 years from 5th December 2018. The appointment follows a public call for applications on www.stateboards.ie and an assessment process. Commenting on the appointment, Minister Madigan said: “I…

Silvia Rosi and Theo Simpson Announced as Recipients of Jerwood/Photoworks Awards

Following an open call, Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Photoworks have announced the two recipients of the third Jerwood/Photoworks Awards as Silvia Rosi and Theo Simpson. Presented every two years, the Awards are open to artists using photography who are based in the UK and within ten years of establishing their practice. The Jerwood/Photoworks Awards are…

Arts Council Northern Ireland Publishes Review of ‘A Year in the Arts’, 2017-18

The Arts Council Northern Ireland published its Annual Review 2017-18, recounting many of the highlights of the Year in the Arts in Northern Ireland, supported by Arts Council exchequer funding from the Department for Communities as well as National Lottery funds. 2017-18 represented another outstanding year of accomplishment by artists and arts organisations, working hard…

Anishta Chooramun Awarded RHA Graduate Studio Award 2018

The RHA School is delighted to announce the recipient of the RHA Graduate Studio Award 2018 as Anishta Chooramun (IADT). This award is funded by the generosity of RHA Friends and offers the recipient a one-year fully funded studio in the RHA and a cash prize of €2,500 (courtesy of the RDS Visual Arts Awards).…

Paraic Leahy Wins King Ping Pong 2018

King Ping Pong announces its 2018 inter-art-organisation table tennis tournament was won by Paraic Leahy for RHA (Tony O’Malley Residency). Sixteen competitors battled it out at the tournament, which was held on 28th November in Pallas Projects, Dublin and in addition to the championship table, included a custom-made ‘trick’ table by artist Tanad Williams. Leahy…

Discount for Risks, Rights + Reputations Training Event, Belfast (30 Nov.)

Risks, Rights & Reputations (RRR) is a half-day training programme developed by Index on Censorship, What Next?, & Cause4 to provide arts and cultural leaders with the guidance, inspiration, tools and resources to navigate the rights and responsibilities of producing challenging or socially sensitive work. The event is brought to you by Belfast Festivals Forum…

Naomi Sex Announced as Recipient of Fingal Arts Studio Award 2018

RHA School and Fingal Arts are delighted to announce Naomi Sex as the recipient of the 2018 Fingal Arts Studio Award. The selection panel for this award included Colin Martin, RHA School Principal, Val Connor, Lecturer and Curator and Sarah O’Neill, Deputy Arts Officer, Fingal Arts. Naomi Sex will begin her residency in November 2018.…

Creating Futures Programme 2019, Belfast

Application deadline: Wednesday 5 December, 12 noon. Creating Futures is a programme designed to enhance the performance of small-medium sized culture and arts organisations in Belfast by developing the leadership skills of its managers. They’re committed to supporting skills, leadership development, and learning opportunities as part of our Cultural Framework and the Belfast Agenda. The…

Minister Madigan Announces New Markievicz Bursaries, Five Annual Awards of €20,000 for Women Artists

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, T.D., has announced details of a new bursary scheme for women artists – the ‘Markievicz bursaries’. Minister Madigan said: “On this the 100th anniversary of the enactment of legislation to allow women to stand in general elections, I am pleased to announce a new scheme that…

Arts Council National Survey on Arts Attendance, Participation and Engagement – Hear the Results

Tuesday 4 December, 10am to 12pm. In 2018 the Arts Council commissioned Behaviour & Attitudes (B&A) to undertake a national public survey on arts attendance, participation and engagement. Hear what the public had to say when John O’Mahony of B&A presents the outcome of this nationally representative survey of over 1,000 adults from across Ireland.…

Annie Fletcher Appointed Director of IMMA

IMMA announce Annie Fletcher as their new Director. Annie joins IMMA from the Van Abbemuseum in the Netherlands where she is Chief Curator. Annie will take up the post of Director on 1st March 2019. A noted international curator, Annie Fletcher has extensive leadership experience in the contemporary arts. In addition to her role as…

Eva Rothschild Awarded Docklands Public Art Commission, Dublin

The Central Bank has announced the outcome of its tendering process for a public art commission to be installed at its Docklands Campus. The provision of a piece of public art by the Bank fulfils a planning permission requirement of the NWQ building. Dublin born and internationally renowned artist Eva Rothschild was selected by a…

Leah Hilliard Awarded Digital Transformations Bursary

A €10,000 “digital society” bursary has been awarded by Digital Transformations to multimedia and performance artist Leah Hilliard. Acknowledging the award, she said “having been at the first Digital Transformations conference in Ballina earlier this year, I was inspired to think about knowledge as a river and how we try to capture and hold onto…

Nikolaus Gansterer wins MAC International Prize

Austrian artist Nikolaus Gansterer has won the 2018 MAC International prize. The Vienna-based artist was chosen from more than 800 international submissions for the £20,000 award. Gansterer’s winning work is Wor(l)ding: a meshwork of sense in flux, described as a mixed-media installation with a wall drawing, three-channel video work and a hanging object. An exhibition…

Open Call | Visual Artists Ireland Suki Tea Art Prize 2019 at Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris

Applications to be made on-line by: Thursday 10 January 2019, 5pm. Applications are invited for the 2019 Visual Artists Ireland Suki Tea Art Prize. The prize is open to all professional artists resident in Northern Ireland and all Visual Artists Ireland members in the Republic of Ireland working in all visual art forms at all…

Fairland Collective Appointed Bealtaine Artist In Residence in a Care Setting

Age & Opportunity are delighted to announce the Fairland Collective as the newly appointed artists in residence at St. Joseph’s Community, Shankill, Co. Dublin. Through this residency the Bealtaine Festival creates an opportunity for a care setting and its residents to engage creatively with visual artists over the course of a number of months. The…

Deirdre O’Mahony Awarded the O’Malley Art Award 2018

The Irish American Cultural Institute announced the O’Malley Art Award. Catherine Marshall and Cormac O’Malley, both Board members, were present at Books Upstairs in Dublin to make the presentations. The O’Malley Art Award was initiated in1989, with funds which came through Helen Hooker O’Malley and her international Art Collection which she donated to the Institute.…

Fourteen arts organisations to participate in Resilience Programme, Northern Ireland

Fourteen arts organisations in Belfast have been selected to take part in the Resilience Programme, an 18-month development programme aimed at supporting large-scale Belfast-based arts organisations adapt and change as the city grows. The Resilience Programme has been jointly developed by Belfast City Council and the Arts Council through its National Lottery funds. The selected…

RETURN 2018 | Claim RETURN for Work Published in a Book or Magazine

Apply before: 28 November. If your work has been published in a book or magazine with your permission, then you may be eligible to claim a share of RETURN. Managed by IVARO, the Irish Visual Artists Rights Organisation is Ireland’s not-for-profit copyright licensing and collecting society for artists and visual creators. What is RETURN? RETURN…

2018 RDS Visual Art Award Winners Announced

The RDS Visual Art Awards has a total prize fund of €30,000 and follows the long-standing RDS tradition of supporting emerging Irish artistic talent. Independent college curators were employed by the RDS to visit thirteen end-of-degree shows all around Ireland and longlist the best as contenders to exhibit. 121 artists were longlisted in this way,…

Shortlist Announced for The Savills Prize ’18 at Vue Art Fair, Dublin

The Savills Prize ’18 shortlist was announced and will be awarded at Vue 2018 at the Royal Hibernian Academy. The shortlisted artists are: Gabhann Dunne (Molesworth Gallery), Claire Halpin (Olivier Cornet Gallery), Gordon Harris (Gormleys Fine Art), Paul Mosse (Hillsboro Fine Art) & Janet Mullarney (Parallel Editions/Taylor Galleries). The €5,000 Savills Prize is awarded to…

November / December 2018 Issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

The final issue of 2018 is loosely themed around several prominent anniversaries being celebrated this year, offering a retrospective glance at the evolution of various Irish arts organisations. Given the upcoming 40th anniversary of Visual Artists Ireland in 2020, we are currently working on the SSI/VAN archive (which extends back to 1980), with a view…

Shortlisted Artists Announced for MAC International 2018

The MAC Belfast is pleased to announce the 13 artists shortlisted for the MAC International 2018: Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan / Ali Cherri / Larissa Fassler / Nikolaus Gansterer / Invernomuto (Simone Bertuzzi & Simone Trabucchi) / Ronan McCrea / Aisling O’Beirn / Vesna Pavlović / Renata Poljak / Larissa Sansour / Özge Topçu.…

Open Call | DCC / VAI Art Writing Award 2018

Application deadline: Friday 26 October, 5:30pm. Dublin City Council and Visual Artists Ireland invite applications for the Art Writing Award 2018. The DCC / VAI Art Writing Award was launched in 2012 as a development opportunity for art writers in Ireland. The award reflects the commitment of Dublin City Council Arts Office and Visual Artists…

Royal Hibernian Academy Elects New President, Abigail O’Brien PRHA

The Royal Hibernian Academy, which operates one of the nation’s largest public galleries, RHA School and Studios, marked an event of great importance in its history when artist, Abigail O’Brien was elected as the 24th President of the Academy at its Annual General Meeting, October, 2018. Elected to RHA Membership in 2006, Abigail O’Brien, now…

€339 Million Budget Package in 2019 for Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, announced additional funding of over €36 million for her Department in 2019, an increase of 12% on 2018 allocations. The increase in funding is comprised of €21 million in capital expenditure, an increase of 39% on 2018 funding and €15 million in current expenditure…

Belfast Open Studios Begins Saturday October 20th

Belfast Open Studios returns for its fifth annual insight into the tremendous creative activity that is going on all around us, all of the time. Over 250 professional artists are at work behind the usually closed doors of Belfast studios. They produce work that is seen and celebrated in galleries around the world and make…

126 Gallery hosting event to celebrate the life of Stephan Roche

126 Artist-Run Gallery (Galway) invite you to join them for a celebration of the life and legacy of Stephan Roche, 6-7 pm on Friday October 6th. Stephan Roche, from Clarina in County Limerick, passed away on Saturday 15 September in Galway, where he had been living. As chairperson of 126 Stephan made a huge contribution…

Save the Date | Bealtaine Mega Gathering Event, 4 December

The Bealtaine Festival is delighted to announce the date for its national networking and feedback event for partners, organisers, artists and those interested in creative ageing; as Tuesday, 4th December. This event will feature inspiring speakers on projects from Ireland and the UK and panel discussions on a range of thought-provoking topics. The day will…

Hannah Kiely Steps Down as Chief Executive of Galway 2020

The Chief Executive of Galway 2020 is stepping down. Hannah Kiely is parting company with Galway 2020 after extensive criticism locally about the manner in which preparations for the European Capital of Culture are progressing. The development comes just over three months after the project lost its creative director, Chris Baldwin. Galway 2020 chairwoman Aideen…

Arts Council Announces €350,000 Local Arts Collaborative Awards

The Arts Council has announced the recipients of the most recent round of the Invitation to Collaboration Scheme which sees €350,000 being awarded to five major local authority arts projects around the country. The scheme, established in May 2016, aims to identify new ways of strengthening access to the arts for people across Ireland and…

Information Clinics | Child Safeguarding Guidelines for the Arts Sector

In line with Children First National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2017), the Arts Council seeks to ensure that those in receipt of funding or grant-aid, whose work brings them into contact with children, are meeting their obligations under the Children First Act 2015. The Arts Council will host a number of…

Profile Your Public Art in the Visual Artists’ News Sheet November/December Issue

Deadline: Friday 12 October. 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…

Arts Council Announces Niamh Lunny as Recipient of Jerome Hynes Fellowship 2018/2019

The Arts Council has announced Niamh Lunny as the recipient of the 2018/2019 Jerome Hynes Fellowship – offered through the London-based Clore Leadership programme. This programme aims to develop the knowledge, skills and experience of potential leaders in the arts, across a wide range of cultural activity. Niamh Lunny is Head of the Costume Department…

Scoileanna Ildánacha / Creative Schools Pilot Begins

Chosen from over 400 applicants, 150 schools across Ireland will participate in the new Creative Schools pilot which aims to put the arts and creativity at the heart of children and young people’s lives. The schools chosen include primary schools, secondary schools, Youthreach centres, special schools, DEIS schools, co-educational schools, rural, urban, single-sex and Irish-language…

Josepha Madigan Announces €766,000 in Funding by Culture Ireland

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D., is delighted to announce approval of €766,000 in funding by Culture Ireland for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide. Almost €682,000 of the funding awarded will enable 115 Irish artists and arts organisations to present projects, covering circus, dance, film, literature, music, theatre and…

John Cunningham and Margot Lyons Appointed to IMMA Board of Directors

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, T.D. has announced the appointment to the Irish Museum of Modern Art of John Cunningham and Margot Lyons for a five year term ending in July 2023. The appointments follow a public call for applications on www.Stateboards.ie and an assessment process. Commenting on the appointments,…

September / October 2018 Issue

The latest issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet is a special issue focusing on the infrastructure and supports in place for emerging artists nationwide. A range of specially commissioned extended essays, profiles and case studies offer practical advice across a range of themed sections including: Galleries & Workspaces; Residencies; Graduate Awards & Opportunities; Postgraduate…

New Facilities and Projects Planned for Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Co Monaghan

An investment of over €300,000 by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is funding the development of a number of new facilities at Tyrone Guthrie Centre, the workplace and retreat for creative artists. The centre’s kitchen has been upgraded to better cater for residents and staff. The centre’s dance studio is also being…

Ian Wilson Commissioned as part of Gaining Ground; Clare County Council Arts Office

Following on from the recent announcement of the first commission for Gaining Ground; Clare County Council Arts Office is delighted to announce a new project with composer Ian Wilson, to begin in the autumn. The ‘Gangani Legacy’ is a sound and music research project based in West Clare, which aims to explore the complex legacy…

University of Atypical celebrates Arts and Access, Belfast

The University of Atypical, formerly known as the Arts and Disability Forum, hosted a celebration of artists’ talent and venue commitment at the Atypical Gallery in Royal Avenue. Thirteen of Northern Ireland’s leading disabled artists have received individual Disabled/Deaf Artists Awards (iDA) awards totalling £17,000 to develop their work. The majority of those artists were…

Paul McCloskey Wins Award at London Contemporary Art Prize

Gorey artist Paul McCloskey awarded 2nd prize in the prestigious ‘London Contemporary Art Prize’ Paul was presented with the ‘materials bursary award’ at the Store Street Gallery in London at a private viewing on Thursday 26th July. The judging panel consisted of gallery directors Lawson Bell, Andrew Stark and Terry Watts RBA from the royal…

Deirdre Robb announced as new CEO of Belfast Exposed

Belfast Exposed have announced that their new CEO is Deirdre Robb and she will officially commence her post on 6th August. Deirdre has over 20 years’ experience working in Photography and Visual Arts, as a gallery and programme Director, Curator, Arts Administrator and Artist. Previous history includes Arts Council Northern Ireland, Visual Arts Development Officer;…

Have your say | Consultation on Arts Council of Northern Ireland Strategy (2013-2018)

Ambitions for the Arts (2013-2018), a five year strategy by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, set out their goals to be a champion for the arts and to promote access to the arts for all. In the absence of an executive government in Northern Ireland, the Arts Council NI have extended the current arts…

Sinead Moriarty, Mark O’Kelly and Fearghus Ó Conchúir 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:- · Sinead Moriarty for the remaining 6 month term of an existing vacancy and reappointment to full term in January 2019. · Mark O’Kelly for the remaining 6 month term of an existing vacancy and…

UNESCO launches Global Survey on Status of the Artist

Closing date: 23 November UNESCO is launching a global survey on policies and measures taken around the world to support the economic and social rights of artists. It is coming at a critical time when artists and creators around the world have reiterated calls for stronger rights, fairer remuneration, copyright reform, legislation to give creators…

New Works Purchased by the Arts Council for its Collection

The Arts Council has announced that it has added 11 new works to its Collection which will be seen by audiences across the country, the state agency responsible for developing the arts said today. The artists whose work is added to the Collection are Michelle Browne, Genieve Figgis, Joy Gerrard, Dragana Jurisic, Barbara Knezevic, Sarah…

Affordable Housing for Artists Wins Approval in London

A new affordable housing scheme specifically intended for artists, and backed by Grayson Perry, has been approved by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. 12 affordable flats leased at 65% of the local market rent, as well as a community arts centre and studio spaces will be a part of the GBP£3.5 billion housing…

‘Folk Radio’ Announced as First Gaining Ground Commission, Co. Clare

Clare County Council Arts Office has announced one of the first commissions selected for the programme Gaining Ground. ‘Folk Radio’, curated by Anne Mullee, with artist Tom Flanagan and curatorial advisor, Deirdre O’Mahony. Folk Radio is a concept for a new artists-led, on-line radio station and digital sound archive, based at X-PO in Kilnaboy, a…

Arts Council Northern Ireland awards almost £1million of National Lottery funding to local projects

Thirty-nine (39) arts organisations across Northern Ireland are set to benefit from almost £1million 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…

Updating your profile: Curator Visits & Research

As we finalise our planning for 2019, we want to remind members that part of the service that we offer a dedicated online gallery as part of the Members Directory.

July / August 2018 Issue

The Visual Artists’ News Sheet (VAN ) is the primary all-Ireland information resource for visual artists. Members of VAI receive a copy of the VAN delivered straight to their door. The News Sheet is also available to pick up free of charge in galleries and arts centres. In light of the historic vote to repeal…

Catherine Hemelryk Announced as New Director of CCA, Derry

The board and staff of CCA Derry~Londonderry have announced the appointment of a new director, Catherine Hemelryk, who will officially commence her post on 1st August. Prior to CCA, Catherine joined NN Contemporary Art in Northampton, England as Curator in 2011 and was promoted to Artistic Director in 2012. At NN she curated the international…

PS2 (Belfast) Among Recipients of Freelands Artist Programme Funding

The recipients of the inaugural Freelands Artist Programme have been announced, with four organisations receiving £1.5m over a five-year period to curate a series of two-year programmes with local graduating artists. Based in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, the organisations are: G39, Cardiff; Site Gallery, Sheffield; and Talbot Rice Gallery, The University of Edinburgh,…

Curators Alice Butler, Edy Fung, Mirjami Schuppert and Rebecca Strain Selected for New Spaces 2018

Visual Artists Ireland are collaborating with Derry City & Strabane District Council on New Spaces, a programme of sixteen contemporary art exhibitions across four venues in Derry and Sion Mills from July to December 2018. The curators will bring diverse new work to the region from artists across Ireland and further afield. The venues are…

Arts Council Publish Dignity and Respect at Work Resource Documents

Resource documents to support individuals and arts organisations to develop and review Dignity and Respect at Work policy and procedures have been published and made available on the Arts Council website. During April, the Arts Council hosted a series of information sessions on the topic of Dignity and Respect at Work. The Council engaged the…

Profile Your Public Art in the Visual Artists’ News Sheet July/August Issue

Deadline: 22 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 in size)…

Eight Artists Selected as Part of Children’s Hospital Group Public Art Programme

Following a competitive open competition, eight artists have now been selected as part of the Children’s Hospital Group Public Art Programme to develop innovative artworks for the public spaces surrounding the new children’s hospital and the two new paediatric outpatients and urgent care centres at Connolly and Tallaght Hospitals. The Programme is being implemented as…

Galway 2020 Appoints Three Cultural Producers – Kate Howard, Liz Kelly and Craig Flaherty

Galway 2020 announces the appointment of three new cultural producers to cover the visual arts, Small Towns Big Ideas and audience development. This announcement comes after the news earlier this week that Chris Baldwin, Creative Director of Galway 2020, leaves the organisation by mutual agreement with the Board of Galway 2020. Kate Howard is Galway…

Four Artists Chosen for Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA Collection 2018

Hennessy and IMMA are delighted to announce the names of the four contemporary artists whose works have been purchased by the Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA Collection 2018; Barbara Knezevic, Susan MacWilliam, Mary McIntyre and Helen O’Leary. Each of the artists selected have well-established practices, making work of quality and rigor which has received considerable…

May – June 2018 Issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

The Visual Artists’ News Sheet (VAN ) is the primary all-Ireland information resource for visual artists. Members of VAI receive a copy of the VAN delivered straight to their door. The News Sheet is also available to pick up free of charge in galleries and arts centres. This issue has a timely focus on several…

Artist, Eva Rothschild and Curator, Mary Cremin to Represent Ireland at the 58th Venice Art Biennale in 2019

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan today announced the selection of artist, Eva Rothschild and Curator, Mary Cremin to represent Ireland at the 58th Venice Art Biennale in 2019. Eva Rothschild has proposed a pavilion that will build on current dialogues around notions of precarity, environmental change and the ongoing political…

Sol Art Gallery Has Moved to a New Location on D’Olier Street, Dublin 2

Sol Art Gallery is now centrally located on D’Olier Street which is a 5 minute walk from Trinity College and Dublin’s main shopping district Grafton St. Sol Art blends a monthly gallery exhibition list throughout the year with a calendar of global art fairs. Sol Art Gallery represents and promotes the work of national and…

Deadline Extension | Open Call for Curators for New Spaces Project, Derry

Application deadline extension: Friday 11 May Visual Artists Ireland, Northern Ireland invite curators to take part in New Spaces. This year long project offers four emerging curators the unique opportunity to develop all aspects of their practice by providing the space and budget to produce four exhibitions with artists of their selection, mentorship from experienced…

Amanda Coogan Announced as Curator of RDS Visual Art Awards 2018

RDS have announced Amanda Coogan as the 2018 curator of the RDS Visual Art Awards. The RDS Visual Art Awards provides a platform for graduating artists as they transition from student into early professional career. It does this by curating an exhibition of some Ireland’s best visual art graduates each October and offering a prize…

Vukasin Nedeljkovic Announced as Recipient of Basic Space Artist Residency 2018

Basic Space is proud to announce Vukasin Nedeljkovic of the Asylum Archive, an archive of asylum and direction provision in Ireland as the recipient of the Basic Space Artist Residency 2018. The direct provision scheme was introduced in Ireland in November 1999 to accommodate asylum seekers in state-designated accommodation centres. There were more than 160…

Linda Shevlin to Curate TULCA 2018 | Syntonic State

TULCA Festival of Visual Art is pleased to announce the 16th edition of the Festival titled ‘Syntonic State’ will be curated by independent Irish curator and artist Linda Shevlin. Linda Shevlin is an independent curator and visual artist based in Co. Roscommon, Ireland. Linda has curated, facilitated and managed both large and small-scale visual arts…

Ruth McCarthy Awarded Paul Hamlyn Foundation Breakthrough Award 2018

Ruth McCarthy, Director of Outburst Queer Arts Festival, has been awarded the hugely prestigious Paul Hamlyn Foundation Breakthrough Award 2018. Ruth’s Breakthrough grant will support her vision to realise Outburst’s potential as a leader in queer arts development, both in Northern Ireland and offering international leadership too. It will offer financial support for her full…

Peadar McDaid Wins Derek Hill Foundation Award 2018

Peadar McDaid was announced as winner of the Derek Hill Foundation Prize at the Glebe Gallery and House Easter Art competition on Good Friday night, Donegal. The annual Open Easter Exhibition showcases works by many artists from the North West of Ireland. The overall winner of the Derek Hill Foundation Award 2018 was Peadar McDaid…

Ursula Burke Wins VAI Suki Tea Art Prize 2018

Visual Artists Ireland and Suki Tea are delighted to announce Ursula Burke as the winner of this years Suki Tea Art Prize. As winner of the Suki Tea Art Prize Ursula 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…

New Head of Access & Engagement at Void, Derry

Void Gallery has announced Maeve Butler as their new Head of Access & Engagement. She begins her post on Wednesday 4th April. On her new position, Maeve said: “I am delighted to be joining the team at Void, I look forward to building upon the work of Void Engage and to working with local communities…

Tere Badia Appointed Secretary General of Culture Action Europe

Culture Action Europe have announced the appointment of Tere Badia to the post of Secretary General. Tere will join CAE as of 1 April 2018, complementing the experience and skills already present in the CAE board and team. Tere Badia holds a degree in Art History from the Universitat de Barcelona and a MA in…

Ursula Burke, Paul Hallahan and Cecilia Moore announced as recipients of the Golden Fleece Award 2018

The trustees of the Golden Fleece Award are delighted to announce that this year the award will go to three artists Ursula Burke (porcelain sculptures), Paul Hallahan (painting in acrylics) and Cecilia Moore (metalworking) who will each receive €10,000. The award was announced today at a ceremony at the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA). The 2018 prize…

Artists Announced for Artist-Initiated Projects at PP/S

Pallas Projects/Studios have announced the participants for their new Artist-Initiated Projects programme that will take place from April – Nov 2018.The programme will include: David Lunny, Austin Hearne, Roisin Lewis, Salvatore of Lucan, Emma McKeagney, Miguel Martin & Jennifer Mehigan, Robert Dunne, Marc Guinan, Sibyl Montague, Ella Bertilsson and Ulla Juske, Ann Ensor and Louisa…

Briefing Sessions for Arts + Disability Forum Individual Disabled/Deaf Artists Awards

The iDA funding programme is a dedicated annual arts development programme, delivered through the Arts + Disability Forum, to enable deaf and disabled artists who are working in a range of art forms to develop their professional artistic careers. The bursaries provide valuable opportunities for each artist to produce a new high-quality creative work, receive…

Deadline Extended for Arts Council Arts Grant Funding – 13 March

Due to the recent bad weather, the deadline for Arts Grant funding has been extended to 17:30, Tuesday 13 March 2018.Arts Grant Funding is a new funding programme that has been developed as part of the Arts Council’s new funding framework. This framework has been informed by, and is designed to deliver on, the commitments…

Hospitalfield (UK) Announce Interdisciplinary Residents 2018

Hospitalfield is pleased to present information about the practitioners who have been selected for this year’s Interdisciplinary Residencies. Designers, choreographers, composers, writers, architects, artists and performers from the Italy, Germany, Brazil, Canada, USA, Ireland and the UK have been selected. Including Orlaith Treacy, Visual Art Curator and Producer based in Kilkenny (orlaithtreacy.wordpress.com).The individuals’ applications were…

Funding for UK Not-for-Profit Organisations | Paul Hamlyn – Arts Access and Participation Fund

PHF is interested in ensuring that a wider and more diverse group of people have access to quality artistic practice. PHF want to use their funding to support organisations to test, implement and develop ambitious plans to widen access to and deepen participation in the arts. It will not be enough to simply increase numbers…

Culture Action Europe Launches the Double for Culture Campaign

The EU budget faces a tough challenge to fund more with less. The U.K.’s departure will leave an approximate €12 billion annual gap in the EU budget that needs to be covered. Emerging new priorities, mainly in the areas of defense, migration and border control, will also require more funding. Günther Oettinger, the European Commissioner…

Tania Banotti appointed as Director of the Creative Ireland Programme

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, has announced that Tania Banotti is to be appointed as Director of the Creative Ireland Programme with effect from June.Ms Banotti takes up the role after more than five years as chief executive of the advertising trade body the Institute for Advertising Practitioners in…

Six Artists Shortlisted for 2018 Golden Fleece Award Worth €30,000

The trustees of the Golden Fleece Award are delighted to announce the shortlist of artists qualifying for 2018 award. Those shortlisted are Magda Bethani (ceramicist), Ursula Burke (sculptor), Damien Flood (painter), Paul Hallahan (painter), Cecilia Moore (metalworker) and Natasha Rollinson (jeweller). The award will be announced at a ceremony at the RHA on 15th March…

Culture Action Europe Questionnaire | Social Inclusion: partnering with other sectors

Culture Action Europe’s raison d’être is to convey your voice to European Institutions in mutual dialogue with policy makers. The European Commission enables this bi-directional exchange through the ‘Voices of Culture’, a structured fora where representatives of the cultural sector gather to discuss specific challenges for the cultural sector and thematic areas where culture can…

38th EVA International Final Artist Announcement

EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art, is pleased to announce the 56 artists who will participate in the 2018 edition Participating Artists: Inji Aflatoun, Peju Alatise, Malala Andrialavidrazana, Alexander Apóstol, Artists’ Campaign to Repeal the Eighth Amendment, Jaime Ávila, Akiq AW, Patricia Belli, Colin Booth, Lee Bul, José Castrellón, Viriya Chotpanyavisut, Steven Cohen,…

Vukasin Nedeljkovic awarded the Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2017

Create has announced that Vukasin Nedeljkovic has been awarded the Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2017: Arts and Activism. Nedeljkovic, a Dublin-based Irish artist, has collaborated with asylum seekers living in direct provision centres for eleven years. Through this bursary, Vukasin intends to explore the processes of collaboration between the artist,…

Jill Cousins appointed Director of The Hunt Museum, Limerick

The Board of the Hunt Museum has announced the appointment of Dr. Jill Cousins as Director and CEO of the Museum.Dr Jill Cousins joins the Hunt with over 10 years of involvement in the European cultural heritage sector as the Executive Director of the Europeana Foundation, which she created from a project idea with 4…

2013 – 2014: Report Payment Guidelines for Visual Artists

In October, November, and December 2012 Visual Artists Ireland undertook a survey to look at the reality of artists being paid for work and exhibitions. In total 147 artists who are actively exhibiting completed the survey. The survey took into consideration exhibitions and work in Ireland both in publically funded not for profit spaces as…

Ask! Has the Artist Been Paid?

As we are coming up to the time of year when organisations prepare for their funding applications, we are asking for you help to ensure that there is an increased awareness of the need to pay visual artists equitably. Therefore we are asking for you to: 1. Our campaign Logo is still around and we…

Best Practice Guidelines for Internships – January 2014

In September 2012 Visual Artists Ireland invited a group of participants to form a Working Group to examine internships in the visual arts sector.  In doing so Visual Artists Ireland was responding to a number of complaints from its members about the treatment they had received while on internship programmes.  These complaints came both from…

Self-Employed Professional Visual Artists Access to Social Welfare Jobseeker’s Allowance

On Monday, 12th June 2017 a new pilot initiative which acknowledges the professional status of visual artists and writers applying for Jobseeker’s Allowance. The pilot is developed in partnership between the Department of Social Protection and the Department of Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, as part of a key commitment to artists under the Creative Ireland…

TBG+S Announces International Residency Recipients 2018 | Caroline Doolin + Kathy Tynan

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is delighted to announce artist Caroline Doolin as recipient of the 2018 HIAP (Helsinki International Artist Programme) Residency and artist Kathy Tynan has been awarded a residency in Paris as part of the Cité Internationale des Arts programme. From February to April this year, Caroline Doolin will spend six weeks…

The Social, Economic & Fiscal Status of the Visual Artist in Ireland – 2008/09

In opening this presentation I would like to quote Ms Pat Moylan, Chair of The Arts Council at the JOINT COMMITTEE ON ARTS, SPORT, TOURISM, COMMUNITY, RURAL AND GAELTACHT AFFAIRS meeting. “In the reply to a recent parliamentary question the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism said that even in these economic times he did…

Richard Long Knighted in New Year Honours List, UK

Sculptor Richard Long knighted in the New Year’s Honours list for ‘services to art’. Artist working in stone, slate, flint and mud, and since the late 1960s he has used walking itself as an artistic form – his sculptures, maps, photographs and works created from the written word documenting his experiences of the natural landscape…

Crawford Art Gallery Welcomes Mary McCarthy as New Gallery Director

The Chairman Rose McHugh and the board of Crawford Art Gallery, have extended a warm welcome to Mary McCarthy, who takes up the position of director in February 2018. Mary has most recently been director of the National Sculpture Gallery and also chairperson of Culture Ireland’s expert advisory committee. Previously Mary served as deputy director…

Entries Open for Voluntary Arts Epic Awards 2018

The Epic Awards celebrate the achievement of creative groups across the UK and Republic of Ireland, by recognising the skill, innovation and hard work that goes into their activities. The annual awards are a chance to shine a spotlight on the excellent volunteer-led activities that take place in local communities all year round.The Epic Awards…

Advocacy Datasheet #8: Media Coverage of the Visual Arts

CONTEXT In Ireland we frequently bemoan the lack of critical forums available for seriously discussing and appraising both the range of current visual art practice and culture; and Ireland’s rich visual history and heritage. In turn, this frustrates the effort of those in the visual arts trying to reach, develop and maintain audiences. Thus, it…

IETM Mapping: European Fund-Finder, Updated for 2017

IETM has updated its Fund-Finder, the ‘Guide to funding opportunities for arts and culture in Europe, beyond Creative Europe – 2017 edition‘. Having started in 2014, Creative Europe is the main funding programme of the European Commission to support cultural projects, networks and platforms in Europe. However, other funding programmes of the European Commission can…

Project Studios Awarded to Four Artists at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Four artists have been awarded studio spaces at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (TBG+S). Project Studios have been awarded to artists Aisling McCoy, Alice Rekab, Myrid Carten and Tamsin Snow for the year 2018. Project Studios offer a one year tenure and are generally awarded to artists at an earlier point in their career. Each…

Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar Launches Creative Youth Plan

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, T.D., together with the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ms. Josepha Madigan, T.D., Richard Bruton T.D., and Paschal Donohoe T.D., have launched Creative Youth – A Plan to Enable the Creative Potential of Every Child and Young Person. Creative Youth sets out measures to deliver on one of the…

Lubaina Himid wins Turner Prize 2017

Lubaina Himid, an artist who makes theatrical, witty and challenging works that address colonial history, racism and institutional invisibility, has won the 2017 Turner prize.Himid is both the first woman of colour to win and, at 63, the oldest winner in the prize’s 33-year history, after it dropped its upper age limit of 50. Himid…

20 Creatives Receive Arts Council Northern Ireland ACES Awards

20 artists from Northern Ireland have been announced as the latest recipients of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s ACES awards 2017/18, a National Lottery supported funding grant bestowed upon Northern Ireland’s most talented emerging artists to allow them to develop their professional, artistic careers and create new work. Awards under the Artists Career Enhancement…

Arts Council Northern Ireland Publishes 2017 Annual Funding Survey and Annual Review

The Arts Council Northern Ireland has released data from its 2016/17 Annual Funding Survey. Top line results reveal another difficult year for the arts sector, which has been faced with a decline in income and a shift in employment patterns with more short-term/temporary contracts. Despite difficult financial conditions, arts organisations reported a rise in the…

Green on Red Gallery wins King Ping Pong 2017

King Ping Pong would like to announce it’s 2017 inter-art-organisation table tennis tournament was won by Jerome O Drisceoil for Green on Red Gallery. Sixteen competitors battled it out in the tournament was held on 28th November in Kevin Kavangh Gallery, Dublin and in addition to the championship table, included a custom-made ‘trick’ table by…

Josepha Madigan Appointed Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Josepha Madigan, Fine Gael TD for Dublin Rathdown, has been named the new Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in a cabinet reshuffle. Josepha Madigan is a first-time TD, elected at the 2016 General Election. A family law solicitor by trade, she is also an author, having self-published a novel,…

Late Night Art Belfast | Thursday 7 December

Late Night Art Belfast happens on the first Thursday of every month with over a dozen galleries opening their doors for an evening celebration of the vibrant visual arts scene in Belfast. Join in around the world next week by following the hashtag #LNAB and reshare your favourite images, videos and surprises with your friends…

IMMA announces first IMMA 1000 Residency Award Winners

IMMA announces first IMMA 1000 Residency Award Winners which include studio space and a financial bursary for Irish artists, the awards are supported by the IMMA 1000 fund.The four artists selected for the IMMA 1000 Residency Programme are Jenny Brady, Neil Carroll, Dragana Jurisic, and artist duo Walker and Walker. IMMA 1000 is a fund…

UK Excluded from European Capital of Culture

European Commission says Brexit vote means a British city can’t be awarded the title of European Capital of Culture in 2023. Belfast/Derry, Dundee, Nottingham, Leeds and Milton Keynes had expressed an interest in being the 2023 host. In a letter the European Commission says the British application should be “discontinued” because of the Brexit vote.…

Arts Council Northern Ireland Honours Four Major Artists

A composer, playwright, performance artist and a visual artist have each received the Arts Council Northern Ireland’s highest accolade, with £15,000 Major Individual Artist awards. The recipients of the awards, given in recognition of the contribution each artist has made to creative life in Northern Ireland, are: composer Professor Piers Hellawell, playwright Shannon Sickels (Yee),…

Arts, Culture and Heritage Framework | Consultation Sessions at F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council has commissioned Thrive (formally Audiences NI) to deliver and integrated Arts, Culture and Heritage Framework for the area. In order to ensure that as many people as possible are consulted about the framework, there will be three workshop sessions held which are open to anyone involved or interested…

Minister Humphreys announces anti-harassment measures for arts sector workplaces

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD announced a suite of measures on sexual harassment and abuse of power in the workplace in the arts and culture sector, including specific initiatives in conjunction with the Arts Council.Firstly, the Minister has invited the group of eight leaders from Irish theatre organisations, who recently…

Arts Council Announces Formation of Creative Schools Team

The Arts Council has announced the formation of the Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools team. Two teachers have been seconded full-time to the initiative; Laura Keogh (Post-Primary) and Ross Curran (Primary and Early Childhood). In addition to their experience as teachers, both bring a personal creative practice to the work of the team. The Arts Council has…

Profile Your Public Art in the Visual Artists’ News Sheet November/December Issue

Deadline: 1 December 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 size)…

PhotoIreland Foundation Awards 2017 Open for Nominations

Nominations close: Monday 6 November Nominations to the PhotoIreland Foundation Awards 2017 are now open to the public. You are welcome to nominate yourself, your friends, but most importantly others, as long as you are honest and concise. PhotoIreland Foundation will review all nominations equally. You are also welcome to propose categories that you may…

Free Admission announced for the Lucian Freud exhibition at IMMA from 24 Oct. to 5 Nov. 2017

IMMA has announced that it is extending its inaugural Lucian Freud exhibition until 7 January 2018, and is celebrating the first year of IMMA Collection: Freud Project with a two-week period of free entry for all visitors to coincide with the October mid-term and Halloween Bank holiday. This landmark exhibition features 50 works by one…

Arts Council announces appointment of Deirdre Behan at Strategic Development Director

The Arts Council has announced the appointment of Deirdre Behan as its new Strategic Development Director to join its senior management team. Deirdre is an experienced senior manager with a long track-record of delivery, with a particular emphasis on strategy development, working in both the public and private sector, and has held previous positions in…

Visual Artists Ireland Residency Award 2018 – Call for Applications – VAI Members Only

Visual Artists Ireland Residency Award Save my progress and resume later | Resume a previously saved form Resume Later In order to be able to resume this form later, please enter your email and choose a password. Your Email: A Password: Confirm Password: in partnership with The Tyrone Guthrie Centre The Visual Artists Ireland Residency…

Digital Arts Studios (DAS) Belfast, Seeking Feedback in Online Survey

The Digital Arts Studios (Belfast) is making ambitious plans for the future and would like you to be part of this strategic planning process. Should DAS have an on-site gallery for exhibitions? Would you like DAS to stay in the city centre? Would you like DAS to have a full-time technician that you could drop…

Belfast Open Studios | Saturday 21 October 2017

OVER 250 BELFAST ARTISTS OPEN THEIR DOORS TO THE PUBLIC, 21 OCTOBER 2017 11am to 5pm, Various Venues Belfast Open Studios, now in its sixth year, is an opportunity for the public to come and see how artists work and to take a glimpse into their creative processes. Belfast is home to over 250 professional…

RHA School+Fingal Arts Announce Michelle Hall as Recipient of 2017 Fingal Arts Studio Award

RHA School and Fingal Arts are delighted to announce Michelle Hall as the recipient of the 2017 Fingal Arts Studio Award. The selection panel for this award included Colin Martin, RHA School Principal, Val Connor, Lecturer and Curator and Sarah O’Neill, Deputy Arts Officer, Fingal Arts. Michelle Hall will begin her residency in December 2017.…

Budget 2018 | Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht

There is “huge disappointment” across the arts sector at its 2018 budget allocation, the chair of the Arts Council has said. Sheila Pratschke said the council’s funding of €68m for next year – an increase of €3 million from 2017 – would allow it to meet existing commitments but would severely hamper efforts to broaden…

Dublin City Council Arts Funding 2018 Project and Neighbourhood Information Sessions

Dublin City Council Arts Funding 2018 Project and Neighbourhood Information Sessions will take place on Wednesday 4 October 2017 at 10am to 11:30am. at The LAB, Foley Street, Dublin 1. Information Sessions will be led by the Arts Officers Team. To attend you must register your interest by emailing: jonathan.ekwe@dublincity.ie You can download forms and…

Derry City + Strabane District Council Information Session for Artists

Derry City + Strabane District Council is holding an information session for Artists, Performers, Cultural Organisations and Groups in relation to its festival programme for the next financial year and the creative themes involved. This session is to advise individuals/groups that may wish to apply to be on the restricted list for the provision of…

Late Night Art Belfast | Thursday 5 October

Late Night Art Belfast happens on the first Thursday of every month with over a dozen galleries opening their doors for an evening celebration of the vibrant visual arts scene in Belfast. Join in around the world next week by following the hashtag #LNAB and reshare your favourite images, videos and surprises with your friends…

Out Now | September – October 2017 Issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

September – October 2017 is a themed issue that focuses on contemporary Irish painting, offering timely insights into recent exhibitions, seminars, residencies and current studio practices. With so many vibrant painters currently working in Ireland and a wealth of painting exhibitions taking place nationwide, this thematic inquiry cannot be comprehensive. The issue places emphasis on…

Mieke Vanmechelen Announced as Kerry Filmmaker in Residence 2017

Mieke Vanmechelen has been appointed by Kerry County Council as the new Kerry Filmmaker in Residence 2017. Her residency will focus on reaching out to secondary school students through a collaborative project, as well as her own professional development as an artist. The Filmmaker in Residence is a partnership between Kerry County Council and The…

Nominations Open for the Northern Ireland Creative and Cultural Skills Awards

Deadline for all nominations: Friday 6 October, 5pm Nominations are now open for the annual awards which celebrate the wealth of creative talent in Northern Ireland. Every year they recognise unsung heroes who invest in the next generation and young people who are excelling and contributing to the creative industries. Do you know an exceptional…

Get Together 2017 takes place this Friday, 15 September

LAST CHANCE TO BOOK! We’re very excited about Get Together this Friday, Ireland’s national day for visual artists. It promises to be a great day for generating discussion and opportunities. We’ll be making new connections and reconnecting with old friends and very much hope you can join us. VAI Members are able to book extras…

Late Night Art Belfast | Thursday 7 September

Late Night Art Belfast happens on the first Thursday of every month with over a dozen galleries opening their doors for an evening celebration of the vibrant visual arts scene in Belfast. Join in around the world next week by following the hashtag #LNAB and reshare your favourite images, videos and surprises with your friends…

Changing Arts and Minds: It’s time to talk about mental health and wellbeing in the creative sector

Ulster University (www.ulster.ac.uk) and wellbeing charity Inspire (www.inspirewellbeing.org) have come together on the SHoWCaSE: A snapshot of health and well-being in the creative sector project. This is designed to understand the health and wellbeing of people in the creative industries. It is well known that those in the creative sector make a vital and varied…

TBG+S and RHA Appoints Katy Fitzpatrick as Learning and Public Engagement Curator

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and the Royal Hibernian Academy are delighted to announce Katy Fitzpatrick as their shared Learning and Public Engagement Curator. This new position has been made possible through Arts Council funding in 2017. The role brings specialist expertise and knowledge to audience development and public engagement programmes at both institutions. It…

Yvonne McGuinness Commissioned for Amharc Fhine Gall 11th Edition

Draíocht, in collaboration with Fingal County Council Arts Office, is delighted to announce a new commission from visual artist Yvonne McGuinness for the 11th edition of Amharc Fhine Gall. McGuinness’ practice encompasses performance, video, photography, sewing, writing, sculpture and context-specific installations. She has an interest in embodied experience of place and in re-imagining the everyday…

Heather Humphreys announces funding of almost €750,000 for voluntary arts organisations nationwide

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht announces capital funding of more than €745,000 for voluntary arts organisations nationwide The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced funding of almost €750,000 for more than 60 local arts organisations around the country. The funding is being made available under Stream 3…

SAVE THE DATE: VAI Get Together 2017 | Friday 15 September

We are delighted to announce that this years Get Together – our national day of coming together with talks, clinics, presentations, information sharing and networking will take place on Friday, 15 September 2017 in The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. Featuring all of your favourites – Speed Curating, Portfolio Reviews, One on One Clinics, Help…

Invitation to Visual Artists | Belfast City Council European Capital of Culture 2023 Bid Discussion Dinners

Belfast City Council is holding a number of sessions to facilitate the sector to come together to respond to and further shape the emerging themes for the European Capital of Culture 2023 bid. Dinner discussion 3 Tues 1 Aug Dinner discussion 4 Wed 2 Aug Dinner discussion 5 Tues 8 Aug Dinner discussion 6 Wed…

Profile Your Public Art in the Visual Artists’ News Sheet September/October Issue

Deadline: 4 August 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 size)…

RUA RED announce partnership and exhibition series with a/political

Rua Red has announced a major partnership with a/political. Over the next year, a series of exhibitions will see many of the contemporary art world’s foremost socially and politically engaged artists respond to the unique context of South Dublin County. The partnership will mark the beginning of the new programme at Rua Red, under the…

a-n launches five-year Valuing Artists strategy, UK

a-n is the largest artists’ membership organisation in the UK with over 21,000 members. On behalf of its members, a-n has launched a five-year strategy to tackle the growing challenges they face in sustaining their careers as they contribute to the UK’s £1.9bn visual arts success. The Valuing Artists strategy was developed with input from…

Survey | Belfast, Derry and Strabane European Capital of Culture 2023 Bid

Belfast City and Derry City and Strabane District Council are working together to submit a joint bid to become the 2023 European Capital of Culture. In order for us to prepare for stage one, they invite you to tell them of any EU or international project or partnership that you are involved in, and what…

Galway 2020 announces appointment of Chris Baldwin as Creative Director

Chairperson, Aideen McGinley and board members of Galway 2020 are delighted to announce the appointment of Chris Baldwin as Creative Director of Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture. As Creative Director, Chris will be responsible for the delivery of the programme of events for 2020 for Galway City & County. Chris comes from a very…

Laura Fitzgerald, Richard John Jones Bridget O’Gorman and Sue Rainsford Awarded IMMA Freud Project Residencies

IMMA has announced three new Freud Project Residencies which have been awarded as the result of a recent Open Call. They will be working with artists Laura Fitzgerald and Richard John Jones and a collaborative project with artist Bridget O’Gorman and writer and researcher Sue Rainsford. Each project has its own unique perspective on Lucian…

Out Now | July – August 2017 Issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

The Visual Artists’ News Sheet is the primary all-Ireland information resource for visual artists presenting case study articles on all aspects of the lives of professional artists, alongside features offering critical reflection and analysis of relevant aspects of the art world in Ireland and internationally. Members of VAI receive a copy of the VAN delivered…

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios announces four new Membership Studio Artists 2017

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios announces four artists who have been awarded three-year Membership Studios for the year 2017. TBG+S is delighted to welcome these artists to the studios and looks forward to supporting them in their time at the studios. Artists’ awarded membership are Gary Coyle, Ronan McCrea, Sibyl Montague and Marcel Vidal. These…

Emma McKeagney Announced as Winner of Talbot Studios Most Promising Graduate Award 2017

Talbot Studios are delighted to announce that Emma McKeagney is the recipient of the Most Promising Graduate Award 2017.  McKeagney recently graduated from IADT. As the winner of the award she will receive a studio for a year at Talbot Studios she will join the eleven other members at Talbot Studios. Emma McKeagney McKeagney works…

Mark McGreevy Wins Suki Tea Art Prize 2017

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

Director Sarah Glennie to leave IMMA and become Director of NCAD in January 2018

IMMA today (20 June) announced that Director Sarah Glennie will leave the organisation at the end of the year to take up a new position as Director of NCAD, (National College of Art and Design) in January 2018. Glennie has been Director of the Irish Museum of Modern Art since 2012 and during her tenure…

Visual Artists Ireland Welcomes New Visual Artists and Writers Social Welfare Recognition

Visual Artists Ireland has welcomed the new pilot initiative which will acknowledge the professional status of visual artists and writers applying for Jobseeker’s Allowance. The pilot is being developed in partnership between the Department of Social Protection and the Department of Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, as part of a key commitment to artists under the…

Positive step for professional artists and writers as Ministers Humphreys and Varadkar launch pilot scheme to make it easier to access social welfare supports

The Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar TD, and the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, have today (Monday) announced the details of new arrangements to make it easier for artists and writers to access social welfare supports. The Ministers made the announcement at Poetry Ireland’s new headquarters on…

Visual Artists Ireland announces new online archive for The Visual Artists News Sheet.

Visual Artists Ireland today announced that a new online archive for past editions of The Visual Artists News Sheet is now available on issuu.com (https://issuu.com/visualartistsireland) The Visual Artists News Sheet is an important record of the Visual Arts in Ireland. As well as news and events, the Visual Artists News Sheet offers comment and opinion…

Minister Humphreys announces plans to review Cap on the Per Cent for Art Scheme

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, announced on Tuesday 23rd of May that she intends to review the cap on the Per Cent for Art Scheme. Minister Humphreys states “The Per Cent for Arts Scheme is well known and embedded in all public infrastructure works. We are all familiar…

Minister Humphreys announces new €1m cultural Digitisation Scheme

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced that she is opening a new €1 million Digitisation Scheme, which will provide grants for the digitisation and on-line access to cultural heritage collections. It will operate as a pilot scheme as part of the Creative Ireland Programme and will…

Profile Your Public Art in the Visual Artists’ News Sheet June/July Issue

Deadline: 9 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 in size)…

Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme 2017

The deadline is approaching for the Final Round of the Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme, which gives grants towards internships. The programme will be taking its final applications by 16 June 2017. NICEP offers £2,500 per internship to help employers create paid positions for young people aged 18-24 in creative organisations which focus on music,…

Mary Cremin Appointed Director of Void Gallery

Void Gallery are delighted to announce the appointment of Mary Cremin as the new Director. Mary Cremin is the Artistic Director of The Treeline Project with Oonagh Young and the Programme Curator of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. She is part of the Visual Arts Programme for Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture. In 2015,…

New Co-Directors at Basic Space, Bassam Al-Sabah and Kim Gleeson

Basic Space are delighted to announce Bassam Al-Sabah and Kim Gleeson as the new Co-Directors of Basic Space. Bassam Al-Sabah and Kim Gleeson are recent IADT graduates of Visual Arts Practice, based in Dublin. Bassam was awarded the RHA graduate studio award and works in video, sculpture and installation and Kim’s work is concerned with…

Artists Announced for Tír Sáile Residency Programme

Mayo County Council and Aras Inis Gluaire/Erris Arts Centre are delighted to announce the artists who have secured the three public art projects/residencies related to the redevelopment of the Tír Sáile initiative in Erris, County Mayo. Gareth Kennedy will be working in Carrowteige. Noah Rose and Selma Makela will work together in Belmullet and Joanna…

VAI Members Day Out in Belfast – Meet Belfast Galleries and Join Us for a party to announce the 2017 Suki Tea Art Prize Winner

Join us for a day out in Belfast, meeting Belfast Galleries, and come to the party to announce the 2017 Suki Tea Art Prize Winner in Twin Spires, the centre of Suki Tea world! We invite you to attend this one day event on Friday, 9th June 2017 to find out more about the visual…

MART Studios seeks participation in Survey on Artists’ Studio Requirements

Visual Artists – MART needs 2 minutes of your time to help research your studio needs. MART is undertaking a short survey to investigate the current studio requirements and wishes for Visual Artists working in Dublin City and Nationwide. Check Out: www.mart.ie/survey/ It takes 2 minutes of your time. From this survey we aim to…

National Campaign for the Arts seeking contributions to online survey

As part of the National Campaign for the Arts (NCFA) ongoing policy advocacy and activity planning, they now have a survey open online and want to hear your thoughts. So, if you work in the arts, care about the arts or have an interest in supporting the arts – please take a few moments to…

If you are offering art or classes/education of any kind then you may need to register for VAT!

It has come to our attention that Revenue have now implemented and are checking for VAT compliance under the amendments introduced in the Finance Act 2015.  The Act means that people offering education and workshops outside of specific constraints are now required to charge VAT and, within the VAT definitions, provide VAT returns to Revenue.…

Out Now | May – June 2017 Issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

The Visual Artists’ News Sheet is the primary all-Ireland information resource for visual artists presenting case study articles on all aspects of the lives of professional artists, alongside features offering critical reflection and analysis of relevant aspects of the art world in Ireland and internationally. From late-February to mid-April, a series of public meetings were…

Diego Bruno announced as Finnish recipient of HIAP/TBG+S Residency Exchange 2017

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is delighted to announce artist Diego Bruno as recipient of the 2017 HIAP/TBG+S Residency. Diego will spend seven weeks working from a studio at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. Diego Bruno’s residency in Dublin will be based around production and post-production for a new film and publication. Departing from a…

Sherry Erskine Wins VAI Student Membership Prize for The Burren Collage of Art

The Dean and faculty committee of The Burren Collage of Art, Co. Clare have chosen recent MFA graduate, Sherry Erskine, as the recipient of this years Visual Artists Ireland Student Membership Prize. This is the first of the VAI Student Membership Prizes to be awarded for 2017. VAI invited several Art Colleges in Ireland to…

Director of the Crawford Art Gallery, Peter Murray, announces his retirement

Over the course of three decades at the Crawford Art Gallery, firstly as curator and latterly as Director, Peter Murray has led the Crawford from being a municipal art gallery to becoming a National Cultural Institution. Trained as an art historian, but also a practising artist, Murray received a BA from UCD, followed by a…

Artists’ Building Cooperative Dublin (ABCD) accepting expressions of interest from artists

ABCD is an exciting new cooperative, of artist households, working together towards the development of affordable live-work space in Dublin City Centre. ABCD is now seeking expressions of interest from professional artists to form a panel, eligible to join ABCD, as membership spaces become available within the cooperative. ABCD are currently a mixed group of…

Thomas Brezing awarded Creative Spark Artist-in-Residence 2017

Artist Thomas Brezing from Balbriggan, Co. Dublin has been awarded artist-in-residence on the Creative Spark Residency Programme. Thomas was born in Germany in 1969 and moved to Ireland in the early 1990’s. Thomas’ work explores the collective shadow of contemporary mass culture from a variety of conceptual, painterly and performative perspectives. Edge-walking the lines between…

Important News about Artists Resale Right

It has come to our attention that a collecting society from outside of Ireland has been attempting to claim secondary sales money on behalf of Irish visual artists and their estates. If you are in the Republic of Ireland then IVARO (Irish Visual Artists Rights Organisation) is the local collective licensing body established by and…

Call for Nominations | Allianz Business to Arts Awards 2017

Closing date for applications: Monday 8 May 2017, 5pm CALL FOR NOMINATIONS 2017 sees the Allianz Business to Arts Awards celebrate 26 years of world-class relationships between business and the arts. The Allianz Business to Arts Awards champion the spirit of collaboration between businesses, artists and arts organisations. They recognise creative partnerships that bring the…

Sue Rainsford Announced as Recipient of Critical Writing Award 2016/17

Visual Artists Ireland, in partnership with Dublin City Council’s The LAB Gallery and AICA Ireland, are pleased to announce Sue Rainsford as the winner of the 2016 Critical Writing Award. Rainsford is the fourth recipient of the award, following James Merrigan, Rebecca O’Dwyer and Joanne Laws. The panel of judges this year comprised J.J. Charlesworth…

Nominations Sought for UK National Lottery Awards 2017

Deadline for entries is midnight on 7 April Lottery players raise £30 million each week for projects across the UK and the Awards are a great way of celebrating the unsung heroes improving lives with National Lottery funding. Now in their 14th year, the Awards recognise the incredible difference that Lottery-funded projects have made to…

Northern Ireland | Delays in Political Parties forming a Government Impacts Arts Organisations

Organisations in receipt of annual funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI) have been notified that they will be allocated 50% of their funding as an interim measure to deal with the uncertainty of the exchequer budget 2017. In the absence of a Budget Act, the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Finance…

Seamus Nolan Announced As Recipient of CAPP Commission

Create and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane are delighted to announce that Seamus Nolan has been successful in the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP) Open Call for a socially engaged commission. This is a very significant commission in the collaborative arts sphere in Ireland. It has resulted from a successful collaboration between Create, the…

Access to free dental and eye tests for the Self-Employed in new legislation

Some 500,000 self-employed people will be able to access free dental benefits for the first time this week, as the Department of Social Protection introduces a measure signalled in last October’s budget. The self-employed can also look forward to a free eye test every 2 years and a contribution of €42 towards glasses. The move…

Georgina Jackson Appointed Director of The Douglas Hyde Gallery

The Douglas Hyde Gallery is delighted to announce the appointment of Georgina Jackson as Director. She will take up her new role in May, succeeding John Hutchinson, following his twenty-five year tenure. Georgina comes to the Douglas Hyde Gallery from Mercer Union, Toronto, where she has been Director of Exhibitions and Programmes since 2013. During…

Matt Packer Appointed Director of EVA International

EVA International are delighted to announce the appointment of Matt Packer as the new Director of Ireland’s Biennial. Matt comes to EVA from CCA Centre For Contemporary Art Derry ~ Londonderry, where he has been Director since 2014. He has extensive experience as a curator in a temporary exhibition context nationally and internationally; he co-curated…

Aideen McGinley appointed Director and Chairperson of Galway 2020

Galway 2020 is delighted to announce the appointment of Ms Aideen McGinley as a Director and Chairperson designate of the Board. A national trustee for Northern Ireland on the BBC Trust, she has 37 years local and central government experience in Northern Ireland being the first woman CEO in NI local government and subsequently the…

NCAD Appoints Head of School of Visual Culture

NCAD appoints Head of School of Visual Culture The National College of Art and Design (NCAD) has, today (22.03.2017), announced that Professor David Crowley has been appointed as the Head of School of Visual Culture and will assume his position on 1st July 2017. Speaking today, Acting Director of NCAD, Bernard Hanratty, said: “Professor Crowley…

PLASTIK Festival of Artists’ Moving Image | 24 to 26 March 2017

24 to 26 March 2017 In association with the IFI, LUX and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios Welcome to the second edition of PLASTIK Festival of Artists’ Moving Image – a festival devoted entirely to artists working with the moving image. With films by over 40 artists and filmmakers, and including both contemporary and historical…

Setting Your Own Agenda with Patricia Clyne-Kelly at VAI Belfast Office

Wednesday 3 May, 9am to 5pm Tickets £10 / £5 (Includes lunch and refreshments) Setting Your Own Agenda – shift your mindset, find your focus and sharpen your creative mind. An exploration of best practices for making ideas happen. Pragmatic action-oriented insights and skills are shared to empower you to make good the ideas you…

Upcoming Deadlines for Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme 2017

The Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme grant was increased in January to £2,500 per internship and there are only two rounds left, deadlines: · 7 April · 16 June This funding is to help employers create paid internship positions for young people aged 18-24 in the creative industries, unfortunately applications for apprenticeships can no longer…

Peter Power Awarded Research Residency at The National Sculpture Factory, Cork

The National Sculpture Factory announces a new research residency with composer, director and sound designer Peter Power. Constructed as a form of mutual exploration this residency is designed to generate new relationships across disciplines within the NSF’s productive framework. From Waterford and based in Cork, Power’s interests are in the collaborative creation of events using…

Dublin Port Announces New Commissioned Artists and Public Works for 2017

Dublin Port Company has today announced the artists commissioned to create a series of site-specific public artworks in response to Dublin Port and its relationship with the City. New works by Sheelagh Broderick, Silvia Loeffler and AEMI and Cliona Harmey will be unveiled at sites and on structures within Dublin Port over the coming months.…

Announcement of funding for Fulbright – Creative Ireland Museum Fellowships

The Fulbright Commission in Ireland, in partnership with the U.S. Embassy and the Creative Ireland initiative, is pleased to announce the launch of the Fulbright-Creative Ireland Museum Fellowships. A total amount of $120,000 will be made available to fund twelve fellowships. Each year for four years, beginning with the 2018-19 academic year, three Irish post-graduate…

Creative Ireland | Local Authority Community Engagement Workshops

Open meetings are currently taking place across the country, inviting members of the general public, as well as representatives from all sectors of the local community, to join the discussion about how the Creative Ireland programme will enable creativity for all citizens. From arts organisations to historical societies, youth organisations, education bodies and beyond, these…

UNESCO celebration of International Women’s Day 2017 focuses on the arts

UNESCO celebrated International Women’s Day (8 March) at its Headquarters and field office with a roundtable debate on gender equality in the art world, an advocacy campaign for women to be better represented in the media, and an international art exhibition. Organised in cooperation with the French National Committee of UN Women, the roundtable discussion…

Northern Ireland and UK | Tax Increases Announced for the Self Employed

Artists and arts sector freelancers in Northern Ireland and the UK came under attack again today with the announcement in the Spring Budget that Class 4 National Insurance contributions for Self Employed will rise from 9 to 10% in April 2017. This increase will then rise to 11% in April 2018 and 12% in 2019.…

IN CONTEXT 4 – IN OUR TIME Public Art Commissions Announced

South Dublin County Council has announced six new public art projects set to be commissioned under IN CONTEXT 4 – IN OUR TIME, its public art programme 2016-2019 as part of the Per Cent for Art Scheme. IN CONTEXT 4 sees €200,000 allocated to new artistic projects in literature, visual art, music and theatre across…

Out Now | March – April 2017 Issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

The Visual Artists’ News Sheet is the primary all-Ireland information resource for visual artists presenting case study articles on all aspects of the lives of professional artists, alongside features offering critical reflection and analysis of relevant aspects of the art world in Ireland and internationally. In January 2017, we learned of the sad passing of…

‘The Cove’ Featuring Set Installation by Dan Shipsides

Lyric Theatre, Belfast – 3 and 4 March at 8pm, Sun 5 March at 2pm The Source Arts Centre, Thurles  – 31 March at 8pm Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick – 1 April at 8pm Project Arts Centre, Dublin – 6, 7, 8 April at 7.30pm The Cove is the result of a creative collaboration between…

Capital funding of more than €9m for arts and cultural centres announced

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced details of more than €9 million in capital funding for arts and culture centres across the country. The Minister made the announcement as part of the Creative Ireland programme, with funding provided under her Department’s Arts and Culture Capital Scheme…

Website Survey: visualartists.ie

As VAI has grown over the years we have seen many changes to our website as we seek to find ways to provide information that can be trusted.  Due to the complexity and wide ranging nature of our work, it has been difficult for us to come upon a 100% accepted design for the site.…

John Lee wins the Golden Fleece Award 2017

The trustees of the Golden Fleece Award are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2017 Golden Fleece Award is John Lee, a craft-based cabinetmaker from Co. Meath. The €15,000 prize was awarded on 21st February at a ceremony at the RHA, Ely Place, Dublin 2. A graduate of the furniture college in Letterfrack, Co.…

Julia Dubsky awarded Recent Graduate Residency 2017 at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios have announced artist Julia Dubsky as the 2017 Recent Graduate Residency recipient. TBG+S is delighted to welcome Julia and looks forward to supporting her to develop her practice within the creative community of professional artists working in the studios. The TBG+S Recent Graduate Residency is a professional development opportunity aimed…

PLASTIK 2017 Programme Now Online

PLASTIK Festival of Artists’ Moving Image is a festival devoted entirely to artists working with the moving image. Taking place at a range of venues in Dublin, PLASTIK brings international and Irish work together to form a distinct programme, much of which will be screening in Ireland for the first time. PLASTIK aims to represent…

Noel Kelly among four new members appointed to the Board of Culture Action Europe

Culture Action Europe are delighted to welcome new members of the Culture Action Europe Executive Committee. Corinne Szteinsznaider, Noel Kelly (CEO, Visual Artists Ireland), Lars Ebert and Yamam Al Zubaidi were elected at the CAE Annual General Meeting on 25 January in Budapest. ExComm mandates last for three years, renewable for a second term. Culture…

Visual Artists Cafe: Artists’ Media Toolkit, Derry

Thursday 2 March 12pm to 4.30pm VAI/DAS Members – Free Non-Members – £5 In this practical workshop, Sharon Adams will be looking at what information you have available online about you and your work, that can be used by curators and galleries for research or exhibitions. We will help you be in control of the…

Minister Humphreys appoints new members to the board of the Crawford Gallery

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys, has announced that she has appointed 8 new members to the board of the Crawford Gallery. All appointees have been vetted by the Public Appointments Service and were found to have the requisite experience to serve on the Board. The appointments are for…

Siobhán Tattan selected as Artist in Residence at Centre for Philosophy+Visual Arts, Kings College London

Siobhán Tattan selected as Artist in Residence at Centre for Philosophy and the Visual Arts, Kings College London. The Centre for Philosophy and the Visual Arts is a major multi-disciplinary initiative based at King’s College London. Its aim is to bring together academics, artists, curators and gallerists to explore the connections between philosophy, theory and…

Wexford Arts Centre and Wexford Co Co Announce Emerging Visual Artist Award Winner 2016-17

Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford County Council and the Arts Council are delighted to announce artist Katie Watchorn as the recipient of the tenth annual Emerging Visual Artist Award.  As a joint initiative between the three organisations, the award’s aim is to recognise and support the development of promising and committed visual artists in Ireland. The winner receives…

Lívia Páldi Appointed as Curator of Visual Arts at Project Arts Centre

Project Arts Centre welcomes Lívia Páldi to the team, as Curator of Visual Arts. Born in Budapest Lívia Páldi has held a number of key positions including; Director of BAC – Baltic art Center, Visby, Sweden (2012- 2015), Chief Curator of the Műcsarnok / Kunsthalle Budapest (2007 -2011), as well as co-founding the Institute of…

Short list of Golden Fleece Awards 2017 Announced

The trustees of the Golden Fleece Award are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2017 Golden Fleece Award. The artists and craft makers selected are: Chloe Dowds, Gerry Davis, John Lee, Fiona Mulholland, Nuala O Donovan, Yanny Petters. The 2017 Golden Fleece Award attracted more 120 entries and the trustees were impressed with the…

Open Public Consultation in relation with the evaluation of the Creative Europe programme

The consultation aims to gather comments and perspectives on the relevance of the Creative Europe programme’s objectives, the effectiveness of the measures taken to achieve them and the efficiency of their implementation. Thus, the consultation aims to establish the added value of the Programme in relation to the challenges and opportunities of cultural and audiovisual…

Profile Your Public Art in the Visual Artists’ News Sheet March/April Issue

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 size) and a…

Out Now | January – February 2017 Issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

Writer and researcher Joanne Laws is the guest editor of the Jan/Feb issue of the VAN, out now. Several interviews are included in this issue: Joanne Laws spoke to Alistair Hudson about the Arte Útil movement; Conor McFeely interviewed Andres Serrano during his recent exhibition ‘Torture’ at Void, Derry; while Rayne Booth spoke to Benjamin…

Government appoints Katherine Licken as Secretary General of Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced that the Government has appointed Katherine Licken as Secretary General of the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. The appointment will be effective from Friday January 20th 2017. Katherine Licken was previously Assistant Secretary in the Department…

Sign the Petition | Reduce the threshold for Artists Resale Right in Ireland

Many people profit when an artwork is resold. The full value of an artwork often isn’t seen on the first sale. It is common for visual art to increase in value over time, as the reputation of the artist grows. For this reason the EU introduced a directive that countries must introduce a system whereby…

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios Announces Five New Project Studio Artists 2017

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is pleased to announce five artists who have been awarded Project Studios for the year 2017. TBG+S is delighted to welcome all five artists and looks forward to supporting them to make ambitious new work in 2017. Four Project Studios were awarded to Marcel Vidal, Vanessa Daws, Kathy Tynan and…

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Public Age Winners Announced

After careful consideration and rigorous debate, a winning team for Public Age has been selected. London-based design studio The Decorators (www.the-decorators.net) and Irish artist Joe Coveney (josephcoveney.com) have been chosen to lead a project exploring public space and older people in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown in 2017. Public Age is an open call commissioned by the dlr…

Minister Humphreys announces €1.76m in funding through Culture Ireland

Minister Humphreys has announced €1.76m in funding for Irish arts globally through Culture Ireland. The Minister for Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced approval for the award of over €1.76 million in funding for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide during 2017 through Culture Ireland. A total of 135…

Recent events show recent achievements

The launch on Thursday 8th December by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD with the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, of the Creative Ireland Programme / Clár Éire Ildánach has been greeted with largely positive support by the arts. …

Government Launch ‘Creative Ireland’ Plan

On Thursday 8th December An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD was joined by Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, for the launch of the Creative Ireland Programme / Clár Éire Ildánach. Creative Ireland is the Government’s Legacy Programme for Ireland…

Helen Marten wins Turner Prize 2016

Turner Prize winner Helen Marten uses sculpture, screen printing and writing to create her work. The London-based artist, who is from Macclesfield, faced competition from Anthea Hamilton, Michael Dean and Josephine Pryde for the prize. She has said she intends to share the £25,000 award with her fellow nominees. The prestigious prize is awarded to…

Méadhbh O’Connor to represent Antarctica at 57th International Venice Biennale of Art 2017

Dublin artist Méadhbh O’Connor has been selected as one of fifteen international artists to represent Antarctica in the supranational Antarctic Pavilion at the forthcoming 57th International Venice Biennale of Art 2017. The 15 finalists were chosen among 500 applicants from 59 countries by an independent jury comprising the Commissioner of the Antarctic Biennale, Alexander Ponomarev,…

Minister Humphreys makes appointments to the Board of the Arts Council

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced that she has appointed six new ordinary members to the Board of the Arts Council. The following appointments will come into effect immediately: · Damien Downes · Loughlin Deegan · Paddy Glackin · Martina Moloney · Pádraig Ó Duinnín ·…

VAI Open Day, Friday 16th December 2016

Join us on Friday 16th December 2016 for our first Visual Artists Ireland Open Day. This will mark our move to new offices and the development of facilities now available for rent by artists and cultural organisations. We will be open from 10am until 4pm. During that time our staff will be available to talk…

Minister Humphreys makes appointments to the Board of the National Gallery of Ireland

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, has today announced that she has appointed seven new ordinary members to the Board of the National Gallery of Ireland. The following appointments will come into effect immediately: · Lynda Carroll · Michael Cush · Jacqueline Hall · Gary Jermyn · Ann…

17 Creatives Scoop Arts Council Northern Ireland ACES Awards

17 artists from Northern Ireland have been announced as the latest recipients of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s ACES awards 2016/17, a funding grant bestowed upon Northern Ireland’s most talented emerging artists to allow them to develop their professional artistic careers. Awards under the Artists Career Enhancement Scheme (ACES) are made annually to professional…

Applications are invited for the 2016 Visual Artists Ireland Suki Tea Art Prize

Applications are invited for the 2016 Visual Artists Ireland Suki Tea Art Prize. The prize is open to all professional artists resident in Northern Ireland and all Visual Artists Ireland members in the Republic of Ireland working in all visual art forms at all career stages. In its second year the Prize is directed at…

November/December Issue of Visual Artists’ News Sheet Out Now

The November/December Visual Artists’ News Sheet (VAN) is hot off the press! It will be sent by post to all VAI members and arts organisations in the coming days. Guest editor Joanne Laws looks back at a series of prominent projects and themes from 2016. The topic of commemoration is explored in Helen Carey’s column…

Winners of RDS Visual Art Awards 2016 Announced

National College of Art and Design graduate Elaine Hoey has won the €10,000 RDS Taylor Art Award for her creation The Weight of Water, an immersive work which fuses Virtual Reality with gaming technology to tackle the on-going global refugee crisis. Her award was announced on Tuesday 25th of October at the launch of the…

Open Call | Critical Writing Award 2016

Applications deadline: Friday, 25 November, 5:30pm Visual Artists Ireland, in Partnership with Dublin City Council and AICA Ireland, is inviting submissions for the 2016 Critical Writing Award, judged by J.J. Charlesworth (AICA UK, Associate Editor, Art Review), Sheena Barrett (Assistant Arts Officer, Dublin City Council) and Noel Kelly (President, AICA Ireland, Director, Visual Artists Ireland).…

New Arts Council Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme | Applications Open 15 November

New Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme Closing Dates Announced December 15 is the deadline for applications to the Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme for tours beginning in the period July to December 2017. The Advance Planning strand for this scheme has the same deadline for tours from January to December 2018. Application forms…

Budget 2017 | Additional €5m for the Arts Council, overall budget for arts down by 16 per cent

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, on Tuesday announced increases in funding across a range of arts and heritage bodies under her Department’s remit for Budget 2017. The Minister has said that Budget 2017 will allow her Department to build on the positive legacy of the Ireland 2016…

Galway County Council seeking Nominations for The Cathaoirleach’s Community Awards 2016

The Cathaoirleach’s Community Awards 2016 for the County of Galway (previously the County Mayors Awards) will take place in November. Galway County Council are now seeking nominations for 12 categories: Community Economic Initiative Award Environmental Award Sports Award Arts and Culture Award Heritage Publication Award Schools Contribution to Heritage or Irish Language Award Best Contribution…

Sculptor Eleanor Duffin is awarded the 2017 Tottenham Hale International Studios (THIS) Residency

Jointly organised by THIS and Askeaton Contemporary Arts, the residency gives Eleanor the opportunity to live and work in London next summer, following an open call for applications earlier this year. About Eleanor Duffin: Eleanor Duffin is a visual artist whose works are predominantly sculptural in nature and are characterised by the tension between materiality…

Artist in the Community Scheme – Second Round 2016: Successful Applicants

Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, has announced the successful applicants to the Second Round of the Artist in the Community Scheme in 2016. The Artist in the Community Scheme is managed by Create on behalf of the Arts Council. Seven applicants were successful under the Research and Development phase, four with mentors,…