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September Webinar Recordings Now Available to Members

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

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

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

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

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

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VAI is recruiting: Services Design & Delivery Position – Full Time

VAI is looking for somebody very special to join our team to take up responsibility for quality led Services Design & Delivery both Online and Offline which are directed at supporting the professional careers of visual artists in Ireland. Reporting to the Office Manager, the person in this role is accountable for the service design…

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

The September / October 2020 issue of the VAN has arrived and been dispatched to members and arts organisations. As countries around the world continue to grapple with the shifting realities of COVID-19, the impact on the cultural sector is resonating far and wide. Thousands of museum and heritage jobs have already been lost in…

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

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

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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…

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

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

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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‘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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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‘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…

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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…

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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…

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‘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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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!…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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’…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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)…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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)…

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…

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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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)…

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…

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,…

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…

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)…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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. …

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…

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…

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).…

Call Out for Participants for Show and Tell at Outpost Studios, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Deadline: Tuesday 4 October 2016, 5pm Visual Artists Ireland in partnership with Outpost Studios. Show & Tell event takes place at 11am on Saturday 15th of October 2016. The purpose of Show & Tell is to allow artists to present work or concepts to each other in an informal atmosphere. The events are also designed…

Belfast Open Studios 2016 | Open Call for Artists To Get Involved

Deadline: 14 September 2016 Belfast Open Studios Belfast Open Studios 2016 kicks off on Thursday 6 October with a Studio Fair from 1pm – 4 pm at The Black Box. Whether you’re an artist, a student or recent graduate, an aspiring collector, or if you simply want to find out more about the visual arts…

POSTPONED | Sustaining Your Practice: Reflective Writing Workshops, Bangor

Workshop Postponed in Bangor. Sustaining Your Practice: Reflective Writing Workshops due to take place on 3, 17 September and 1 October at Project 24 have been postponed until further notice. New dates will be posted on the VAI website, if you would like to receive email notification when the workshops are rescheduled please email info@visualartists.ie Reflective Writing Workshop…

VAN Sept/Oct Edition Out Now | Guest Editor Linda Shevlin

The September/October Visual Artists’ News Sheet (VAN) is available and will be sent to all members in the coming days. This edition takes ‘participation’ as its theme and includes articles on art criticism, Arts and Health, EVA 2016 and artists residencies. Selected articles will be available on the new VAN blog at: visualartistsireland.com The Sept/Oct issue…

VAI Get Together Fast Approaching! | BOOK 26 August

Get Together is 5! The programme for this year’s national day for visual artists is open for registrations with a wide range of artists, curators, critics and academic speakers invited. Since Get Together 2015, we have looked at what is current and also feedback from previous years to build a programme that offers much to…

Get Together 2016 coincides with A FAIR LAND, Grizedale Arts at IMMA

Get Together 2016 is taking place at IMMA on the 26th of August. We are delighted that the national day for visual artists coincides with the collaboration between IMMA and Grizedale Arts: A FAIR LAND, which sets out to examine the ‘usefulness’ of art in 2016. The audience of Get Together will have the opportunity…

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Profile Your Public Art in the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

Deadline 10 August 2016 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)…

Visual Artists Ireland (NI) response to NI Executive draft Programme for Government 2016-2021 consultation

On 22nd July 2016, as part of our ongoing advocacy activities, Visual Artists Ireland submitted a response to the Northern Ireland Executive’s consultation on the draft Programme for Government 2016-2021. Our response included contributions from Tracy Marshall-Elliott (Belfast Exposed) and John Duncan (Source Photographic Review). We feel that the arts can contribute towards many of…

VAI remain committed to the support of visual artists in Northern Ireland

In light of the UK referendum result to leave the EU, we would like to let our visual artists in Northern Ireland know that we will be working hard to ensure that there is little or no impact on our work and on our office in Belfast. We will be constantly monitoring the changes and remain…

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ACNI Funding for Individual Artists: SIAP Information, Belfast

ACNI Funding for Individual Artists: SIAP information Monday 4th July 10am – 12pm Visual Artists Ireland, Belfast Office Open to all artists, this meeting aims to provide information on the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Support for Individual Artists Programme. The SIAP Programme includes the following strands: General Arts Awards Artists Career Enhancement Scheme Major…

Developing Creative Proposals with Annette Moloney, Belfast | 9 July

Developing Creative Proposals with Annette Moloney Saturday 9th July 10am to 5pm Visual Artists Ireland, Belfast Office This workshop is ideal for people applying for ACNI SIAP funding. Preparing proposals can be a challenging and time consuming exercise for artists. It’s not always easy to communicate an unrealised idea and it can take time and…

Visual Artists Ireland advises an extra 48 Million Euro is possible for the Arts in Ireland

In a report to be issued next week, Visual Artists Ireland shows that the introduction of a tourist tax could raise over an additional 48,000,000 Euro for the cultural sector based on CSO statistics issued for bed nights in 2015. The financial reality for the culture sector is such that organisations who have survived the…

Positioning Your Practice – Fingal

June 23, 2016 – June 23, 2016 Malahide Castle Map and Directions | Register Description: Visual Artists Ireland in partnership with Fingal County Council Arts Office N.B. places will be prioritised for Fingal based artists. Speakers: Bea de Sousa  / The Agency Gallery, Nick Kaplony / ArtQuest and Mary Cremin / Independent Curator The contributing…

Arno Kramer – On the Place of Contemporary Drawing – Talk Dublin

September 28, 2016 – September 28, 2016 Visual Artists Ireland Map and Directions | Register Description: This talk is open to VAI members and other visual art professionals interested in hearing about Arno’s approach to drawing as an artist and as a curator of drawing. Arno says I would like to show images from special…

EVENT POSTPONED, Visual Artists Cafe at North Down Museum, Bangor

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been postponed. Please email rob@visualartists-ni.org if you wish to be notified of the new date when confirmed Visual Artists Cafe: Artists Speak Saturday 11th June, 11am to 4pm | VAI Members £3 / Non Members £5 North Down Museum, Bangor This event will introduce you to three artists…

Visual Artists Ireland calls on government for immediate action to alleviate poverty in the visual arts.

80% of visual artists in Ireland who depend on their creative income live under the poverty threshold. The Government must act now to ensure that arts funding is increased to a level that supports the Arts Council and other funding bodies as they work with artists and arts organisations. Since 2008 there has been a…

New Canon WUX500 Projector for Hire Exclusively to VAI Members

One of the many benefits of becoming a member of Visual Artists Ireland is access to a wide range of equipment for hire, available exclusively to members at affordable rates. Institutions, organisations and non-artist individuals may also hire equipment and services by becoming members of VAI as an ‘Organisation’ or ‘Friend’. Equipment is regularly updated, serviced and at rates far…

Curator Talk and Peer Critique with Joseph Wolin – Dublin

June 9, 2016 – June 9, 2016 Visual Artists Ireland Map and Directions | Register Description: We are delighted to welcome Curator and Critic Joseph Wollin to Dublin.  Joseph will give a public talk about his work followed by a private Peer Critique session for a small group of 6 artists. Joseph Wollin Talk (10.30…

Handling and Packaging your Work with Maurice Ward Art Handling

21 April, 11.30am | Cost: €5 / Free for VAI members Do you feel confident about handling and packaging your own art work?  Do you feel confident that the materials you use for packaging: protect your work sufficiently for handling and transport; don’t affect the material condition of the work and look presentable and professional?…

Sustaining your Practice – Bealtaine & Visual Artists Ireland

May 26, 2016 – May 26, 2016 The Lab Gallery Map and Directions | Register Description:             Visual Artists Ireland in partnerhsip with Bealtaine 2016 Festival ‘Sustaining your Practice’ will consist of a number of practical talks designed to address key welfare and financial issues for mature practitioners. The day…

Legal Advice Clinics for Visual Artists & Makers of Fine Craft with Brenda Tobin / LASA

May 11, 2016 – May 11, 2016 Visual Artists Ireland Map and Directions | Register Description: Visual Artists Ireland in partnership with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland in conjunction with Brenda Tobin / LASA (Legal Advice Service for the Arts) Open to visual artists and makers of fine craft, this is an opportunity…

New VAI Equipment to Hire | InFocus Short Throw Projector

This InFocus projector combines short throw and high brightness making it perfect for tight spaces. The projector is built to perform with multiple ways to connect, beautiful image quality and option to convert to an interactive projector. Plus, the short throw lens reduces shadows, prevents light from shining in the presenter’s face, and saves space.…

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Communications and Digital Marketing for Visual Artists with Emma Dwyer

October 6, 2016 – October 6, 2016 Visual Artists Ireland Map and Directions | Register Description: This session examines how you as an artist can communicate about and market your practice. Emma Dwyer will give you the basic tools for communications and digital marketing. Topics covered will include: how to write clear understandable and engaging copy whether for…

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Visual Artist’s Ireland Café at DLR Lexicon Library (register as audience)

Date: April 30, 2016  | Price: €0.00 — €3.00 | Available Spaces: 45 Visual Artists Ireland in partnership with ArtNetDLR @ DLR Lexicon This VAI Cafe involves a Show & Tell with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area artists presenting their work or concepts in an informal atmosphere. This event also welcomes interested artists, curators and artistic directors allowing them to…

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Sustaining your Practice – Bealtaine & Visual Artists Ireland

Date: May 26, 2016 | Price: €7.00 | Available Spaces: 23 10.30am to 3pm @ The LAB Gallery, DCC, Foley St, Dublin 1 Visual Artists Ireland in partnerhsip with Bealtaine Festival ‘Sustaining your Practice’ will consist of a number of practical talks designed to address key welfare and financial issues for mature practitioners. The day will close with…

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Working with Digital Images with Tim Durham – Dublin

Date: June 16, 2016 | Price: €30.00 — €60.00 | Available Spaces: 10 This day-long workshop is about the processes of preparing and storing digital image files (most often photographs). The session will present best practice in relation to Photoshop, Apple’s Photos and Media Pro software packages. These three packages are used for demonstration purposes only. If…

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NYCI Child Protection Awareness Programme for Artists with Tom Kent – Ennis

Date: September 10, 2016 | Price: €5.00 — €10.00 | Available Spaces: 18 Visual Artists Ireland in partnership with Clare County Council Arts Office Have you previously undertaken Child Protection Training? If not, then this is the session will provide you with certified basic Child Protection Training through the National Youth Council of Ireland’s (NYCI) Children First…

Documenting your Work with Tim Durham – Dublin

Date: September 14, 2016 | Price: €40.00 — €80.00 Artists often struggle to photograph their own work or spend scarce money paying someone else to do it for them. But with some basic guidelines and practice, artists are, for the majority of purposes well able to photograph their own paintings, drawings, etc with the digital compact…

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NYCI Child Protection Awareness Programme for Artists with Tom Kent – Dublin

Date: September 17, 2016 | Price: €20.00 —  €40.00 | Available Spaces: 18 Have you previously undertaken Child Protection Training? If not, then this is the session will provide you with certified basic Child Protection Training through the National Youth Council of Ireland’s (NYCI) Children First Programme. This session is aimed at artists who work with Children…

Profile Your Public Art in the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

Profile Your Public Art in the Visual Artists’ News Sheet 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…

Working with Digital Images with Tim Durham – Dublin

June 16, 2016 – June 16, 2016 Visual Artists Ireland Map and Directions | Register Description: This day-long workshop is about the processes of preparing and storing digital image files (most often photographs). The session will present best practice in relation to Photoshop, Apple’s Photos and Media Pro software packages. These three packages are used…

VAI and Bealtaine Survey of the Needs of Artists Over 50

30 April 2016 | Free Visual Artists Ireland, Central Hotel Chambers, 7 to 9 Dame Court, Dublin 2 Visual Artists Ireland in partnership with Age and Opportunity and the Bealtaine Festival, would like to develop a seminar event that addresses the career issues of artists aged 50 years and older, both established and emerging. This…

Documenting Your Work with Veronica Nicholson, Portlaoise

13 May 2016 | Cost: €20 – €40 | Available Spaces: 12 Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise Visual Artists Ireland in partnership with Dunamaise Arts Centre. The importance of good quality documentation of your work cannot be understated. Good photographs can make all the difference to your exhibition proposals, funding applications, curator visits and online visibility. During…

Handling and Packaging your Work with Maurice Ward

21 April | Cost: €10 – €20 | Available Spaces: 20 Handling and Packaging your Work with Maurice Ward Visual Artists Ireland, Central Hotel Chambers, 7 – 9 Dame Court, Dublin 2 This session will discuss conventions around handling, packaging and storing art works. Staff from Maurice Ward Art Handling will look at how you may handle…

Our Next Government – Whoever they might be: What do we want them to commit to before we elect them into power?

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighbourhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or…

Profile Your Public Art In The Visual Artists’ News Sheet

Deadline: 11 February 2016 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…

Visual Artist’s Ireland Café @ DLR Lexicon Library (register as audience)

April 30, 2016 – April 30, 2016 Studio Map and Directions | Register Description: Visual Artists Ireland in partnership with ArtNetDLR @ DLR Lexicon This VAI Cafe involves a Show & Tell with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area artists presenting their work or concepts in an informal atmosphere. This event also welcomes interested artists, curators and…

Taxation, Financial Planning and Budgeting for Visual Artists – Tralee

February 4, 2016 – February 4, 2016 Kerry County Council Map and Directions | Register Description: Visual Artists Ireland in partnership with Kerry County Council. Do you have difficulty making sense of the financial aspects of your work? This session in two parts is designed specifically to be relevant to the financial realities faced by artists. Gaby…

Developing Creative Proposals with Annette Moloney – Tipperary

February 10, 2016 – February 10, 2016 The Source Arts Centre Map and Directions | Register Description: VAI in partnership with Tipperary County Council Arts Office. In conjunction with the Arts Council Curator in Residence Award. Preparing proposals can be a challenging and time consuming exercise for artists.  It’s not always easy to communicate an…

Selected Articles from the November/December 2015 Issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

After each issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet is distributed to members, we make a selection of the published articles available on our website. In the November/December issue, VAI staff and board members past and present pay tribute to Jason Oakley. Alan Phelan talks with Caroline McCarthy about the development of her art career while Alberto Flores…

The Art of Mental Health with First Fortnight Festival @ The LAB, Dublin City Council

January 13, 2016 – January 19, 2016 The Lab Gallery Map and Directions | Register Description: Visual Artists Ireland in partnership with First Fortnight Festival and The LAB Gallery. Talks and discussions  for artists and freelancers in the visual arts around good mental health. Part of the First Fortnight programme of events that accompany the…

Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year from VAI

The staff and board of Visual Artists Ireland would like to wish you a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year. Our offices will be closed from Wednesday 23 December 2015 to Monday 4 January 2016, reopening Tuesday 5 January. We look forward to continuing to provide you with our help and support in 2016.  

Visual Arts Workspace Grant Awards 2016

The results of the Visual Artists’ Workspace Scheme for 2016 have been announced. This scheme offers grants of up to a maximum of €30,000 towards the running costs of visual artists’ workspaces. In keeping with the Art Council’s policy document Visual Artists’ Workspaces in Ireland – A New Approach, this scheme has the aim of…

VAI Polls…

As we continue to provide you with the opportunity to answer questions that are put to us on a weekly basis…  Today’s question is Should venues, galleries, events, festivals, and other places working with artists, clearly show on their website their policy on payment for artists? cast your vote in our polls section

Profile Your Public Art in the January/February Issue of Visual Artists’ News Sheet

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 January/February 2016 issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet. Send images (3-4MB in size) and a short…

Selected Articles from the September/October 2015 Issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

After each issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet is distributed to members, we make a selection of the published articles available on our website. In the September/October issue, Mary Catherine Nolan profiles Conor Walton and the development of his art career, while James Merrigan reflects on 10 years of The Lab in his article…

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Belfast Open Studios 2015: Curators Programme

Belfast Open Studios 2015: Curators Programme Some curators have approached us to ask to participate in the Belfast Open Studios. Although we had closed the call out, we are now opening it again for a few days. If you wish to participate as a curator in any part of Belfast Open Studios between Thursday 22nd…

Announcement of the Winner of the 2015 Suki Tea Art Prize

If you are joining us on Thursday, 22nd for the Announcement of the Winner of the 2015 Suki Tea Art Prize…  As this is taking place in Stormont, we need to have people register or else their security won’t allow entry…  Don’t be disappointed and register here  http://visualartists.org.uk/events/2015-suki-tea-art-prize-announcement/ for your invitation. If you aren’t driving…

Handling & Packaging your Work with Maurice Ward Art Handling

April 21, 2016 – April 21, 2016 Visual Artists Ireland Map and Directions | Register Description: Do you feel confident about handling and packaging your own art work?  Do you feel confident that the materials you use for packaging: protect your work sufficiently for handling and transport; don’t affect the material condition of the work…

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

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 November/December issue of the Visual Artists News Sheet. Send images (3-4MB in size) and a short…

Selected Articles from the July/August 2015 Issue of the Visual Artists News Sheet

After each issue of the Visual Artists News Sheet is distributed to members we make a selection of the published articles available on our website. In the latest issue Cliona Harmey outlines her project Dublin Ships made for Dublin’s Docklands. David Lilburn interviews Jane Murtagh about her exhibition, A Journey with Metal: Contemporary Work, at Glor, Ennis. Denis…

Visual Artists’ Workspace Scheme 2016: Less Than Four Weeks to Deadline

Visual Artists’ Workspace Scheme 2016 Less Than Four Weeks to Deadline This scheme is funded by the Arts Council and administered by Visual Artists Ireland. Visual Artists Ireland, on behalf of the Arts Council, invites applications for grants of up to a maximum of €30,000 towards the running costs of visual artists’ workspaces. The scheme…

Budget 2016 Letter to Ministers Heather Humphries and Michael Noonan

The following letter has been sent to Minister Heather Humphries (Department of Arts, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht) and Minister Michael Noonan (Department of Finance) outlining some of the current concerns for visual artists. “With the advanced stages of planning under way for the 2016 budget, I would like to bring to your attention the need…

VAI @ DAS | Visual Artists Ireland and Digital Arts Studios Residency Award 2015

The VAI @ DAS award is open to all members of VAI 2015 will be the fourth year of the VAI@DAS competition; a residency award open to professional visual artists who are members of VAI What is the award? The winner will receive a residency at the Digital Arts Studios in Belfast running from October 2015…

Do you agree that artists should be paid?

Show that you agree that equitable payments for visual artists are of prime importance. In VAI it is a core belief that equitable payments for visual artists are of vital importance for the sustainability of visual artists in Ireland. Visual Artists Ireland’s campaign Ask! Has the Artist Been Paid! has been a great success. Support…

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…

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

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 September/October issue of the Visual Artists News Sheet. Send images (3-4MB in size) and a short…

The July/August 2015 Issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet is Out Now!

In the July/August 2015 issue we present the first iteration of VAI’s 20:20 Vision project,  comprising responses to the question ‘What do you want from the art world?’, gathered by Glenn Holman and Andy Parsons at VAI’s Get Together 2015. VAI are creating the first long-term vision document dedicated to individual artists, informed via a research programme of…

Visual Artists Ireland / The Place Art Collective – Show and Tell at The Lab

11 July | 1pm – 3pm The Lab, Foley St., Dublin 1 Visual Artists Ireland is delighted to present it’s latest Show and Tell Event and second in collaboration with ‘The Place’ Art Collective. The purpose of Show & Tell is to allow artists to make short presentations on their practice or projects that they…

Documenting your Work with Tim Durham – Dublin

September 14, 2016 – September 14, 2016 Visual Artists Ireland Map and Directions | Register Description: Artists often struggle to photograph their own work or spend scarce money paying someone else to do it for them. But with some basic guidelines and practice, artists are, for the majority of purposes well able to photograph their…

NYCI Child Protection Awareness Programme for Artists with Tom Kent – Dublin

September 17, 2016 – September 17, 2016 Visual Artists Ireland Map and Directions | Register Description:             Have you previously undertaken Child Protection Training? If not, then this is the session will provide you with certified basic Child Protection Training through the National Youth Council of Ireland’s (NYCI) Children First…

Are you a Gallery, Venue, Festival, or Event? Calculate Visual Artists Payments with our new Online Calculator

Use our On-line Calculator to calculate the payment rates. Don’t forget to follow each step! Online Calculator We have been working on an on-line calculator that makes it easier for you to calculate payments for visual artists. Enter your organisation type, the type of exhibition or event, details of the type of artist(s) that you…

List Your Exhibitions, Events and Opportunities with VAI

Visual Artists Ireland’s e-bulletin is a twice-weekly service providing the latest information on news, opportunities, exhibitions and events relating to the visual arts in Ireland. We seek to advertise every visual art event and exhibition happening in Ireland or Ireland based visual artists showing internationally each week in our e-bulletin. We also seek to advertise…

2015 Valerie Earley Residency Award | Call for Applicants

In 2013 Visual Artists Ireland put in place a commemoration of our late friend and colleague Valerie Earley, who worked with us as Membership Manager for over 17 years. We wanted to provide a lasting memory of Valerie and hope that this award is one way that Valerie’s care for our artist members will continue…

Book Your Place Now at Visual Artists’ Café @ Belfast Photo Festival

Visual Artists’ Café: Belfast Photo Festival 12th & 13th June 2015 Belfast Exposed Gallery As part of the Belfast Photo Festival, Visual Artists Ireland and Belfast Exposed Photography Gallery are continuing a programme of events that look at art books. This event will focus on photobooks and zines and will feature a panel discussion with some…

Profile Your Public Art in the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

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 July/August issue of the Visual Artists News Sheet. Send images (3-4MB in size) and a short text…

Selected Articles from the May/June 2015 Issue of the Visual Artists News Sheet

After each issue of the Visual Artists News Sheet is distributed to members we make a selection of the published articles available on our website. In the latest issue Maolíosa Boyle and Mark Wallinger discuss Horse at Derry’s Void gallery. Sarah Pierce interviews the curators of Plastik, an international festival of artists’ moving images shown in Galway, Cork…

Visual Artist Alice Maher announced as recipient of first Visual Artists Ireland Members Award 2015

Acclaimed Irish visual artist Alice Maher has been named as the recipient of the first Visual Artists Ireland Members Award. The announcement and presentation took place on Friday, 15th May at 5:30pm during Visual Artists Ireland’s National Day for Visual Artists – Get Together which took place in The Irish Museum of Modern Art.  The…

Get Together Feedback Survey

Get Together 2015 was a great day… filled with talks, information, and quite a few funny moments.  To help us plan for next year, whether or not you made it to Get Together this year, we would like to ask you a few questions.  It won’t take long… Please take a few minutes now to complete our…

The RDS National Craft Awards are now open for applications…

Are you starting out on your career as a craft worker?  Are you established and looking for both recognition and exposure for your work? Visual Artists Ireland is now one of the official media partners for the current RDS Student Art Awards and the National Craft Awards… You may ask so what…  BUT, The RDS…

Are you about to graduate from a degree or postgraduate course?

 Are you about to graduate? Finishing your degree or masters?  We have some good news for you! Visual Artists Ireland is now one of the official media partners for the current RDS Student Art Awards and the National Craft Awards… You may ask so what…  BUT, the RDS Student Art Awards are unique in Ireland…

NEW: Visual Artists Ireland’s Marketplace

Visual Artists Ireland’s Marketplace is a new service that allows artists advertise goods and/or services that they are either offering or that they need.  The site also allows artists to ask for advice from fellow artists… it might be a question about how to source materials, or looking to see how something is made etc.…

Get Together 2015: Ireland’s National Day for Visual Artists in IMMA

Get Together, Ireland’s National Day for Visual Artists with talks, clinics, presentations, information sharing and networking takes place Friday 15 May 2015 in IMMA BOOK HERE! There are a few Speed Curating slots left, Do not get left out! Don’t forget that you must be a member of VAI and have a ticket for the day to be…

Equipment Hire at VAI

Did you know that Visual Artists Ireland offers a wide range of audio and visual equipment for hire to members. Equipment includes Optima, NEC and BenQ HD projectors, Blu-ray Disc Player, amplifiers, speakers, a number of cameras, MAC editing suite, scanner etc. For a full list of items available for hire and specifications see: visualartists.ie/resources/equipmenthire…

Storage Survey Results

A few weeks ago we asked some questions about the need for storage space. The following results are now available for circulation. 123 People answered the survey. 121 artists, 1 curator, and 1 collector. 14% already had off-site storage. 50% had studios outside of their homes 40% had studios inside of their homes 64% indicated…

Selected Articles from the March/April 2015 Issue of the Visual Artists News Sheet

After each issue of the Visual Artists News Sheet is distributed to members we make a selection of the published articles available on our website. In the latest issue residency report, Clea van der Grijn discusses a recent residency in Mexico where she explored Irish and Mexican attitudes to death, mourning and identity. Anne Bradley interviews Jennie Guy in Over…

Speed Curating! Extra Slots Added at Get Together 2015:

Ireland’s National Day for Visual Artists – Friday 15 May 2015 in IMMA Due to the huge instant demand, we have added extra slots to Speed Curating… The Site is now back for bookings! Don’t forget that you must be a member of VAI and have a ticket for the day to be eligible for…

List Your Exhibitions, Events and Opportunities with VAI

Visual Artists Ireland’s e-bulletin is a twice-weekly service providing the latest information on news, opportunities, exhibitions and events relating to the visual arts in Ireland. We seek to advertise every visual art event and exhibition happening in Ireland or Ireland based visual artists showing internationally each week in our e-bulletin. We also seek to advertise…

Artists’ Books Stall at Get Together 2015, Visual Artists Ireland: Call for Submissions

Visual Artists Ireland is now accepting submissions for the Artists’ Books Stall at Get Together 2015, which will take place at IMMA on 15 May. The stall will be situated in the VAI Cafe area and provide an opportunity for artists and publishers to display their wares to a large number of artists, curators and…

March / April 2015 Issue of the Visual Artists’ New Sheet Out Now!

The March / April edition of the Visual Artists News Sheet is out now! As ever,  our columnists provide an opening salvo of urgent and informed comment. Treasa O’Brien considers Irish attitudes to protest and civil disobedience; Amy Kieran explores new data on visual arts audiences in Northern Ireland; and Matt Packer ponders post humanism and curation. Public art,…

Profile Your Public Art in the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

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…

Art Storage Survey

We have been approached by artists asking about affordable storage space in Ireland.  This survey is to gain some insight into need and also what is considered essential and affordable. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes and will contribute to our knowledge of what is needed. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/artstoragespace

Visual Artists Ireland Members: Get your vote in…

Visual Artists Ireland is delighted to announce a new award for visual artists working in Ireland. The award is not a financial reward. Instead, it is designed to be recognition by artists of one of their own. This can take the form of acknowledgment of a particular artist’s practice or their service to the visual…

Get Together 2015: Speed Curating: Call for Curators

Get Together 2015 takes place in IMMA on Friday, 15th May 2015. Due to the feedback that we have received both from curators and artists, Speed Curating returns. This year we are making some changes based on feedback from last year’s event.  One of the areas that we have been asked to continue is speed…

Save the Date! Visual Artists Ireland Get Together 2015 – Friday 15 May at IMMA

Save the date! We are delighted to announce that ‘Get Together’  – our national day of coming together with talks, clinics, presentations, information sharing and networking will take place on Friday, 15 May 2015 in The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. Full details of the event to be announced soon.

Celebrate your Organisations Commitment to Equitable Payment Conditions for Artists

Yes! We Pay Artists! Celebrate your organisations commitment to equitable payment conditions for artists In 2012 we created the campaign ‘Ask! Has the Artist been paid? Since then much has happened. Guidelines have been implemented and funding bodies such as The Arts Council, The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and Dublin City Council have clearly…

Visual Artists’ Café for Donegal Visual Artists on Saturday, February 21st 2015

Visual Artists Ireland, in partnership with Artlink Ltd and Donegal Arts Office, are delighted to announce the Visual Artists’ Café for Donegal Visual Artists. Join us on Saturday, February 21st for an afternoon of information and the opportunity to meet fellow artists working in the north west area and discover the supports that are available…

List Your Exhibitions, Events and Opportunities with VAI

Visual Artists Ireland’s e-bulletin is a twice-weekly service providing the latest information on news, opportunities, exhibitions and events relating to the visual arts in Ireland. We seek to advertise every visual art event and exhibition happening in Ireland or Ireland based visual artists showing internationally each week in our e-bulletin. We also seek to advertise…

Visual Artists Ireland Help-Desk

Did you know that VAI operate a help-desk. The Help-Desk is one of the central services of the organisation. Issues dealt with include – public art commissioning, sourcing artists, artists’ rights, costing proposals, insurance, and advice re financial and legal issues etc. Those requesting information include members, professional artists, local authorities, the public, commissioners and…

Equipment Hire at VAI

Did you know that Visual Artists Ireland offers a wide range of audio and visual equipment for hire to members. Equipment includes Optima, NEC and BenQ HD projectors, Blu-ray Disc Player, amplifiers, speakers, a number of cameras, MAC editing suite, scanners etc. For a full list of items available for hire and specifications see: https://visualartists.ie/resources/equipmenthire Visual Artists Ireland offers…

VAI Hot Desk Available Free to Members

All VAI members have free access to our hot desk facility: a multi-use workspace in a private room within our city centre offices Facilities include: – Mac Mini (with external CD Drive), running: Final Cut Pro, iMovie, iTunes, iDVD, Garage Band, Audacity, Safari – Apple Mac G4, running: Running Photoshop CS, iPhoto, Adobe Image Ready, Adobe Acrobat, Word, Excel, Safari – IFF System 100 – Slide copying camera & stand.…

DCC / VAI Critical Writing Award 2014 Winner

” …as Saskia Sassen says, the hold of globalisation is still not complete; there is not yet a full flattening of the specificities and demands of the city, which could still exist as the ‘strategic terrain for a whole series of conflicts and contradictions’. Dublin might yet be a site for a thorough artistic engagement with its possibilities and…

2014 VAI Valerie Earley Residency Award

Visual Artists Ireland and The Tyrone Guthrie Centre are delighted to announce that Aoife Flynn has been award the 2014 Valerie Earley Residency Award. In 2013 Visual Artists Ireland put in place a commemoration of our late friend and colleague Valerie Earley, who worked with us as Membership Manager for over 17 years. We wanted…

Visual Artists’ Café for Kerry Visual Artists. Join us on Friday, 14 November hosted by the artist led group Colourful Spirits

Visual Artists Ireland are delighted to announce Visual Artists’ Café for Kerry Visual Artists hosted by  the artist led group Colourful Spirits. Join us on Friday, 14 November for an afternoon of information and the opportunity to meet fellow artists working in Kerry and discover the supports that are available to you. This Cafe is hosted by VAI…

Visual Artists’ Café for Limerick Visual Artists on Friday, November 21st

Visual Artists Ireland, in partnership with the Limerick City of Culture Visual Art Legacy and Limerick Arts Office, are delighted to announce the Visual Artists’ Café for Limerick Visual Artists. Join us on Friday, November 21st for an afternoon of information and the opportunity to meet fellow artists working in Limerick and discover the supports…

VAI Meeting Room Available for Hire

Visual Artists Ireland’s meeting room is available for hire for workshops, meetings, presentations, discussions groups etc. Very centrally located in Dublin city centre –  Central Hotel Chambers. 7/9 Dame Court, Dublin 2. Room capacity: Boardroom Style – 14 people / Theatre Style – 20 people Room hire rate: €10 per hour For more information contact Bernadette:…

2014 VAI @ DAS Award Winner

Dorothy Hunter has been awarded the 2014 Digital Art Studios / Visual Artists Ireland Residency. The award comprises a four month residency at at the Digital Arts Studios in Belfast. Hunter will commence her time at DAS in early October. Hunter’s plans for the residency including working on her ongoing project ‘Deconsecration’ which explores former church buildings in…

Visual Artists Ireland Show & Tells take off…

Show & Tell: a fast paced presentation by up to 10 artists on their current work, areas of interest, or concepts that they are currently exploring in their practice. The format is also open to curators, writers, and artistic directors to show their current ideas or modes of engagement. The events have taken off so…

Ethics & Transition: Read All About it

Full reports of the AICA / VAI panel discussions – ‘Artists and Ethics’ and ‘Art in Time of Transition’ – held at the VAI Get Together 2014 (23 May); have been posted to the AICA Ireland website. ‘Art in a Time of Transition’ brought together UK art historian / theorist Paul Wood, critic / artist James Merrigan…

Reminder: Visual Artists Workspace Scheme 2015: Deadline 4 September

This scheme is funded by The Arts Council and administered by Visual Artists Ireland. Visual Artists Ireland, on behalf of the Arts Council, invites applications for grants of up to a maximum of €30,000 towards the running costs of visual artists’ workspaces. In keeping with the Council’s policy document Visual Artists’ Workspaces in Ireland –…

Aideen Barry Launches Public Art Work in the UK

VAI advocate, our West of Ireland representative and all round brilliant artist Aideen Barry launched her work ‘Strange Terrain’, the final of the trilogy of EU public art commissions by the arts for the international CHANGING TRACKS project, today, 15th of August, at Rushden Good’s Shed in Northamptonshire, UK. This completes the three public art…

Visual Artists Ireland presents a Visual Artists Café for artists living/working in Co. Tipperary

Visual Artists Ireland, in partnership with Damer House Gallery and Tipperary Arts Office, are delighted to announce the first Visual Artists’ Café for Tipperary Visual Artists. Join us on Tuesday, September 9th for an afternoon of information and the opportunity to meet fellow artists working in Tipperary and discover the supports that are available to…

Selected Articles from the Latest Issue of the Visual Artists News Sheet

After each issue of the Visual Artists News Sheet is distributed to members we make a selection of the published articles available on our website. From the latest issue you can read Treasa O’Brien’s column about I.M.E.L.D.A – an activist performance group focussed on consciousness raising about the Irish State’s retrograde attitudes to abortion; while…

Visual Artists Workspace Scheme 2015 – Now Open For Applications

This scheme is funded by The Arts Council and administered by Visual Artists Ireland. Visual Artists Ireland, on behalf of the Arts Council, invites applications for grants of up to a maximum of €30,000 towards the running costs of visual artists’ workspaces. In keeping with the Council’s policy document Visual Artists’ Workspaces in Ireland –…

‘Networking Networks’ – Alex Davis Reports on Visual Artist Supports in Local Communities

A common complaint received by VAI is that visual artists can feel isolated. Whether they live in cities, towns or villages, this experience is often accompanied by a lack of knowledge about whether other visual artists are working in the area. It can be particularly difficult for those not living in one of the larger…

VAT and Artists – An Essential Guide

Are you a self-employed artist? Do you need to register for VAT? Fear not, we have prepared a simple but essential guide to VAT for artists that covers all the general rules and administration. Here you will learn if you need to register for VAT, how to go about registering, what are the VAT rates,…

Tax and Self Employment for Artists

Are you a self-employed artist? Do you work part time as an employee and as an artist for the rest of the time? Are you practicing as an artist but also unemployed? Our newly updated article on Tax and Self Employment guides you through all you need to know with regard to your personal financial…

Visual Artists’ Cafe: A Beginners Guide to Collecting

27th June, 11am – 5pm. R-Space Gallery, Lisburn Visual Artists Ireland present an information day for budding art collectors. We have talks from R-Space Gallery curator Robert Martin, private art collector Ian Bickerstaff and Belfast Print Workshop Declan Byrne and Jonathan Magee. We then will have ten artists give five minute presentations about their work…

Survey: Funding for Visual Artists and Visual Artist Led Initiatives in Republic of Ireland

This survey looks at the current available funding for visual artists and visual artist led initiatives. The survey asks if the current systems are adequate, and what potential changes are needed. The findings will be presented in report format to the Arts Council. Your identity will be removed from reports that are generated. The survey…

VAI To Host Visits from International Curators Beatrice De Sousa & Jonas Stampe

VAI’s Professional Development Programme is delighted to announce that it will be hosting visits from international curators Beatrice De Sousa and Jonas Stampe. Jonas Stampe critic, curator and art historian specialising in Live Art will attend the Dublin Live Art Festival (September 2014) to see work and meet artists. Full details will be announced closer…

Reminder: 2014 Valerie Earley Residency Award | Call for Applicants

In 2013 Visual Artists Ireland put in place a commemoration of our late friend and colleague Valerie Earley, who worked with us as Membership Manager for over 17 years. We wanted to provide a lasting memory of Valerie and hope that this award is one way that Valerie’s care for our artist members will continue…

Get Together 2014: Thank You!!!

Visual Artists Ireland would like to say a big thank you to all attendees, speakers, curators, guests, funders and IMMA for making Get Together 2014 – our national day for visual artists – which took place last Friday, 23 May, such an enjoyable, insightful and productive day. It is extremely rewarding for us to be…

Last Bookings for Get Together 2014

We can’t wait for Friday when Get Together 2014, Ireland’s National Day for Visual Artists kicks off at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. It promises to be a great day of talks, presentations and networking and we look forward to meeting the almost 300 artists already booked in. The good news is there is…

Get Together 2014: Highlights, Schedule of Events and Bookings

Get Together 2014: Ireland’s National Day for Visual Artists to be held on 23 May at the Irish Museum of Modern Art is fast approaching. There is still time to book so here is a taster of what you can look forward to: 40 artists speaking about their careers, practices, and offering advice 30 curators…

VAI Advocacy: Media Coverage of the Visual Arts

Over the last few years Visual Artists Ireland has been researching and addressing issues around developing the quantity and quality of media coverage of the visual arts. VAI’s Advocacy Data Sheet 8 outlines the organisations activities in this area to date, including discussions, workshops, awards and the formation of a dedicated working group. Read more…

VAI @ DAS | Visual Artists Ireland and Digital Arts Studios Residency Award

The VAI @ DAS award is open to all members of VAI. 2014 will be the third year of the VAI@DAS competition; a residency award open to professional visual artists. What is the award? The winner will receive a residency at the Digital Arts Studios in Belfast.   The residency offers: Four months as artist…

2014 DCC Arts Office / Visual Artists Ireland Critical Art Writing Award

2014 DCC / VAI Critical Art Writing Award ‘FESTIVALS & CITIES’ DCC / VAI Critical Art Writing Award was launched in 2012 and is a developmental opportunity for writers. The award reflects the commitment of Dublin City Council Arts Office and Visual Artists Ireland to encouraging and supporting critical dialogue around contemporary visual arts practice.…

Do you need financial advice or information about proper corporate governance?

We are delighted to announce that Dónall Curtin of Byrne Curtin Kelly and a Board Member of Visual Artists Ireland has agreed to join us at Get Together on Friday 23rd May in IMMA. Dónall will present on Corporate Governance in the Little Theatre space. This will be of particular interest to artists who sit…

Visual Artists Ireland is proud to announce our new corporate sponsor Standard Utilities.

Standard Utilities provides its clients with cost effective telecoms solutions and deliver a high quality on-going support network in the UK and Ireland. If your organisation is looking to reduce your costs then give them a ring and let them know that Visual Artists Ireland sent you. Our move has given us significant savings. A donation…

Now Open for Bookings: Get Together 2014 – Friday, 23 May at IMMA

Our national day of coming together with talks, clinics, presentations, information sharing, and a chance to catch up with our fellow artists. Get Together 2014 will take place on Friday, 23rd May 2014 in The Irish Museum of Modern Art – IMMA. Full details of the event and booking pages can be found on our website here: https://visualartists.ie/visual-artists-ireland/130750-2/

Get Together 2014 – Friday, 23rd May 2014 in IMMA

Bookmark this page…  Details and Bookings will open Wednesday, April 2nd 2014

Visual Artists Ireland: Call for Artists’ Books / Publishers for Get Together 2014

Visual Artists Ireland is now accepting submissions for the Artists’ Books stand in the Common Room area at Get Together 2014, which will take place on Friday 23 May at IMMA, Dublin. This will be a great opportunity for artists and publishers to display their publications to a large number of artists, curators and arts…

‘Art in a Time of Transition’ – Call for Abstracts

Art in a Time of Transition – what might typify the changes taking place in art practice, criticism; curation; mediation; distribution; collecting; economic and geo-politic contexts? As part of the AICA Ireland critical writing strand of Visual Artists Ireland’s Get Together 2014, a panel discussion is being held in order to air current positions on…

Not Reviewed? Don’t Complain – Notify

One of the most common queries we receive from artists and galleries is “how do I get a show considered for review in the Critique supplement of the Visual Artists News Sheet”. The answer is in fact very simple. To be considered for review we merely require good advance notice and details of your upcoming…

March / April Issue of the Visual Artists’ New Sheet Out Now!

The March / April issue of the Visual Artists’ New Sheet is out now! Highlights include: an interview with EVA 2014 curator Bassam el Baroni, Lynn Harris of AND Publishing and John Taylor of Taylor Galleries; profiles on Jim Ricks’s ‘The Truth Booth’, Flax Art Studios and an exhibition of emerging NI writers at Millennium…

President Michael D. Higgins – Patron of Visual Artists Ireland

I am delighted to announce that President Michael D. Higgins has kindly agreed to be Patron of Visual Artists Ireland. It is a great honour for us and we look forward to working with the President in the future as we continue our work supporting visual artists.

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New Website

As you may notice we are in the middle of completing our new website. We have redesigned the entire site to make even more information easily available to artists and organisations.

VAI with Roscommon Visual Artists Forum | Common Room Cafe and Show & Tell

Visual Artists Ireland with Roscommon Visual Artist Forum supported by Roscommon Arts Office. Common Room Cafe and Show & Tell Saturday 15th February | 10am – 4pm | Roscommon Arts Centre, Roscommon | Free Event | Pre-booking essential This event is suitable for visual artists, curators and critical writers. SHOW & TELL is suitable for…

BBK Berlin Translate VAI Payment Guidelines into German!

The Professional Association of Berlin Artists (bbk berlin) have translated Visual Artists Ireland’s recently published Payment Guidelines for Professional Visual Artists into German in order to give German artists a better understanding of how to use the resource. In Berlin / Germany, BBK are currently discussing equitable levels of payments for visual artists with a view to…

EU Consultation on the Future of Copyright – Have Your Say

The Irish Visual Artists Rights Organisation (IVARO) is calling on artists and their supporters to take part in a major consultation which has been launched in Europe on the future of copyright. The consultation (in the form of an online questionnaire) deals with the reform of copyright rules in Europe and covers issues of key…

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