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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. The Visual Artists’ News Sheet reports and reflects upon the broadest possible range of issues relevant to Irish visual artists across Ireland. The Visual Artists’ News Sheet is also committed to giving coverage to the diversity of contemporary Irish visual arts practice in terms of media, generation and geography. The Visual Artists’ News Sheet’s inclusive remit encompasses artists working in traditional and contemporary modes; established and emerging artists; artists who are based throughout the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The Visual Artists’ News Sheet maintains a commitment to focusing on the experience and voice of the individual artist; with a view to supporting peer-to-peer information exchange and dialogue amongst artists. The majority of the content of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet is written by artists and is from and about their direct experience of exhibitions/project initiatives, studio groups or other forms of artist collectives.

The News Sheet is available to pick up free of charge in galleries and arts centres. However, the most effective way to ensure that you receive the Visual Artists’ News Sheet both regularly and promptly is to become a member of Visual Artists Ireland. Membership is open to all artists and entitles you to an annual subscription to the Visual Artists’ News Sheet as well as a host of other benefits.

You can access the online version of the News Sheet here. Back editions of the Visual Artists News Sheet are available through our online archive at ISSUU.COM

Printed Project
Printed Project is a limited edition publication which was published twice a year from 2003 to 2010. Printed Project takes the longer more reflective view, offering a platform for selected International and Irish ‘Curator / Editors’ to explore contemporary visual arts practice and debates. Later editions considered issues of globalisation, migration, artistic autonomy and art and economics.

Visual Artists Ireland also produces other publications, including survey and policy documents relating to the development of the visual arts sector. In addition, Visual Artists Ireland has produced catalogues and other publications associated with its artistic programme including exhibitions and symposia.

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A City Guide to Sculpture in Dublin

1999 Paperback Perfect Bound 196pp B&W Illustrations 9.6 x 14cm This publication updated the popular 1990 publication ‘A Walker’s Guide to Sculpture’ in Dublin, lists works situated in Dublin’s City Centre with a special appendix on works located at Dublin airport. Detailed maps indicate the location of the works, allowing readers to navigate their own…

Achill Island Symposium Calendar

1996 (No copies remaining) In August 1996 Achill Island off the Mayo coast, provided a rich a stimulating site for eight selected Irish artists along with two invited artists from Germany, to work in context addressing the physical landscape and culture. The artists Noel Molloy, Ann Henderson, Ursula Kavanagh, Renate Hoffliet, Michael Bach, Tony Magner,…

Achill Island Symposium Video

1996 This video by Peter Joyce marries footage of local traditions and craft making with the work of the sculptors making site-specific work for the ‘Achill Island’ Symposium.

Best Practice Guidelines for Internships – January 2014

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

Boglands Sculpture Symposium

1990 52pp Stitched B&W Illustrations 17.2x 24cm The Boglands Symposium held in the Wicklow Mountains in August 1990 aimed to the participants and visitors to the event ‘a feel and a taste of the bog’ and to alert all to the alarming speed at which Irelands boglands are diminished by mechanised turf cutting. Works by…

Boglands: A Sculptors Symposium Video

1990 Director Aisling Stuart made the Boglands Symposium video to pass on an understanding, respect and appreciation for the unique landscape and ecology of Irish peat bogs as ‘one of the last unspoilt wildernesses remaining in western Europe’.

Contemporary Sculpture in Dublin: A Walker’s Guide

1991 36pp Stitched 14 x 19.8 cm B&W Illustrations Launched during Dublin’s 1991 tenure as European City of Culture, the ‘walkers guide’ details four walking tours in, around and across Dublin City, North and South, that are directed by and draw attention to the variety of sculptural work sited throughout the city.


1991 92pp Perfect Bound 20.1 x 28.4 cm B&W Illustrations The ‘Espace’ exhibition held at the RHA Gallagher Gallery Dublin was devised as a major art event to mark Dublin’s year as European Cultural Capital. Selected from open submission, works by 64 sculptors, half from Ireland half from Europe presented a diverse showing of the…

International Conference on Sculpture

1988 128pp 20 x 28.9 cm Stitched Organised as the key stone of the SSI’s 1988 ‘year of sculpture’ the ‘International Conference on Sculpture’, held in Trinity College, Dublin provided a platform for papers by 47 artists, art writers, architects, administrators and academics. This publication comprises the full accounts of all these presentations. Key speakers…

Meitheal: Sculpture Symposia Ireland

1988 172pp 20 x 19.4 Perfect Bound B&W Illustrations This publication brings together documentation of the SSI’s prolific organisation of sculpture symposia from 1983-1987. The featured symposia are: the 1983 Arklow Steel Symposium, Tyrells of Arklow Engineering; the 1984 ‘Cumar na gCloch’ Stone Symposium, Roe O’Neill and Walsh Quarries, Dublin Mountains; the 1985 Celbridge Concrete…

Policy Documents

In 2009 the Taoiseach, Mr, Brian Cowen T. D. appointed the Innovation Taskforce to advise the Government on its strategy for positioning Ireland as an International Innovation Development Hub and to assist in making the Smart Economy a reality. The Government’s strategy for the Smart Economy, ‘Building Ireland’s Smart Economy: a Framework for SustainableEconomic Renewal’was…

Printed Project

Printed Project is the journal published by Visual Artists Ireland. Printed Project is an ongoing collaboration amongst artists, critics and curators, writers and readers devoted to making sense of contemporary art and culture. Printed Project is published twice a year and is edited on a rotating basis by invited curatorial editors. It gathers and presents…

Random Access Soundworks CD

1994 This CD compilation presents the three works created on SSI’s 1993 Random Access Sound Art Symposium. The features works are: ‘GBH’ by Fergus Kelly, ‘Kevlar Second Chants’ by Tony Patrickson & Chris North and ‘Breaking Point’ by Stephanie Condon Casey.

Random Access Video

1994 This video compilation showcases the five works created on the SSI’s 1993 Random Access Video Art Symposium in conjunction with RTE and Windmill Lane Studios. The featured works are: ‘New Shoes’ Kimberly Dunne; ‘Veritatis Splendor’ Tony Fitzpatrick; ‘Big Boys’ Colin McKeown; ‘Sofa’ Iain Keeny; ‘Panoptes’ Tony Patrickson & Jonathon O’Hanlon.

Scóip 2002: Oxygen X

2002 For 2002 the open submission exhibition Scóip, run annually by Samháiocht Arts Centre, Tralee, Kerry, was re-configured as an invitation for artists to propose speculative art projects for seven sites around Tralee Co. Kerry. A publication distributed with the Nov / Dec 2002 SSI Newsletter provided the key platform alongside an exhibition in the…

Sculptors’ Society of Ireland Photographic Index

1982 132pp Perfect Bound 15.1 x 20 cm B&W Illustrations This publication, created two years after the society was founded, was devised as ‘a yellow pages for those wanting to contact sculptors in Ireland’.

Sculpture at the East Link: Sculpture from the Arklow Steel Symposium

1983 44pp Perfect Bound 20.5 x 19. 8 cm B&W Illustrations Twelve Irish sculptors and two guests from the USA and Scotland participated in the 1983 Arklow Steel Symposium hosted by Arklow Engineering. The completed works were temporarily sited as an outdoor exhibition along the then newly completed East-Link Bridge in Dublin.

See through Art

1993 40pp Perfect Bound B&W Illustrations 19.5 x 24.2 cm This catalogue presents the works by 21 artists selected via open submission for ‘See through Art’ an exhibition of a broad range of ‘complementary disciplines and contemporary practices’ that offer various interpretations of idea of ‘seeing through art’ . The artists featured are: Marie Barrett,…

Skibbereen Sculpture Symposium Postcard Pack

1995 7 Colour Postcards Held to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Great Famine, the SSI’s Skibbereen Symposium invited artist to work in the context a former workhouse. Seven artists participated in the symposium, creating works of art which responded to the building and the theme of famine historically and in terms of contemporary events.…

Space for Production CD-Rom.

2002 (Published in collaboration with LUAS, NCAD, UCD and SSI) This CD-Rom documents the works created by students of the University College Dublin School of Architecture and National College of Art and Design Masters in Virtual Realities for the Sculptors’ Society of Ireland ‘Space for Production’ symposia. This project was initiated by the Sculptors’ Society…

SSI/Ireland and Europe Video

1997 Directed by Fred Benoist the ‘SSI/Ireland and Europe Video’ documents the site-specific works created by the 22 Irish and European artists who participated in the project.

SSI/Ireland and Europe: International Visual Art Event

1997 Paperback Perfect Bound 68pp Colour Illustrations 14 x 20 cm Organised in collaboration with a number of European artists collectives the ‘SSI/Ireland and Europe’ offered Irish and European artists the opportunity to work in the context of the city of Dublin in a number of outdoor locations. Moreover the selected Irish artists were all…

Symposia 1992

1992 52pp Perfect Bound 21 x 21 cms Colour Illustrations In 1992 the SSI initiated three sculpture symposia, that offered “the artist a unique and precious opportunity to experiment, to work on a scale, or with materials not normally available to them…a special time that engenders a maturity achieved by working away from the demands…

Vice Versa

1990 40pp Stitched 22.2 x 26.2 cm B&W Illustrations A Collaboration between the SSI and the Jewellers and Metalworkers Guild ‘Vice Versa’ explored the links where sculpture and jewellery interact.

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