Residencies & Awards

Visual Artists Ireland has a number of Residency and Awards that take place each year.



Experiment is a 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, family…

International Curator Visits to Ireland

Since 2013, VAI has hosted a number of international curator visits to Ireland. The purpose of these visits is to introduce curators to Ireland-based artists with a view to collaborations or exhibition opportunities. We have hosted curators from Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia. The outcomes of visits have included the participation of Irish artists…

VAI / DCC Critical Art Writing Award

The 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. Festivals, biennials, high profile cultural events / designations and creative…

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