How To Manual

A Survival Guide for Visual Artists

Making art and making an art career are two different things. A professional artist is responsible for the day to day business of their career such as financial management, applying for grants and funding, documenting work marketing, promotion, researching opportunities, and a list of other tasks. These areas are not always covered within the education system so, while highly educated and skilled, many visual artists are not prepared for the reality of life after art school.

As an artist led organisation VAI is keenly aware that artists are pressed for time, trying to fit their art making into daily lives that juggle family, work and other commitments. We hope this manual will provide you with some of the tools to make the most of the opportunities that come your way, whether it be pursuing a post graduate course, getting a studio, entering juried exhibitions, initiating your own projects or getting representation through a gallery. But, don’t forget… you should never rely on an opportunity finding you. It is very much you creating them for yourself. VAI is there to assist you with the many services and information channels that we offer to professional visual artists in all art forms.

 

The Artist, The Gallery & The Curator

Artists, Commercial Galleries & the International Art Market

The contents of this text reflect the views of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official views or ...
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The Artist, The Gallery & The Curator

Artists and Curators

Introduction In recent years the definition of the role of the curator has undergone a dramatic change, and continues still ...
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The Artist, The Gallery & The Curator

Artist / Gallery Relationships – When trust proves itself to be misplaced…

In this article, Noel Kelly, CEO Visual Artists Ireland, discusses VAI’s current experience of artists not being paid, or whose ...
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Kindred Spirits: Studios & Residencies

Undertaking Residencies

What is an Artist Residency? The term ‘artist residency’ covers a broad spectrum of activity and opportunity for artists. There ...
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Kindred Spirits: Studios & Residencies

I’m Thinking of Getting a Studio

What is a Studio? A studio can be defined as a room where an artist works. It can be as ...
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Kindred Spirits: Studios & Residencies

Common Room Talk: Seeking Studio Space

Talks ‘On the Subject of Studios’ took place in May/June 2012 and were curated by Lisa Reburn. Common Room Talk ...
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Kindred Spirits: Studios & Residencies

A Practical Guide to Setting Up Studio Space

Introduction Few artists can afford the expense of owning their own studio, particularly at the start of their careers. Working ...
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Public Art Practice & Commissions

Undertaking Commissions

Introduction The past decade has seen significant increases in the range of opportunities for visual artists to work on commissions ...
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Public Art Practice & Commissions

Public Art Practice for Artists and Commissioners

About Public Art While all art should be considered ‘public art’, in general, we have come to understand this term ...
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The 'How to' Manual - Artists Speak

Artist Profile: Cora Cummins

What's your background? I studied Fine Art at DIT and then a Masters in Fine Art at NCAD. What work experience ...
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Keeping It Practical

Top Tips for Starting Out

1. Make use of the college facilities before you graduate! It's very easy to take college facilities for granted but you'll ...
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Artists Speak

Career Development by George Bolster

A great deal of change has occurred in the way people practice as artists, since I first left college. One of the ...
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Protecting Yourself

Visual Artists & The Law

Material from a seminar event run by Visual Artists Ireland in partnership with The Bar Council on Thur 17 May ...
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Protecting Yourself

Negotiation Skills Workshop

Public art of any kind takes place in a sphere where many diverse interests meet. Negotiation therefore is a constant ...
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Protecting Yourself

Health and Safety in the Studio

An Introduction to Health & Safety Issues  Most artists are aware that some of the materials that they use and ...
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