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.

 

Protecting Yourself

Handling Disputes

Introduction No one likes confrontation. Occasionally however an artist will have to manage a professional dispute. It may happen, for ...
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Protecting Yourself

Copyright Principles for Visual Artists

A presentation given by David Langwallner for Visual Artists & The Law. David’s presentation looked at definitions of originality, fair use, appropriation, ...
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Protecting Yourself

Copyright and the Visual Artist

What is copyright? Copyright is a branch of the law of intellectual property. It is the legal right for the ...
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Protecting Yourself

Copyright & Legacy Planning

Protect your work now and when you are gone. Pearse Ryan offers some key points for consideration; looking at the ...
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Protecting Yourself

Contracts

Introduction If you were to stop to consider how often you entered into a contract, you might be surprised. Much ...
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Presenting Your Work

Socialising Your Arts Practice

Using social media can seem daunting, overwhelming and full of potential pitfalls. There is a way, though, to make the ...
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Presenting Your Work

Promoting your Work Online

Mary Carty, Spoiltchild Design, provides an insightful overview on how to plan and manage the promotion of your work and your online ...
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Presenting Your Work

Presenting Yourself

Successful people believe their success is attributable to a pattern of mutually beneficial interpersonal relationships, as much as it is ...
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Presenting Your Work

Preparing Proposals

Introduction This document is intended to assist you prepare better proposals for funding opportunities, commissions, awards etc. In this article ...
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Presenting Your Work

Documenting Your Work

Introduction – Basics of Photographic Documentation For the past few years I have specialised in the photography of historical objects, ...
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Learning Never Ends

Postgraduate Education, Training and Scholarships

What is the Point of Further Study? -To Develop Your Practice - Ideally, engaging in further study – whether specialist ...
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Keeping It Practical

Working with What You’ve Got

This resource covers key tips and suggestions on how to develop on your skills and how to survive in the ...
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Keeping It Practical

Working Abroad

As the economic situation gets more and more grim in this country, many artists and administrators are giving serious thought ...
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Keeping It Practical

Self-Organisation as a Way of Being

A personal Example When I returned to Dublin in the late 1990s from living and working outside of Ireland, I ...
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Keeping It Practical

Re-entering the Visual Arts?

Many times we receive telephone calls from artists who have taken time out from their practice and even if this ...
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