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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.

 

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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Keeping It Practical

Organising and Managing Projects

Introduction Undertaking a self-managed project successfully can be difficult. Being aware of some of the pitfalls and following a few ...
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Keeping It Practical

Managing My Work: Video and New Media Artworks

Introduction: Letting go or holding on? There are many common misconceptions regarding the archiving and documentation of technology-reliant artworks, particularly ...
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Keeping It Practical

Importing and Exporting Your Work

Introduction The transportation of works of art can be a complicated and costly business involving a variety of factors such ...
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Keeping It Practical

Facilitation Skills for Artists Working with Groups

This event explored the theory and practice of running a community arts workshop and involved a hands-on workshop exploring the potential ...
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Awards, Bursaries and Grants

Awards, Bursaries and Grants

Introduction Awards, bursaries and grants are not only ways of supporting your career but can also signify success and contribute ...
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The Guidelines

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 ...
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The Guidelines

Payment Guidelines for Professional Visual Artists

Use our Online Calculator to calculate the payment rates. Don't forget to follow each step! Online Calculator For Northern Ireland ...
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Regularly Asked Questions - Pricing and Costings

Request for Advice

I have won a commission to design a corporate Christmas card for a commercial company. Would you advise me as ...
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