The Dean and faculty committee of The Burren Collage of Art, Co. Clare have chosen recent MFA graduate, Sherry Erskine, as the recipient of this years Visual Artists Ireland Student Membership Prize.
This is the first of the VAI Student Membership Prizes to be awarded for 2017. VAI invited several Art Colleges in Ireland to select one graduating student from their college to receive a Membership Prize.
The Prize will give the graduating student one years free membership of VAI which will be of great benefit to the student in their first year establishing an independent practice. Adjusting to working without the support of college and peer guidance can be challenging for a recent graduate. The resources available to through VAI can make this transition smoother for graduates and the Membership Prize entitles them to full professional membership benefits, which include:
- VAI Help-Desk: advice service for visual artists that covers the wide range of professional concerns being experienced by artists today.
Professional Development Workshops: a wide range of professional development training throughout the year including workshops, peer discussion groups, seminars and talks.
- VAN: receive the Visual Artists’ News Sheet by post (6 issues per year). The VAN 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.
- Equipment Hire: affordable access to projectors, video editing, cameras, computers and other equipment.
- Get Together: Irelands national day for visual artists with speed curating, clinics and talks.
- Members Directory: your personal profile, image and contact details in the Members Directory on the VAI website
- The Manual: a comprehensive on-line information resource covering all aspects of professional development.
- Membership Card: entitles you to discounts at a wide range of art material suppliers and service providers
- Studio Exchange Programme: VAI members can register with Artelier for studio exchange with peers anywhere in the world.
For more information on membership benefits and to join for the annual rate of €50/€25 (concession/unwaged) visit: visualartists.ie/join/