Sustaining your Practice – Bealtaine & Visual Artists Ireland

May 26, 2016 – May 26, 2016

The Lab Gallery

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Visual Artists Ireland in partnerhsip with Bealtaine 2016 Festival

‘Sustaining your Practice’ will consist of a number of practical talks designed to address key welfare and financial issues for mature practitioners. The day will close with a talk by artist Robert Ballagh reflecting back on his career.

(10.30 – 15.00) Thurs. 26 May @ The LAB Gallery, DCC, Foley St, Dublin 1.

Four practical talks will address the following topics:
Physical & Mental Health – Dr. Loren Duffy / CPsychol, APA
Legacy Planning from a Legal Perspective –  IVARO
Tax and Pension Entitlements – Gaby Smyth
DACS Art360 Initiative – Gilane Tawadros / CEO, DACS
An artist in reflection – Robert Ballagh

Registration fee covers a light lunch.

Bealtaine 2016 Programme.

Robert Ballagh was born in Dublin in 1943.  He studied architecture and worked as an engineering draughtsman, a musician and a postman before taking up painting in 1967. He represented Ireland at the Paris Biennale in 1969.  Major survey exhibitions of his work have taken place in Lund, Warsaw, Sofia and Moscow.  In 2006, the RHA Gallery staged a career retrospective in Dublin.

As a graphic designer he has produced over seventy stamps for An Post and designed the Irish banknotes before the introduction of the euro. His notable work in the theatre includes Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, Gate Theatre (1991); Steven Berkoff’s production of Oscar Wilde’s Salomé, Gate Theatre, Dublin (1998), the staging for the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics in Croke Park, Dublin (2003) and Riverdance.  For 10 years, Ballagh chaired the Irish National Congress, a non-party organisation working for peace in Northern Ireland, and he is currently president of the Ireland Institute, a centre for historical and cultural studies. He served as the first chairman of the Artists’ Association of Ireland when it was founded in 1981, and he is a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science.  Robert Ballagh is the founding chairman of the Irish Visual Artists Rights Organisation.

Dr. Loren Duffy (CPsychol, APA) is a psychologist, writer, and speaker specialising in the mindbody science and how our wellbeing is effected by our social interactions and our culture. He works with individual, teams, and organisations to enhance performance and health in business, sports, and the arts. He is gifted at taking layered, textured, nuanced ideas, and explaining them in a way that is accessible and practical.

IVARO is the Irish not-for-profit visual arts collecting society which promotes artists copyright and turns rights into revenue for visual creators and their heirs. IVARO is an independent organisation registered with the Irish Patents Office in the Register of Copyright Licensing Bodies. IVARO’s goals are to: provide information to artists and others about intellectual property rights in visual works; Protect artist’s copyright from infringement; Enhance professionalism among artists in relation to copyright; Promote awareness and responsibility among copyright users; advocate on copyright issues affecting artists working in Ireland; collect and distribute to artists royalties due for the use of their works and on the resale of their works; by agreement with societies in other countries, collect royalties for the use of Irish works abroad and develop partnerships to help further rights of artists and their heirs. IVARO is a member of: International Confederation of Authors and Composers Societies: CISAC; International Council of Creators of Graphic, Plastic and Photographic Arts: CIAGP and European Visual Artists: EVA.

Gaby Smyth is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and managing director with Gaby Smyth & Company Ltd., Business Consultants. He has provided business and taxation advice to individuals and companies for almost 20 years, specialising in the literary, music, film and theatre arts. Gaby has a keen personal and professional interest in the visual arts, promoting not just the work, but the role, of artists, through his work with organisations such as: Pallas Studios, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, IVARO and VAI.  He is Chair of the boards of the Dublin International Film Festival, Opera Theatre Company and Boulder Media Ltd.

Gilane Tawadros, Chief Executive of DACS has spent her career in the visual arts. She was the founding Director of the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva) in London, chaired by Professor Stuart Hall, which, over a decade, achieved an international reputation as a ground-breaking cultural agency at the leading edge of artistic and cultural debates nationally and internationally.  She has curated numerous exhibitions and has written extensively on contemporary art. She is Vice-Chair of the Stuart Hall Foundation and serves on the Boards of Camden Arts Centre (London), Film and Video Umbrella, Matt’s Gallery, Stuart Croft Foundation and the Editorial Board of Whitechapel Art Gallery. She is also a member of the Artquest Advisory Group and the Intellectual Property Office’s (IPO) Copyright Advisory Panel.



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