VAI Lifelong Learning | Upcoming February Events

Following on from our January webinar The Ethical Artist with John Thorne from the Glasgow School of Art, we continue the conversation of how we can make a meaningful impact for the environment through our practice.

In our upcoming VAI Lifelong Learning event Connolly Cleary and The Eco SHOWBOAT, we hear from School of Looking artists Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly on their impressive Eco SHOWBOAT project, an ambitious multi annual project to travel on a solar electric boat on the inland waterways of Ireland to raise awareness of climate change through the arts.

They will set off from Limerick on the May Bank Holiday weekend 2022, to navigate the whole length of the Shannon and beyond, from Limerick to Enniskillen, in a solar electric boat –  working with local artists and meeting with scientists, ecologists and communities along the way. The journey will take place on the Mayfly, a vintage yacht upgraded to be fully sustainable in energy with the installation of over a kilowatt of solar panels, batteries and an electric marine motor.

Join us at 3pm on Thursday 17 February for this Artist Talk to hear more. Book Now!


Our skills programme continues this month with the following events…

Webinar & Clinics: How to Shape Your Artist Career Path (22 Feb)

We all know the challenges and sometimes it is hard to know what a career path might look like. This is particularly true for artists who may feel that they are not part of a “major city” scene. We have all said at some time… it is easy for artists in such and such a big city, they are part of that clique… but, in fact, all face the same issues and there are many opportunities for us to explore and develop no matter where we live and work. Although this webinar will focus on Offaly (and there are 8 free clinic slots for County Offaly based artists), it is of value to all as it will look at what opportunities exist and the necessity of collaboration and networking when based in rural areas. With Brendan Fox.

Webinar & Clinics: Exploring Budgets with Visual Artists (24 Feb)

Annette Maloney helps us explore the sometimes tricky topic of budgeting for Visual Artists. Her session will provide outline information on figuring out budgets for applications for funding and supports, including as examples for funded projects, grant applications, bursaries and residencies etc. The session will examine a number of budget headings, which can be used to work out project costs, including as examples Artists Fees, hourly rates, travel and subsistence, overheads and admin costs, contingency, etc.


To read more and register for these events, book here.

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