VAI & RVAF Professional Development Workshops – Roscommon

November 6, 2015 – November 6, 2015

King House

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RVAF_logo_colourVisual Artists Ireland in partnership with Roscommon Visual Artists Forum

Based on correspondence with the Roscommon Visual Artists Forum, and suggestions that emerged during the previous RVAF event ‘North West Curators in Conversation’, speakers have been invited to cover the following topics:

• Áine Phillips – ‘Writing About your Work’
• Helen Carey – ‘Working with Public Galleries’
• Shelly McDonnell – ‘Working with Artist-led Galleries’
• Mark Garry – ‘Research Methodologies for Visual Artists’

This will be a really informative series of talks with plenty of time for discussion and feedback with individual speakers.

To reserve a place, please fill out the registration form below by Monday 2nd November.  Alternatively contact Joanne Laws:

Áine Phillips – ‘Writing About your Work’

Áine Phillips is an artist, writer and Head of Sculpture at Burren College of Art.  She has been exhibiting multi-media performance works, installation and video in Ireland and internationally since the late 80’s, creating work for diverse contexts such as galleries, museums, club events, the street and public art commissions. As a writer, her most recent project is an edited book ‘Performance Art in Ireland: A History’, published in 2015 by the Live Art Development Agency and Intellect Books, UK. As a visual artist, you are often required to write about your work for press releases, marketing purposes, proposals or applications. This session will offer advice (including dos and don’ts) on writing clearly for a variety of situations, touching on artists’ statements, proposal-writing, artists’ bios and C.V’s.

Helen Carey – ‘Working with Public Galleries’

Helen Carey is an independent curator based in Dublin and is currently Director of Fire Station Artists’ Studios. She was previously Director of Limerick City Gallery of Art; inaugural Director of the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris; Director of Galway Arts Centre; and Public Art Project Manager for the landmark ‘Millennium Commission’, Bristol, United Kingdom. Drawing on her considerable experience, Helen will address the remit of public galleries and how they work with artists and the public. The session will offer visual artists advice on building relationships with curators who work in public venues, and engaging with audiences in these contexts. The Dos and don’ts in approaching or presenting work to public galleries will be addressed. Practical insights will be offered into planning an exhibition (time-line, budget and production value). Motivations, ambitions, roles, responsibilities and expectations (from both the gallery’s and artist’s perspective) will be discussed.

Shelly McDonnell – ‘Working with Artist-led Galleries’

Shelly McDonnell is an artist and independent curator based in Galway city. As former board member and Chairperson of 126 Artist-Run Gallery (2013 – 2015), she developed numerous exhibitions as well as national and international exchanges with artists and peer organisations.  Shelly initiated the 126 Quarterly Magazine – a four-part publication series marking 126’s ten year anniversary – and was lead coordinator of the research project FOOTFALL: Articulating the Value of Artist Led Organisations in Ireland, published by 126 in March 2015. For the RVAF workshop, Shelly will present an overview of 126’s recent activities and exhibitions. She will facilitate an informal, practical discussion on the role of artist-led organisations in Ireland, the benefits of membership for visual artists, and general selection processes for exhibition and residency open-call submissions.

Mark Garry – ‘Research Methodologies and Process-driven Practice’

Mark Garry is a visual artist and Fine Art lecturer in D.I.T. Born and currently based in Ireland, Mark was one of the artists who represented Ireland at the 2005 Venice Biennale. Recent selected exhibitions and projects include: Major solo exhibitions at RHA, Dublin, The Model, Sligo, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Lafayette Projects, Marseille, France, and City Gallery, Charleston, South Carolina, USA (all 2014);  ‘EnArt’, Taichung, Taiwan (2013); ‘Islands’, Galleria Civica di Modena, Milan (2013); permanent commission for The MAC, Belfast (2012). While Mark uses a variety of media and mechanisms in his practice, he primarily focuses on site-specific installations. During this workshop session Mark will offer insights into both his research methodologies and working processes, which will be articulated through references to particular projects.


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