VAI Statement on Payments for Get Together 2019 – The Facts

It has come to our attention that comments have been made on Twitter concerning VAI’s compliance with payment policies surrounding the Speed Curating event which takes place each year as part of Get Together, our National Day dedicated to Visual Artists. We wish to offer the facts.

Payment rates for Get Together are fully compliant with VAI’s Payment Guidelines.

These guidelines indicate a standard daily rate of 150 Euro for this type of event. Based on this we clearly indicate the stipend offered when approaching individuals to participate as a presenter on the day, indicating the work that we expect to be undertaken, and allow for the preparation time.

For example, a presenter may be asked to be part of a 1 hour panel discussion. We offer a full day’s rate for this as we recognise that, although it may be an area of expertise for the person, they will have preparation time to account for. An Artist may be asked to speak for 20 minutes, but once again we offer the full daily rate to take into consideration preparation time that they will have in putting together images and their thoughts around them etc.

Speed Curating is a key event. To deliver this, we work with curators who are either invited or who have shown an interest in participating during the year. This is broken into two sessions of up to 1.5 hours each, and is timed either side of the Lunch Break. Curators can decide if they wish to do both sessions or they may also choose to do only one. As bookings continue right up to the last minute, curators may be provided with a list of their appointments the day before, but more likely they will only know on the day the final list of people that they will see. Therefore, it is not expected that they research the artists that they will meet with in advance. In the absence of any published payment guidelines for curators, artistic directors, or arts administrators we offer slightly over half the standard daily rate to take into consideration the half day that we have asked for.

We also have a volunteer progamme during Get Together. In keeping with our policies on volunteers and interns, we offer each of our volunteers payment for their time and effort on the day.

We also offer all people who participate on our behalf, access to the rest of the day, as well as lunch. Presenters are not obliged to stay but we offer this as a side benefit that they may wish to avail of should they have interest in other presentations.

We believe that comments have come from a misunderstanding of what we are asking. As outlined above, we believe that we have asked for three hours work. Curators who have worked on Get Together will clearly understand this from their experience of previous years. We have offered explanation of this to no avail. However, we continue to be grateful to the wide range of curators who have signed up for the day. Many are repeat names from previous years, with a good scattering of new faces to add to the mix.

For Completeness, below is the text of our invitation.

“It is that time of year again when we start to do the detailed planning for Get Together.  This year it will take place on Friday, 14th June in DIT Grangegorman.

As the Speed Curating event is one of the most popular sessions on the day, we would like to invite you to participate as a curator for the day.  There will be two sessions; morning and afternoon. Both of these sessions will be an hour and a half long, with 10 minute appointments for each artist. This means the potential of seeing up to 18 artists in the day.  The idea is that artists will book to speak with you and ask for either advice on their area of practice or how to get their work exhibited.  This is a sold out event each year, and we have received news back from both curators and artists about the value of being able to see and gain advice and insight which has resulted in exhibitions, events, and even documentaries.

We are offering an honorarium of 80 Euro per organisation, or per curator for those acting as independents, for the day to cover expenses. As well as this, there is the chance to catch up on all of the other events during the day as well as lunch and teas/coffees.

To make it easy for us to gather the information that we will need to advertise, we have set up the following link in which you can confirm, provide some information about yourself, a photo, and most importantly a place to upload a pro forma invoice which we will process when the event is completed.

I hope that you agree to participate. It is always lively and something that we look forward to each year. In case that you missed it, here is a short video of last year to give you some idea of what you can expect on the day.

In the meantime, all the best from all of us in VAI.”


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