The Visual Artists’ News Sheet (VAN ) is the primary all-Ireland information resource for visual artists. This issue features a range of conferences, exhibitions, residencies and events that took place towards the end of 2018, while also profiling several ongoing artistic projects and collaborations. Members of VAI receive a copy of the VAN delivered straight to their door. The News Sheet is also available to pick up free of charge in galleries and arts centres.
For VAN’s summer issue, Joanne Laws and Alan Phelan provide thematic appraisals of the 58th Venice Biennale, while Pamela Lee reports from Art Basel and VOLTA Basel art fairs.
This issue includes a number of timely interviews with artists and curators. Chris Clarke speaks to Richard Proffitt about his recent installation, May the Moon Rise and the Sun Set, for Cork Midsummer Festival, and Paul McAree interviews Niamh O’Malley, whose exhibition is currently showing in St Carthage Hall, as part of the Lismore Castle Arts programme.
Pádraic E. Moore speaks to Annie Fletcher, who has recently been appointed as the Director of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, while Philip Kavanagh interviews Rua Red Director Maolíosa Boyle about the organisation’s recent exhibitions and collaborations. Manuela Pacella also interviews Paul O’Neill about his curatorial practice and his artistic directorship at PUBLICS in Helsinki.
Also focusing on the Finnish art scene, Jonathan Mayhew reports from Helsinki, about his experiences taking part in the TBG+S and HIAP International Residency Exchange. Similarly, Lucy Andrews reports from her recent residency and exhibition at Leitrim Sculpture Centre, while Ian Wieczorek contextualises his latest exhibition, ‘Transgress’, at Ballina Arts Centre.
In columns for this issue, Sarah Lincoln discusses research recently undertaken by The Mothership Project. In two fascinating Skills columns, contemporary textile artist Laura Angell discusses the Bargello embroidery technique, while Cornelius Browne provides insights into the practicalities of painting outdoors.
Insights into arts engagement are also provided by Jan Powell, who explores the processes of artistic collaboration, and Ann Quinn, who profiles her ongoing masterclasses in painting and printmaking. We also hear from our VAI Northern Ireland Manager, Rob Hilken, who reports on the artist talks and panel discussions, held as part of the VAI Get Together 2019, which took place on 14 June at TU Dublin Grangegorman.
The Regional Focus for this issue comes from Derry City, with profiles from Art Arcadia, Clarendon Studios, Nerve Gallery and CCA. Derry-based artists James King and Gail Mahon also discuss their practice and recent work.
Reviewed in the Critique supplement are: Hannah Fitz at Kerlin Gallery; Karen Daye-Hutchinson at ArtisAnn Art Gallery; ‘See you tomorrow’ at Sirius Arts Centre; ‘Social Commons’ at Liberty Hall; and ‘A Visibility Matrix’ at Void Gallery, Derry.
As ever, we have details of the upcoming VAI Professional Development Programme, exhibition and public art roundups, news from the sector and current opportunities.
Selected articles featured in the print edition are available at the Visual Artists’ News Sheet Online here: www.visualartistsireland.com