VAN May – June 2016

The Visual Artists’ News Sheet (VAN ) is the primary all-Ireland information resource for visual artists. For this issue, art critic James Merrigan continues as guest editor. In his column ‘Where’s Our Marty Baron?’, he discusses the role of the editor and of the art critic.

Our regional focus for this issue is County Meath, with features from artists Aileen Hamilton and Aidan Flanagan, alongside updates from the Meath County Council Arts Office and Solstice Arts Centre.

‘Seminar Report’ articles come from Chris Hayes on ‘Artist-Led Island’ held at Sample-Studios, Cork, Emma Dwan O’Reilly on ‘The Value of Criticism’ at the Glucksman Gallery, Gavin Murphy on ‘Proposition: An Art of Ethics’ at the Burren College of Art and Rebecca O’Dwyer, who attended Dan Fox’s talk at Spike Island, Bristol titled ‘Pretentiousness: Why it Matters’.

In ‘Career Development’ pieces, Vagabond Reviews describe their curatorial practice, while Teresa Gillespie and Jonathan Mayhew interview each other on their approaches to making art. Lily Cahill and Rob Murphy introduce their collaborative practice in a ‘How is it Made?’ piece about their recent works.

Other articles come from Lucy McKenna, who discusses her residency at the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium, and Tom Watt, who talks to Declan Clarke about his work in overlook spaces. In VAI news, Noel Kelly summaries findings from the recent survey The Social, Economic and Fiscal Status of the Artist.

Reviewed in the ‘Critique’ section are: Martin Healy at Crawford Art Gallery, Patrick Hennessy at IMMA, Alex Pentak at Bailick Park, Midleton, a group exhibition on Kathleen Lynn across Mayo and David Quinn at Federesky Gallery.

As ever, we have details of upcoming VAI Professional Development Programme, exhibition and public art roundups, news from the sector and current opportunities.

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. Selected articles featured in the print edition are available at the Visual Artists’ News Sheet Online here:

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