Acclaimed Irish visual artist Alice Maher has been named as the recipient of the first Visual Artists Ireland Members Award. The announcement and presentation took place on Friday, 15th May at 5:30pm during Visual Artists Ireland’s National Day for Visual Artists – Get Together which took place in The Irish Museum of Modern Art. The presentation was made on behalf of Visual Artists Ireland’s membership by Noel Kelly, Chief Executive Officer of Visual Artists Ireland.
Kelly stated that “This award recognises the significant contribution made by Alice to the development of the visual arts in Ireland. The award is made on behalf of our membership as an acknowledgement by Alice’s peers for the work and service that she has offered both through her practice and her remarkable dedication to supporting her fellow artists.”
Alice Maher was one of ten artists nominated by members of Visual Artists Ireland. The nominations were open to any visual artist working and/or living on the island of Ireland. The vote was by secret ballot and was conducted earlier this year.
Kelly continued “We hope that each time Alice sees this piece of blue glass that she will remember the very high esteem that we all hold her in.”
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Notes to editors:
- The Presentation took place on Friday, 15th May 2015 in The Irish Museum of Modern Art as part of VAI’s National Day for Artists – Get Together 2015.
- Get Together 2015 – The fourth year of what has become a significant event on the visual arts calendar. The events bring the largest gathering of visual artists from across Ireland to discuss current challenges, opportunities and supports for visual artists in Ireland. The day is made up of presentations from artists about their careers and their current areas of interest; ways to think about maintaining creativity and careers; as well allowing over 32 selected curators interact with artists on the day. The event also includes arts organisations, support groups, and key funders. The event starts at 9:30 am and will conclude with the presentation at 5:30pm.
- Founded in 1980, Visual Artists Ireland: The Representative Body for Professional Artists, provides practical support to visual artists in all art forms throughout their careers. It provides services, facilities and resources for artists, operates an artistic programme and acts as an advocate for the interests of artists.