Advocacy, Advice, and Membership Services


VAI Advocacy & Advice Services offers a confidential advice/helpdesk service for visual artists that covers the wide range of professional concerns being experienced by artists today. This advice includes: the creation and provisions of contracts; financial planning and taxation issues; non-payment for the provision of services; fraudulent practices by agents that effect individual visual artists; setting up of artist led initiatives and studio programmes; representation and creation of mediation panels; and the raising of awareness of consultations and policy creation that have a direct impact on visual artists.

This programme works in tandem with the VAI Professional Development Programme and VAI Information resources. It’s content and focus is informed by: current professional practice; the input of VAI staff; VAI members; our primary UK partner Artquest, on-going needs analysis and evaluation; an advisory panel involving visual art professionals with a range of expertise; and dialogue with our international partners such as CARFAC, NAVA, Culture Action Europe and the IAA.

To support this service we have created a series of information sections:

  • Help Desk: Our advice is available to all professional artists, arts organisations or those working within the visual arts either by emailing us, by telephone to our offices, or by contacting any of our staff members who will be happy to guide you;
  • The Manual, A Survival Guide for Artists is a resource for artists that provides information on all aspects of professional development. Here you will find information guides on topics such as Exhibiting with Galleries, Preparing Proposals, Tax and Self Employment, Copyright and much more. Text and articles in the Info~Pool are spread across 4 main areas: Practical Listings; Developmental Tools; Professional Pathways; and Legal and Technical Guides; (more available on our main site)
  • Visual Artists Cafés: We hold regular sessions around the country that offer the opportunity of obtaining advice from experts. These are advertised through our weekly eBulletin Service.