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Visual Artists Ireland
in partnership with The Tyrone Guthrie Centre
Tyrone Guthrie Centre

The Visual Artists Ireland Residency Award is open to all members of Visual Artists Ireland. The award provides a one week fully paid residency/retreat at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre. The residency will be self-catering, and will provide accommodation and a studio facility. Further details about the Centre can be found on their website

The award is only available to individual artists. It is not suitable for group applications.

Only online applications will be accepted. The deadline is 5:30pm, Friday 15th December 2017. No applications will be accepted after that date. To ensure that the system is fair for all, there can be no exceptions to this. For that reason we recommend that you do not leave it until the last minute to make your application.

The winner will be announced in the second half of January 2018.

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Visual Artists Ireland Residency Award 2018 – Call for Applications ...


The deadline for applications is 5:30pm Thursday 13 October 2016

This scheme is funded by The Arts Council and administered by Visual Artists Ireland.

Applications for this scheme will open on Thursday, 18th August 2016. Only applications made through the online system will be considered.

You may access the form  at

Visual Artists Ireland, on behalf of the Arts Council, invites applications for grants of up to a maximum of €40,000 towards the running costs of visual artists’ workspaces. In keeping with the Council’s policy document Visual Artists’ Workspaces in Ireland – A New Approach, this scheme has the aim of assisting artists workspaces throughout the country to provide the best possible environment for working visual artists and, where feasible, to enable a level of subsidy for resident visual artists.

The scheme will award grants of up to €40,000 towards running costs such as light, heat, rent, administration and/or appropriate management costs. (Capital costs cannot be applied for through this scheme).

Guidelines and Online Application Form: Workspace Scheme Document 2017 Final.

Deadline Reminder | Arts Council Visual Artists Workspace Scheme 2017


TUSLA, the Child and Family Agency, seeks expressions of interest from artists of all levels of experience in developing a new artwork to be situated in their new offices based in Heuston South Quarter.

This call is open to artists at all levels of experience. The key assessments will be on artistic quality, ambition, and evidence that the project is achievable.

The total budget available for the artwork is up to €30,000 (inclusive of VAT)

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, 3rd May 2016 at 5pm

Late submissions will not be accepted.

Applicants are requested to read the full content of this document carefully as it contains important information pertaining to all stages of the commission.

Please note that all submissions should be posted in hard copy to:

TUSLA Applications
Visual Artists Ireland
Central Hotel Chambers
7/9 Dame Court
Dublin 2

Supporting images may be provided in electronic format on CD, DVD, or Memory Stick.

This project is administered by Visual Artists Ireland on behalf of TUSLA. All queries should be sent by email to

On the 1st of January 2014 the Child and Family agency became an independent legal entity, comprising HSE Children & Family Services, Family Support Agency and the National Educational Welfare Board as well as incorporating some psychological services and a range of services responding to domestic, sexual and gender based violence.

The offices are contained in the iconic Brunel Building in Heuston South Quarter. The maps provided show the sites available for the placement of the artwork(s) proposed. These include: the main reception area; the main area for public access; and the meeting rooms within the TUSLA offices.

Artwork can be either standalone or occupy multiple locations in the building to develop a common theme.

Applications that require specific hanging, electricity, or are comprised of light must have a full specification provided for this within the proposal. Support for the installations of these forms of work may be provided by TUSLA Estate Management but the full specification of required support should be provided as well.

There is potential for the artist to consult or work with staff, children, and young adults who form the client-base of Tusla.

This is a single stage commission. The selection panel is comprised of representation from local stakeholders and two professional artist representatives. This panel will be responsible for the selection procedures as well as overall management of the project.

The panel has within its power the right to:

  • Select and Commission a work from the proposals received;
  • Ask for further development of designs if there is a split decision regarding the selected work. A stipend of €500 will be offered to artists if they are required to further develop work in this way.
  • Reject all proposals as unsuitable and to enter into a targeted commissioning process.

TUSLA_Call_for_Proposals_Final (PDF Format) Please read carefully.
TUSLA Site maps: TUSLA site maps
TUSLA Site Photos: TUSLA site photos

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jobsvacanciesCommunications & Advocacy Assistant

Reporting to: Chief Executive Officer

Start Date: No later than Monday, 7th March 2015

First Interviews date: Monday, 8th February 2015

Place of Work: The position is based in our Dublin Office. It will require regular travel to our Belfast Office and to locations that VAI delivers its services around Ireland.



  • To provide an effective service answering help desk queries (email, telephone, and in person) as efficiently and quickly as possible;
  • To deal with callers in a calm, courteous and professional manner;
  • To filter, edit, and prepare content for VAI’s Websites and eBulletins;
  • To work with the VAI team to manage VAI’s social media profiles;
  • To manage VAI’s IT requirements.


  • To promote VAI’s Advocacy work and to ensure that staff are up to date with the latest available research and suitable responses have been prepared and actions identified.


  • To support, when required, the delivery of VAI events that take place during the year.

The Person:

  • Candidates must be passionate about the rights of professional artists;
  • Candidates should be aware of current challenges facing artists and be aware of VAI’s work in the area of supporting visual artists and the visual arts sector;
  • Candidates must be able to work within a small professional and highly committed team; be able to initiate projects; complete work to a high level of quality; and be motivated to constantly improve;
  • Strong skills in all MS Office Applications; WordPress; and preferably MailChimp.

Applications MUST include:

  • a one page letter which provides a personal statement that clearly shows how you fit with this position and an understanding of our work;
  • a one page professional résumé showing experience and achievements.

Salary Scale: C

References: Please do not provide references unless requested to. References, if requested, must come from previous employers.

Interview Process:

  • First Round Interviews will discuss the professional résumé provided; and look for further evidence that the candidate fully understands the challenges facing visual artists;
  • Second Round Interviews will be for shortlisted candidates only, and will be in the form of a Powerpoint Presentation to all staff on a topic that lies within VAI’s Advocacy remit.


A three year contract is offered with a probation period of three months. This probation period may be extended if there is cause for concern but the candidate shows promise.

Applications to:

Visual Artists Ireland Communications & Advocacy Position
Visual Artists Ireland
Central Hotel Chambers
7/9 Dame Court
Dublin 2

Queries by email only to:

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Moscow International Biennale for Young Art ranks among the largest and most ambitious projects in the field of contemporary art; in summer 2016, it will take place for the fifth time. The mission of the Biennale, founded by NCCA and MMOMA, is to discover new names of emerging artists, create opportunities for their public demonstration, and promote contemporary art in the urban context. The main Biennale project will be hosted by Trekhgornaya Factory.

From this year on, the format and conditions of the Biennale undergo substantial changes. In previous years, the Biennale was curated by established international experts selected by the founders of the project (Daria Pyrkina, Daria Kamyshnikova, Kathrin Becker, David Elliott); from now on, the curator of the Biennale, just like its participants, belongs to the young generation under 35. Another novelty of the fifth Biennale is the abolition of the position of Executive Director, substituted by the post of Commissioner. The Commissioner of the Biennale is Ekaterina Kibovskaya, independent curator and producer.

Senior Curator: Nadim Samman read Philosophy at University College London before completing a doctorate in art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art. In 2012 he curated the 4th Marrakech Biennale with Carson Chan. Projects in 2014 include Antarctopia: The Antarctic Pavilion, 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture, and Treasure of Lima: A Buried Exhibition, a unique site-specific exhibition on the remote Pacific island of Isla del Coco. Nadim is co-director of Import Projects, editor of Near East Magazine and previously curator at Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21).

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If you aren’t driving we have a bus going from Belfast City Centre there and back.

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advocacyThe following letter has been sent to Minister Heather Humphries (Department of Arts, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht) and Minister Michael Noonan (Department of Finance) outlining some of the current concerns for visual artists.

“With the advanced stages of planning under way for the 2016 budget, I would like to bring to your attention the need for the continuance of the Tax Exemption on Creative Works and the support of the arts sector in a meaningful way as part of your departments planning.

The Tax Exemption scheme was introduced to ensure that the people who provide the cultural identity of our country are provided with some form of relief on what are already low incomes. Some issues have arisen in the past with the scheme. The media have been quick to highlight these and very little counter argument has been seen so as to offer a balanced view.

As you are aware, the scheme is open to all tax payers who create a unique creative work. It is not an elitist instrument solely available to artists. But, it is artists who will suffer most if the scheme is either further reduced or indeed abolished.

To understand the impact, may I present the following figures:

The Social Economic & Fiscal Status of the Visual Artist in Ireland
2008 2011 2013
Earn less than €10,000 from creative work 67% 82.25% 83%
Earn less than €10,000 from creative & non-creative work 33% 55% 64%
Household has been in arrears in past 12 months 24% 42% 57%
Will rely on state pensions for retirement 72% 79% 86%

From the above table you can clearly see that the majority of visual artists in Ireland live under the poverty threshold. They depend on second and third jobs to make ends meet, and indeed a large number rely on their partners to support their households. Although, we can clearly see the large percentage who experience debt has significantly increased since we first carried out this survey. It is also important to note the high number who will rely on a state pension when they come to retirement age. Of course, the idea of artists retiring is somewhat at odds with reality as the creativity that spurs them on to occupy this very singular space in our society doesn’t suddenly turn itself off at a pre-determined age. However, we can clearly see the large impact on State coffers in the future as artists are pushed towards relying on Social Protection well into old age.

If we combine these with some other important facts we can see an even wider set of issues that the Tax Exemption goes some way to resolve.

Economists such as Ludwig von Mises asserted that “value,” meaning exchange value, was always the result of subjective value judgements. There was no price of objects or things that could be determined without taking these judgements into account, as manifested by markets. If we take this, out of one of many definition of value, then we can clearly see that in Ireland the work of the creative artist is perceived to have little if any value.

The proof of this can be seen clearly when looking at the specific income generated by artists through the exhibition of their work in publically funded spaces, or the additional work that they undertake to support these institutions through outreach and education programmes and ensuring that the audience receives as rich an experience as possible.

In another recent survey of visual artists in Ireland, out of a total of 580 selected exhibition opportunities 79.66% could not pay the artist for their participation; 43.3% asked the artist to either pay or contribute to the administration costs of their exhibitions; 77.8% of artists received no fee for education or outreach programmes; and 31.9% received a contribution towards travel expenses for these events. Simply put… Time spent, effort expended, and the process of engaged creativity in the hope of recognition are being exploited. Artists’ desperation for their work to be seen is being used as the perfect opportunity for some galleries, venues, festivals, and other types of events to get something for little if no payment.

We have undertaken an extensive campaign to rectify this situation, working with the Arts Council and several local authorities who provide funding to organisations. We are greatly appreciative that the Arts Council and Dublin City Council, as the first local authority to do so, have undertaken to instruct organisations and events that they fund to ensure that artists are paid in an equitable manner. This support has seen very significant change. However, there is still some resistance from a small minority of organisations. Nevertheless, as this work continues, it is clear that we must ensure that artists are continued to be supported by central government.

Therefore, we would like to ask for you to take into consideration in your planning:

  1. The continuance of the Tax Exemption Scheme, raising the ceiling to €85,000 – the raising of the ceiling to take into consideration that the small number of artists who take up the opportunity of public art commissions who can take advantage of the income to offset their lean years.
  2. Strengthen the control of the scheme through the engagement of independent expert bodies, such as our own, working with the Arts Council who can help to ensure only those who are truly eligible gain access to the scheme. The past abuses have greatly damaged this especially in media coverage that we have worked hard to undo.
  3. Introduce a balancing of payments to Revenue that takes into consideration the sporadic nature of income so that their liabilities can be offset over a period of three years. In the past this has been deemed difficult due to the mobile nature of artists. However, as we have seen this work in the Agricultural sector, who also have a very high mobility at the moment, we conclude that it should be possible to now include the low paid artists who contribute to the cultural economy as well as the growth we have seen through tourism and heritage.
  4. Ensure that funding to the Arts Council is given a high level of priority. In the overall scheme of things, their funding is a small drop in the overall budget. But, their focus on individual artists is both laudable and to be encouraged. It is clear that we can use economic arguments about the return on investment per Euro but we believe that we need to also understand that there is the broader intrinsic value that has continued to provide a rich wealth of culture in the hard times when many other sectors simply let the people down. During these times of hard economic realities, artists and the arts have never let the people down and this needs to be strongly recognised and rewarded through a rise in support of the Arts Council.
  5. Ensure that any government department engaging with artists undertake to put in place, and act upon, a policy that ensures that artists that they engage with for work or organisations that they fund must clearly evidence that artists are paid equitably especially when public funds are being used. This is of particular importance in Percent for Art schemes, commissioning, and the funding provided by bodies such as Culture Ireland.
  6. Finally, we would ask for your department to work closely with the relevant government departments to ensure that they and other state bodies make available the cultural monies that they control through Percent for Art schemes etc. Many have fallen behind in this responsibility and it is very clear that a survey and strong action to ensure their compliance is required so as to ensure that the cultural economy of our country is supported at all levels and that all dedicated funds are made available in a proper and timely manner.

I would like to thank you for your kind attention. I have written the same letter to Minister Noonan on these matters as I know that there is a strong crossover with the Department of Finance. I believe that not all responsibility can be delegated to the Department of Arts, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht. Indeed, there is a strong argument for each government department to take a role in ensuring that the artists who form the creative glue for our culture, our economy, and our well being are recognised and to ensure their support through their own work and the work of your department.

Yours sincerely,

Noel Kelly
Chief Executive Officer
Visual Artists Ireland”

Budget 2016 Letter to Ministers Heather Humphries and Michael Noonan

ASK PrintShow that you agree that equitable payments for visual artists are of prime importance. In VAI it is a core belief that equitable payments for visual artists are of vital importance for the sustainability of visual artists in Ireland.

Visual Artists Ireland’s campaign Ask! Has the Artist Been Paid! has been a great success. Support has been shown by The Arts Council, The Artists Council of Northern Ireland, and Dublin City Council, and an incredible number of organisations, venues, festivals, and events…

We ask you now to to show your support for the campaign and support our work to ensure that all organisations working with Visual Artists in Ireland implement this policy as a core value.

The following “Petition” will be published and circulated to show the extent of the support and to guide those organisations and individuals who are still to be convinced.

Sometimes we can leave things for others to do, but we ask that you sign now… every individual is important in this on-going campaign… and it is individuals who are making the change.

Do you agree that artists should be paid?

ASKAs we are coming up to the time of year when organisations prepare for their funding applications, we are asking for you help to ensure that there is an increased awareness of the need to pay visual artists equitably.

Therefore we are asking for you to:

1. Our campaign Logo is still around and we would like you to use it to show your support for the campaign. If you have a website, any advertisements or press information or applications going out, then perhaps you can add it to the bottom with other logos.

2. We are in constant contact with spaces, venues, events etc raising awareness… but perhaps you can take time to contact your local venue(s) and ask the simple question – What is your policy surrounding the equitable payment of artists? Make them aware that you support our campaign.

3. Maybe print out the poster below, or draw on a piece of paper the ASK! Has the Artist Been Paid? question and take a photo of yourself (and your friends) and upload it to our Facebook event or to your home page.

4. When you are offered an opportunity or if you are answering a call then you should always ask that simple question – What is your policy surrounding the equitable payment of artists? Don’t be afraid, and also we ask that you consider that your single action positively effects literally every artist in the country!

There is so much support for this in the sector and amazing levels of change on an almost weekly basis. But there are a minority who are still resistant. Let us support and celebrate those who see this as a right and let us guide those who are still resistant into realising that artists have a fundamental right to be paid for work undertaken. Both the Arts Council of Ireland, and the Arts Council of Nothern Ireland are backing equitable payments. It is up to us to ensure that they continue to be clearly used as organisations, festivals, events, etc make their budgets for next year. We cannot take our eye off the ball on this one until we are guaranteed that all agree – Artists Must Be Paid Equitably.

Are you on Facebook or Twitter? – Download the image for your FB/Twitter profile from

and we have a print copy that we have used to make a poster for your studio or venue

There is a limit on the number of people that we can invite now on Facebook… so please SHARE on your own profile …

Ask! Has the Artist Been Paid?