Deadline: 1 December

If you have recently been involved in a public commission, percent for art project, socially engaged project or any other form of ‘art outside the gallery’ we would like you to email us the information for publication in the the next issue of the Visual Artists News Sheet.
Send images (3-4MB in size) and a short text (no more than around 300 words) in the following format:

* Artist’s name
* Title of work
* Commissioning body
* Date advertised
* Date sited / carried out
* Budget
* Commission type
* Project Partners
* Brief description of the work

Work must have been undertaken in the last 6 months.

Send your info to Production Editor Chris Steenson at:

Profile Your Public Art in the Visual Artists’ News Sheet ...

The Digital Arts Studios (Belfast) is making ambitious plans for the future and would like you to be part of this strategic planning process.

Should DAS have an on-site gallery for exhibitions? Would you like DAS to stay in the city centre? Would you like DAS to have a full-time technician that you could drop in on anytime for advice? Should DAS always have the most up-to-date computers and software? Would you like DAS to offer an experimental / testing space?

Now is your chance to tell DAS and help shape their future.

DAS are asking you to answer just 4 questions and as a thank you, you will have a chance to win a £50 one-for-all gift card. Click the link here to complete the survey and please share as DAS would like to get as broad a picture as possible.

DAS is principally funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Digital Arts Studios (DAS) Belfast, Seeking Feedback in Online Survey


Belfast Open Studios, now in its sixth year, is an opportunity for the public to come and see how artists work and to take a glimpse into their creative processes.

Belfast is home to over 250 professional artists; painting, drawing, performing, filming and creating. A public open day on Saturday 21 October will enable you to see behind closed doors, in nooks and crannies of the city, artists are at work developing the seeds of ideas that result in artworks often shown in galleries, museums, art centres, artist-led spaces and various venues.

Fifteen studios across the city are opening their doors from 14 October to 5 November for this unique, free event. We’re delighted to welcome four new studio groups to the Open Studios portfolio: Belfast Bankers in the East, Duncairn Arts Centre in the North, Studio Souk in the city centre and Embrace Studios in the West, who will be launching their brand new space and programme during Belfast Open Studios. Other participating studios include: Array Studios, Artists at the Mill, Cathedral Studios, Creative Exchange, Digital Arts Studios, Flax Art Studios, Lombard Studios, Orchid Studios, Platform Arts, Pollen Studios and QSS Bedford Street.

Accompanied by an extensive workshops and events programme, including a Visual Artists’ Caf’ which introduces the different spaces and initiatives to the public and peers, a series of talks, Speed Curating and Clinics events; this is the most packed programme to date. Belfast Open Studios is delighted to partner with Belfast International Festival for the sixth year in a row and to represent its primary visual art programming. All event tickets can be purchased through the Festival website.

Sponsored by local artisan tea makers Suki Tea, Belfast Open Studios events offer a warm welcome to all with a cup of Belfast Brew on arrival before they take a relaxed and informative stroll around the various studios, open from 11am to 5pm.

Belfast Open Studios is grateful for the support of Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council, Belfast International Festival, The British Council and Arts & Business NI.

Additional information is available at

Belfast Open Studios | Saturday 21 October 2017

Derry City + Strabane District Council is holding an information session for Artists, Performers, Cultural Organisations and Groups in relation to its festival programme for the next financial year and the creative themes involved. This session is to advise individuals/groups that may wish to apply to be on the restricted list for the provision of animation to Council for its festivals and Events (01 April 2018 – 31 March 2019) which is due to be issued shortly. Council require:

· Artists
· Musicians
· Bands
· Dancing
· Singing
· Drama
· Lighting/Sound
· Venue Dressing
· Walk Abouts / Fun Characters
· Amusements
· Bouncy Castles
· Face Painter/Balloon Modellers
· Arts & Crafts
· Tattoo /Henna Tattoo
· Costumes
· Props
· Lots more

The Information Session will take place on Thursday 5 October at 7pm, Civic room Strabane Library.

Derry City + Strabane District Council Information Session for Artists

Deadline for all nominations: Friday 6 October, 5pm

Nominations are now open for the annual awards which celebrate the wealth of creative talent in Northern Ireland. Every year they recognise unsung heroes who invest in the next generation and young people who are excelling and contributing to the creative industries.

Do you know an exceptional apprentice, intern or student? Are you impressed by a company who has passed on their skills and knowledge? Have you had your career shaped by an incredible mentor or tutor?

This year’s categories are:

  • Northern Ireland Creative Industry Skills Award
  • Northern Ireland Creative Tutor Award
  • Northern Ireland Education & Industry Partnership Award
  • Northern Ireland Apprentice of the Year Award
  • Northern Ireland Intern of the Year Award
  • Northern Ireland Creative Student Award

All information about the awards can be found on their website here:

The award ceremony will be in Belfast on 7 December 2017.

Nominations Open for the Northern Ireland Creative and Cultural Skills ...

September – October 2017 is a themed issue that focuses on contemporary Irish painting, offering timely insights into recent exhibitions, seminars, residencies and current studio practices. With so many vibrant painters currently working in Ireland and a wealth of painting exhibitions taking place nationwide, this thematic inquiry cannot be comprehensive. The issue places emphasis on materiality and the making process, while touching on discourse specific to the medium of painting.

The Visual Artists’ News Sheet is the primary all-Ireland information resource for visual artists presenting case study articles on all aspects of the lives of professional artists, alongside features offering critical reflection and analysis of relevant aspects of the art world in Ireland and internationally.

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:

In this Issue:

A series of extended essays has been commissioned to provide thematic surveys of contemporary Irish painting: Ramon Kassam examines representations of the landscape; Mark O’Kelly discusses recent developments in portraiture; and Alison Pilkington offers valuable insights into contemporary abstract painting.

In the columns for this issue, Colin Martin introduces ‘The Materiality of Painting’ – an upcoming lecture series at the RHA that seeks to explore material concerns specific to current painting practice. VAI NI Manager Rob Hilken discusses the trajectory of painting in Northern Ireland, while Marcus Cope outlines the evolution of the Marmite Prize for Painting. Also in this issue, Susan Connolly reports on her residency in Golden Paints, New York, while Marc Guinan discusses the seminar he organised at The LAB, Dublin, entitled ‘Painters Talking Paint’. In the organisation profiles, Ronan Lyons discusses the Molesworth Gallery, Dublin, while Valerie Ceregini interviews three painters – Colm MacAthlaoich, Natasha Conway and Dennis Kelly – who will present solo exhibitions at Pallas Projects and Studios in the autumn.

In the ‘How is it Made?’ section, James Merrigan discusses All or Nothing, his new documentary film about painting. Ailve McCormack interviews Mark Francis in his London studio, while Helen G. Blake talks about her painting practice. Interviews by Joanne Laws and Martin Herbert offer insights into the work of Elizabeth Magill and Ronnie Hughes, to coincide with their high-profile touring exhibitions. Joanne Laws also interviews three Irish painters at various stages of their careers – Jane Rainey, Ciarán Murphy and Robert Armstrong – about the realities of maintaining a painting practice in Ireland.

Reviewed in this issue’s extended Critique section are: ‘Painting NOW’ at Green on Red Gallery; ‘Memory Needs a Landscape’ at Taylor Galleries; ‘The Living and the Dead’ at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios; ‘International Ireland’ at the Ulster Museum; ‘Crooked Orbit’ at Kevin Kavanagh; ‘Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings’ at Kerlin Gallery; ‘A Dream and an Argument’ at The MAC; and ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ at Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels.

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

Out Now | September – October 2017 Issue of the ...

Late Night Art Belfast happens on the first Thursday of every month with over a dozen galleries opening their doors for an evening celebration of the vibrant visual arts scene in Belfast.

Join in around the world next week by following the hashtag #LNAB and reshare your favourite images, videos and surprises with your friends and colleagues.


Fully guided bus tour departs from outside the front of the Linenhall Library at 6.30pm and finishes approx. 9.15pm. Join this tour by booking through paypal on or by ringing the Townhouse on 028 90311798. £10 per person.


Or make your way around the galleries at your own pace. Here are just some of the highlights of this Late Night Art:


Golden Thread Gallery

The Really Wild Show | Iain Griffin
Signs and Ciphers | Alistair Wilson

84-94 Great Patrick St, Belfast BT1 2LU
T: +44 28 9033 0920


Fenderesky Gallery
Graham Gingles: New Boxes and Drawings, Gallery 2
Helen Blake – Tony Hill: Works on Paper, Gallery 1

31 North Street


Platform Arts Gallery

Deflated Capital | Doireann Ni Ghrioghair
Opening 7 September 6-9pm
Gallery 1.

Roaming Around the City | Bilu Blich
Opening 7 September 6-9pm
Gallery 2

1 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA
T: 028 9031 1301


QSS Bedford Street Gallery
Unafraid Blue
Artists: Colm Clarke | Angela Hackett | Catherine McLaughlin | Grace McMurray | David Turner

31-33 Bedford Street, Belfast City Centre
Phone: +44 28 90 24 31 45


Pollen Studios and Gallery
All That Sits Unsaid | Stuart Cairns
Opening 6.30pm – 9pm
Also open Saturday 9th September 12pm – 4pm

37-39 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA

The Green Room @ The Black Box
Tonya McMullan

18-22 Hill St, Belfast BT1 2LA, UK


Real Sketchy
The Green Room @ The Black Box

When Late Night Art just isn’t late enough, Real Sketchy is here for you. (I mean 9pm isn’t really that late is it but ‘Early Night, Tucked Up in Bed with an Ovaltine by Nine Art’ doesn’t really scan does it)

InkMonkey Art Supplies provide the pens and paper, Black Box serve up the booze & pizza and we scan the hell out of everything while playing you the finest tunage.

You’d be surprised the amount of fun you can have with a pencil, a scanner and a premium Spotify account.

Oh and it’s free in like!

Late Night Art Belfast | Thursday 7 September

The programme for this year’s national day for visual artists is open for registrations with a wide range of artists, curators, critics and speakers invited.

The focus of this year’s programme is The Freedom to Make. We’re thrilled to welcome keynote speakers Marie Korpe and Ole Reitov – co-founders of Freemuse, the world’s leading organisation defending artistic freedom. They will discuss how personal, political, religious and social attitudes impact on ideas; test the limitations of freedom of artistic expression, and address how violations can be monitored.

We also have series of panel discussions and artist talks. We’re maximising attendees’ options for our popular Clinics for focused one-on-one advice on your practice. Speed Curating will return, which will offer an opportunity to meet and show your work to a selection of over 30 curators. The day provides the opportunity for artists to get together so they can meet curators, ask for advice from experts and discuss professional visual art practice.

For more information, programme and tickets see: GET TOGETHER 2017/

Taking place on Friday the 15th September 2017 at IMMA.
We hope you can join us!

Booking Open for Get Together 2017 | 15 September