The inaugural Visual Artists Ireland (VAI) Pop-Up ‘Common Room’ Café takes place on Saturday 27th July at Central Library, Lady Lane, Waterford, between 2pm and 5pm. The free event is relevant to artists, collectives, curators, writers and those with an interest in the visual arts based in the South East.
2:00 – Welcome/Tea & Coffee: Attendees are encouraged to bring examples of their work, catalogues, posters, info re recent exhibitions or projects, etc.
2:15 – Short Introductions: Chris O’Brien Shanahan networking ice-breaker
2:30 – Making Connections: Small group discussions about life as a visual artist in 2013, followed by identification of common themes, topics and issues
3:00 – Guest speaker: Facilitated discussion with Noel Kelly, Director of VAI, around ‘the morphology of artist led structures’
3:30 – “How to Lobby” with Alex Davis, VAI Advocacy Program Officer
4:00 – Open Forum: Group discussion on popular topics
4:30 – Leave Taking: Refreshments and feedback
VAI developed ‘The Common Room Social Network’ web site for the visual arts to assist artists, art professionals and public in meeting people and staying connected. ‘The Common Room’ seeks to promote mutual understanding among members by highlighting practices, commonalities, and experiences through forums, blogs, photos, and videos – www.thecommonroom.net
The event is hosted by Christine O’Brien Shanahan in conjunction with VAI ‘local groups initiative’, 20ten and Avenue Festival. Contact or text Christine to RSVP: 086 819 7378 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.