As one of Ireland’s premiere Festivals of creative collisions, GAIF depend hugely on our enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to help transform the city for 14 exceptional days of creativity. As a volunteer you’ll be part of a team who engage visitors in the Festival spirit, meet the public, greet audiences at venues and welcome our national and international visitors. As a Festival, we put our audience at the heart of everything we do; our volunteers are at the front line of welcoming our audience into ‘our home’.

We are currently seeking a large amount of volunteers to help with the visual arts portion of our programme. This year’s artists include John Gerrard, Ana Maria Pacheco, Nicola Gunwhy, Ailbhe Ni Bhriain, John Beard, Sean Cotter, Gary Robinson, Thomas Brezing, and more. Our galleries are essentially open all day, every day during the Festival and receive thousands of visitors, so we will need as much support as we can get! There are many other volunteer opportunities available as well, from music, theatre, discussion, street spectacle, and more.

All Volunteers must be aged 18 years or older. Please note you may be chosen at random for Garda/Police vetting. GIAF are not in a position to cover any volunteer expenses.

Click here for more information: http://www.giaf.ie/get-involved/volunteer

Volunteers Wanted for Galway International Arts Festival 2017

Thursday 29 June, 5pm

Artist Camille Norment will participate in a public conversation with Programme Curator Mary Cremin, prior to the launch of her solo exhibition Prime at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.

Camille Norment’s work is often site-specific, sculptural with a sonic installation. What is deeply arresting with Norment’s work is her preoccupation with how sound affects the body and how it has the ability to allow one to loose oneself through the act of listening. At TBG+S, Norment addresses the windows in the space as a means to play with the audience – being on display, whilst being an active listener and spectator.

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
5 – 9 Temple Bar, Dublin 2
T: 01 671 0073
E: info@templebargallery.com
W: templebargallery.com

Artist Talk | Camille Norment in Conversation with Mary Cremin ...

6 July, 3 to 5pm
Followed by ‘VTS Look Club’, 17.00-18.00

How can art be a more embedded part of the everyday lives of people in their local neighbourhoods? Why is looking at art important? How can looking at art connect people in a way that is meaningful and joyful? How does Visual Thinking Strategies enable diverse teaching practices to facilitate the art of slow looking and deep listening?

This seminar, invites Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) practitioners from the field of medicine, education, art to gather, share stories and begin a conversation.

Project 20/20 is a Visual Literacy Initiative with children living in Dublin 1 led by Dublin City Council – the City Arts Office and The LAB Gallery. The LAB Gallery supports emerging artists at the beginning of their careers and more established artists taking risks in their practice. Over the past three years The LAB Gallery has been testing Visual Thinking Strategies with local children in order to explore how children respond and engage with Irish contemporary and modern art. This has led to exciting partnership projects with Central Model Senior School, St Vincent’s Boys National School, St Mary’s National School, Monto Art Group, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Trinity College Conservation Department, OPW, IMMA, UCD/Parity Studios and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment.

University College Cork has been implementing VTS across student curriculum at the College of Medicine and Health since 2012 in order to support patient diagnosis by improving observation skills and evidence based reasoning. It provides VTS to over 600 students per year, delivered by a trained cohort of academic staff with the support of the Glucksman and Crawford Galleries. It has supported VTS in the primary school arena through direct provision in Glasheen Boys School and Knockavilla National School.

The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment are testing Visual Thinking Strategies training and implementation with the LAB Gallery in order to inform the Visual Arts in Junior and Senior Cycle.

Testimonies and discussions will be chaired by Ray Yeates, Liz Coman and Yoon Kang O’Higgins (VTS Senior Trainer).

Admission is free but places are limited.

Book here:

Seminar | Stories from the Field, Visual Thinking Strategies, The ...

Friday 21 July, 4pm to 6.30pm

Creative Europe Mini-Showcase a spotlight on Ireland’s participation in the Creative Europe programme and looking to 2020….What will the European Capital of Culture mean for Galway?

Galway’s hard work was rewarded last year when it was announced that it had won the bid for hosting European Capital of Culture in 2020. The work is on-going now as the team and the community prepare for the year-long cultural programme that will highlight the richness and diversity of cultures in Europe and celebrate our shared culture and values and experience as European citizens.

With this special focus on European collaboration in Galway we thought it was an opportune time to spotlight Ireland’s involvement in European culture projects supported by the Creative Europe culture sub-programme.

Join this free event during the Galway International Arts Festival to hear from three Irish projects on their experiences of transnational culture projects, the joys, the pitfalls and why they do it. This mini-showcase will be followed by a panel discussion hosted by Benita Lipps of the DaVinci Institute followed by a networking reception.

This event is free but you do need to register here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-europe-mini-showcase

Galway City Museum, Spanish Parade, Galway City

Creative Europe Mini-Showcase Looking to 2020, Galway

Closing date for receipt of applications: Wednesday 19 July, 4pm

Upper Springfield Development Trust Public Art in the Community Programme has vacancies for a bank of artists in the following disciplines.

  • visual and performance artists and storytellers to facilitate programmes of workshops with groups and artists to produce pieces of work for temporary public art showcases;
  • emerging artists who will gain mentoring support as part of the programme.

Essential Criteria:
It is essential that
• The artist will demonstrate skills of making and installing or performing temporary public art/ and or/ storytelling
• The artist/s will show high innovation through examples of previous work
• The artist demonstrates skills in participation and engagement through examples of previous projects ((NB: Applicants for the post of New/Emerging Artists do not need to be scored on this section)

Desirable Criteria:
It is desirable that the artist/s will have;
• Knowledge of disadvantaged communities such as the Upper Springfield and West Belfast.
• Skills in working collaboratively with other artists. ((NB: Applicants for the post of New/Emerging Artists do not need to be scored on this section)

Application forms and full details can be downloaded from www.upperspringfield.com

All completed applications, CV and images must be returned by email to: deirdre.mackel@usdt.co.uk

Contact: Deirdre Mackel Tel. 028 90236677

Open Call | Upper Springfield Development Trust Public Art in ...

Friday, 14 July, 1 to 2pm

Eimear Walshe will present their research from the Van Abbemuseum’s Deviant Practices Research Programme.

Eimear Walshe is an artist and writer from Longford specialising in feminist epistemology and queer theory. Walshe’s work seeks to reconcile queer histories with personal or local narratives through fiction, biography, and academic work.

BASIC TALKS is a series of talks with leading contemporary practitioners, taking place at The Hugh Lane on the second Friday of every month. Curated by Basic Space in partnership with The Hugh Lane, BASIC TALKS is an open platform for lectures, workshops, presentations and performances. Speakers will include artists, curators, writers and critics who will generate discourse on producing, framing and exhibiting art. BASIC TALKS is a collaboration between Basic Space and The Hugh Lane, exploring alternatives in the dissemination of contemporary art and its discourses.

Admission is free but spaces are limited to 50 so please arrive promptly to avoid disappointment.


Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
Charlemont House, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

BASIC TALKS | Eimear Walshe at The Hugh Lane

Application deadline: 24 July

Watershed’s Artist in Residence call is an invitation to research and make work at the intersection of art and technology. It is open to all artists of any discipline, who have been practising for two or more years.

There is one residency available, which comes with a structured programme, work space at Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol, a network of peers, plus financial, technical and critical support.

The residency will take place in autumn/winter.

The residency offers a bursary of £3500, up to £1000 production budget and up to £1000 for travel and accommodation.

For more information and application details:


Funded Residency | Watershed Artist in Residence 2017, Bristol

Application deadline: 15 July

Jiwar announces a call for the selection of projects which relate to the theme of “Making neighbourhood_5_Mobilities” for a research, creative and production residency at Jiwar, Barcelona, from the 5th October to 14th November 2017.

Making neighbourhood_5 seeks to stress the issue of barriers to mobility, viewing it as a contemporary world-wide issue. This year’s call hopes to investigate the social changes provoked by the movement of people, viewing mobility as something more complex: as a value, an ability, a combination of competencies and/or social capital.

We are not looking for a picture which captures the status quo on the borders but one which goes beyond the tensions between the latent, the possible and the not- possible, to reveal how political administrative decisions can affect the lives of thousands of people. With this in mind, for this year’s edition we are looking to shed light on these tensions and individual tragedies which respond to global, national and regional tendencies.

Intercultural perspective and participative methodology will add value to the project which Jiwar will take into account when assessing the proposals.

The international artist in residence will receive a plane ticket as well 450€ as per diem plus coverage of production costs up to 300€ and residence in Jiwar (worth 1,100€).

For more information and application details: jiwarbarcelona.com/open-call-making-negibhourhood_5-mobilities/

Research and Production Residency | Jiwar, Barcelona

Deadline for proposals: 15 July

Impakt is calling for curatorial proposals for the Impakt Festivals in 2018 and 2019. The Impakt Festival is the annual culmination of Impakt’s activities as an organisation that focuses on critical media culture: a five-day, multi-media festival with film screenings, conferences, talks, performances, exhibitions and presentations. Founded in 1988, the Impakt Festival takes place every autumn in the city of Utrecht, The Netherlands. Curatorial proposals can be submitted by curators individually or collectively and should revolve around a single, main theme.

There are two options for this call:

  • GIVEN THEMES – You may propose a programme revolving around the themes Post Truth?, The Interface and Free, value without money. More information is available below.
  • OPEN THEME – You may choose your own subject but the proposal needs to fit with the general mission of Impakt.

Impakt presents critical and creative views on contemporary media culture. We examine issues around society, digital culture, and media from various angles and within a range of disciplines in the arts, science, and technology. In our festival we analyse how technological developments influence society. We show how artists respond to the risks and chances the developments bring.

Impakt strongly calls for proposals that display an affinity with media culture, an interdisciplinary approach and a wide spectrum of views—avoiding an all-too-singular stance on the politics of the issues raised. We ask for proposals that include thought-provoking approaches and original formats. The nature of proposed programmes and subjects can range from speculative futurist ideas, popular culture, new ideas about our digital landscape, to the Internet, off stream culture in visual arts and the innovative and alternative use of technology.

A proposal can contain suggestions for a full festival programme, including screenings, a conference, an exhibition, performance and other alternative formats. It is also possible to send proposals for just one programme element of the festival, for instance a screening programme or a program with panels and talks. The proposal should include a preliminary listings of artists, speakers, collaborations with other organisations, et cetera. Curators are encouraged to add new innovative programme formats and out-of-the-box approaches.

For more information and application details: impakt.nl/festival/call-for-curatorial-proposals-the-impakt-festival-2018-2019/

Job Vacancies | Curator for Impakt Festival 2018 and 2019, ...

Application deadline: 10 July

EIKON – International Magazine for Photography and Media Art announces an open call for women photographers and media artists 45 years and older. The award winner will receive €5,000 in cash, in addition to being featured in the EIKON #100 issue. The runners-up will have their work(s) featured in the EIKON #100 issue.

Applicants must be be born in a European country or be European nationals or permanent residents. Works created using photographic means (including photograms, collages, scans, etc.), filmic means, or media art (digital media, computer art) can be submitted.

EIKON, a magazine established in 1991 and published by the Austrian Institute of Photography and Media Art (Österreichisches Institut für Photographie und Medienkunst), based in the Museumsquartier Wien, views itself as a platform for Austrian and international artists from the fields of photography and media art.

For more information and application details: www.eikon.at/content/en/eikon45.php

Open Call to Women Artists Over 45 | EIKON Award ...