Membership Benefits

We deliver a lot of our services for free, but with membership you will find that there are additional supports that we offer.  As well as contributing to the development of our services for individual professional artists, you will also be contributing to the on-going work that we undertake on the behalf of artists.

We depend upon our membership fees and other forms of generated income to add to our Arts Council and Arts Council of Northern Ireland grants.

Membership Entitlements:
All Professional and Associate members are entitled to:

  • Avail of all Visual Artists Ireland services, facilities and resources
  • Receive the Visual Artists’ News Sheet by post (6 issues per year)
  • Be included on the Visual Artists Ireland database and receive mail-shots of events and opportunities
  • Inclusion on our members’ contact area of the Visual Artists Ireland website
  • eligible for inclusion within the ArtQuest studio exchange programme
  • Rent equipment and utilise in-house resources at subsidised rates
  • Receive a membership card, which entitles you to discounts at a wide range of art material suppliers and service providers
  • A reduction on fees charged for workshops and events
  • Propose artists projects such as symposia, exhibitions, seminars or workshops to the Visual Artists Ireland Board

Professional members are also entitled to –

  • Act as a VAI nominated artist on commission/selection panels
  • All individual registered Professional Members of Visual Arts Ireland who are permanently resident in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man and have paid the appropriate subscription will automatically be covered by Member’s Public and Products Liability Insurance from Hencilla Canworth. To view the policy and eligibility see here.


  • Receive the Visual Artists’ News Sheet by post (6 issues per year)
  • Access the journal Printed Project online (2 issues per year)
  • have the choice of receiving the Visual Artists Ireland eBulletin on a twice weekly basis.

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