Category: News

Miranda Driscoll to Step Down as Director of Sirius Arts Centre

Sirius Arts Centre (Cobh, Co. Cork) has grown exponentially over the last thirty years through the hard work of its staff, management and board. In recent years this has been led by the ambitious work of its Director Miranda Driscoll who has further extended Sirius Arts Centre’s national and international profile, built valuable partnerships, increased visitor and participant engagement and undertaken significant improvements to the heritage building that it is housed in. Miranda will be leaving at the end of 2019 to develop new projects elsewhere.

Speaking about her departure, Miranda has said ‘it is with regret that I will … Read the rest

Create Announce Successful Applicants of AIC Scheme Second Round 2019

Congratulations to all the successful applicants to the Artist in the Community Scheme (Second Round 2019), who come from a range of art forms and contexts.

Research and Development Award
Artist; Community; Context; Artform; Location

  • Alex Pentek; Cork Traveller Women’s Network; Art and Cultural Diversity; Visual Arts; Cork
  • John Whelan; North Wexford Traditional Singing Circle; Arts and Community of Place; Multidisciplinary; Wexford
  • Rachel Uí Fhaolain; Gorey Syrian Community; Art and Cultural Diversity; Multidisciplinary; Wexford
  • Yurika Higashikawa; Service Industry Workers; Arts and Community of Interest; Multidisciplinary; Dublin

Research and Development Award with Mentoring
Artist; Community; Context; Artform; Location (Mentor)

  • Alice McDowell;
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Minister Madigan Announces Appointments to the Board of the National Gallery of Ireland

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ms Josepha Madigan TD, has announced that she will appoint the following persons as members of the Board of the National Gallery of Ireland:

John O’Doherty and Dan Flinter

John O’Doherty is the Managing Partner of KOD Lyons Solicitors and a member of the Criminal Law Committee of the Law society of Ireland.

Dan Flinter is Chairman of the PM Group and The Irish Times Group and has previously held the role CEO of Enterprise Ireland.

The appointments follow a public call for applications on and an assessment process.

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Social Welfare Scheme for Professional Artists on Jobseeker’s Allowance is accepting applications from professional artists engaged in a wide range of art forms

The Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty T.D. and the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D., have announced that the Social Welfare Scheme for Professional Artists on Jobseeker’s Allowance is now open for applications from a wide range of professional artists. A pilot scheme open to visual artists and writers under the Creative Ireland Programme was announced by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar T.D., in June 2017.

A review of the pilot scheme for artists was recently undertaken by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection in consultation with the Department of Culture, … Read the rest

VAI Workshop | AMINI – Project Clinic with Peter Taylor at The MAC, Belfast (26 September)

As part of the AMINI event in partnership with VAI, at the MAC on 26th September,  we are delighted to announce that Peter Taylor, director of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (BFMAF) will be conducting a number of one-on-one advice sessions with artists who work with moving image.

These will be 45 minute, individual, informal sessions aimed at developing a wide-ranging dialogue around your practice.
26th September (Morning sessions)
The MAC, 10 Exchange St West, Belfast

Free Clinics, Book HERE

Source: Visual Artists Ireland News

VAI Workshop | Business Skills for Artists with Marian McDonald – Kildare (18 Sept.)

Does creating art flow easily for you but when it comes to getting your work out there and selling it you grind to a halt?

Why not adapt and apply skills from other sectors to make the time you spend on the business side of things efficient and productive. This workshop focuses on effective Business Skills tailored to Visual Artists.

Marian will teach you the business skills to succeed as a self-employed artist. Costing and pricing strategies will be considered as well as budgeting skills. Tax Compliance will be examined with the possible acquisition of Artists Exemption Status. Assess your … Read the rest

First Recipients of Markievicz Awards Announced

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan TD, announced the first recipients of the Markievicz Award, a new bursary scheme for artists, so-called to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the appointment of the first female cabinet minister, Constance de Markievicz.

The Award Scheme is an initiative of Minister Madigan under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023. The Arts Council oversaw administration of the award scheme and received a total of 107 applications under the scheme earlier this year. The award winners announced today by the Minister are Sibéal Davitt, Isadora Epstein, Claire Kilroy, Louise Lowe and working in collaboration … Read the rest

Shortlist Announced for Zurich Portrait Prize 2019

The Zurich Portrait Prize is an annual competition showcasing contemporary portraiture and attracts entries from across the island of Ireland, and from Irish artists living abroad. This exhibition will feature a shortlist of portraits chosen by the 2019 judging panel.

The winner will receive a cash prize of €15,000, and a commission worth €5,000, to create a work for inclusion in the National Portrait Collection. There will also be two awards of €1,500 for highly commended works. The aim of the Zurich Portrait Prize is to showcase and encourage interest in contemporary portraiture, and to raise the profile of the … Read the rest

Arts Council of Northern Ireland Consultation: Equality Action Plan and Disability Action Plan

As part of the 5-year review of the Arts Council’s Equality Scheme an updated draft Scheme and associated action plans have been developed. The Arts Council’s draft equality and disability 5-year action plans 2019 – 24 are both open for consultation with the arts sector and key stakeholders, as well as our partners in local and central government, and the wider public sector. These action plans set out the Arts Council’s commitment to fulfil obligations under the Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

Both action plans build on the measures already undertaken … Read the rest

Richard Gorman, Tamsin Snow and Eithne Jordan – Awarded Age & Opportunity Visual Arts Residency at Cowhouse Studios

Age & Opportunity and Cowhouse Studios are delighted to announce the 5th year of the Age & Opportunity Visual Arts Residency initiative, which will will take place August 26th – September 6th.

The idea behind the residency is to create a quiet space over the course of two weeks for artists of different generations to consider their practices, and the changing contexts of those practices as time has moved on in their career.

This year the artists Richard Gorman, Tamsin Snow and Eithne Jordan have been selected as the Age & Opportunity Visual Arts Residency artists. There are no formal … Read the rest