Category: News

Minister Madigan announces new scheme to enhance arts and culture centres nationwide

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, has today announced a new €4.7m capital investment scheme for arts and culture centres.

It will run from 2019-2022 and focus on enhancing the existing stock of arts and culture centres throughout the country. It will also prioritise carbon footprint reduction in line with the Government’s action on climate change.

The Scheme builds on the success of the former Arts and Culture Capital Scheme 2016-2018 which saw 134 organisations in 26 counties receive funding to refurbish and enhance their arts and culture facilities.

Organisations to have benefitted include Galway’s Townhall … Read the rest

The Arts Council Northern Ireland is relocating

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is relocating from The Sidings in Lisburn.

The new address will be:

Linen Hill House
23 Linenhall Street
Lisburn BT28 1FJ
Northern Ireland

To accommodate the office move, The Arts Council will be closed to the public from Thursday 17th October 2019 and will reopen on Wednesday 23rd October 2019 in Linen Hill House. 

Our main telephone line will be unavailable from 12 noon on Thursday 17th October and will reopen on Wednesday 23rd October 2019. We will also be unable to send or receive emails during this period.

The relocation is in keeping … Read the rest

TACTICAL MAGIC | TULCA 2019 Programme Announced

TULCA Festival of Visual Arts
TACTICAL MAGIC curated by Kerry Guinan
1-17 November 2019

TULCA Festival of Visual Arts is pleased to announce the programme for this year’s iteration of the festival, TACTICAL MAGIC curated by Kerry Guinan, 1-17 November 2019.

Now in its 17th year, TULCA Festival of Visual Arts is a multi-venue, artist-centred festival of contemporary art in Galway City and County. The festival works with Ireland-based curators to present innovative exhibitions that provoke and energise audiences into the world of the Visual Arts.

TACTICAL MAGIC explores the theme of magic as it manifests in art, politics, and … Read the rest

Save the Date: Kader Attia in Dublin, Monday 25th November 2019!

VAI, in partnership with Project Art Centre, will welcome Kader Attia to Ireland to present on his recent work on Monday, 25th November 2019. Further details and bookings will be available soon.

Kader Attia (b. 1970, France), grew up in Paris and in Algeria. Preceding his studies at the École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués Duperré and the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and at Escola Massana, Centre d’Art i Disseny in Barcelona, he spent several years in Congo and in South America.In 2016, Kader Attia founded La Colonie, a space in Paris to share ideas and

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Laura Fitzgerald Announced as Recipient of the 2019 Emergence Visual Art Award

Wexford County Council Arts Department and Wexford Arts Centre in partnership with IT Carlow Wexford Campus School of Art and Design have announce Laura Fitzgerald as the recipient of the EMERGENCE Visual Art Award 2019. As a joint initiative between the three organisations, the award’s aim is to support visual artists with the development and promotion of their practice. Presented biannually, the award has a monetary value of €15,000 and includes mentorship support over the award cycle to the value of €2,000 and a solo exhibition at Wexford Arts Centre in September 2021. In addition, the artist has the opportunity … Read the rest

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