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 www.stateboards.ie 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

Moving Image and Photography Special Issue – Out Now!

VAN’s 2019 themed issue focuses on contemporary Irish photography and moving image, probing the expanded parameters of each medium in the digital age. With an abundance of image-making technologies now readily at hand within our daily lives, this issue considers how static and moving images are created, disseminated, consumed and stored. In technical terms, it has never been easier to produce images; however, some argue that with the plenitude of media now available, it is becoming harder to create images that are culturally relevant or interesting.

As evidenced throughout this issue, such inquiries manifest in current artistic practice through rejections … Read the rest

Commonplaces: The Topographical Turn


The presentation of ‘New Irish Works 2019’ at the Museum of Contemporary Photography – a pop-up space located in Dublin Castle, as part of this year’s PhotoIreland Festival – provides a brief snapshot of the variegated practices of contemporary Irish photography. The diverse projects exhibited in ‘New Irish Works’ range from the personal and the political, to the investigative, formal and conceptual. Phelim Hoey’s ‘La Machine’, for example, explores his diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis through diaries, sculptural forms and motion studies that reference the anatomising and visual abstraction … Read the rest

Culture of Experimental Practice


It is difficult to appreciate the volume and diversity of contemporary practice in artist moving image and experimental film in Ireland without taking stock of its comparatively short history and modest origins. When artists and filmmakers in Europe, the UK and America – such as Germaine Dulac, Len Lye and Maya Deren – began experimenting with new possibilities for cinema as an artform in the early part of the twentieth century, they were also laying the groundwork for the foundation in the 1960s and ‘70s of the cooperatives … Read the rest

Time and Time Again


Joanne Laws: How do you approach research and what are some of the prominent themes that have emerged within your moving image practice to date? 

Kevin Atherton: The ‘research’ word has entered the vocabulary of visual artists when they talk about what they do, resulting in a conflation of practice and research, which has led to a lot of posturing and confusion. I hear artists’ talk about doing their research and frequently what they’re referring to is old-fashioned ‘resourcefulness’. As regards my research, … Read the rest

Image Tendencies


Pádraig Spillane: Each of you maintains what could be described as a ‘hybrid’ practice, engaging with both analogue and digital photographic techniques, while pushing the parameters of image-making and display. Perhaps you could introduce some of your working methods?

Roseanne Lynch: I am living in Leipzig temporarily and making new work with the Bauhaus Foundation, Dessau. Initially this new work was a response to the Bauhaus school building (designed by Walter Gropius and built in 1926), as well as the Buildings and Materials Research Archive. However, the work has progressed. Now, I am … Read the rest