Visual Artists Ireland [NI]

vai-ni-weblogoVisual Artists Ireland is the representative body for professional artists across the island of Ireland.

It provides practical support to visual artists in all art forms throughout their careers. It provides services, facilities and resources for artists, operates an artistic programme and acts as an advocate for the interests of artists.

The Arts News Centre provides two free weekly e-bulletins that are the definitive place to find comprehensive exhibition and event listings, job and exhibition opportunities as well as details of commissions, residencies, funding, talks and workshops. The printed news sheet is the best resource for critical reviews, discussion and debate about the issues that artists face in Ireland today.


Joining Visual Artists Ireland supports our work and provides an unequaled way to support visual artists.

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As an Artist

As an artist you can join VAI and make use of the extensive online resource centre for artists at and It also gives gives you full access to their support and information services as well as discounted rates on all professional development courses and equipment hire. VAI members in the UK are also eligible for our free Combined Public and Product Liability Insurance (sponsored by Standard Utilities).

As a supporter of the Visual Arts

As a supporter of the visual arts you can also join us as we work to support artists throughout the year by providing a donation or joining our Friends Scheme. More details of this is available on our site Friends are eligible to attend our regular Show & Tell events free of charge as well as receiving our bi-monthly newspaper and the option of receiving our eBulletin with weekly updates on exhibitions and events taking place across Ireland.