Visual Arts Workers Forum is a forum for visual arts workers in Ireland that enables an open conversation and a place for debate.
It is for all visual arts workers: artists, art writers, art students, curators, art historians, educators, arts officers, private gallerists, art technicians, archivists, studio managers, facilitators, art administrators, and more.
VAWF is an independent, not-for-profit and non-funded initiative that works nomadically across the arts network. It is directed by the attitudes of visual arts workers, as and when they evolve. The forum began at Project Arts Centre in 2010.
Founding collaborators Tessa Giblin and Rachael Gilbourne work as a core group on a voluntary basis. Organisations come together to host, facilitate and inform each new forum as it develops.
For an overview of Visual Arts Workers Forum, there is a recent podcast from Art in the Contemporary World featuring contributions from Tessa Giblin, Vaari Claffey, Francis Halsall and Declan Long. There is also a 2013 column by Seán O Sullivan published in The Visual Artists’ News Sheet. Gemma Tipton wrote about VAWF 2012 in Artforum, and Emily Mark-Fitzgerald wrote about the same event on artsmanagement.ie. Barbara Knezevic & Seán O Sullivan wrote about VAWF 2011 for Paper Visual Art Journal.