Voice your criticality, inspire your peers, debate your concerns. VAWF 2016 is a platform for the visual arts community in Ireland to share information, ideas and strategies around three key themes: Activism, Networking and Spaces. The day will conclude with a special performance in the gallery spaces by artist Amanda Coogan.
Visual Arts Workers Forum (VAWF) is a forum for visual arts workers in Ireland to enable an open conversation and forum 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 – anyone who works in the visual arts. VAWF works across the arts network and is a flexible, mobile initiative, directed by the attitudes of visual arts workers, as and when they evolve.
Tickets are €10 for independent practitioners/students and €20 for those institutionally affiliated (excluding booking fees).
Proceeds from ticket sales help to fund independent speakers’ participation. Please note that in the past, all forums have sold out. Tickets for this year’s forum are limited, so early booking is advised. VAWF is an independent, not-for-profit and non-funded initiative.
Speakers include Lian Bell (Waking The Feminists), Rayne Booth (Dublin Gallery Weekend), Cecily Brennan (Artist), Michelle Browne (Artist), Valerie Byrne (Director, Cork Printmakers), Helen Carey (Director, Firestation), Vaari Claffey (Independent Curator), Chris Clarke (Senior Curator, Glucksman), Miranda Driscoll (Director, Sirius), Orla Flynn (Vice-President External Affairs, CIT), Tessa Giblin/Rachael Gilbourne (VAWF), Kath Gorman (Curator, Cork Midsummer), Fiona Kearney (Director, Glucksman), Noel Kelly (CEO/Director, Visual Artists Ireland), Mary McCarthy (Chair, Culture Ireland/Director, National Sculpture Factory), John McLaughlin (Architect), Niamh O’Malley (artist), Padraig Spillane (artist/curator), Pauliina Ståhlberg (Director Finnish Institute in London), and Jonathan Watkins (Director, IKON, Birmingham).