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Visual Arts Workers Forum

VAWF 2016 is now SOLD OUT.

Visual Arts Workers Forum 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.

For VAWF 2016 in Cork, the Glucksman and Cork Midsummer Festival are working in partnership to create a platform fro the visual arts community in Ireland to share information, ideas and strategies around three key themes of Activism, Networking and Spaces. The day will conclude with a special performance in the gallery spaces by artist Amanda Coogan.

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 Arts Centre), 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).

VAWF is a non-profit, non-funded initiative. All proceeds from ticket sales go to fund independent speakers’ participation.

The Networking session is supported by the Creative Europe Desk Ireland- Culture Office.

The lunch is supported by Ecclesiastical Insurance.

Tickets are available online and at the Glucksman.
Booking essential.

t: + 353 21 4901844

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Creative Europe Desk Ireland