Art and Fear - Observations on the perils and reqards of artmaking
by David Bayles and Ted Orland.
This is a must have for anyone making art. It is great for helping build confidence in your own process of making art and just offers some great insights into all of the fears and self doubt that we all experience as artists.
The Artist's guide to selling work
by Annabelle Ruston
This is simply a great book, it covers all of the areas an artist needs to be aware of when setting out on a professional career.
Sold! The inside story of how Ireland got bitten by the art bug
by John Burns.
This gives a great insight into the Irish art world and the thinking of some of the key players. A excellent overview of the Irish art market over the past 25 years
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Visual Artists Ireland
Visual Artists Ireland is an all Ireland body for professional visual artists. It provides services, facilities and resources for artists, initiates artistic projects and publications and acts as an advocate on behalf of individual artists. The organisation was established in 1980 and has a current membership of over 1,400 artists.
Centre for Creative Practices
Arts centre in Dublin 2 offering a range of services and facilities to all arts practitioners.
A copyright collecting society for visual artists
An Arts Resource site for those aged 18 years and over, who live in the administrative areas of Co. Carlow, Co. Kilkenny, Co. Waterford, Co. Wexford and Co. Wicklow. Provides excellent support and networking for artists of all types.
A dedicated recruitment website focusing on jobs and opportunities in the Arts and Cultural sectors in Ireland.
Starting a Business in Ireland
Comprehensive, online resource covering all aspects of starting a business in Ireland, including funding and grants available.
An excellent UK based site providing advice on all aspects of working as an artist.
A comprehensive resource site for artists and buyers. An Irish artists directory provides a searchable database of contemporary Irish Artists. Most of these have their own websites. There is also have a growing directory of Galleries, art materials suppliers etc
A very comprehenive site detailing all of the main Irish art galleries, north and south.