Sustaining Your Practice

Visual Artists Ireland in Partnership with Bealtaine Festival 2016

Date: Thursday May 26th 2016

Venue: The Lab Gallery

Alex Davis, IVARO Manager, discussing legacy considerations and planning for the onwards life of your artwork.

Gilane Tawadros, CEO DACS, discussing the DACS Art360 Initiative – a project which is offering support to develop and sustain the archives of 100 leading modern and contemporary British artists.

Robert Ballagh, IVARO Chairman, discussing his 40 year career in the visual arts.

Gaby Smyth, Accountant, discussing Tax, Finances and Pension entitlements

photo © Tony Kinlan Photography

Developing Income Streams for your Work

Date: Thursday October 14th 2015
Venue: Malahide Castle
Organiser: Fingal County Council Arts Office, Visual Artists Ireland, Illustrators Guild of Ireland

A day long series of talks looking at ways and means of licensing the use of creative work aimed at visual artists, illustrators and designer makers. Contributions from gallerist and consultant Patricia Clyne-Kelly, illustrator Steve Simpson , solicitor Brenda Tobin,  Siobhan Riordan (MD of Alan Ardiff Jewellery) and Alex Davis, IVARO.

Copyright & Appropriation Art

Date: Thursday April 23rd 2015
Venue: Malahide Castle
Organiser: Fingal County Council Arts Office & Visual Artists Ireland

World Book and Copyright Day is celebrated on 23 April. This date was chosen by UNESCO as it is also the anniversary of the death of both William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes.

To mark the occassion, IVARO took part in a day long event for artists in Malahide Castle, speaking on the topic of copyright and appropriation art. This event was organised by Visual Artists Ireland and Fingal County Council Arts Office.

Alex Davis speaking at PR & Media Skills Day in Malahide Castle

Conversations on Collecting – A One Day Symposium

Date: Saturday 26th January 2013
Venue & Organiser: Gallery of Photography, Temple Bar

A one-day informal symposium on all aspects of collections and collecting.


Elizabeth Kirwan, National Photographic Archive; Alex Davis, IVARO; Leszek Wolnik, The Copper House Gallery; and Dónall Curtin, collector. The keynote speaker was Francis Hodgson, Photography critic for the Financial Times, co-founder of the Prix Pictet Prize and formerly Head of Photographs at Sotheby’s.

Artists and the Law

Date: Thursday 17 may 2012
Venue: Bar Council of Ireland, Church Street, Dublin 7

Visual Artists Ireland in association with the Bar Council of Ireland.


  • Vivian Meacham, Barrister
  • Henry Lydiate, Henry Lydiate Partnership London
  • David Langwallner, Barrister and Dean of Law Griffith College Dublin
  • Alex Davis, Visual Artists Ireland / IVARO
  • Robert Ballagh, Chairman IVARO

An event bringing together artists and legal professionals to highlight some of the key art law issues that perennially arise for artists and examine the best ways to deal with them.

David Langwallners presentation on copyright and Henry Lydiates presentation discussing the legal needs of contemporary artists are available here.

Visual Artists and Copyright

Date: 12 November 2010
Venue: National Sculpture factory, Cork

Professional Development Workshop delivered by IVARO in association with Visual Artists Ireland


  • Copyright and the Visual Artist
  • Artists Resale Right
  • Copyright Licensing
  • Licence Agreement Checklist
  • Sample Licence Agreement
  • RETURN Royalties

Art and Design, Digitisation and Intellectual Property Symposium

Date: Thursday 12 November 2009
Venue: National College of Art and Design, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8


  • Carola Struel, European Visual Artists
  • Linda Scales, Solicitor and founding member of IVARO
  • Robert Clarke, Associate Professor of Law at UCD
  • Sue Golifer, University of Brighton and board member of the Design & Artists Copyright Society
  • Dan Gourley, Digital Humanities Observatory
  • Louise Crowley, University College Cork
  • Dr Faith Lawrence, Digital Humanities Observatory

A one day seminar examining the issues surrounding the acquisition, retention and dissemination of art and design digital content. Hosted by NIVAL in association with IVARO and the DHO. Further information on website of the Digital Humanities Observatory

Copyright Night

Date: Thursday 19 November 2009
Venue: James Joyce Centre

IVARO hosted Copyright Night in the James Joyce Centre.  This was a free information session for visual creators on how best to exercise their rights under copyright law. It was also the occasion for the launch of RETURN which is IVAROs’ reprographic royalties service for artists whose works have been published in books, magazines and journals.