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Picture of Noel Kelly (c) Visual Artists Ireland


Noel Kelly is Director of Visual Artists Ireland. He leads their strategic and advocacy programmes. Noel is a Life Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce, member of the International Programming Panel for Cukrarna, Ljubljana, a former President and current member of AICA Ireland, former governing council member of the Royal Dublin Society, a former board member of IVARO (The Irish Visual Artists Rights Organisation) and of Culture Action Europe. He is a published writer and has been translated into multiple languages.

Key highlights since joining VAI include the creation of Get Together the national day for Visual Artists; The Social, Economic, and Fiscal Status of the Visual Artist in Ireland Survey (Ireland and Northern Ireland); The Payment Guidelines for Visual Artists (Ireland and Northern Ireland); Social Protection for Visual Artists; Visual Artists Cafe Networking & Information Events, Speed Curating; and commissioning the Best Practice Guidelines for Internships. His current areas of research are in The Development of Sustainable Culturally Rich Neighbourhoods, and Workspace Provision (Urban and NonUrban).


Noel gives an input at the visual artists | diverse conditions conference in 2024 from the perspective of the association Visual Artists Ireland.