Visual Arts Internship Programme

The GIAF Visual Arts Internship Programme (VAIP) was created to give those interested in visual arts – from artists to aspiring cultural managers, art students to general enthusiasts – the opportunity to go behind the scenes of the Festival’s visual arts programme, learning and building the skills and networks necessary for success in the sector.

In 2018, 23 interns invigilated GIAF’s main Festival Gallery, which featured the work of internationally-renowned artists David Mach, Sarah Hickson and Jennifer Cunningham.

Interns participated in training workshops on the artwork and on visitor engagement techniques, professional development seminars and exclusive artist talks before becoming the Festival’s core invigilation team for tens of thousands of visitors over two weeks.

GIAF VAIP interns with Festival Gallery Manager Ruth McHugh during Festival 2018

Interested interns also help facilitate Children’s Craft Times and participate in special events, such as the GIAF Visual Arts Launch. All interns receive official t-shirts, complimentary tickets to select Festival shows, discounts at local businesses, an invitation to the Festival wrap party and certificates co-signed by GIAF Education Partner NUI Galway.

GIAF VAIP intern Hugh Murphy with David Mach’s ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ exhibition in the Festival Gallery during Festival 2018

"This is one of the most unbelievably fabulous experiences I've ever had! An incredible atmosphere of care and love was created. It was a big honour and pleasure to be a part of this, with motivated people who care about their job and their team… This already has led to changes in my life, and it will have long-lasting effects. "

- Ofelia, GIAF VAIP intern 2018

GIAF VAIP Reflection Session outside the Festival Gallery during Festival 2018

"The opportunity to be involved with the Galway International Arts Festival in an imaginative, active way, to be part of a team of enthusiastic people from around the world, well, it is too good an opportunity to be missed."

- Hugh, GIAF VAIP intern 2018

GIAF VAIP interns with the artist David Mach at the Festival Gallery during the installation of his ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ exhibition ahead of Festival 2018

Interested in becoming a VAIP intern? Applications will open in Spring 2019. In the meantime, drop us a line at and we’ll answer any questions about the programme and let you know as soon as applications go live!

Please note: Interns must be aged 18 or older and fully available from 11-28 July 2019. Email for more information.