Visual Arts Internship Programme

Galway International Arts Festival takes pride in helping to develop Ireland’s next generation of cultural producers and workers.


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 enthusiasts – the opportunity to go behind the scenes of the Festival’s visual arts programme, learning and building skills and networks necessary for success in the sector.

In 2019, 31 interns invigilated GIAF’s main Festival Gallery and NUI Galway's O'Donoghue Centre, featuring the work of internationally-renowned artists Sam Jinks, Sarah Hickson, Alice Maher, Aideen Barry and Annlin Chao.

VAIP interns at the GIAF Festival Gallery launch 2019

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.

VAIP interns on the last day of GIAF 2019

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.

2019 VAIP interns training with Festival artist Annlin Chao

VAIP intern Hugh Murphy with David Mach’s ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ exhibition at GIAF 2018

VAIP Reflection Session outside the Festival Gallery in 2018

VAIP interns with Turner Prize-nominated artist David Mach during installation of his ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ exhibition at GIAF 2018

Interested in becoming a VAIP intern?

Applications will open in Spring 2020 on this page. Please drop us a line at vaip@giaf.ie and we’ll answer any questions you have in the meantime.

Please note: Interns must be age 18 or older and fully available from 9-26 July 2020.