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 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 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.

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

GIAF VAIP Reflection Session outside the Festival Gallery during Festival 2018

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

Interested in becoming a VAIP intern?

Applications for 2019 have now closed. Check back in Spring 2020 for the 2020 VAIP application opening. Please drop us a line at and we’ll answer any questions you have.

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