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, learning and building skills and networks necessary for success in the sector.

Applications for VAIP 2023 will open in Spring 2023.

In 2021, VAIP went all-digital and featured talks from pre-eminent artists like John Gerrard and art industry experts like Sarah Thornton. Interns also took part in skill building workshops, special projects and online networking chats.

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

In live editions of VAIP, interns participate 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

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 for the July 2023 edition of GIAF's Visual Arts Internship Programme will open in Spring 2023.

Have questions? Drop us a line at with any queries.

Please note: Interns must be age 18 or older and fully available for the duration of the internship in order to participate.