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Illustrators Ireland is a non-profit organisation that supports the development of Illustration in Ireland by showcasing the work of our members and fostering links with similar organisations at home and abroad. As a professional organisation we aim to raise the profile of Irish illustration as a dynamic and cutting edge art form, as well as promoting the work and skills of our individual members.

Members

Illustrators Ireland’s membership is a mix of established, high profile illustrators, and up-and-coming talent, producing work for fields as diverse as editorial, advertising, animation, storyboards, packaging, street art, graphic novels and childrens’ books, as well as their own personal projects.

The quality of members work has been recognised by awards both in Ireland and on the world stage, including from the AOI (UK), Communication Arts, 3x3 and Creative Quarterly, ICAD, CILIP, the Society of News Design and the Society of Illustrators (US).

Team

Today our fantastic team are Margaret Anne Suggs (Promotions Officer), Sarah Bowie (Membership Officer) and The Project Twins (Web Officers).

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Membership of Illustrators Ireland is available to independent professional illustrators who are Irish citizens or long-term residents of Ireland.

To be considered for membership an applicant must have an established and ongoing professional illustration practice. Applications are considered twice annually, in September and March, and are assessed by a portfolio review, please see ‘How to apply’ below, for further details.

Illustrators Ireland exists and functions as a result of the voluntary efforts of it’s members. Potential applicants must accept that, in joining Illustrators Ireland, they are joining a community, not subscribing to a service. All members are obliged to contribute to the ongoing efforts of sustaining and developing Illustrators Ireland and abide by it’s Code of Conduct. Please see ‘Code of Conduct’ below for further details.

  • Applicants must have an established and ongoing professional illustration practice.
  • Applicants must submit 10 recent samples of work for assessment, at least 6 of which must have been published with a commercial fee paid for their usage.
  • Applicant must agree to contribute to efforts of sustaining and developing Illustrators Ireland.
  • Applicants must accept the illustrators Ireland Code of Conduct.
  • Applicants must be contactable by email.
  • Applicants must have a well maintained and up to date online portfolio.
  • Applications can be submitted at any time, but are only assessed twice a year.
  • Inclusion in the portfolio section of www.illustratorsireland.com, including your contact details and links to your personal website.
  • Automatic subscription to the Illustrators Ireland e-group, putting you in regular contact with other Illustrators Ireland members, a valuable source of advice and support.
  • Voting rights at annual meeting.
  • Invitation to participate in collaborative promotional projects.
  • Invitation to participate in professional development events.
  • The opportunity to promote your own illustration work and projects through Illustrators Ireland social media channels.

Membership of Illustrators Ireland carries with it an obligation to engage with the ongoing enterprises of the group. Illustrators Ireland is a non profit organisation and only exists and functions as a result of the voluntary efforts of it’s members.  The following are a set of guidelines by which Illustrators Ireland members are expected to abide:

Business Practice
  • Illustrators Ireland members must endeavour to be proficient in the running of their businesses and act in an honorable and honest way. Members behaviour reflects on Illustrators Ireland membership as a whole.
  • Illustrators Ireland provides a model terms and conditions document and an estimate form which members are encouraged to use. In any case, members should ensure that the licensing agreement between the illustrator and the client is clear to both parties and is confirmed in writing at the outset of a job. This can protect both the illustrator and the client in any given disagreement.
  • Members shall always make sure that they are contactable in some way during the course of a job. Ideally, clients should be informed of any impending periods of unavailability.
  • All information and correspondence between client and illustrator are confidential and should be treated as such, save in the case of a dispute.
  • All members must ensure that their work is original.
  • Members must ensure that they adhere to the delivery deadlines set out at the beginning of the job. The client should be consulted if there is any expectation that the delivery time will be exceeded.
  • Members are expected to educate themselves about, and if necessary discuss with the client, the principles of copyright, contract and licensing.
  • Members must adhere to any licensing agreements entered into with their clients.
  • Where the brief is loose and unspecific, the likelihood is that changes will be made at the roughs stage. Members should be agreeable to such changes when they are of a reasonable nature.
  • Extra fees should be added to the final bill, only if significant changes are made to the brief.
  • Members should not undertake unpaid speculative work. Of course, self-promotional work is necessary and doesn’t apply in this case.
  • Members of Illustrators Ireland agree to indemnify Illustrators Ireland as an organisation, its directors, executive and all other members from any disagreement, arbitration or actions resulting from illegality, negligence, infringement of copyright or any other rights of any third party resulting from their actions. All materials created or supplied by Members remain their personal responsibility at all times.
Your Illustrators Ireland portfolio
  • Members should maintain their portfolio on the Illustrators Ireland website, and are required to update it at least once every six months.
Promotion of Illustrators Ireland
  • Members should promote the Illustrators Ireland website as best they can, including providing a link to illustratorsireland.com on their own website.
Social, media, news and features
  • Members should submit news or events relating to their work, and be open to participate in features or articles.