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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.

Our Team

Illustrators Ireland is run by a Board of Directors made up of illustrator members (currently six), who volunteer their time for the organisation.

If you want to contact us we suggest you try our:

Promotions Officer (promotions@illustratorsireland.com)

Membership Officer (membership@illustratorsireland.com)

or, for any general information or commissions:

Web Officer (info@illustratorsireland.com)

We always try to get back as soon as we can, but at busy times, it can take a little longer for us to respond due to limited volunteer time. Thank You for your patience.

Illustrators Ireland Child Protection Statement & Policy 2023

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Child Protection Statement

As Illustrators Ireland does not work directly with Children, Young People or Vulnerable Adults, Illustrators Ireland is not deemed to be a relevant service. However, as Illustrators Ireland recognise the importance of child safety and the Children First Act 2015 the statement below has been adopted:

Definitions:
Children and Young People: Anyone under the age of 18 years Vulnerable Adult: Anyone over the age of 18 who is

  • In need of community care services
  • Unable to care for themselves
  • Unable to protect themselves against significant harm or exploitation

Policy

Illustrators Ireland does not work directly with Children, Young People or Vulnerable Adults. However, Illustrators Ireland will look at all event activities and see if an event outside of our policy of not working directly with Children, Young People or Vulnerable Adults poses any risk to these groups before proceeding further. Illustrators Ireland will then think about the below before taking any action on events outside the policy:

Consider if the event or activity is suitable and how relevant it is to our mandate to represent and support the needs of individual illustrators. If it is considered that the event or activity will add to our mission, Illustrators Ireland will:

  1. Identify suitably qualified contractors who are fully compliant with the Child Protection Policies of the commissioning body to deliver the event.
  2. and/or Appropriate training will be provided to a member or external party who will potentially come into contact with children, young people and vulnerable adults. The level of training required will be identified in accordance with the responsibilities of the post. Illustrators Ireland will refer to TUSLA resources for up to date information and policies.

In the case members are in circumstances where they may have direct contact with children, young people or vulnerable adults, Illustrators Ireland will ensure that they do not work alone and are accompanied at all times by a person either designated to work with children, young people or vulnerable adults, or at the minimum a person of authority representing Illustrators Ireland.

Illustrators Ireland takes no responsibility for members or any illustrator or individual who are not working in an official capacity on behalf of the organisation. However, Illustrators Ireland recognises that its members and other visual artists require guidance and information in the area of Child Protection, and will inform the membership about the TUSLA Children First E-Learning Programme so that artists are fully aware of their responsibilities should they choose to undertake work in this area.

https://www.tusla.ie/children-first/children-first-e-learning-programme/

This Statement & Policy will be reviewed if circumstances change.

This policy was adopted on 20th December 2023 by the Board of Directors, Illustrators Ireland.

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Illustrators Ireland shares the values of VAI (Visual Artists Ireland) and is supportive of the VAI Policy of Respect and Fairness (Anti Bullying Policy) to create a coherent standard and to help ensure a safe space to create for artists and illustrators.

Any Illustrator or Artist can learn more via the Dignity at Work Programme the great resource Safe to Create initiative.

Illustrators Ireland Anti Bullying Policy

 

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.

Membership fees are paid annually with payment due the 31st of May. The membership subscription is running from the 1st of June to 31 of May the following year. If a member’s membership expires, and they choose to rejoin, they will have to go through the selection process again and have their application assessed by the membership judges. Their join date/expiration dates will be changed to reflect the new month/year of when they rejoined.

A member will be deemed to be lapsed, and not eligible for membership benefits on the first full day following their renewal date if payment has not been received and recorded.

Illustrators Ireland aims to open for membership renewals during 1st of October – last day of December each year. Membership applications are reviewed in January/February the following year. Our Membership Officer will get back to applicants on the status of your application.

A member joining for the first time, or renewing a lapsed membership, will not be considered as a member of Illustrators Ireland until they have been provided with confirmation from the Membership Officer.

Lapsed members who do not pay their annual subscription fee will be deemed to be a former member if the payment is not received within 2 months of their renewal date. Former members will be deemed eligible for deletion from the membership database, groups and portfolio profile after that date.