Inspired Art and Living with Fiona Stolze

Art Ireland at the RDS, Dublin

Fiona at Art Ireland March 2008

Fiona at Art Ireland March 2008

Art Ireland runs twice a year in Dublin at the RDS and is organised by Eriva, headed by Maria McMenamin the founder. I took part for the first time in March of this year. Almost 100 artists and galleries participated in the 3-day exhibition. The event opened on Thursday with a charity evening in aid of Irish Autism Action. My husband Michael and my eldest son Pete came and helped out on the stand over the 3 days. Those of you who have participated in these fairs will appreciate the amount of work and energy that goes into setting up and being present and mindful over the long weekend.

Apart from directly selling artwork, it is a great opportunity to meet all sorts of contacts from the artworld, as well as connecting with all the lovely people out there who resonate with your particular style of art. In quieter moments I was also able to walk around the exhibition from stall to stall to get a good feel for what was going on. It was lovely to stop and chat with other artists and hear how things were going for them.

I have signed up for the next Art Ireland which is scheduled for the end of the year from November 14th – 16th in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Even more artists and galleries from all over the world will be present than in the Spring with the upstairs gallery being opened to accomodate this. If any of you are interested in participating in this event, you can get information on how to do this at

I would love to meet any of you personally if you are planning to attend the November event. Please contact me if you would like me to send you a complimentary ticket for this exhibition.

info (at) silkandart (dot) com.


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  1. Hi Fiona,
    I’m french,leaving in Dublin and I am trying to sell my sister’s paintings in Ireland.I was visiting RDS yesterday (friday 14 nov 2008) and was wondering if artists really sale their work…if the price of the stand is really paid back at the end of the 3 days…I’m hesitating to book a place for march…What do you think? Is it going well for you?
    I adore your work by the way…
    Best regards

    Comment by caroline | November 15, 2008 | Reply

  2. Hi Caroline

    The truth for me is, if you can walk away totally unattached to whether or not you completely lose your initial investment of €2,500 – €3,000 then yes, book a place.

    There are no guarantees. Art Ireland would want to vet your sister’s work first of all. Then you can go ahead and book a place. The Irish market is such that you have to slowly earn your place in the art world. Complete newcomers can have a bit of a hard time getting their name known. However, anything is possible.

    The fees are increasing for 2009 by 5%.

    Perhaps you might want to ask some other artists who took part what they think, Caroline. Have a look in the catalogue for details.

    I hope this has been of some help.

    Glad you like my work. 🙂 Thank you.

    Warm wishes


    Comment by fionastolze | November 21, 2008 | Reply

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