The President and Members of the Academy are deeply saddened to announce that Veronica Bolay RHA passed away peacefully, today January 3, 2020.
Abigail O’Brien, President of the RHA, was delighted to announce artist, Marcel Vidal as the recipient of The Hennessy Craig Award 2019 at the RHA Gallery on the evening of the 9th October, 2019.
This generous prize, the largest painting prize in Ireland, awards €20,000 to a painter under the age of 35, who has exhibited in the open submission section of the RHA Annual exhibition and who has studied at a recognised art college in Ireland, as per the terms of the bequest of the estate of Patrick Hennessy and Henry Robertson Craig.
Patrick T. Murphy, RHA Director comments, “The Hennessy Craig Award is an artist prize given by artists (Patrick Hennessy and Henry Roberstson Craig) to artists as they truly understood the freedom that such a significant prize could offer an artist and they left the bequest to the Academy to insure that this would perpetuate into the future.”
The adjudicating panel viewed works by 10 shortlisted artists including: Gerry Davies, Stephanie Deady, Leah Hewson, Eve O’Callaghan, Megan Burns, Salvatore of Lucan, William O’Neill, Kurt Oppermann and Kathy Tynan, which are currently on exhibit at the RHA gallery.
Each artist was invited to exhibit up to four new works and although considerate of the work submitted, the award was made based on the overall practice of the artist. This exhibition offers an unparalleled opportunity to view and for the discernible collector a chance to purchase, the very best work by some of Ireland’s most exciting young painters working today.
Showing at the RHA until Sunday 20th October.
For more information on the artist, see: www.marcelvidal.net
Joy Gerrard ARHA Newly Elected Associate Member
Joy Gerrard was elected an Associate Member of the RHA at the Assembly meeting held 9 July 2019.
Joy Gerrard lives and works in Belfast, and graduated with an MA and MPhil from the Royal College of Art, London. Gerrard is known for multimedia work that investigates different systems of relations between crowds, architecture and the built environment. Her studio practice investigates protest crowds and occupation of urban spaces, archiving media images from the Brexit and Trump Resistance, Occupy movement, Arab Risings and many more. Exploring the historical and iconographic qualities of these images, her work (re)presents them in detailed pen and ink drawings, and more recently large ink works on canvas.
Recent solo exhibitions include shot crowd at the Royal Hibernian Academy, 2017 and Protest Crowd, Peer UK, London, 2015. Selected group exhibitions include: Protest and Remembrance, Alan Cristea Gallery, London, 2019 and In a Dream You Saw A Way To Survive and You Were Full of Joy; Hayward Gallery Touring show, 2016. She has installed multiple public installations since 2004 including major works in the London School of Economics, Elenchus/ Aporia, 2009 and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Assemble/Move/Map, 2012.
We are delighted to announce that with Avolon, the RHA was awarded the Best Long Term Partnership Award at the Allianz Business to Arts Award on Tuesday 3 September for the Avolon Global Studio Award.
The RHA have enjoyed a strong working relationship with Avolon, over the last 3 years collaborating on both the Avolon Global Studio Award and Avolon Youthreach Programme. Created in 2016, each year, the RHA made an open call to a geographic region suited to Avolons marketing priorities and artist were invited to apply for a fully funded 3/6 month residency at the RHA Studios.
Selected by an independent committee, the chosen artists were as follows:
“One of Avolon’s core values is bravery and we see art as the epitome of bravery. In Avolon, we feel a responsibility to support and enable artists. We encourage our team to push the boundaries; we must encourage artists to do the same. And they must do so freed from constraint, both artistic and financial. The Avolon Global Studio Award is relevant to our international business and is bringing greater diversity to the arts community in Ireland.” Avolon Spokesperson.
We the RHA, were delighted to receive this award and wish to convey our thanks to Avolon for their invaluable support which allowed us to be ambitious for this project and the artists it supported.
Allianz Business to Arts Awards, more info HERE
Image, l-r: Damien O Neill, Marketing Manager, Allianz, Allan Dawson, Facilities Project Manager, Avolon, Tom Rushe, Chief Operating Officer, Avolon, Jane Dundon, Branding Executive, Avolon, Rebecca Gale, RHA Marketing, Emmet Moloney, Head of Communications & Branding, Avolon, Patrick T. Murphy, RHA Director.
New RTÉ One Programme sees Artists Compete to Showcase Work at RHA Annual Exhibition
The RHA Annual Exhibition is one of the most important dates on Ireland’s cultural calendar and an opportunity for all artists – professionals and amateurs alike – to have their work showcased.
On Thursday 27th June 2019 at 10.15pm, RTÉ One television broadcast Exhibitionists: Road to the RHA, an hour-long documentary following seven artists who are hoping to have work selected from the competitive open call. For the first time ever, cameras have been allowed behind-the-scenes at the 196-year-old Royal Hibernian Academy, including access to the judging process for the exhibition which is fondly known as ‘The Annual’.
The seven artists have been chosen from all over the country and each has their own story to tell. From Limerick’s Brian O’Rourke, a former cannabis dealer who learned to paint in prison; to Connemara’s Mo West who, at the age of 92, has just been accepted into Aosdána; to Mayo painters 19-year-old Hetty Lawlor, who’s never submitted before, and her father Jimmy, who’s submitted many times before, so far without success; to Laois’s chronic depression-sufferer Aishling Hennessey, for whom painting in a freezing cold barn at the end of her father’s garden is more than just a hobby – it’s survival; to Lucan’s Salvatore Fullam whose obsession with identity prompted him to change his name to Salvatore of Lucan; and Dingle based sculptor Mick Davis who makes work from recycled bicycle tyres and chains, most famously for Game of Thrones.
“The exhibition gives artists the power to launch successful careers, as emerging artists get the opportunity to share wall space with some of Ireland’s biggest stars,’ says documentary director Hilary Fennell, ‘however, the standard is incredibly high and, out of over 2,500 works submitted to the open call only 300 or so will be selected. Some of our seven artists have never had work in such a prestigious show before, so it will be nerve wracking to see which, if any, of them get in.”
The programme follows the artists through the process of creating an artwork for ‘The Annual’, to finding out whether or not it has been accepted. Along the way we discover why and how they make art and how they deal with rejection. And we reveal, for the first time on television, the dark art of the RHA selection process, chaired this year by its first ever female President, renowned artist Abigail O’Brien, as well as observing the controlled mayhem of the install as the gallery team race against time to create this art marathon of a show in time for Opening Day.
For further information please contact Rebecca Gale, RHA Marketing, email@example.com or Sheena Madden, Amplify Agency, +353 87 245 8046, firstname.lastname@example.org
PRESS RELEASE & ARTISTS PROFILES AVAILABLE HERE
The RHA Ashford Gallery invites artists to submit proposals to exhibit in 2020 and 2021. The Ashford Gallery is a commercial space within the RHA, which creates opportunities to reach new collectors and audiences.
Artists are asked to submit the following by email ONLY to email@example.com
- Artist statement
- 5 images or links to video/film work (images no larger than 1MB – images larger than 1MB will be deemed unsuitable and disregarded)
- Exhibition proposal
Closing date: 28 June, 2019
Successful artists will be notified in early August 2019.
Peter McGovern is an award winning architect, born in Dublin in 1970. He graduated from the Dublin Institute of Technology in 1996 with First Class Honours and was awarded the DIT Gold Medal for Academic Excellence. He was also a recipient of the Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust scholarship.
Peter is a director at Henry J Lyons, where he has practiced since graduation, completing a number of important projects across a wide range of building types and scales. Peter’s work is epitomised by the pursuit of an architecture which responds creatively to contemporary social, economic and environmental
factors. Central to his ethos is the belief that each project should result in a singular expression appropriate to its time and its setting, and is ultimately a manifestation of the people, institutions and the community which it serves.
Among his works of note are the Criminal Courts of Justice on Parkgate Street (2010), the New Central Bank of Ireland building on North Wall Quay (2017) and No.26 York Street for the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (2017).
Peter was elected ARHA in February 2019.
Independent documentary makers, Hilary Fennell and Mark McLoughlin are currently making a one hour film about this year’s RHA Annual Exhibition, to be screened prime time on RTÉ 1 television in June 2019.
The observational documentary follows seven very different artists in their attempts to have work accepted for Ireland’s most important open call show, also giving viewers a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of the judging process and of the RHA itself, as it prepares for the most ambitious event on its calendar.
‘We chose our six talented artists very carefully,’ explains director Hilary Fennell, ‘some of them have never shown in such a prestigious show before, so it will be interesting to see which, if any, of them get in,’ she continues, with her fingers firmly crossed, ‘We’re featuring a sculptor, a printmaker and four painters. They all have very interesting personal stories, are at very different stages of their careers and come from all over the country. We began filming in January and have watched their art-works evolve, revealing why they make art, what inspires them and how their processes differ.
The Annual provides a fantastic opportunity for them to evolve as artists and in some cases to launch a vibrant and successful career. Each year around 1,500 artists submit over 2,500 works to the open call section of the Annual, of which approximately 300 pieces succeed in being exhibited.
The film crew will continue to follow the six artists through the whole process – from hand-in day, to the selection process, to the behind-the-scenes controlled mayhem of the install as the gallery team works around the clock to create this art marathon of a show. The filming will culminate on Varnishing Day, when viewers will find out if the work of the six artists makes it onto the hallowed RHA walls for the 189th Annual Exhibition.
Image: Filming with independent documentary makers, Hilary Fennell and Mark McLoughlin.
BEQUEST OF THE ESTATE OF PATRICK HENNESSY AND HENRY ROBERTSON CRAIG
From 2018, The Hennessy Craig Award of €20,000 will be made on a biennial basis, culminating with an exhibition of short-listed artists in the Dr. Tony Ryan Gallery every two years, at which the recipient of the award will be announced.
In 2018, the Hennessy Craig Jury shortlisted five eligible artists from the 188th Annual Exhibition and an additional five artists will be shortlisted in the 189th Annual Exhibition in 2019. The Award is open to any painter under the age of thirty-five exhibiting in the open submission section of the Academy’s Annual Exhibition. The painter must have studied at a recognised art college on the island of Ireland.
The shortlisted artists in 2018 were as follows:
This artist award of €20,000 in memory of H. Robertson Craig RHA and Patrick Hennessy RHA, was created through a generous bequest to the Academy by H. Robertson Craig and the terms under which it is awarded are those specified in his will.
Image: Leah Hewson, 2MoonsGossip (detail), Image courtesy of the artist.
The President and Members of the Royal Hibernian Academy are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of esteemed Honoury Member, Kevin Roche.
Image: Architect Kevin Roche at the Convention Centre, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times
Review: History of the Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts by John Turpin, Aidan Dunne, Irish Times, 5 January, 2019. See HERE.
The RHA were delighted to launch History of the Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts by John Turpin, published by Lilliput Press at the RHA on the 28 November, 2018.
Cited as “The most outstanding contribution to the visual arts to be published in Ireland this year” by Paul Caffrey, The Irish Arts Review, the History of the Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts by John Turpin, is divided into two volumes that describe two different political, social and artistic worlds: Volume One: 1823 – 1916, From Foundation to the Rising and Volume Two, 1916 – 2010 The Academy in Independent Ireland.
Already critically acclaimed, “This book will provide an invaluable source for anyone interested in Irish art and for art historians, curators, auction houses, collectors – and for any student of 19th Century Irish history and society” Julian Campbell, The Irish Arts Review.
John Turpin was born in Dublin in 1945, educated at Blackrock College and studied art history at University College Dublin and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. He was appointed professor of art history at the National College of Art and Design in 1975 and took over as its director from 1989 to 1994. He retired in 2005.
He has written extensively on Irish art and has published books on the sculptors John Hogan and Oliver Sheppard, as well as a history of the NCAD.
Visit Lilliput Press HERE to order your copy.
The Royal Hibernian Academy, which operates one of the nation’s largest public galleries, RHA School and Studios, marked an event of great importance in its history when artist, Abigail O’Brien was elected as the 24th President of the Academy at its Annual General Meeting, October, 2018. Elected to RHA Membership in 2006, Abigail O’Brien, now the first ever female president in the Academy’s 195-year history, was delighted to accept.
In her inaugural address, O’Brien stated that “I am delighted and honoured to have been elected as the new President of the RHA. It is a huge responsibility, one which I have given much consideration and which I take most seriously. I take it seriously because the Royal Hibernian Academy has a unique place in the Irish arts and in Irish public life. Because it has an incredible history and exciting future.”
During her term, O’Brien intends to continue to build awareness and recognition of the RHA among the wider public, to widen the Membership of the RHA within the younger generation, develop new and engaged audiences, encourage new patrons to support the RHA and inspire new and discerning art buyers and collectors. She believes that the RHA has the tools and talents to achieve these goals through its invigorating exhibition and education programming, RHA School and Studio programme, its standards and its heritage.
O’Brien also added “As we approach the 200th anniversary of our Charter in 2023, we are offered a point of reflection on the past and a drive towards the future. What will the RHA look like in 2123? It takes vision. Artists before us had a vision from which we benefit today, and we have a duty to do likewise.
I am proud that the RHA has made such strides on gender balance in the past 15 years. The ethos has changed and we are a much more diverse and inclusive group now. But there is such a long way for the arts to go. We, the RHA, can play our part in the further advancement and I am honoured to accept this appointment during this very exciting time.” Abigail O’Brien PRHA, Oct 2018
Other elections on the day included, Eithne Jordan as Keeper and Robin Buick as Treasurer.
The former President, painter Mick O’Dea PPRHA stood down after four years of service. During his tenure, O’Dea established the Charter Sub-Committee, beginning the process of the Charter Amendments to bring the Academy in to the 21st Century and prepare it for the next 200 years. He oversaw the professionalisation of the RHA School with the appointment Colin Martin as School Principal. He also established the RCSI Art Award and further strengthened relations with fellow Academies – the RA, RUA and RSA, as well as continuing the relationship with the British Institution Foundation. An area of particular concern for O’Dea had been the election of a younger generation of Academicians alongside addressing the gender balance of the RHA Membership in time for the 200th Anniversary, in 2023.
Past Presidents of the Royal Hibernian Academy include;
William Ashford, 1823 – 1824
Francis Johnston, 1824 – 1829
William Cuming, 1829 – 1832
Martin Cregan, 1832 – 1857
George Petrie, 1857 – 1859
Stephen Catterson Smith, 1859 – 1866
Sir Thomas Deane, 1866 – 1868
Stephen Catterson Smith, 1868 – 1869
Sir Thomas A. Jones, 1869 – 1893
Sir Thomas Farrell, 1893 – 1900
Sir Thomas Drew, 1900 – 1910
Dermod O’Brien, 1910 – 1945
James Sleator, 1945 – 1950
John Keating, 1950 – 1962
Maurice MacGonigal, 1962 – 1977
Raymond McGrath, 1977 – 1977
David Hone, 1977 – 1982
Dr. Thomas Ryan, 1982 – 1992
Carey Clarke, 1992 – 1996
Dr. Arthur Gibney, 1996 – 2005
Stephen McKenna, 2005 – 2009
Des McMahon, 2009 – 2014
Mick O’Dea, 2014 – 2018
Abigail O’Brien, 2018 – present
The Royal Hibernian Academy seeks a full-time Technical & Facilities Manager to support the technical needs of the RHAs facilities and programme. The Technical & Facilities Manager will have responsibility for delivering, to an exceptionally high standard, all the technical needs of the RHA/s artistic programmes and events; as well as overseeing the day-to-day and long-term maintenance of the RHA building. The Technical & Facilities Manager will work closely with operations staff to manage the RHA event diary, roster staff and liaise with artists / clients as required. The role includes managing external contractors and the Health & Safety Committee. Initial two-year contract with potential for renewal, six-month probationary period.
Particular Arts Programme related responsibilities include:
- Working under the supervision of the RHA’s Curators to plan and deliver the physical elements of exhibition installations to achieve the highest standards of exhibition possible.
- Leading the technical team to manage the physical aspects of visual art installations and hangs, ensuring that professional art-handling practice is adhered to at all times.
- Preparatory work for exhibition installations – including building plinths, walls, window blocks, hanging artworks, sourcing goods/services.
- Advising on and implementing the technological requirements of exhibitions and art projects.
- Along with the Curatorial Team liaising with exhibiting artists to realise their vision to the highest possible standards across exhibitions.
- Technical management of educational aspects of the programme including preparation of spaces for classes, talks, workshops, screenings, performances, events and conferences.
Facilities Management responsibilities include:
- Monitoring of the security and Building Management Systems, including the monitoring and reporting on gallery environmental controls.
- Supervising and actioning the set-up and striking of events and room set-up for hires while maintaining the highest service to artists and clients.
- Monitoring of the building’s technical systems including the lift, heating, plumbing and electricity and arranging appropriate maintenance.
- Leading the RHA’s Health and Safety Committee to advise on and implement full compliance with the organisation’s Health & Safety Statement.
- Maintaining the Technical and AV stores including an asset register of all equipment and the upkeep of same.
- Leading on the upkeep, maintenance and caretaking duties for the entire building and grounds as needed.
- Day to day upkeep of the gallery spaces to include checking equipment used in exhibitions is in good working order and to condition report on the artwork (with the Curator).
- General experience with building maintenance, including relevant carpentry and painting and ground maintenance.
- Experience of building systems and procedures.
- Good time management and communication skills are desirable.
- An ability to delegate work appropriately and follow-through with staff is important.
- Concrete experience in an arts venue handling, packing and mounting visual art projects is vital.
- Experience in installing contemporary exhibitions, especially handling new media equipment, data projectors and electronic art.
- Experience working with artists.
- Knowledge and experience with both PC and Apple computers.
- Experience mending art works and art work structures is an asset.
Please note this position works across all art disciplines with an adaptable mindset.
Remuneration will be based on relevant experience. Regular weekend and evening work will be required.
To apply please email a C.V. & Cover Letter outlining experience and suitability for the advertised position to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight Monday 15thOctober. Interviews with selected candidates will take place during the week of 22nd October. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Photographer to inspire future healthcare leaders
Wednesday, 5 September 2018: Amelia Stein has been announced as the winner of the 2018 RCSI Art Award. The prize, awarded to the artist for her work ‘Brig Gen Jimmy Flynn (retd) DSM’, was presented by Mr Kenneth Mealy, President of RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) at a ceremony which took place at the RHA.
Now in its third year, the RCSI Art Award was established to celebrate the common heritage of RCSI and the RHA and the long-standing association between art, medicine and well-being.
The artwork was selected from more than 600 works that were on display at the 188th RHA Annual Exhibition. The winning artwork ‘Brig Gen Jimmy Flynn (retd) DSM’ was originally commissioned as part of a collaboration between Amelia Stein and the Military Archives as part of the Military Archives Oral History Project (MAOHP) which aims to record memory, oral history and tradition associated with the Defence Forces. As part of the prize, the winning artist will receive a commission for a new work to be displayed on RCSI’s campus.
Professor Cathal Kelly, Chief Executive/ Registrar, RCSI said: ‘The RCSI Art Award is a celebration of the common heritage of the RCSI and RHA and the long-standing association between art, medicine and well-being. We are delighted to present the prize to Amelia Stein for this inspirational and meticulous portrait. We look forward to working with the artist to create a new work for the RCSI campus that will inspire our future healthcare leaders and evoke a sense of well-being for all who observe it.’
Both RCSI (1784) and the RHA (1823) have Georgian origins and are 32-county bodies with educational roles. RCSI was occupied, while the RHA was destroyed in the Easter Rising of 1916 and the RCSI Art Award was established to coincide with the centenary of these historic events.
Open to all artists working in paint, drawing, print, sculpture, photography and architecture, the RHA Annual Exhibition attracts a large public and critical audience with 48,000 visitors last year.
The successful artist was awarded €5,000 and the RCSI silver medal and will also receive a commission to the value of €10,000 for a new work for the RCSI collection.
All works of art, in any medium, selected for the 188th RHA Annual Exhibition were considered for the RCSI Art Award. The other shortlisted works were: ‘Venus of Holles Street’ by Jason Ellis, ‘Extraverted’ by Killian Schurmann, ‘Seeing Red’ by Taffina Flood; and ‘Buoyed’ by Michael Quane RHA.
The RCSI Art Award Committee includes Mr Kenneth Mealy, President, RCSI (Chair); Hugh Linehan, Arts & Culture Editor, The Irish Times; Patrick T. Murphy, Director, RHA; Mick O’Dea, President, RHA; Professor Clive Lee, Professor of Anatomy, RCSI & RHA; Dr Abdul Bulbulia, Alumnus, RCSI; and Louise Loughran, Head of Communications, RCSI.
RCSI is ranked among the top 250 (top 2%) of universities worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2018) and its research is ranked first in Ireland for citations. It is an international not-for-profit health sciences institution, with its headquarters in Dublin, focused on education and research to drive improvements in human health worldwide. RCSI is a signatory of the Athena SWAN Charter.
The President of the Academy and Members are deeply saddened to announce that Melanie Stewart (née le Brocquy) HRHA passed away peacefully, June 22, 2018 at Havenwood Retirement Home, Co. Waterford.
It is with great sadness that the President and Members of the Academy acknowledge the passing of esteemed Honorary member, Sean McSweeney HRHA, 1935 – 2018.
See Irish Times, Saturday June 23rd here.
Dear Friends & Colleagues,
It is with great sadness that I write to tell you of the death of Patrick Pye RHA on Thursday 8th February.
We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Noirin, daughters Naoise and Róisín and extended family. In his 89 years Patrick lived a full and productive life as a painter, printmaker, writer, as a deeply spiritual thinker and as a loving family man.
He was one of our most venerable Members. I last saw him this summer, wheelchair bound and with diminished eyesight still absorbed in looking at a Vermeer painting at the National Gallery show. A new audience got to acquaint themselves with his work at a recent group show at IMMA. He spoke honestly about art and was a valued voice at our assemblies. We mourn him and we will miss him.
A gathering for close friends will take place on Sunday, 11th February from 2pm to 5pm in the Pye family home – Piperstown, Tallaght, Dublin 24. The removal will take place on Monday, 12th February at 5pm in St. Mary’s Priory, Tallaght. The funeral will take place on Tuesday, 13th February at 11am in St. Mary’s Priory, Tallaght and Patrick Pye will be laid to rest in St. Maelruain’s Parish, Tallaght. Please see addresses below:
St. Mary’s Priory
St. Maelruain’s Parish
(Church of Ireland)
James Hanley RHA
With prizes totaling over €60,000, the RHA Annual Exhibition prize fund is unlike any other artistic prize fund in Ireland. The RHA works closely with our many generous supporters, to secure this prize fund annu- ally and we are ambitious that a similar prize nd will be available to artists exhibiting in the 188th Annual Exhibition.
This prize fund is distributed to artists recognized for the artistic achievement in various disciplines and includes 8 awards for works in any medium, 4 awards for sculptural works, 2 awards for painting, 2 awards for photography (1 emerging), 1 award for a senior artist, 1 award for portraiture and 1 award for architecture.
Two of the major prizes include the RCSI Art Award in association with the Irish Times, an award of €15,000 (€5,000 prize and €10,000 commission) and the Hennessey Craig Scholarship for €10,000 awarded to a painter under the age of 35.
RCSI ART AWARD IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE IRISH TIMES
The 187th Annual Exhibition saw the second year of the RHA’s partnership with RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons Ireland) and the RCSI Art Award, which is awarded during the RHA Annual Exhibition in recognition of the connection between art and healing.
A sculpture, by Remco de Fouw ARHA, inspired by the atlas and axis vertebrae of the spine was unveiled as the inaugural commission for the RCSI Art Award. The two-piece work, a sculpture diptych, is made from Spanish alabaster and glass and is on display in the York Street concourse area of RCSI, 123 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. The sculpture was unveiled in May by Professor John Hyland, President, RCSI in the presence of Mick O’Dea, PRHA.
The 2017 recipient of the RCSI Art Award was Miranda Blennerhassett for her installation piece RHA. The work by Miranda Blennerhassett that will be commissioned as part of this prize will join de Fouw’s piece as part of RCSI’s collection on campus aiming to inspire future healthcare leaders.
THE HENNESSEY CRAIG SCHOLARSHIP
The Hennessey Craig Scholarship of €10,000 is awarded annually to a painter under the age of 35 exhibiting in the open submission section of the Academy’s Annual Exhibition. The painter must have studied at a recognised art college in Ireland and the award is to ena- ble the painter to pursue a course of further self-determined study in Ireland or abroad.
The prize is in memory of Patrick Hennessey RHA and H. Robertson Craig RHA and was established when H. Robertson Craig left a legacy gift to the RHA in his will.
Previous recipients include:
Vera Klute, David Hedderman, Alan Freney, Mollie Dohuit, Neil Carroll, Stephanie Rowe, Francis Matthews, Hugh Delap, Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Gabhann Dunne, Ann Quinn, Tim Millen, Comhghall Casey, Gillian Lawlor, Keith Wilson, Shane Berkery, Molly Judd and Daniel Nelis.
Image: Daniel Nelis, Dark Turned Fields, Oil on panel, 30 x 42 cm, Image courtesy of the artist.
On Friday, 24 February a very special dedication took place of one of our most important galleries.
The gallery on the RHA’s first floor, adjoining the Petronella Brown Gallery, has been named the Pádraig O’hUiginn Gallery. This is to honour the vision and passion of Mr. O’hUiginn, during a lifetime of public service, to create a better nation for us all.
A private reception for family and benefactors took place in the newly named gallery with a wonderful acceptance speech given by Mr. O’hUiginn.
VENUE: Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda. April 2017
Architecture and the built environment is discussed and explained almost entirely through secondary representations – photography, film, drawing, books and TV. Paradoxically the built environment is meant to be experienced in real time and space but it is illustrated and explained through representations. Architects learn, imagine and conceive of the built environment through representation. This group exhibition looks at how artists represent and discuss the built environment. What are the biases and limitations inherent in representing the real?
Curated by the Irish Museum of Modern Art, IMMA. March 2017
After a lifetime of work in painting and stained glass, with the help of Fr. Paul Murray OP and writer/journalist Brian McAvera, author of Patrick Pye, Life and Work, 2013 Pye’s painting Pity for the King of Friday, 2010 will be hung in the Vatican, Vatican City, Italy. Pity for the King of Friday was exhibited in the RHA summer show in 2010. As a painter responsible for creating many works on the subject of the Crucifixion, with this work Pye found new ways of exploring both subject and medium. As McAvera wrote in Pye’s biography “what other Irish painter could deliver so comprehensively a re-imagined subject? What other European painter could take such spectacular liberties with a religious subject and yet allow us the freedom to enter into this strange world as believers and non believers? Paintings like this are a product of a lifetime’s exploration of composition and colour, a lifetime’s experience in the creation of space and the nailing down of a narrative into a pungent, echoing simplicity” – Brian McAvera 2013.
Pye will also exhibit 8-10 works in March 2017 in the highly anticipated international group exhibition As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics curated by the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Large works, which haven’t been seen in public since his retrospective in 2000, will be included, such as the large triptych The Life of Heaven, 1997 and God pitched his tent among men, 2000. Studies of these works will also be displayed to convey the progression of style and composition.
Pye is also set to exhibit three works with the National Centre for Liturgy at their conference in Maynooth in February 2017. These will include a small stained glass piece Our Lady at Home c.1980 and a wall hanging John the Baptist c. 1990. For more information on any of the above, please visit: www.facebook.com/artistpatrickpye/
VENUE: Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin. 16 February – 18 March
This upcoming exhibition is titled Many-World Interpretation (agus rudaí eile nach iad). The work interrogates the notion that we live in an infinite web of alternate timelines, it references visual culture, kitsch, art history, quantum mechanics, all pressed into service in relation to her own world and to the wider social and cultural sphere. The existence of many worlds in parallel at the same time, gives her artistic license to appropriate imagery from multiple sources to recreate these multiple parallel universes on her canvases. For more information please contact email@example.com
VENUE: Hunt Museum, Limerick, 1 December – 19 February, 2017
Weather Gauge is a cycle of new paintings by Donald Teskey RHA featuring oils on canvas and works on paper that allows the viewer to examine the natural world with its all-encompassing vigor through the eyes of an artist who has spent twenty years making this his primary concern. The exhibition is curated by the Hunt Museum in collaboration with Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin.
For more information about this exhibition please contact the Hunt Museum at firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 061 312 833.
The Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC) in Lima, designed by Grafton Architects, has won the first ever RIBA International Prize. Setting a new global standard for architectural achievement, the Royal Institute of British Architects’ prize has been judged by a grand jury chaired by world-renowned architect, Richard Rogers.
UTEC is an inspirational new building in the Barranco district of Lima and a bold new addition to the city skyline. The Ireland-based architecture firm Grafton Architects, in collaboration with local partners, Shell Arquitectos, have created a new campus building for Lima’s specialist engineering university, established to give young Peruvians access to qualifications, professional opportunities and to encourage social mobility.
Speaking about the building, the RIBA jury said: UTEC is an exceptional example of civil architecture – a building designed with people at its heart. Grafton Architects have created a new way to think about a university campus, with a distinctive ‘vertical campus’ structure responding to the temperate climatic conditions and referencing Peru’s terrain and heritage.
‘Sitting on the border of two residential districts in Lima, in section UTEC perches tantalizingly on the edge of a ravine. Seen from across the ravine it is as bold and as pure a statement of the symbiosis between architecture and engineering as could be imagined; a piece of geology imposed on its pivotal site, mirroring the organic curve of the landscape and accommodating itself in the city. To its close neighbours, it is a series of landscaped terraces with clefts, overhangs and grottos, a modern day Machu Picchu.
UTEC has been designed to encourage its students to interact in a unique way with the building. The vertical structure provides open circulation and meeting spaces in a succession of platforms that compose the ‘frame’ of the building; teaching rooms, laboratories and offices are enclosed, inserted into and suspended from the exposed concrete structure. The frame is a device providing shade, a place of rich spatial exuberance and a platform from which to view the life of the city. The entire life of this vertical campus is on full display to the people of Lima.
UTEC is the culmination of years of experimentation by Grafton Architects. In this building they show the mastery of their craft, gifting Lima with a bold yet considerate contribution to the city and a visionary, world-class building.’
RIBA President Jane Duncan said: ‘UTEC is an exceptional addition to the city of Lima, and a project that will inspire other architects and universities all over the world.
‘Grafton Architects have created an innovative new model for a university campus that is highly responsive to its local environment and community. The concept of a ‘vertical campus’ defies convention, as does the mix of open and enclosed spaces, but both are key to the success of this building visually and spatially.
The RIBA International Prize was created to celebrate civil architecture that empowers people and societies to innovate and progress. UTEC stood out from all other entries from around the world, clearly demonstrating its understanding, engagement with and concern for those who are lucky enough to live near, visit, teach and learn in it. The RIBA is delighted to award Grafton Architects the 2016 RIBA International Prize.’
Directors Yvonne Farrell & Shelley McNamara established Grafton Architects in 1978. Both are graduates of UCD, Fellows of the RIAI, International Honorary Fellows of the RIBA, elected members of Aosdána and Yvonne Farrell was elected Associate Member of the RHA in 2009.
Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast, October 2016.
In October of last year, Denise Ferran, President of the Royal Ulster Academy, welcomed Christopher Le Brun, President of the Royal Academy in London, Arthur Watson, President of the Royal Scottish Academy and Mick O’Dea, President of the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin, to a reception at the Glasshouse in Stormont. This reception, for the visiting Academy presidents, preceded a seminar at the Ulster Museum entitled Join the conversation on the role of the Academies in the 21st century, the first event in the Royal Ulster Academy’s 135th Annual Exhibition Programme.
At the Academy’s Assembly held 12 July 2016, Dorothy Cross was elected an Associate Member of the RHA.
Dorothy Cross was born in 1956, Cork, Ireland. Working in sculpture, film and photography, Cross examines the relationship between living beings and the natural world. Living in Connemara, a rural area on Ireland’s west coast, the artist sees the body and nature as sites of constant change, creation and destruction, new and old. This flux emerges as strange and unexpected encounters. Many of Cross’ works incorporate items found on the shore, including boats and animal skins, while others reflect on the environment.
During the 1990s, she produced a series of works using cow udders, which drew on the animals’ rich store of symbolic associations across cultures to investigate the construction of sexuality and subjectivity. In recent years, Cross’s practice has focused on nature and the ocean, working with maligned animals such as jellyfish and shark, and exploring rarely accessible areas like sea caves or shell grottos. Upcoming solo exhibitions include New Art Centre, Roche Court, UK, May 2017. Recent
solo exhibitions include Lismore Castle Arts, Ireland, 2014 and Turner Contemporary, UK, 2013, touring to RHA, Dublin, 2014. Cross has participated in the Venice Biennale, 1993, Istanbul Biennial, 1997 and Liverpool Biennial, 1998 and the groundbreaking 1994 exhibition Bad Girls, ICA London and CCA, Glasgow. Cross is included in the collections of Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Norton Collection, Santa Monica; Art Pace Foundation, Texas; Goldman Sachs Collection, London; The Arnolfini Trust, Bristol and TATE, London.
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Honorary RHA Member, Professor Anne Crookshank who died in Milford, Co. Donegal on 18 October 2016. Amongst Professor Crookshank’s many achievements was the establishment of the History of Art Department in Trinity College Dublin in 1966 as well as her continuous role in the development of the history of Irish art in the world of Academia. Professor Crookshank was also a medalist of the Royal Irish Academy, former Curator of Art at the Ulster Museum and a prominent figure in the development of the Irish Georgian Society and Castledown Foundation. The RHA invited Professor Crookshank, who had achieved so much in her lifetime, to be an Honorary Member of the RHA. We are honoured to have had the pleasure of calling Anne our colleague, she will be greatly missed.
Mick O’Dea RHA President
WITH BREAD – Book Launch
A record number of visitors have attended Abigail O’Brien’s With Bread exhibition and tour. Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda has just published a tour report which saw over 21,000 people attend and engage with O’Brien’s exhibition over three venues between 2013 and 2015.
With Bread, an exhibition of photographs, sculpture and video explored the artist’s ongoing interest in bread, its elemental properties, the magical process that takes place in its making, its centrality in human daily life across race and culture and religion, its familial, social and cultural importance, and its rich symbolism. The exhibition which was curated by Aoife Ruane, opened at Highlanes Gallery in September 2013, followed by showings at The Dock in Carrick on Shannon in 2014, and concluding its tour, which was awarded an Arts Council Touring Grant, at Limerick City Gallery of Art earlier this year. Sunday Times Art Critic Cristín Leech-Hughes review of the exhibition said ‘O’Brien casts her subject – ever-expanding dough – as a force of nature. Once started on its path, it grows out of its allocated, confined space vigorously, messily, unapologetically, overtly, abundantly.
In her hands, the predictable but varied results of an everyday chemical process, the process of making bread, becomes almost alchemical.’ Abigail O’Brien’s critically acclaimed exhibition which was sponsored by McCloskey’s Traditional and Artisan Bakery, Drogheda was also highly commended in the annual Business to Arts Awards in 2014. Post-exhibition, a full colour catalogue with essays by writer and psychoanalytic practitioner, Dr Medb Ruane, and poet, novelist and prose writer, Theo Dorgan is available at the RHA and Highlanes Gallery.
MY MIND’S I
Venue: Butler Gallery, Kilkenny
24th oCtober – 13th DeCember
Following a very well received showing at the Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, Janet Mullarney’s critically acclaimed exhibition My Mind’s I begins it’s Irish tour this autumn. Mullarney’s first major solo exhibition in five years curated by Aoife Ruane, Director of Highlnes Gallery, Drogheda, earlier this year, tours to the Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, opening on Saturday 24 October and continuing until 13 December. The title of the exhibition refers not only to the idiom ‘mind’s eye’ but also the human ability to experience visual mental imagery, and the power of the psychic imagination to communicate complex subliminal codes. In the exhibition, small fragile sculptures are placed against simple backdrops within a heightened lighting scheme, allowing mysterious theatrical scenes to unfold. The juxtaposition of these small seemingly insignificant figures against large open spaces will evoke a sense of anarchic independence as well as alluding to the subversive interior of the artist’s mind. The exhibition developed Highlanes Gallery, with lighting design by Marcus Costello, has been awarded an Arts Council Touring Grant. Irish Times Art Critic Aidan Dunne’s five star review remarked ‘Enter Mullarney’s world and you fall through an imaginative trapdoor into another realm of fables and fairy tales, where animal characters stand in for humans and meaning is cut loose from the bounds of convention. Her acrobats and performers evoke the heady, heightened space of the circus ring.’ Audiences should make it their business to visit, or indeed re-visit the exhibition, which will take a new form on each leg of its tour.
BLAISE SMITH ARHA
Venue: The Molesworth Gallery, 16 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2
3rd – 24th December
Blaise Smith will present a new body of work including a selection new paintings that bring a fresh perspective to his highly personal take on the discipline of representational painting.
Venue: ASSAB-ONE, Via Privata Assab, 1, 20132 Milano, Italy
Nine new large paintings to be exhibited in the industrial context of former print workshop Assab-One curated by Elena Quarestani. To be accompanied by a publication funded by the Josef Albers foundation with an essay by Nick Fox Weber.
The character KAN is an essential one in everyday Japanese and with a wide variety of meanings. The fundamental meaning of KAN is space between, gap, interval, distance. However, it refers not only to space, but to time as well, meaning also pause, break, time between.
The title KAN refers to the new paintings after the KIN series in which the forms interlock to make a central sculptural figure. So as not to repeat myself and to paint myself out of that corner I have floated the flat shapes outwards from the centre out to the edge of the support and beyond the picture plane. In doing this the centre becomes empty– KAN
WEXFORD FRINGE FESTIVAL GROUP SHOW
Venue: Greenacres Gallery, Wexford.
17th October – 20th November
Wexford Fringe is an annual open-access arts festival which will run in parallel to Wexford Opera Festival from Friday, 16th October to Sunday, 1st November 2015. Now in its 63rd year, Wexford Fringe offers an eclectic mix of over 300 events over 17 days including cabaret, comedy, circus, dance, film, theatre, puppetry, music, and visual art, many of which are free to attend.
ONE CRIMSON THREAD by Micheal O’Siadhail Book Launch
Illustrations by Mick O’Dea PRHA
Venue: RHA Friends Room
Join us at 6pm on Tuesday 29th September when the Honourable Mrs Justice Susan Denham will launch One Crimson Thread by Micheal O’Siadhail with illustrations by Mick O’Dea PRHA. Published by Bloodaxe Books, One Crimson Thread will be available to purchase on the evening and works by Mick O’Dea PRHA will be on exhibit in the RHA Friends room.
DIAGRAMS Curated by Niamh McDonnell
Venue: Pallas Projects Gallery Sep 9-21st ,Queen Street Studios Gallery
Each artist uses the diagram to describe a previous work or to make a preliminary sketch for a new work. The approach through the diagram involves the play with various media to create different narratives for the viewer to read the work in terms of the process of its material production. This project explores how diagrams are used to describe the process of material production in visual art and design practices. A group show of newly commissioned multimedia diagrams will be exhibited at Pallas Projects Gallery, Dublin and at Queen Street Studios Gallery, Belfast.
The ‘Diagrams’ artists include: Martin Boyle, Craig Donald, Jacqueline Holt, Colin Martin, Brigid McLeer, Bea McMahon and Elvira Santamaria Torres.
THE OGHAM WALL
Venue: V&A, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
19th – 27th September
Irish Design 2015 Presents Ireland’s First Landmark Project at the London Design Festival. Irish design is represented for the first time at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London during The London Design Festival in an ambitious Landmark Project The Ogham Wall. Created by Grafton Architects, winners of numerous international awards including the 2008 World Building of the Year Award, working in conjunction with Graphic Relief, the installation was inspired by the Irish Ogham alphabet, dating from approximately the 4th century AD. The imposing forms of The Ogham Wall will fill the V&A’s Tapestry Gallery as one of a series of international events for Irish Design 2015.
Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) is a year-long programme of events and activities exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish design both in Ireland and internationally. irishdesign2015.ie
Grafton Architects was established in 1978. Directors Yvonne Farrell & Shelley McNamara, Fellows of the RIAI, International Honorary Fellows of the RIBA. graftonarchitects.ie
Graphic Relief combines design, engineering and manufacturing to provide clients with luxurious, beautiful and bespoke surfaces. graphicrelief.co.uk
The London Design Festival is an annual event, held to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world and as the gateway to the international creative community. londondesignfestival.com
Martin Gale RHA & Charles Tyrrell
Venue: Claremorris Gallery, mayo
12th – 22nd September
LIFE, LOVE & LAUNCH
Venue: Taylor Galleries, 16 Kildare Street, Dublin 2
5th – 26th September
80th Birthday Exhibition and launch of Pauline’s autobiography “8 ages”. Much of the exhibition pieces will be based on relationships inspired by the Bluebeard story. There will also be a selection from the family travelling collection relevant to the autobiography.
HERE & NOW 2
Venue: Town Hall Gallery, Macroom, Co. Cork
3rd – 30th September
Here & Now 2 is the second of two exhibitions showing new work by artists who live and work in the Lee Valley area and who exhibited in Time & Place in 2006:
Marie Foley, Michael Quane, Bernadette Cotter, Jim Savage, Geraldine Creedon, Jill Dennis, Donal O’Ceilleachair, Alan Gallett, Con Kelleher, John Philip Murray, Emer Kelly, Sarah O’Flaherty, Bob Rasmussen, Cormac Sheil, Rosemary Taylor, Len Clatworthy, Bernice Corcoran, Debbie Godsell, Ray Lawlor, Tadhg McSweeney.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with an essay by Peter Murray, Director of Crawford Art Gallery. The catalogue also covers the work of artists from the 2014 Here & Now 1.
Here & Now 2 is part of Cork County Council’s Visual Arts programme.
The President of the Academy, Mick O’Dea PRHA, presented the Royal Hibernian Academy’s Gold Medal to Dr. Nicola Figgis, Prof. Paula Murphy, Carmel Naughton and Prof. James Slevin during the 185th RHA Annual Exhibition Varnishing Day on May 24th 2015.
This year the Academy awarded its Gold Medal to the innovative team who conceived and initiated the Art and Architecture of Ireland project. During his citation Mick O’Dea noted that Dr. Nicola Figgis, Professor Paula Murphy, Mrs. Carmel Naughton and Professor James Slevin RIA, brought breath, depth and experience to this truly historical task. Mick O’Dea PRHA also noted that The Gold Medal was our, the artists, way of thanking them for their commitment.
The RHA has awarded a Gold Medal since 1994 to persons who have made significant contributions to the Academy in particular and to the arts in Ireland in general. A citation is given by either the President or a guest and the medal which features a profile relief of the Academy’s second President Francis Johnston is given to the recipient. Previous winners of the medal include Derek Hill, Lewis & Loretta Glucksman, and Anthony Cronin. Last year’s recipient was Tony Kilduff HRHA.
Pat Harris was born in Dublin in 1953 and studied at the National College of Art and Design from 1973 to 1978 and at The National Higher Institute of Fine Arts Antwerp, graduating in 1981. In 2008 he was awarded a PhD in Fine Art by the University of Antwerp.
Pat Harris has exhibited widely in Europe, with solo shows at Taylor Galleries Dublin, De Zwarte Panter Antwerp, Gallery S65 Aalst Belgium, and at Purdy Hicks, London. He shares his time between his studios in North Mayo and Belgium, having taught painting at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp since 1986.
Pat Harris is a member of Aosdána and his work is represented in numerous private and public collections including: Arts Council of Ireland, IMMA, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, UCD, St. Patrick’s Hospital, Language Centre of Ireland, AIB, AXA and The University of Antwerp.
A solo exhibition of his recent work based on the North Mayo Coastline will open at Taylor Galleries Dublin on the 19th of November.
For further information: http://patharris.info/
The Executive Council of the Royal Hibernian Academy meeting today June 9th, issued the following statement:
PERSPECTIVES OF EUROPE, Venue: Hugh Lane Gallery, Charelmont House, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1, July 23 – October 4
Opening at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane on 23rd July, the exhibition charts McKenna’s responses to living and working in a number of European cities. The resulting paintings made from 1980 to the present, reflect not only the cities, the landscapes, the people and the artefacts of the various countries, but also their history and the contents of their museums. McKenna has lived in Ireland since 1973 and is described as having a “classical approach to still life”, using timeless varieties of landscape, still life and interiors to comment on present issues.
Image: Stephen McKenna, Pantheon, 2013, Oil on canvas, 100cmx80cm
ART OF A NATION,
Venue: Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1
April 13 – August 31
The Art of a Nation is the first major exhibition in London for 30 years that celebrates the story of Irish art from 1900 to the present day. Drawing on the incomparable, award winning collection of paintings, photography, tapestry and sculptures from the Allied Irish Banks and Crawford Art Gallery in Cork, this exhibition will include 70 works by many of Ireland’s greatest artists. Presented with the collaboration of Ireland’s Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, as well as the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, the exhibition promises to offer a striking and thought-provoking survey of the national essence of Irish art.
Image: Diana Copperwhite ARHA, Portrait of V, 2015, oil on linen, 30 x 25 cm. Image courtesy of the artist and Kevin Kavanagh Gallery.