190th RHA ANNUAL EXHIBITION AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Image: 189th RHA Annual Awards ceremony, 19 May 2019, Photography Paul Sherwood.

We, the RHA are delighted to announce that artists’ awards contributing to a generous prize fund of over €52,500 have been awarded to artists exhibiting in the 190th RHA Annual Exhibition. The Academy remains indebted to the many generous sponsors who make this prize fund possible.
 
The value of financial awards such as the RCSI Art Award in association with The Irish Times of €5,000 prize and €10,000 commission and the The Ireland – U.S. Council & Irish Arts Review Portrait Prize of €5,000, is ever more significant to artists in these current times. The continued support of our sponsors is greatly appreciated by both the RHA and recipient artists.

The Awards (available to view HERE) are as follows:

RCSI Art Award in association with The Irish Times – €15,000 (€5,000 prize & €10,000 commission)
MEDICINE MAKES LIFE POSSIBLE, ART MAKES IT WORTHWHILE
Shortlisted artists:
Dominique Crowley, Cecilia Danell, Colin Martin RHA, John Rainey, Niamh Smith
The recipient will be announced December 2020.

The Ireland – U.S. Council and Irish Arts Review Portraiture Award – €5,000
Awarded to Darragh O’Connell for Mick

The Progressive Vision Curtin O’Donoghue Photography Award
Awarded to Sean Breithaupt for Wasted 2

The Progressive Vision Curtin O’Donoghue Emerging Photographic Award
Awarded to thread stories for Falsehoods

The Adam’s Award
Awarded to Simon English for Early Evening by the Sea

The De Veres Art Award – for a Work of Distinction
Awarded to Hugh Frazer for Grand Canal Dock

The ESB Keating Award and Silver Medal for an Outstanding Art Work
Awarded to Cecilia Danell for In the Birch Plantation

The K + M Evans Painting Award
Awarded to Jane Rainey for Icy Moon

The Whyte’s Award
Awarded to Leah Hewson for Oscillate 33

The ESB Moran Award for Outstanding Sculpture
Awarded to Eilís O’Connell RHA for Corolis

The Friends of the RHA Award for a Senior Artist
Awarded to Fergus A. Ryan for Rain on the Wind

The Alex Bradley Award for a Mid-Career Artist in any Medium
Awarded to Colin Martin RHA for Model City (Blade Runner)

Contemporary Irish Arts Society Award for a Work of Distinction
Awarded to Joseph Heffernan for The Fool

The Graphic Studio Dublin – Wilkinson Award Sponsored by Behaviour and Attitudes
Awarded to Yoko Akino for In an unknown and secret corner of the sky it floated…

The Solomon Fine Art Award for Sculpture in any Medium
Awarded to Vera Klute ARHA for Shopper #1 (Emporio Armani tracksuit)

The Morgan O’Driscoll Sculpture Award
Awarded to John Rainey for The Deflatables

The Don Niccolo d’Ardia Caracciolo Award and Medal
Awarded to Joanne McAndrew for Fruit and nuts

The Hanley Energy Sustainability Excellence Award for a Landscape of Distinction
Awarded to Blaise Smith RHA for Alternate Reality

All award winners are available to view online HERE.

RHA Gold Medal Awarded to Patrick Shaffrey

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 of the Academy’s second President, Francis Johnston is given to the recipient. Previous recipients include: Sir Alfred Beit, Lewis and Loretta Glucksman and Grafton Architects.

“Patrick Shaffrey is renowned for a life-times work in the related fields of architectural conservation; an achievement widely acknowledged by the multiple distinctions awarded. Patrick’s outstanding achievement has been his insistence on the integration of conservation awareness into the everyday vocabulary of architecture – something which had been previously regarded as the esoteric and specialist. The ground breaking and beautiful publications by Patrick and his late wife, Maura, on Irish towns and townscape opened the eyes of a generation to the enduring virtues and beauty of our vernacular.”

Des McMahon PPRHA, November 2020.

RCSI Art Award 2019

 

Recipient of the RCSI Art Award 2019 in association with The Irish Times and the RHA Annual Exhibition, Mary A. Kelly has had her new work inspired by the RCSI Declaration, officially unveiled at RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Read more HERE

Really Helping Artists, RHA Micro Grants for Artists

DONATE HERE

www.gofundme.com/f/really-helping-artists

#ReallyHelpingArtists is a new fund to make small, easily accessible grants to alleviate some of the financial distress artists are experiencing, during the current pandemic. As an artists’ organization, the RHA is acutely aware of the difficulties that visual artists are experiencing in the current crisis. Opportunities for earning income from sales, teaching or casual employment have all but gone. Artists, who we as a society hold dear, need our help and this fund, while it will not replace an income, may lift a worry or anxiety about a bill, a rent payment, the cost of materials, even a grocery shop.

The RHA has sought permission to apply funds from a designated bequest to creating a micro-grant initiative for artists in need. This permission has been granted with a pledge of €10,000 to create one third of the fund! We are now challenging the people of Ireland to help us raise the further €20,000 through donations, of any amount. All donations welcome and gratefully received.

Our window to raise €20,000 for the fund is just 1 month, from 15th May to 15th June, 2020.

These crucial gifts will then be distributed to artists between 1st July and 31st August, 2020.

In this particular crisis we have seen Ireland’s art community providing new daily content for enjoyment, education and mental well-being. We would like to honour artist’s unfailing contribution to the betterment of society, in good times and bad by ensuring there is a simple way for them to apply for emergency cash if needed. We know that there are hundreds of artists who are falling through the gaps, and who will not get through this crisis without urgent and immediate cash support.

If art has helped you, please consider helping an artist.

 

How to Apply and Terms & Conditions:

The aim of Really Helping Artists, RHA Mirco Grants is to provide cash to artists in a simple and quick way to alleviate some of the pressure experienced in the current crisis.

Application Process

To apply for a Really Helping Artists Micro Grant please send an email (no longer than 150 words) to reallyhelpingartists@rhagallery.ie stating:

  1. Full name
  2. Medium of practice
  3. Your financial request
  4. Reason for your application
  5. Proof of professional status (as outlined below)

Please read the information below prior to sending in your request.

Who may Apply

Really Helping Artists, RHA Micro Grants are designed to give emergency financial support to professional visual artists living and working in Ireland. You may apply for support if you are aged 18 or older, have graduated from an accredited art school, are currently living in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland and are a professional artist.

A professional artist is defined as anyone who makes a wage from their art and can provide confirmation of this. Confirmation can include proof of membership to a recognised representative body for visual artists (i.e. VAI or similar), confirmation of having exhibited work for sale at a recognised gallery, arts centre or institution in Ireland, and/or in the RHA Annual Exhibition in the last 24 months.

Important Dates

Letters of application, sent via email, will be accepted from 16th – 30th June, 2020 ONLY.

Applications received before the 16th of June 2020 or after the 30th June 2020 will not be accepted or reviewed.

Grant Amounts

Micro-grants will be considered for requests of between €100 – €1,000.

Grant Review

A small committee of RHA Members and staff will review all letters of application, in complete confidence and make decisions to award grants based solely an applicant’s need. All decisions are final and there will be no appeal process.

All funds raised will be distributed by 31st August 2020.  If your request is approved you will be notified before this date. Unfortunately, due to limitations on our capacity we will not be able to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

We look forward to helping you, during this time.

#ReallyHelpingArtists

 

Janet Mullarney RHA

Candles for Janet Mullarney RHA  |  9th April 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Janet Mullarney RHA | 1952 – 2020

Dear Fellow RHA Members & Friends,

You have already heard of the sad news of Janet Mullarney’s passing and although we were all expecting it, it is nevertheless a shock. Janet had been living and working with this terrible illness for so long, that we had almost come to believe she would keep going for another while yet. I’m glad that her old friends Mary and Claudio were with her in her home in Tuscany these last weeks, and glad to know that she passed peacefully in the end.

Janet was an original – stylish, vibrant, eccentric, full of life, and generally a breath of fresh air, and a true artist. She went to Italy at a very young age, and never really had a formal art education. Maybe because of that, her work has always had an extraordinary freshness and originality.  She always seemed to me completely fearless, and that fearlessness carried into her sculpture, her drawings and her approach to materials and ideas. I had the pleasure of hanging her series of heads in the recent RHA Collection show, and was struck afresh by the lovely spontaneity of the carving of the wood and the playful markings on the heads that translated into visual poetry.

She had a deep love of Italy that permeated her life and her work. But she loved Ireland too, and spent so much time here that she was completely a part of our lives and the Irish art scene. We will miss her great style, her wonderful scarves and earrings and outfits, but above all her enormous warmth and delightful company.

May she rest in peace, she will be sorely missed.

Eithne Jordan RHA, Keeper

RHA Notice

It is with great sadness that we, the RHA, announce that our much loved colleague Janet Mullarney passed away this morning in her home in Italy. Her close friend Mary Ryder was with her and commented:

“She was very calm and at peace with herself and those around her. She had a very tough time over the last few months and despite all her usual stubborn, single-minded, driving force (her words), she became too ill to carry on.”

We hope to facilitate a memorial service for Janet at the RHA in the autumn.

Rest in Peace.

Aideen Barry ARHA

The Royal Hibernian Academy is delighted to announce the election of Aideen Barry as an Associate Member of the Academy. Aideen Barry was elected at the RHA Assembly meeting held on Tuesday, 11th February.

Aideen Barry is a practicing Visual Artist based in Ireland but with international representation. In 2020 she was elected to the Royal HIibernian Academy as an ARHA member. She is also a member of Aosdána and Lectures in several universities and schools of visual art. In 2020 she will be speaker part of the Anderson Lecture Series at Penn State University and will be making a new work under the Bunting Commission for the Irish Traditional Music Archive and Music Network Ireland.

Selected projects include exhibitions at: Elephant West, UK, Mothers Tankstation, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Oaxaca, Mexico, Louise T. Bloudin, London, Moderne Mussett Sweden, The Loop Biennale, ESP, Matucana 100, Chile, FRIEZE Art Fair, UK, The Wexner Centre Ohio, The Royal Hibernian Academy, the Museum des Beux Arts, FR, The Crawford Municipal Gallery, The Butler Gallery, The Banff Centre Canada, the Headlands Centre for the Arts San Francisco, Liste Art Fair Basel Switzerland, BAC Geneva, Arco Art Fair, ESP, CH ACO, Chile and Catherine Clark Gallery, US. Barry has received numerous awards for her practice including recent awards: A Culture Ireland Award 2018, The Vermont Studio Centre Fellowship Award 2017, Project New Work Awards from the Arts Council of Ireland, Arts Council of Ireland Bursary Awards, Modern Ireland in 100 Art Works 2015 award from the Royal Irish Academy, the Silent Light Film Award at the Cork Film Festival, Travel and Training Awards from the Arts Council of Ireland, in 2010 was shortlisted for the prestigious AIB Prize.

www.aideenbarry.com

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Gallery Currently Closed – A Message from Patrick T. Murphy, RHA Director to our Supporters

Dear Friends, 

We, at the RHA, hope you are all getting through these strange and unpredictable times as best you can and that you are safe and secure.  As an organisation we are not sure what these times will bring but what we do know is, for the time being, we have plans to expand on our virtual interaction with you, our supportive online community, through different gallery resources, with virtual gallery tours, highlights of current and past exhibitions and availability of educational assets which we will keep you up to date on, in the near future.

Over the coming weeks, we will also keep you up to date with the progress of the 190th Annual Exhibition. The first round of reviewing the record breaking number of 4200 artworks, submitted digitally, took place over five days last week. The adjudication panel chose 700+ works that will be physically brought to the RHA for the next round of selection and that round, in the present crisis, is yet to be scheduled. Our staff are working remotely from home, with one person manning the phones in the gallery each day. If you have any queries you can call us Monday to Friday, 10 – 5pm on 01- 661 2558, or email info@rhagallery.ie , we would be happy to hear from you.

We are dedicated to continuing our support of artists through the Studio Programme (the 8 individual studios are still operating) and through payment of artwork production funds to artists for upcoming exhibitions and associated fees. The Arts Council has informed all organisations that we can access 90% of our grant over the coming few months which will go some of the way to address these needs and our other standing costs. But we, as with the rest of the country, will struggle to make ends meet.

We look forward to the exciting opportunities that keeping in touch, with you, virtually will bring and to engaging with you in innovative ways that will keep art alive in your home and hopefully entertain your day in an alternative way while we are all in this shutdown together.

Please follow RHA Gallery on FacebookInstagram and/or Twitter.

From myself, and all the staff of the RHA we hope you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy. As a society, working together, we can get through this unprecedented challenge.

All the best,

Patrick T. Murphy

RHA Director

patrick@rhagallery.ie

Marcel Vidal awarded The Hennessy Craig Award, 2019

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

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.

 

RHA & Avolon awarded Best Long Term Partnership

Allianz, Business to Arts Awards 2019

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:

Year 1, Region, South America: Adriana Salazar

Year 2, Region, Middle East: Jinoos Taghizadeh

Year 3, Region, Asia: Ravi Chaurasiya, Mantu Das

“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.

RHA Ashford Gallery – Open Call

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 ruth@rhagallery.ie

  • Artist statement
  • CV
  • 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.

Major RTÉ Television Documentary about RHA Annual Exhibition

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.

The Hennessy Craig Award

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:

Stephanie Deady

Gerry Davis

Leah Hewson

Eve O’Callaghan

Marcel Vidal

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.

History of the Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts by John Turpin

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.

Royal Hibernian Academy Elects New President, Abigail O’Brien PRHA.

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

 

 

RHA Gallery seeks a full-time Technical & Facilities Manager

Position Filled.

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).

Required Skills:

  • 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 info@rhagallery.ie by midnight Monday 15thOctober. Interviews with selected candidates will take place during the week of 22nd October. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 

 

 

Amelia Stein wins RCSI Art Award

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.

Patrick Pye RHA

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

Tallaght Village

Dublin 24

http://www.stmarys-tallaght.ie/site/

 

St. Maelruain’s Parish

(Church of Ireland)

Tallaght

Dublin 24

http://www.stmaelruains.ie/

 

Kind regards,

James Hanley RHA

Keeper