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

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