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 firstname.lastname@example.org , 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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