2010 saw the Academy host the Annual Exhibition for a momentous 180th year! Since it began in 1826, the RHA Annual Exhibition has continued to grow in size and influence and 2010 included work by a record number of visual artists.
Academy Members, invited artists and works selected through an open submission process exhibited together gave the visitor and discerning art collector an unparalleled opportunity to view work by some of Irelands best-established and most promising artists working today.
Painting, sculpture, print, photography and architectural models could be viewed side by side and the 180th Annual Exhibition included work by Mick O’Dea RHA, Stephen McKenna PPRHA, Martin Gale RHA, Eilis O’Connell RHA, John Shinnors, Clodagh Emoe, Kenneth Lambert, Cristina Bunello, Ann Quinn, John Gibbons among many others.
With a prize fund of over €50,000 awarded to various disciplines, the Academy remains indebted to the many generous sponsors who make this prize fund possible. Among the most valuable prizes are the Hennessy Craig Scholarship of €10,000, awarded to a painter under the age of 35, the Curtin O’Donoghue Photography Prize of €7,500, the Ireland – US Council and Irish Arts Review Portraiture Award of €5,000 and the AXA Insurance Prize for Drawing, €5,000.
The exhibition opened with a series of events on Sunday 23 May:
12 – 2pm, Prize Giving Ceremony
Artists and guests, Benefactors and Corporate Supporters only
2 – 5pm, Varnishing
Preview for artists, Academy Members and Friends of the RHA only
6 – 8pm, Grand Opening
The exhibition is supported by a full colour catalogue, costing €20, available at reception.
During the 180th Annual Exhibition purchase the Annual Catalogue and Amelia Stein, Photographs RHA 2009 together for just €40.