Friends of the RHA

The Friends of the Royal Hibernian Academy was established in 1997 to support the work of the Academy. Since then, the number of Friends has grown to over 800 and their enthusiasm and curiosity continue to enhance the life of the Academy.

The vital funds generated by the Friends represent the lifeblood of the Academy, and are directed towards the continuous upgrading of facilities, the production of exciting exhibitions and the presentation of informative and interactive education programmes.

As a Friend of the Academy you can enjoy knowing that you are supporting excellence and helping one of the longest established visual arts organisations in the country as it enters its third century of existence: An organisation that promotes the value of traditional and innovative approaches to making art and aims to bring artists and Friends together in the enjoyable appreciation and understanding of art.

Join the Friends of the RHA – Here’s lots of reasons why!

Join us and take part in a huge range of activities throughout the year. Here’s an exciting taster of what has been on offer over the last few years….

Regular tours of exhibitions

Previous artists include; Carey Clarke PPRHA, Eilís O’Connell RHA, Richard Gorman RHA, Margaret Corcoran, Colin Martin RHA, Amanda Coogan, Gary Coyle, Alan Butler and many more.

Cultural tours

Previous tours include: Farmleigh Mansion, the Freemasons’ Hall, The Little Museum of Dublin, Glasnevin Museum and Cemetery, the National Concert Hall, the Iveagh Gardens, the Kilkenny Arts Festival, Dublin Contemporary and the National Sculpture Factory.

Exclusive Studio visits with the well-known artists

Previous studio visits include artists; Robert Ballagh, Pauline Bewick RHA, Carey Clarke PPRHA, Diana Copperwhite ARHA, Martin Gale RHA, John Gerrard, James Hanley RHA, Nevan Lahart, Colin Martin RHA, Ciarán Murphy, Sinead Ní Mhaonaigh, Eilis O’Connell RHA, Mick O’Dea RHA, Imogen Stuart RHA and many, many more!

Tours of RHA exhibitions with RHA Director, Patrick T Murphy and private guided tours of other galleries

Previous galleries visited include: IMMA, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Farmleigh Gallery, The Butler Gallery, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Monster Truck Gallery, The Kerlin, among many more.

National and international art trips

These include trips to the Venice Biennale, Madrid, New York, Vienna and London and nationally to Kilkenny, Cork, Kerry and Kildare to name a few.

The Friends receive postal invites to all RHA openings including the exclusive Varnishing Day and Prize-Giving ceremony of the Annual Exhibition.  Friends of the RHA also invited to a range of extra events at the RHA including lectures, talks and tours with artists and RHA members, exclusive gallery parties, occasional musical and theatrical performances in the gallery, auctions and launches. They also receive continual updates on the RHA School’s life drawing classes and art workshops.


The Friends are welcome to avail of a range of discounts from: The Coppa Café in the RHA, The Irish Design Shop, the RHA bookshop, the Ely Wine Bar, The Irish Arts Review, Pan Pan Theatre Company, The National Concert Hall Friends memberships and numerous other offers throughout the year.


The RHA Friends receive the RHA newsletter by direct mail, to keep up to date with all the activities in the RHA and to find out about the upcoming Friends events.

Join us today and support the Arts!

We invite you to become a Friend of the RHA. Help to make the next decade of the Friends as exciting as the first! Please contact our Friends Co-ordinator Michelle Considine if you would like more details or to join up. Phone (01) 661 2558 or email:

Friends Benefits

  • Exclusive invitations to Varnishing Day, a preview of the RHA Annual Exhibition
  • Invitations to all exhibition openings in the Academy’s galleries
  • Subscription to the RHA Newsletter
  • Invitations to our Annual Summer Fete and other Friends parties throughout the year
  • Invitations to our Lecture Series
  • A yearly membership card entitling Friends to a range of discounts

Special Discounts and Benefits for Friends of the RHA

  • 20% discount in the Coppa Café in the RHA
  • 10% discount in the Irish Design Shop @ the RHA
  • 10% discount on all RHA catalogues
  • Discount on an annual subscription to the Irish Arts Review
  • An Ely Wine Bar loyalty card for discounts and special offers
  • 10% discount on membership subscription to join the Friends of The National Concert Hall
  • Discounts on Pan Pan Theatre tickets

A range of short term offers and discounts from a variety of sources are also available to the Friends of the RHA on different occasions throughout the year. Be sure to join the Friends email list when you join as a Friend to avail of these extra offers!

Please show your Friends membership card to avail of these discounts or quote your membership number.

If you wish to subscribe to the Irish Arts Review, tel: 01 679 3525, email:

To join the Friends of the National Concert Hall tel: 01 417 0067, email:

Apply for the Ely Wine Bar loyalty card at the Ely Wine Bar.

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