Dear Friends of the RHA
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.
The 190th Annual Exhibition adopted a digital submissions format this year and the first round of reviewing the 4200 works submitted took place over five days last week. The adjudication panel chose 700+ works that will be physically brought to Academy 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 best email Michelle or myself (addresses below).
This closure is challenging our financial planning and security. All corporate rentals have cancelled on us. The delay of the Annual Exhibition will stretch our cashflow. 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 aid us in making our staff commitments.
During the recession of a decade ago our RHA Friends membership never waivered. I hope that you can continue that commitment to us in the present crisis. You got us through one disastrous period and I trust you will stay with us through this one.
Michelle Considine, the Friends Co-ordinator will be posting out renewals to you over the coming weeks (if you are due for renewal) and we do hope you continue your much valued RHA Friends’ membership through these uncertain weeks and months ahead.
In the mean time we will keep in touch virtually and engage 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 shutdown together.
From myself, Michelle 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