Ramon Kassam, 'Black in their glazed blue sky I think”, Tape, Glass, Oil Paint, Acrylic & Inkjet Print on Card, 16cm x20cm, 2012. Courtesy of the artist.
Tony O’Malley Studio Residency

The residency, administered by the RHA, is awarded on an annual basis to an artist who wishes to work primarily in the medium of paint. During his lifetime Tony O’Malley was the recipient of subsidised studios and accommodation in St. Ives, Cornwall. Administered by the Arts Council of Great Britain it offered the artist time to concentrate on creating work. Jane O’Malley has never forgotten the privilege of those decades for herself and Tony. A number of years ago she acquired Tony’s family home in Callan Co. Kilkenny. Jane, working with her architect, set about renovating the building into a first class facility for an artist to live and work in and in association with the Royal Hibernian Academy Jane O’Malley now wishes to offer this home/studio to an artist on an annual basis.

The recipient of the RHA Tony O’Malley Studio Residency 2013 is Ramon Kassam. Ramon Kassam (b. 1981) is an artist from Limerick City. Painting forms the basis of his practice. Works are the result of  an intuitive engagement with the rich tradition. Using painting, drawing and collage in his current practice, the emphasis has been on brutally reshuffling studio materials, narratives, art/personal histories and formal elements together in such a way that they have been chewed, swallowed and regurgitated to construct works. This is a scissors and paste approach to absorb and refract different things he may have seen, known or is trying to establish an understanding of: people, spaces, landscapes, objects, and other paintings. Ultimately however, the works become their own point of reference and aim to connect to painting’s visual tradition and the physical and psychological landscape of his world.

Ramon received a first class honors degree in fine art-painting from Limerick School of Art and Design in 2007. He has exhibited widely since. Exhibitions include ‘New Living Art’ IMOCA, Dublin (2012) ‘Bricks and Mortar’, Boston, USA (2012),   ‘Transitive Relationships’, Limerick City Galley of Art (2012), ‘Constellations’, Visual , Carlow(2011) & ‘Paint-Things’ a solo show at Occupy Space, Limerick (2010).  Ramon will participate on an upcoming residency at The Irish Musuem of Modern Art and is also the recipient of The RHA Tony O’ Malley Residency Award which he will begin in June 2013. In addition to his practice, Ramon founded and directed Wickham Street Studio Limerick from 2009-2011, an artist studio complex which has provided studio space for over 30 artists in the city to date. Also in 2009, he was the founding member of Occupy Space, an artist run gallery in the city, and co-directed the space throughout 2010.


The house and adjoining studio are situated in Callan town, Co Kilkenny. The converted shop and house is decorated to the highest standards and has a modern bright kitchen and separate living room with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. A small inner courtyard links the front and back of the house and beyond the home’s living area is the studio. The studio itself is 320 sq ft and has a double height ceiling with plenty of natural light. Double doors lead onto a large landscaped private garden area. The studio has a mezzanine level also which could be used as an office area if required. The house and studio are fully furnished to the highest standards and offer a superior living and work place for any artist.

For 2014 two studio slots are being offered June to August 2014 and September 2014 to May 2015 . The artists awarded the residencies will have the exclusive use of the house and studio at a nominal cost of €250 per month plus utilities. This full-time residencies are for artists who works primarily in the medium of paint. The studio is not suitable for sculptors.

To apply for the residency, artists are asked to submit the following:

  • A current CV.
  • A cover letter detailing the proposed usage of the studio and a work plan outlining ideas for the residency. We would ask also that artists state which time slot they are applying for.
  • Up to 12 images of work, preferably presented in a printed format.

Applications should be sent to the Academy Co-ordinator by November 8th.

Short listed applicants will be called for interview in late November.

Requests for further information should be directed to the Academy Co-ordinator, Fernando Sanchez, email fernando@rhagallery.ie  phone 01 6612558