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.

Friends enjoy many privileges, including invitations to all exhibition openings, an exclusive invitation to the Varnishing Day preview of the RHA Annual Exhibition, a newsletter giving the latest news and event listings from the Academy and a lively programme of social and educational Friends events. We are also delighted to announce the RHA Friends receive a range of discounts and special offers throughout the year including a very generous 20% discount in the café at the gallery, a 10% discount off all purchases in the Irish Design Shop in the RHA and 10% off all RHA catalogues – please show your membership card at time of purchase.

We invite you to become a Friend of the RHA. Help to make the next decade of the Friends as exciting as the first!

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