Mission Statement

The RHA School is a purpose built facility within the RHA Gallery consisting of individual studios, open plan drawing studios and a library. It is an artist-led space for the provision of skill based learning in Visual Art. Central to the RHA Schools activity is peer learning where knowledge and experience can be passed from artist to artist. The RHA School supports both traditional and contemporary approaches to art making and its offerings aim to enhance the skill set of artists working in the varied and shifting arena of current art practice.

The RHA School is for professional artists who wish to up-skill or re-engage with their practice, third level students who wish develop and practice skills in drawing, painting and creative use of materials. It is also for professional artists who wish to acquire specialised knowledge.The RHA School responds to these aims with a varied programme that includes drawing groups, residencies, workshops, masterclasses, seminars and public lectures.


The new facilities in Ely Place, which are an addition to the existing gallery spaces in the RHA consists of two large open plan spaces, four studios, communal kitchen and a library. All spaces have north facing light and are designed specifically for the purpose of working artists. The open plan spaces are available for skill based learning and peer learning while the studios accommodate various residency programmes including Avolon Global International Residency, Fingal Arts residency and a recent Graduate Award residency. In addition to these spaces, RHA School administer an off-site residency in Callan specifically for painters.