Open Call for the Third Avolon Global Studio Award

Avolon and the RHA are delighted to announce the opening of applications for the third Avolon Global Studio Award (‘AGSA’) in partnership with the Royal Hibernian Academy (‘RHA’) in Dublin, Ireland.

This year, the AGSA will offer two residencies both lasting three months at the prestigious RHA Gallery. The winner of this life-changing opportunity will be given their own studio, an apartment in the heart of Dublin, a monthly stipend and return flights, during the three-month residency.

Avolon is seeking proposals from full-time artists, from India, working in the medium of paint and dealing with poignant human issues, to apply. The AGSA gives artists the time to think, work and create art in an uninhibited and friendly environment. Winners are encouraged to discover Dublin’s art scene and explore Ireland’s beautiful sites during their stay.

The winner will have the opportunity to showcase their final work on the theme of “Humanity” during an open studio evening, at the RHA at the end of the three-month placement. This exciting culmination of the residency will propel the winner onto Ireland’s vibrant arts scene.

Adriana Salazer, a Colombian artist based in Mexico was the winner of the first AGSA, which was open to artists from South America. Under the theme of “Environmental Conversation”, Adriana’s work during her residency from August 2016 until January 2017 explored Mexico City’s Lake Texcoco, its formation, transformation and decline.

The AGSA’s most recent resident was Iranian visual artist, Jinoos Taghizadeh. Working under the theme of “Expression,” Jinoos worked on her soon to be published book “Non-Dubliners” which also doubles as an adults colouring book. This book captures short stories on the “Non-Dubliners” Jinoos met during her time in Dublin. The work which is an outsider’s impression of Dublin is a play on James Joyce’s “Dubliners”.

Speaking of her time at the RHA, Jinoos said: “Something has changed in me forever, in six months, you have enough time to think about something and find it slowly, and it gives you life. The AGSA is like a restart for artists.”

For both Avolon and the RHA, the AGSA is a unique platform to engage with the wider world, encouraging discussion and debate while boosting Ireland’s arts and cultural heritage. To learn more about the AGSA and learn about Jinoos Taghizadeh and her work click here.


Application closes 30 May, 2018. APPLY HERE


Key dates:

  • Online entries from 18 April through 30 May, 2018.
  • Winners to be selected in early June 2018.
  • Residency 1: 4 October, 2018 – 7 January, 2019
  • Residency 2: 9 January – 1 April, 2019


For further information contact Rebecca Gale, RHA Marketing at rebecca@rhagallery.ie or tel: +353 (1) 661 2558.


For information on Avolon, please visit www.avolon.aero or contact Sean Pattwell at on +353 1 556 4454 or spattwell@avolon.aero


About Avolon

Headquartered in Ireland, with offices in the United States, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai, Avolon provides aircraft leasing and lease management services. Avolon is a wholly-owned, indirect subsidiary of Bohai Capital Holding Co., Ltd., a Chinese public company listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SLE: 000415). Avolon is the world’s third largest aircraft leasing business with an owned, managed and committed fleet, as of 31 March, 2018 of 903 aircraft.

Avolon’s growth and global platform is underpinned by a clear set of corporate values and a strong commitment to corporate and social responsibility (CSR). Avolon recently expanded its CSR programmes to develop its ‘CARE’ Initiative; an employee led and founded programme aimed at supporting philanthropic projects in the communities where the business operates.  The initiative aims to promote innovation, education and change under four pillars: Community; CARE Days; Resources; and, Education & Entrepreneurship.  In October 2015, Avolon launched two new programmes under the CARE Initiative with the RHA: the Avolon Youthreach Programme; and, the Avolon Global Studio Award.  Additional information on Avolon and the CARE Initiative and Avolon are available at www.avolon.aero

 About the Royal Hibernian Academy

The RHA Gallery (Royal Hibernian Academy) is one of Dublin’s leading public art galleries and shows an innovative mix of Irish and International contemporary art. With an exhibition and education programme dedicated to developing, affirming and challenging the public’s appreciation of traditional and innovative approaches to the visual arts.

The redevelopment of the RHA building in 2008 provided wonderful new spaces, which accommodate the RHA School & Studios. The RHA School teaches drawing and painting to artists who have already achieved a degree of considerable competence in their work and who wish to improve their technical skills. An atelier system enables artists to learn from those with more experience, both from their peers and invited artists, who teach by practical demonstration. The RHA School emphasizes the primacy of drawing from observation. Studio work is complemented by lectures on relevant subjects from the arts and sciences.



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