RHA and Avolon open applications for second Avolon Global Studio Residency in Ireland.

Avolon and the RHA (Royal Hibernian Academy) announce the opening of applications for second placement at the Avolon Global Studio in Dublin, Ireland. Following a successful first year, Avolon and the RHA are now calling on professional, full-time artists based in the Middle East to apply for a 6-month studio placement at the RHA in Dublin, Ireland during 2017. The studio residency will offer a once in a lifetime opportunity for an international artist to raise his/her profile on a global platform and develop their practice within the environs of one of Irelands leading contemporary art organisations.

The Avolon Global Studio award offers the recipient return flights, relocation assistance, an apartment in Dublin for 6 months, a monthly stipend and a studio at the prestigious RHA Gallery from July 2017 to January 2018.

An additional placement, for 2018 and 2019, will open in due course for professional full-time artists in a different region of the world.

Applications closes 28 February 2017.

The first participant of the Avolon Global Studio Programme is Colombian artist, Adriana Salazar who commenced a six-month residency from July 2016 running to January 2017. Following a significant number of applications received from a number of countries across South America, the adjudicating panel came to the decision that Adriana Salazar’s outstanding work qualified her for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Artist, Adriana Salazar added: “During my residency at RHA, I aim to develop an on-going research project about Mexico City’s Lake Texcoco: its formation, transformation, and decline”. Salazar has since found that the landscape of urban Dublin may impress upon this project and has also given a talk on her work and current project at Maynooth University as part of a conference, Mapping Spectral Traces 8: The Place of the Wound. Read more here: http://www.rhagallery.ie/school/avolon-global-studio/

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 emphasises the primacy of drawing from observation. Studio work is complemented by lectures on relevant subjects from the arts and sciences.

About Avolon

Headquartered in Ireland, with offices in the United States, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong and China, Avolon provides aircraft leasing and lease management services to airlines and aircraft investors worldwide. Formed in 2010, Avolon is led by an experienced team who have scaled the business to become one of the top five leasing firms in the world in just six years.

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.  Additional information on Avolon and the CARE Initiative and Avolon are available at www.avolon.aero


  1. Candidates must be at least 21 years of age at the time of application. Specific exceptions may be made for nationals of countries where the age of majority is lower than 21. There is no upper age limit.
  1. Candidates must have basic knowledge of English to enable them to communicate effectively in everyday situations in Dublin.
  1. Candidates should obtain, with assistance from the RHA, a visa from the Republic of Ireland.
  1. Applications must be made in person. Galleries, curators and organizations are not eligible and third parties cannot apply on behalf of an artist. The Avolon Global Studio will not consider any requests from third parties concerning the application process.
  1. Only online applications made using the application forms on the RHA’s website will be considered. No exceptions will be made. The application forms must be completed in English.
  1. The selection committee needs four to eight weeks to review the artist applications. The decision made by the Avolon Global Studio selection panel regarding each application is final. No feedback will be provided in the case of a negative response to a candidate’s application.
  1. Artists who are invited in the Avolon Global Studio Residency must meet and agree to comply with the conditions stated in the “Agreement” document facilitated after selection of the award.
  1. Accept the travel conditions laid down by Avolon Global Studio for the flight tickets paid (travel arrangements made).
  1. Have the necessary revenue for six months day-to-day living in Dublin for all costs other than the accommodation and monthly stipend covered by Avolon Global Studio.
  1. Be insured against civil liability and have personal health and accident insurance for the entire residency period. In case of illness or injury, medical expenses will not be covered by Avolon Global Studio.
  1. Be ready to open their studio to public visits on a regular basis during their stay at the Avolon Global Studio at times agreed with RHA staff. Although artists will be free to manage their stay according to their own plans, they will be expected to occupy the studio awarded and to make use of the studio on a regular basis. They are requested to inform RHA staff in advance of any prolonged absence.
  1. Artists will also be free to practice their art outside the Avolon Global Studio and to pursue parallel artistic activities in their own interest, for the entire duration of their stay.
  1. The artist in residence must be willing to keep the RHA staff updated on the development of their artistic project, to communicate about their work and to show it upon request.
  1. Be aware that only the artist is considered to be the resident. If visited by a spouse or partner or any other person, note that the related costs will not be covered by Avolon Global Studio and that the RHA will not be responsible for obtaining the necessary visas or other documents for these visitors. If a resident artist wishes to accommodate a visitor temporarily, the RHA should be informed beforehand.
  1. Be aware that the residency stay agreed on the beginning of the residency cannot be extended. Should an artist interrupt her / his stay before the foreseen term, the stay will be considered as finished. This will also apply in case of illness.
  1. Be aware that Avolon Global Studio retains the possibility of terminating any stay at any time without having to explain its decision.


Avolon Global Studio Application Form

  • 1. Personal Details

  • 2. About yourself

    Please upload your CV. PDF documents only. Maximum file size: 500k.
  • 3. About your art practice

    Please upload a brief description of your art practice. Max. 300 words. PDF documents only. Maximum file size: 500k.
  • 4. Cover Letter

    Please upload a cover letter detailing the proposed usage of the studio for the allocated period at the Avolon Global Studio, including an artist statement and work plan, giving details of what materials and processes you use and any other requirements you may have. PDF document only. Maximum file size: 500k.
  • 5. Images of your work

    Please upload six low resolution images. JPG format only. Maximum file size: 500k
  • 6. List of Submitted Works

    Please upload list of submitted works including the title of the piece, the medium and the dimensions. For video artists you can include on this list the web addresses to access your work. PDF documents only. Maximum file size: 500k.
  • 7. Supporting Materials

    Please upload a list of links available online to reviews or professional achievements which support your application.
  • 8. Terms and Conditions



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