The Tony O’Malley Residency, administered by the RHA School, 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 and in association with the Royal Hibernian Academy she now wishes to offer this home/studio in Callan to artists on an annual basis.

The O’Malley Residency is being offered for one year from the end of August 2019 to the end of August 2020. The artist awarded the residency in Callan, Co. Kilkenny and will have the exclusive use of the house and studio at a nominal cost of €300 per month plus utilities. This full-time residency is for artists who work primarily in the medium of paint. The studio is not suitable for sculptors.

Artists wishing to be considered should apply by completing the application and include:

* A current CV (2 pages maximum)
* A covering letter detailing candidate’s intentions for the allocated period in the studio including an artist statement and work plan, giving details of what materials and processes they use and any other requirements they have.
* Up to six images of their work
* A list of images submitted clearly marked with the title of the piece, the medium and the dimensions. For video artists, you can include on this list the web addresses (e.g. Youtube or Vimeo) to access your work.
* Also, we would ask that artists state which time slot they are applying for.

Application is only available online and must be submitted by 5pm on 3 June 2019.



The RHA & RHA School are delighted to announce OSCAR FOUZ LOPEZ as the recipient of the Tony O’Malley Residency 2018 / 2019.

Oscar Fouz Lopez (1979) is a Spanish born artist that lives and works in Dublin.

Lopez has had his work featured in group exhibitions such as Winter Open (2016) in Rua Red, Dublin, Insider Art (2016) in MCE, Belfast, and participated in the 187th and 188th Annual Show at the Royal Hibernian Academy. His solo show Pickled Chimp Ears was held at Pallas Projects as part of its 2018 program. He graduated with a BA in Fine Art from D.I.T. in 2010 and was shortlisted for the Most Promising Graduate Award at the Talbot Gallery the same year. Lopez also holds an MFA in Painting from NCAD (2016) and is the current Tony O’Malley artist in residence for 2018/19. His work is held in both public and private collections including the Office of Public Works and the Trinity College Art Collection.

Lopez’s work is influenced by mythological stories which provide him with a combination of real historical facts, metaphors and philosophical teachings to draw from. According to Carl Jung, myths are embedded in the human psyche in the form of archetypes. Lopez’s paintings focus on the Hero archetype that endures personal challenges, which acts as a metaphor for self improvement.

Lopez tries to understand these kinds of writings within a contemporary frame, and questions to what extent they are still meaningful in the 21st Century. His paintings explore personalities and interactions between characters. Lopez understands that real connection between people could be seen as one of the challenges facing today’s Hero archetype; a figure who can exist in various shapes and colours. The compositions are infused with uneasiness and anticipation, and at times it seems that something crucial is just about to happen. In these awkward and humorous scenarios, the characters also seem to find it difficult to make connections among themselves. Lopez’s characters play out the Hero archetype in a world that is a reflection of our own culture.

Main page image: Oscar Fouz Lopez, I have a good hand, oil on canvas, 38x46cm, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist.
Image 2: Oscar Fouz Lopez, Sap sample, oil on canvas, 91×86.5cm, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist.


2017: Stephanie Deady

2016: Eithne Jordan RHA

2015: Paraic Leahy

2015: David Quinn

2014: Mollie Douthit

2014: Kevin Miller

2013: Ramon Kassam

2012: Gavin Murphy

2011: Magnhild Opdol