Tony O’Malley Residency 2018: Applications

The Tony O’Malley Residency, administered by the RHA School, is awarded on an annual basis. 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 RHA she now wishes to offer this home/ studio in Callan to artists on an annual basis.

One studio slot is being offered from October 2018 to October2019. 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 form HERE

■ 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.

Application is only available online here and must be submitted by March 31st 2018. Requests for further information should be directed to the Academy Co-ordinator, Kate McBride at or tel: 01 6612558.

 Current Tony O’Malley Resident: Stephanie Deady

Stephanie Deady is the current Tony O’Malley artist in residence.

Stephanie Deady (b.1990) Limerick. Deady graduated with a BA Honours in Fine Art specialising in painting from Limerick School of Art &Design in 2014. Her work has been exhibited as part of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios 6th Annual Book Fair. It has also been purchased by the OPW State Art Collection and selected as part of the 186th RHA Annual Exhibition. Moving from Dublin where she spent her time in Jaja’s Studios Stoneybatter as well as recently receiving an Artist Summer Studio initiative at DIT Grangegorman, Deady is now Artist in Residency in Callan Kilkenny. Her forthcoming solo exhibition will be held in Kevin Kavanagh Gallery in 2018.

Deady is a contemporary Irish painter who uses a meditative process to contemplate the orient she resides in. She gently stabilises her thought process to form a steadiness that co

ntinues throughout the work. The paintings invite a reflection upon the way a certain environment is absorbed. An attachment and stillness exists amongst the paintings as a way of understanding and considering what makes certain spaces so alluring. The way we can live in certain spaces and how we absorb ourselves and others in the place we occupy is a growing theme though out the work. For more information please visit

Image 1: Stephanie Deady, Taken In, 2014, 29cm x 23 cm, Oil and Gold Leaf on Board.
Image 2: Stephanie Deady, Primed Vision, 2015, 91.5cm x 60.5cm, Oil on Board.

Previous Recipients

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