Annual Exhibition

188th RHA Annual Exhibition Opening Events IMPORTANT NOTICE

Due to the increasing number of attendees to both the Varnishing Day on Sunday 20 May and the Official Opening on Monday 21 May and in order to comply with RHA capacity limits, both of opening events will be STRICTLY ticketed events.

Exhibiting artists, Academy Members, Prize Givers, Corporate Supporters, Presidents Circle, Benefactor Gold and Benefactor members of the Friends of the RHA will receive invitations to the Prize Giving ceremony from 12 – 1pm, Sunday 20 May.

Friends of the RHA will receive an invitation for either the 1 – 3pm or 3 – 5pm part of Varnishing Day, enclosed with this newsletter. These have been selected randomly and we ask that you please adhere to your time allocation.

Entry to the Official Opening of the 188th Annual Exhibition on Monday 21 May will be restricted. Notification will be sent to our email guest list when booking is available and we will ask that guests RSVP to this HERE

Please bring your invitation or booking confirmation with you to gain entry and please also note that there may be some waiting time. If you would like to join our email mailing list and receive notification, please email with Invitation List in the subject title or join our mailing list on this website.


12 – 1pm, Invitation only

Prize Winning Artists only, Academy Members, Prize Givers, Corporate Friends/Benefactors, Presidents Circle Members, Benefactors Gold, Benefactors.


1 – 3pm, Timed Invitation only

3 – 5pm, Timed Invitation only

Random selection invitations to all Friends of the RHA and exhibiting artists with 1 guest, delivered by post. We ask you to only use the gallery during your time allocation.


4 – 6pm, 7 – 8.30pm


22 MAY 11AM Exhibition opens to public.

11 AUGUST 5PM Exhibition closes.

12 AUGUST 12 – 5PM Collection of exhibited works.


FAQ’s and terms and conditions

  1. I’d like to submit work for the exhibition.  How do I get a form?

Forms can now be downloaded only from the RHA website (link below).

It is vital that artists print the entire pdf and return the form and reply sections (as marked) to the RHA along with fee. Artists must print and attach a tie on and a stick on label to each piece entered. Work will not be accepted without the labels.

If you cannot download a form for any reason, copies will be available to collect from the RHA from January 8th.

  1. I have filled out my form – what now?

Forms plus fees must be returned to the RHA by Sunday, March 25th.

Your work will be handed in to RHA on Friday April 6th and Saturday April 7th, from 10.30am to 4.30pm only.

Labels must be attached to your work, both tie on and stick on label.  This helps us identify your work – we receive over 3,000 works each year and works without labels cannot be accepted.

Please ensure that the details are correct and that the work corresponds to the form.  It is important that you make sure that all details are included, especially print or photography edition information and the numbers that are available for sale if the piece is selected.  Please sign your form as we cannot accept work without your signature.

  1. How many works can I submit and what does it cost?

You can submit up to three pieces and each piece costs €15 to submit.  Please note that a diptych, triptych or polytych is counted as one piece.  Works eligible for submission are painting, drawing, print, photography, sculpture and architectural models.

  1. I’ve missed the submission date – can I still enter work?

If you do not have a form in time for final submission date of March 25th, you can make a late entry at hand in. You can fill out form, pay fee and enter your work on Friday April 6th and Saturday April 7th. There is an additional fee for making a late entry, €20 per piece as rather than €15

  1. Do you accept work from outside Ireland?

Yes.  However you must ensure that your work reached us on the designated days and that work from outside the EU is customs compliant.  The RHA will not pay customs charges or duty on work. Please note all artists are liable for all transport, duty and VAT costs or any other related costs. Please insure that your work is correctly packaged as the RHA will not accept responsibility for work damaged in transit.

  1. My work is being delivered by courier, what do I need to do?

Courier delivery day is Thursday, April 5th from 12 to 5pm only. Please ensure that delivery is on this day only. Please note that this day is for courier and art transporters only.

  1. Under general conditions, it states that work must be professionally presented.  What does this mean?

This means that the piece of work that you submit is ready for exhibition and that no further work, additions or framing is required prior to exhibition.  It must be completely ready for our team to hang if accepted.

  1. What does “undue size” mean?

Work to the exhibition is accepted due to its merit. However, if the work is large, for example 2m x 3m or 3m x 4m, it may not be accepted as we have a finite wall space and prefer to exhibit a large number of works.  A large work simply takes up too much room.

  1. Does work have to be marked for sale?

All work must be marked for sale with the exception of portraits.

Hand in – what do I do?

You must bring your work to the RHA unwrapped.  Artists delivering work to Dublin must take all wrapping with them.  Exceptions are made in relation to delicate or fragile work, for example photographs on di-bond or delicate sculpture and we ask that they remain wrapped.  Work will only be accepted on the designated days.

  1. I have a large piece of sculpture – do I need to hand it in?

Although we ask that all work is submitted, we understand that it isn’t possible to transport large and heavy pieces.  You can send us good quality photographs indicating scale and the selection committee can make a decision based on these.

  1. How does selection work?

The selection committee is made up of six members of the Council of the Academy.  Works by each artist are presented to the committee anonymously and work is judged solely on merit.  The work is then marked as unselected, possible or selected.  The selection takes place over five days.

  1. How do I know if my work has been selected?

You will be notified by post as to the status of your entry.

The Selection Committee’s decision is final and binding. No correspondence or feedback will be entered into under any circumstance

Accepted means that the work will be exhibited in the 2018 exhibition.

Possible means that the work was passed by the selection committee for a second viewing, but was not placed in the final selection.

Unaccepted means that the work was not placed in the final selection.

  1. My work has been marked as possible or unselected – where do I collect it?

Collection dates are Friday, April 27th and Saturday, April 28th, from 10.30am to 4.30pm only.  Work can only be collected on the designated days.  If you are unable to collect on the designated days, we ask that you arrange for someone to collect on your behalf or make an appointment to collect after the exhibition opens. Work not collected on the designated day will be liable for storage charges. Work that has not been collected within three months will be disposed of by RHA. If your work is being collected by courier, the courier must call and make an appointment to collect.

  1. How much commission does the RHA take?

We take 35% commission on work sold during the 2018 exhibition. Last year we took 40% in order to raise funds for our bank repayment due in June 2018 which is €350,000, we raised €100,000. To this we can add funds raised from other sources of €150,000, however we still need to secure the final €100,000. So for this year in the 188th Annual we are seeking 35% commission from all of the participating artists in the exhibition including RHA members and invited artists to raise the final tranche.

  1. If my work sells, when will I be paid?

We pay a month after the close of the exhibition if we have received payment from the buyer.

Terms and conditions of entry:

  1. Works that have already been publicly displayed in Dublin are not eligible for selection
  2. The RHA reserves the right to reject work that they believe may be in breach of copyright
  3. All work must be professionally presented and ready for exhibition. All unframed photographs must be wrapped and protected with special attention paid to the surface and edges. Delicate 3D work must be boxed and labeled. All works must be presented with complete mechanisms for hanging. Exposed wet canvases will not be accepted under any circumstances. Work that is deemed damaged or unfit for exhibition will be automatically deemed ineligible for exhibition.
  4. All works must be marked for sale with the exception of portraits
  5. Sold work is marked with a red dot. A deposit of 10% is required in order to secure a sale. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. The RHA shall not be liable for any loss arising out of the failure by a purchaser to complete a sale or the mis-marking of any piece as sold.
  6. No work may be removed from the exhibition until after the close of the exhibition.
  7. The artist allows the RHA to use images of the work for publicity purposes. This includes website (RHA and others), print (magazine, newspapers and trade publications), social media and catalogue.
  8. The RHA will not undertake the wrapping, crating and packing of any works.
  9. Artists sending work from outside the EU are liable for duty and any related charges.
  10. 35% commission will be deducted on the catalogue price of all works sold during the exhibition. Artists will be paid one month after the close of the exhibition and only if the RHA has been paid.
  11. The upmost care will be taken of all works submitted for the exhibition. The RHA will not be responsible for any damage, loss of, or destruction to, any works for any reason whatsoever. Artists should insure their work against all risks.
  12. Work not collected from the RHA on the dedicated collection days will be subject to storage charges. Work not collected within three months will be disposed of.
  13. In order to meet deadlines, incomplete applications will not be accepted. The RHA will not be responsible for any errors or omissions in the catalogue. The RHA shall not be liable for any loss arising out of any error or omission or any decision made by the committee.
  14. For prizes with age constraints, the artist must be below or the relevant age on the date of submission to qualify.

Click the following link to download the application form:  RHA 2018 ANNUAL EXHIBITION FORM


Further information on Annual Exhibition Awards, see HERE.