Masterclasses & Workshops

By: Gareth Reid
17 Nov 2018 - 18 Nov 2018
Fee Application Deadline
€300 October 21, 2018
Sorry, we are no longer accepting applications for this workshop.

This 2-day course will concentrate on improving observation in portraiture by looking critically at shapes and relationships and not relying on what we think we know: by focussing on the structure and planes of the head; by learning how to loosen up and deal productively with mistakes; and by thinking of a portrait as not just an arrangement of isolated features but something more life-like, solid and convincing.

Born in Belfast, Reid studied at University of Ulster, Glasgow School of Art and Florence Academy of Art, and now lives and works in Glasgow. Reid has shown on five occasions at the BP Portrait Award in the National Portrait Gallery in London, and in 2007 won the BP Travel Award. Having travelled to Finland, he gave talks on his work in the National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh and the National Portrait Gallery, London. His work has been published by the NPG.

Previous commissions include Graham Norton for the National Gallery of Ireland, retiral portraits of Sir George Mathewson and Stephen Hester for RBS, Lord Gill and Billy Connolly. His work is held in the collections of RBS, Ralph Lauren, The Old Bailey, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the National Gallery of Ireland.

Gareth is a portraiture and life drawing tutor previously in Con Ed at Glasgow School of Art, and currently at the Centre for Lifelong Learning, Strathclyde University. He also runs his own drawing classes around Glasgow. Winner of Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2017.


As part of the RHA School Access Programme, two free places on RHA School Workshops, Courses, Life-drawing sessions and Masterclasses will be offered. One to an artist currently enrolled at any of the third level art colleges in Ireland. The second free place will be offered to an artist of merit at any stage of their career. This additional free place has been made available through the generosity of an anonymous donor. Artists and art students who wish to be considered for these places should include a CV, three images of current practice and a cover letter providing a short statement indicating how they would benefit from attending any of the RHA School activities as part of their online application.

Queries about any of the RHA School classes, workshops or masterclasses should be forwarded to the Academy Co-ordinator, Kate McBride. Phone: 01-6612558 or email:

Image: Gareth Reid, Red Head, Pastel on Canvas, 100 x 80cm, 2017. Image courtesy of the artist.