Masterclasses & Workshops

From Subject to Outcome – Research and Drawing Masterclass
By: Brian Fay
7 Mar 2020 - 7 Mar 2020
Fee Application Deadline
€50 February 7, 2020
Sorry, we are no longer accepting applications for this workshop.

This one-day Masterclass will look at the role research plays in a drawing practice. Using information gathered from preexisting sources, images, texts and data sets the Masterclass will concentrate on how this form of subject can be translated and transformed into drawing.

The Masterclass will introduce a range of experimental drawing practices, both historical and contemporary that creatively use research to inform and enhance their outcomes. Participants are encouraged to work through notebooks and studies to develop resolved pieces and to bring in a wide range of drawing materials both traditional and non-traditional.

Brian Fay lives and works in Dublin. Working mainly through drawing he uses the materiality of preexisting artworks and objects to examine their complex relationship to time. Recent solo shows include; To something that went before (C.S.deK), Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin, X (IR), 2016, nag Gallery, Dublin, Of the Survival of Images (and Objects), 2014, nag Gallery and Broken Images or When does Posterity Begin?, 2011, RHA Ashford Gallery. Group shows include; After an Act, 2018, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Inspiration and Rivalry: After Vermeer, 2017, National Gallery of Ireland and Akroma, 2016, Arsenals Museum of Contemporary Art of Riga, Latvia. Forthcoming solo shows include; A mobile living thing, Municipal Gallery, DLR Lexicon, Dublin and a survey show at The Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, both 2020.

His work is in the National Drawing Collection Ireland, and the collections of The Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Technological University Dublin, Office of Public Works and numerous private collections. He is the winner of the 2014 Derwent International Drawing Prize, the AXA Drawing Prize 2016 and is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at the Technological University Dublin.

Required for application:

A short CV (PDF documents only. Maximum file size 500K)

Up to three low resolution images of your work. Preferably recent representational works (JPG format only. Maximum file size 500K)

Please note that places on these courses are limited.


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. The total number of free Access places available will be announced with each course, workshop or masterclass. 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

Image: Brian Fay, From a speculative reconstruction of underlying figure – macro x-ray- Rembrandt Old Man in Military Costume, Pencil on paper, Winner of the AXA Drawing Prize 2016, RHA, Image courtesy of the artist.