RHA Ashford Gallery Call Out for Exhibition Proposals

The RHA invites artists to submit proposals to exhibit in the Ashford Gallery – slots will begin in autumn 2022 and will be scheduled up to autumn 2023. The Ashford Gallery is an art sales space within the RHA, creating opportunities for artists to earn income and meet collectors and new audiences.

Artists are asked to submit the following by email ONLY to kate@rhagallery.ie

  • Artist statement
  • CV
  • 5 images or links to video/film work (images no larger than 1MB – images larger than 1MB will be deemed unsuitable and disregarded)
  • Exhibition proposal

Closing date: Saturday, 26 February 2022 at 5pm.

Successful artists will be notified by the end of March 2022.

Living Canvas – IPUT Real Estate

Transforming accessible public art with two spectacular screens in Dublin

IPUT Real Estate unveils Living Canvas, launching on November 12th

IPUT Real Estate, Ireland’s leading property company and visionary supporter of the arts, have announced the launch of Living Canvas, a spectacular presentation of public art using giant outdoor screens at two of its sites in Dublin’s city centre: Wilton Park off Baggot Street, and at the Tropical Fruit Warehouse on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2. The custom designed screens will debut the works of leading Irish and international artists, following two years of collaborating with Irish creative production studio, Algorithm, and in partnership with leading cultural institutions the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) and the Museum of Literature Ireland (MOLI).

Living Canvas at Wilton Park is one of the world’s first outdoor digital screens exclusively for artistic and cultural content, giving Dublin a new open-air gallery; a curved LED screen measuring 21 metres wide and 4 metres high, it is the largest ever outdoor screen in Europe dedicated solely to cultural use.

Living Canvas at Tropical Fruit Warehouse will feature large scale projection mapping using the building’s giant glass box to create a striking screen which overlooks the River Liffey and Samuel Beckett Bridge. Programming for each site will run for 12 months.

According to Niall Gaffney, CEO, IPUT Real Estate: “Living Canvas is our contribution to the revival of the city as we emerge from the pandemic. With strong support from the City Arts Office and the Planning Department of Dublin City Council, our screens will provide a prominent platform for artists to display their work and engage with wider audiences. As a long-term investor in real estate and in Dublin city, we passionately believe we can harness buildings and spaces as a canvas for art, design, and creativity. IPUT is committed to building inspiring places to work in neighbourhoods such as Wilton Park and Dublin’s docklands.”

Dublin is defined by the Liffey and the canals, and the first exhibition at Wilton Park, entitled Something in the Water, is a tribute to the Grand Canal, its unique culture and the writers it inspired including Patrick Kavanagh, Eavan Boland, Mary Lavin and Flann O’Brien. Featured artists include Anna Lawlor, Cian McKenna, Cormac Murray, Kev Freeney, Paper Panther, Roman Hill, Ross Ryder and Sergey Maslov.

Tropical Fruit Warehouse premiers with Where Glass Meets Water, an artwork created by Algorithm that explores the story of Dublin, a city shaped by the majestic River Liffey. The artwork is made up of four distinct sections, each one exploring a different strand of the Tropical Fruit Warehouse’s story and set to the enduring rhythm of the city, rising and falling with the tides.

New and specially commissioned art works will follow in 2022. Wilton Park Image by Kevin Freeney, Algorithm.

For further information, please contact: Caroline Kennedy at Kennedy PR+Brand, 086 2449805, ckennedy@kennedyprandbrand.ie









Part-Time, Tuesday-Thursday

 Job Summary

The mission of the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA Gallery) is to foster the vital relationship between artists and the public in the enjoyment of visual art and in the support of those who make it. The RHA is based at 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.

The RHA is seeking an individual to administrate the RHA School’s activity. The successful candidate will support the Head of School in the pursuance of their duties and assist in the delivery of the RHA School programme – courses, masterclasses, professional development seminars and the RHA Studio Programme.

The individual should be well organised and have the capability of working with a wide range of stakeholders.

The RHA School & Studios Administrator will work as part of a core team that produces the Academy’s many programmes under the guidance of the Head of School, Director of the Academy and the targets set by the Council of the RHA.

This is a part-time position and will be offered initially as a three-year contract at an annual salary of €20,000.

Duties include:

  • Assist the Head of School with programming of all activities of the RHA School
  • Co-ordinate social media content for courses, workshops, masterclasses and studios
  • Administer applications to RHA School courses, workshops, masterclasses and studio residencies
  • Liaise with TU Dublin and administer the accreditation of 60 credit modules
  • Organise and facilitate all course assessments
  • RHA Studio Programme administration for the on-site RHA studios, Wilton Park Studios, Tony O’Malley Residency and Clare Island Residency
  • Manage the RHA School budget and course payments
  • Schedule models, students and tutors each term
  • Update and circulate the RHA School Student Handbook, student information, course content, studio guidelines and procedures
  • Ensure compliance with health and safety legislation
  • Renew Learner Protection Insurance each term
  • Undertake any other duties in line with the responsibilities of the post as requested by the Head of School

Note: This job description is a guide to broad areas of responsibility and accountability and should not be regarded as a comprehensive listing. The job description may be subject to review in the view of new structures and / or the changing needs of the Gallery.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A third level qualification in arts / university administration or similar discipline
  • Relevant work experience
  • An ability to work independently and on own initiative whilst being part of a wider team
  • Strong administrative skills coupled with an ability to organise and prioritise multiple tasks with excellent attention to detail
  • A proactive approach to problem-solving with good decision-making capability
  • A proven ability to deliver a professional service in response to queries
  • Good interpersonal skills together with an ability to maintain positive relationships
  • Proficiency in IT skills including MS Office and databases
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • A positive and professional manner when working with the Head of School, staff and students

Terms & Conditions:

  • This position will be based in the RHA offices, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2
  • The post holder will be expected to work a 21-hour week and will be willing to undertake evening and weekend work as necessitated
  • Office hours 10am to 5pm, one hour lunch break

How to Apply:

Please send CV and Cover Letter to kate@rhagallery.ie with the title ‘RHA School & Studios Administrator’ in the subject line.

Application deadline is 5pm, 8th November 2021.

Interviews will take place the week of  22nd November.

Start date January 2022.



Part-Time, Monday-Wednesday

 Job Summary

The mission of the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA Gallery) is to foster the vital relationship between artists and the public in the enjoyment of visual art and in the support of those who make it. The RHA is based at 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.

The RHA is seeking an individual to administrate the Academy’s activity. The successful candidate will support the President and Officers of the Academy in the pursuance of their duties, service the three Boards of the Academy and provide office administrative support.

The individual should be well organised, be skilled at minute writing, and have the capability of working with a wide range of stakeholders.

The Academy Administrator will work as part of a core team that produces the Academy’s many programmes under the guidance of the Director and the targets set by the Council of the RHA.

This is a part-time position and will be offered initially as a three-year contract at an annual salary of €20,000.

Roles & Responsibilities include:


  • Administrative support to the Council, Boards and Officers of the Academy
  • Plan and co-ordinate the logistics and papers for Assembly, Council and Board meetings
  • Undertake extensive and accurate minute-taking
  • Update and keep a record of Bye-Law amendments and procedures
  • Assist the Director on a daily basis
  • Assist the RHA President, Secretary and Keeper in carrying out their duties
  • General Academy Member queries and assistance
  • Develop and gather content for the RHA Newsletter, website and social media where necessary
  • Art Logic Viewing Rooms support for marketing and curatorial teams
  • Respond to and facilitate research queries for the Academy Library and Archive
  • Event planning and organisation for the upcoming 200th year anniversary plans in 2023

Annual Exhibition Support:

  • Gather and edit Annual Exhibition Catalogue Academy content i.e. essays, image sourcing, proofing
  • Organise Invited Artists lists and submissions for the Annual Exhibition
  • Confirm the Annual Exhibition award sponsors, organise selection committees and schedule the Award Ceremony
  • Event planning and preparation for the Annual Members’ Dinner
  • Support the curatorial team throughout the Annual Exhibition

Office Administration:

  • Manage office supply orders and budget
  • Issue budget activity reports to Accounts Department
  • Organise staff events
  • Respond to general gallery queries and forward to relevant departments
  • Assist Facilities Manager with administration and planning
  • Provide website management and support to the marketing team
  • Ensure appropriate insurance is in place for the activities of the organisation and manage annual insurance renewal
  • Undertake any other duties in line with the responsibilities of the post as requested by the Director

Note: This job description is a guide to broad areas of responsibility and accountability and should not be regarded as a comprehensive listing. The job description may be subject to review in the view of new structures and / or the changing needs of the Gallery.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A third level qualification in arts administration, corporate governance; project management or similar discipline
  • Relevant work experience in similar position
  • Strong administrative skills coupled with an ability to organise and prioritise multiple tasks with excellent attention to detail
  • A proactive approach to problem-solving with good decision-making capability
  • A proven ability to deliver a professional service in response to queries
  • Good interpersonal skills together with an ability to maintain positive relationships
  • Proficiency in IT skills including MS Office and databases
  • An ability to work independently and on own initiative whilst being part of a wider team
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • A positive and professional manner when working in the Gallery and the ability to deliver an effective service

Terms & Conditions:

  • This position will be based in the RHA offices, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2
  • The post holder will be expected to work a 21-hour week and will be willing to undertake evening and weekend work as necessitated
  • Office hours are 10am to 5pm, one hour lunch break

How to Apply:

Please send CV and Cover Letter to kate@rhagallery.ie with the title ‘Academy Administrator’ in the subject line.

Application deadline is 5pm, 8th November 2021.

Interviews will take place the week of  22nd November.

Start date January 2022.

RHA Gold Medal 2021

RHA Gold Medal – Awarded to Anna O’Sullivan, Director and Chief Curator, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny

The President of the Royal Hibernian Academy, Abigail O’Brien PRHA was delighted to award Anna O’Sullivan, Director and Chief Curator, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny with the RHA Gold Medal, awarded annually to persons who have made a significant contribution to the arts in Ireland. Awarded at Varnishing Day of the 191st RHA Annual Exhibition, held on Sunday 26 September. A citation was given by Patrick T. Murphy, RHA Director and the medal which features a profile relief of the Academy’s second President, Francis Johnston was given to the recipient.

Anna O’ Sullivan Gold Medal Citation

“Today we honour an individual who for the past sixteen years has applied her professionalism and passion for art and artists to this nation and its artists. In Anna O’Sullivan, Ireland has a treasured professional.

Anna graduated from the National College of Art & Design Dublin then moved to New York and completed additional courses at the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program and at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Alongside this scholarship, Anna first worked as curator of Performance Art at Franklin Furnace and then as a Director of the Robert Miller Gallery. In the latter position she curated and enabled many artists amongst whom were Alice Neel, Eva Hesse, Lee Krasner and Patti Smith.

After twenty years of refining and honing her skills in the hot house atmosphere of New York she returned to Ireland in 2005 to accept the position of Director of the Butler Gallery in Kilkenny and commenced a journey which was to elevate both its quality its operations and artistic ambition. In 2008, just three years after arriving Anna gained official museum accreditation for the Butler Gallery no mean feat requiring excellence on all fronts of museum activities.

Anna’s ambition infested the Gallery, she conceived and developed a plan for its relocation and expansion. Her vision for the Butler mesmerized her Board and infected Kilkenny County Council. Her keen skill of persuasion secured funding from the Dept of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and from Failte Ireland to join the investment from the City & County Councils, and from private donors, for the development of the Evans Home as the new stand-alone location for the Butler Gallery.

Though the project was thwarted by economic downturns and most recently be the global pandemic, through it all Anna steered her steely vision for the Gallery, and amid masks and social distancing, she orchestrated the opening of the Butler Gallery at its new location in the Evans Home on August 6th 2020. Now the Butler Gallery Collection and its Exhibition and Engagements Programmes have a brilliant building designed by McCullough Mulvin that can accommodate their growth and potential for decades to come.

Anna brings her own special sensitivity and a connoisseurship to curating exhibitions. A number of RHA Members can attest to her keen eye and delicacy in choosing and installing an exhibition. This ability was internationally recognised with her presentation, as Ireland’s representative, of the challenging work of Richard Moss at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013.

Since 1994 the Royal Hibernian Academy has presented its gold medal to individual’s who have made a significant contribution to the arts in Ireland. To date this has included people such as Sir Alfred Beit, Dr. James White, John Hunt,  Professor Anne Crookshank, Grafton Architects, and to this list of 32 we are now delighted to honour the immense contribution of Anna O’Sullvan to the artistic fabric of this nation.”  Patrick T. Murphy, RHA Director, Sept 2021.

The 191st RHA Annual Exhibition runs until the 30 October. The Gallery is open 7 days a week. Mon  – Sat, 11 – 5pm and Sunday 2 – 5pm. Admission is free, suggested donation €5. The exhibition is supported by a full colour catalogue costing €20 available at reception.

Photographer Paul Sherwood.

191st RHA Annual Exhibition, PRIZE GIVING

On Saturday 25 September, 21 artists’ prizes contributing to a prize fund of over €70,000+ were awarded at the 191st RHA Annual Exhibition. The largest artistic prize fund in Ireland includes prizes for emerging, mid-career and senior, across mediums including painting, photography, sculpture and architecture. The continued support of our sponsors is greatly appreciated by both the RHA and the recipient artists. All award winning artworks can be seen HERE.

 The Awards Were As Follows:

The Ireland – US Council and Irish Arts Review Portraiture Award

Awarded to Emma Stroude, Fifteen

The Curtin O’Donoghue Photography Award

Awarded to Dianne Whyte, Fragment Space 1, The Office

The Curtin O’Donoghue Emerging Photographic Award

Awarded to Simon Meagher, Horizons

The Morgan O’Driscoll Sculpture Award

Awarded to Rory Breslin, The October Mask, Clew Bay Series

The Adam’s Award

Awarded to Joby Hickey, San Fernando Valley

The De Veres Art Award – for a work of distinction

Awarded to Paddy Critchley, Nature Morte (After Beckett)

The Keating /  McLaughlin Award and Silver Medal for an Outstanding Art Work, Awarded by ESB

Awarded to Tom McLean, Waiting Game

The K + M Evans Painting Prize

Awarded to Fiach McGuinne, Nigh do Lamhe

The Whyte’s Award

Awarded to Caitlyn Rooke, Clouds Over Croagh Patrick

The Connor / Moran Award for Outstanding Sculpture: Awarded by the ESB

Awarded to John Rainey, New Noise/Old Noise Old Noise/New Noise

The Friends of the RHA Award for a Senior Artist

Awarded to Brett McEntagart RHA, Sunset Scotman’s Bay

 The Alex Bradley Award for a mid-career artist in any medium

Awarded to Rosie Wall, Pain Unseen

Contemporary Irish Arts Society Award for a Work of Distinction by a Emerging Artist

Awarded to Caitlyn Rooke, Clouds Over Croagh Patrick

The Graphic Studio Dublin Wilkinson Award.  Sponsored by Behaviour and Attitudes

Awarded to Niamh Flanagan, We leave tonight – the beach huts’ conspiracy

The Solomon Fine Art Award for Sculpture in any Medium

Awarded to Colin Davidson, Strainseir 4

The Don Niccolo d’Ardia Caracciolo Award and Medal

Awarded to Daniel Nelis, Untitled (November)

The Arthur Gibney Award for Architectural Content

Awarded to Cillian Briody, Acoustic Vessel

The Hanley Sustainability Energy Award for a Landscape of Distinction

Awarded to Vera Klute ARHA, Upheaval

The Anita Young Bursary

Awarded to Diarmuid Breen, The Reader

The Hennessy Craig Scholarship, SHORTLIST:

Eileen O’Sullivan, The Work is in the Underlayer

Ciara Roche, Night Service Station

Fiach McGuinne, Nigh do Lamhe

Owen de Forge, Behind the Scenes

Sarah Wren Wilson, Despite the Background, I am You and You are Me

Shortlisted artists are invited to exhibit at the RHA in February 2022. The winner of the €20,000 prize associated with this scholarship, will be announced at the opening of the shortlisted artists exhibition at the RHA,  February 2022.

RCSI Art Award in association with The Irish Times, SHORTLIST:

€15,000 (€5,000 prize & €10,000 commission) MEDICINE MAKES LIFE POSSIBLE, ART MAKES IT WORTHWHILE,

James English RHA, Weightless

Martin Gale RHA, Wish you were here

Vera Klute ARHA, Frizz

Domino Whisker, The birds and I

The 191st RHA Annual Exhibition runs until 30 October. The Gallery is open 7 days a week. Mon – Sat, 11 – 5pm and Sunday 2 – 5pm. Admission is free with a suggested donation of €5. Booking not necessary. The exhibition is supported by a full colour catalogue costing €20 available at reception.

Thomas Ryan PPRHA 1929 – 2021


The President and Members of the Academy are deeply saddened to announce that senior Member and ex- President, Thomas Ryan PPRHA passed away peacefully, on the 14 September, 2021.

Thomas Ryan was born Limerick in 1929 and educated in the Christian Brothers School, Limerick; the School of Art, Limerick; the National College of Art & Design, Dublin under Seán Keating and Maurice MacGonigal. He was President of Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts from 1982 to 1992.

Thomas Ryan was also an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy, London and Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Governor of the National Gallery of Ireland, 1979-1982, President of the United Arts Club, Dublin, President of the Limerick Art Society; Associate of the National College of Art & Design, Council Member of the Watercolour Society of Ireland, Board Member of the Stamp Design Committee for An Post, Founder Member of the European Council of National Academies of Fine Art (Madrid), Member of Council “The British School at Rome”, Council Member of “The British Institution”, London 1983-1993, Knight of the Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem, Knight Commander of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, Member of the Order of Dom Carlos Primera of Portugal and a Doctor of Letters from the University of Limerick.

Our sincere condolences to his family.

A Message from James Hanley RHA,

Dr. Thomas Ryan PPRHA passed away peacefully last week, just one day short of his 92nd birthday, after a short illness.

At his funeral mass in Ashbourne on Friday he was remembered for his life-long dedication to his art, for his profound love of family, his  deep faith, and his long connection to the Royal Hibernian Academy. Two offertory gifts in particular had given him immense pride. The first was the ceremonial graduation tam he wore on the day he was conferred with an honorary doctorate from the University of Limerick. The second was the scroll he received on the occasion of getting the freedom of that same city on the Shannon, the city of his birth. Both honours dispelled the myth of the prophet not being accepted in his own town and both meant so much to him.

He loved his native city. He was educated there and like his fellow citizen and artistic hero, Sean Keating PPRHA from a generation before, would go on to achieve similar success and would too become an influential president of the RHA at a challenging time in its history.

Tom and his wife Mary raised a family of four sons and two daughters in a happy home that he supported entirely from his full-time professional work as an artist. Over nearly seven decades he worked and survived from his art even during very difficult times in Ireland to do so. He was incredibly prolific. Instead of a photographic record of his work he made beautiful thumbnails alongside the measurements, prices and sales details in stand-alone sketch pads.

Tom Ryan believed in working in time-honoured hierarchies of subject matter — history painting, religious works, landscapes, portraits, interiors, architectural subjects and still lifes. He also chronicled the lives of his adored wife, children and grandchildren. He designed coins and stamps and was a brilliant cartoonist — a skill recently revealed in playful pen and inks from the estate of the late Homan Potterton that were gifts from Tom when he was a board member of the National Gallery and Homan was director.

Tom Ryan loved being a member of the RHA and during his presidency from 1982 to 1992 he oversaw the completion of our building from the stalled development in 1974, following the death of our main benefactor Matt Gallagher. Back in those tough economic times, Tom had the skill and the drive to turn an empty concrete shell into the fine functioning gallery that served us well until our further development in 2008. What he did with the building cannot be underestimated and was an enormous achievement.

He will also be remembered for the pleasure his art gave to countless collectors and admirers over the decades. His work can be found in most of the institutions of the state and he exhibited all over Ireland during his long career.

Tom was a witty storyteller and relished being provocative but always with a twinkle in his eye. He was not afraid to speak his mind which was refreshing as you always knew his position on any number of matters from art to abstraction, politics to photography. He lived a very full and rich life.

Rest in peace Tom, from all of us in Ely Place and sincere sympathies to Mary, Pearse, John, Ann, Myles, Eavan and Aengus and to all his extended family.


James Hanley RHA

Niamh O’Malley ARHA

The President and Members of the Academy are delighted to announce the election of Niamh O’Malley as an Associate Member of the Academy. Niamh O’Malley was elected at the RHA Assembly meeting held on Tuesday, 13 July, 2021.

Dorothy Cross RHA was elected as a full Member at the same meeting.

Niamh O’Malley ARHA

Born Co Mayo, Ireland, Niamh O’Malley currently lives and works in Dublin, Ireland.

‘Niamh O’Malley’s artwork reveals a profound appreciation for the act of trying. Trying to catch a certain slant of light, trying to prove a pattern or uncover a composition, trying to fathom a mountain, trying to hold time still. Working with the moving image, mark making and sculptural materials such as glass and wood, O’Malley’s work attempts to contain and reflect the weight and wonder of the world in its becoming. It is the act of trying, in the face of predictable failure, that gives way to conviction and a sense of hope within the artist’s work. Full of reflection, both literal and metaphorical, filled with absence and framed by negative space, O’Malley’s work asserts something unstoppable about the human spirit, something that neither distance nor death can extinguish’ Exhibition text by Kate Strain, Grazer Kunstverein, 2018

O’Malley has made numerous solo exhibitions in recent years including mother’s tankstation limited (2020), Royal Hibernian Academy (2019), Lismore Castle Arts (2019), Grazer Kunstverein (2018), Bluecoat Liverpool (2015), Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2017) & (2015) a five venue solo show called ‘The Mayo Collaborative’ Ireland (2013), ‘Garden’, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2013) Ha Gamle Prestegard, Norway (2012), ‘Model’, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (2011), ‘Island’, Centre Culturel Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (2010), ‘Frame, Glass, Black’ Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, France (2010), ‘Echo’, Gaain Gallery, Seoul, Korea (2010), ‘No Distance’, Void, Derry, Northern Ireland (2009). A selection of group exhibitions include Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, CAG, Vancouver, KARST, Plymouth, eva International, Biennale of Visual Art, Limerick, Eli & Edythe Broad Museum, Michigan, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Galleria Civica di Modena, White Box, New York, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Kunstverein Ludwigsburg, Germany.

Niamh O’Malley, with Temple Bar Gallery + Studios as the curator, will represent Ireland at the 59th Venice Art Biennale in 2022.


Photography by Dragana Jurišić.

Angelica Interventions at RHA Gallery, 2021 – 2022


Angelica is a network of artists, that aims to amplify the voices of self-identifying women and non-binary artists of minority cultural and minority ethnic backgrounds who are based on the island of Ireland.

This collaborative engagement programme between RHA and Angelica invites Angelica artists to respond, via an intervention, to one or more pieces in the RHA exhibition programme. Interventionist practices often enable opportunities to propose alternative perceptions on institutions and narratives, and may take the form of an artistic response, a talk/panel discussion or workshop and will be informed by ideas of representation.

Angelica was created to lead to fruitful relationships and new opportunities, designed to help curators and programmers to work with and nurture a more diverse art community; one which is built on care and accountability.

The first intervention, an online screening of a performance, followed by a Q&A, Darling don’t turn your back on me by artist Thaís Muniz, takes place on Sunday 11 July, in response to Denis Kelly’s Ashford exhibition Look, then look again. This performance is the first in a series of five interventions, with other upcoming interventions including artist Hina Khan, in response to Miriam O’Connor’s Ashford exhibition Tomorrow is Sunday, artist Edy Fung, in response to Barbara Knežević’s exhibition Pleasure ‘Scapes, and artist Samantha J Brown. For updates, please visit www.rhagallery.ie/learn.

Angelica Interventions at RHA Gallery funded by Creative Ireland.

More information on Angelica is available here: www.angelica.network



Charles Tyrrell ARHA

The President and Members of the Academy are delighted to announce the election of Charles Tyrrell as an Associate Member of the Academy. Charles Tyrrell was elected at the RHA Assembly meeting held on Tuesday, 11 May, 2021.

Charles Tyrrell originally comes from Trim Co. Meath. He studied painting at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. After graduating in 1974 he continued living and working in Dublin until 1984 when he moved with his family to Allihies on the Beara Peninsula in West Cork.

He has exhibited extensively in Ireland as well as exhibitions in Britain, France, Austria and Germany. He has represented Ireland on a number of occasions, notably the Paris Biennale and the International Festival of Painting at Cagnes-sur-Mere in France.

His work has always been concerned with abstraction. Originally his painting would have directly connected with Abstract Expressionism but over the years his work has steered its course through a more programmatic minimalism while leaving room for the intuitive, allowing the paintings carry many resonances. In a lot of his work it’s hard not to feel a connection with the power of nature as experienced in the particular exposed, rocky and rugged landscape of the Beara Peninsula.

Charles Tyrrell is a member of Aosdána, an affiliation of creative artists, established by the Arts Council of Ireland to honour those artists whose work has made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Ireland.


Dorothy Smith ARHA

The President and Members of the Academy are delighted to announce the election of Dorothy Smith as an Associate Member of the Academy. Dorothy Smith was elected at the RHA Assembly meeting held on Tuesday, 8 February, 2021.

Dorothy is a visual artist whose practice is concerned with the built environments in which people live and work and in particular the construction and lived experience of public space. Her practice involves studio based work and publicly engaged projects with a particular emphasis on drawing.

Recent exhibitions and projects include; solo exhibitions, Land Marks, RHA Ashford Gallery and Made and Considered in darc space, Dublin; An Post commemorative stamp commission honouring Andrew Carnegie founder of Carnegie Public Libraries; curation of exhibitions Print Works and Orientation for Droichead Arts Centre; Arts Council funded; Dalymount – Mapping a unique Architectural Space and Spatial Stories, an Exploration of Young People’s Everyday Experience of Public Space (with researcher Jackie Bourke);

Dorothy has worked with community based organisations, national cultural institutions and others as a manager, facilitator and teacher. She is a founding member of the campaigning group Phizzfest Reimagining Phibsborough and is a member of the Blackchurch Print Studio. She exhibits widely in solo and group exhibitions and her work is in public and private collections.  She has been awarded the Taylor Bequest and RHA AXA Drawing Prize. She holds an MA in Visual Arts Practices from IADT Dún Laoghaire, a Degree in Painting from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and a post Graduate Diploma in Art Management from UCD.


Special Format Stamps Mark Patrick Scott HRHA Centenary

An Post have issued a stunning collectible piece of miniature artwork to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Patrick Scott HRHA.  Designed by Oonagh Young, the piece is made up of two €3 stamps depicting Patrick Scott’s Meditation 28 and also features the Gold Painting 21, which is presented as a piece of artwork with tissue paper.  The collectible piece is wrapped in a premium grey card folder and sealed with an attractive gold seal.

This limited edition miniature artwork will retail at €7 from An Post HERE and the GPO Dublin.

Patrick Scott HRHA was an Irish artist renowned for his geometric gold leaf paintings. Born in Kilbrittain, Co Cork in 1921, Scott trained as an architect and painted in his spare time.  In the 1940s he painted décor for the Gate Theatre in Dublin and also painted tapestries and carpets. In 1960 he became a full time artist and that same year was a winner of a National Prize at the Guggenheim International Award.

Scott’s work has been exhibited around the world. His work features in many public and private collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Gulf Oil Corporation, Pittsburgh; Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Dublin; Ulster Museum, Belfast and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin.

Scott represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 1960 and was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Hibernian Academy of Art in 1980. He is recognised as one of the first advocates of pure abstraction in Irish art and a major contributor of modernist design in Ireland and elected a Saoi of Aosdána in 2007.

Scott passed away at the age of 93 in Ballsbridge, Dublin on 14 February 2014. He donated his body to science.

For further information, please contact Angus Laverty at Tel:  087 6867024 / angus.laverty@anpost.ie

RHA Gallery Closed

The RHA Gallery is currently closed, as per Government Level 5 restrictions.

For queries regarding the collection of work from the RHA 190th Annual Exhibition please email info@rhagallery.ie

Further information on exhibition, education and school programmes will be available at the end of the month.

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RCSI announces winner of RCSI Art Award in recognition of link between art and healing

Medicine makes life possible, art makes it worthwhile

Colin Martin RHA has been announced as the winner of the 2020 RCSI Art Award. The prize was awarded for his work entitled, Model City (Blade Runner).

Now in its fifth year, the RCSI Art Award in association with the RHA Annual Exhibition and The Irish Times was established to recognise the connection between art and healing. The installation was selected from more than 600 works that were on display at the 190th RHA Annual Exhibition. The exhibition was presented in December in adherence with Level 3 reopening protocols.

The successful artist was awarded €5,000 and the RCSI silver medal and will also receive a commission to the value of €10,000 for a new work for the RCSI collection.

Professor Cathal Kelly, Chief Executive, RCSI said: “The RCSI Art Award is a celebration of the common heritage of the RCSI and RHA and the long-standing association between art, medicine and wellbeing. We are delighted to present the fifth annual prize to Colin Martin. It is hoped that the artwork he creates for our campus will significantly contribute to an enrichment of the university environment and attract interaction between people and place, inspiring our students and all those who see the work.”

The prize was awarded to Colin Martin RHA for his work titled ‘Model City (Blade Runner)’, which makes reference to science fiction genres and imagined futures that have come to pass. The artist explores boundaries between the real and virtual world throughout his work.

More information HERE


Image: 189th RHA Annual Awards ceremony, 19 May 2019, Photography Paul Sherwood.

We, the RHA are delighted to announce that artists’ awards contributing to a generous prize fund of over €52,500 have been awarded to artists exhibiting in the 190th RHA Annual Exhibition. The Academy remains indebted to the many generous sponsors who make this prize fund possible.
The value of financial awards such as the RCSI Art Award in association with The Irish Times of €5,000 prize and €10,000 commission and the The Ireland – U.S. Council & Irish Arts Review Portrait Prize of €5,000, is ever more significant to artists in these current times. The continued support of our sponsors is greatly appreciated by both the RHA and recipient artists.

The Awards (available to view HERE) are as follows:

RCSI Art Award in association with The Irish Times – €15,000 (€5,000 prize & €10,000 commission)
Shortlisted artists:
Dominique Crowley, Cecilia Danell, Colin Martin RHA, John Rainey, Niamh Smith
The recipient will be announced December 2020.

The Ireland – U.S. Council and Irish Arts Review Portraiture Award – €5,000
Awarded to Darragh O’Connell for Mick

The Progressive Vision Curtin O’Donoghue Photography Award
Awarded to Sean Breithaupt for Wasted 2

The Progressive Vision Curtin O’Donoghue Emerging Photographic Award
Awarded to thread stories for Falsehoods

The Adam’s Award
Awarded to Simon English for Early Evening by the Sea

The De Veres Art Award – for a Work of Distinction
Awarded to Hugh Frazer for Grand Canal Dock

The ESB Keating Award and Silver Medal for an Outstanding Art Work
Awarded to Cecilia Danell for In the Birch Plantation

The K + M Evans Painting Award
Awarded to Jane Rainey for Icy Moon

The Whyte’s Award
Awarded to Leah Hewson for Oscillate 33

The ESB Moran Award for Outstanding Sculpture
Awarded to Eilís O’Connell RHA for Corolis

The Friends of the RHA Award for a Senior Artist
Awarded to Fergus A. Ryan for Rain on the Wind

The Alex Bradley Award for a Mid-Career Artist in any Medium
Awarded to Colin Martin RHA for Model City (Blade Runner)

Contemporary Irish Arts Society Award for a Work of Distinction
Awarded to Joseph Heffernan for The Fool

The Graphic Studio Dublin – Wilkinson Award Sponsored by Behaviour and Attitudes
Awarded to Yoko Akino for In an unknown and secret corner of the sky it floated…

The Solomon Fine Art Award for Sculpture in any Medium
Awarded to Vera Klute ARHA for Shopper #1 (Emporio Armani tracksuit)

The Morgan O’Driscoll Sculpture Award
Awarded to John Rainey for The Deflatables

The Don Niccolo d’Ardia Caracciolo Award and Medal
Awarded to Joanne McAndrew for Fruit and nuts

The Hanley Energy Sustainability Excellence Award for a Landscape of Distinction
Awarded to Blaise Smith RHA for Alternate Reality

All award winners are available to view online HERE.

RHA Gold Medal Awarded to Patrick Shaffrey

The RHA has awarded a Gold Medal since 1994 to persons who have made significant contributions to the Academy in particular and to the arts in Ireland in general. A citation is given by either the President or a guest and the medal which features a profile of the Academy’s second President, Francis Johnston is given to the recipient. Previous recipients include: Sir Alfred Beit, Lewis and Loretta Glucksman and Grafton Architects.

“Patrick Shaffrey is renowned for a life-times work in the related fields of architectural conservation; an achievement widely acknowledged by the multiple distinctions awarded. Patrick’s outstanding achievement has been his insistence on the integration of conservation awareness into the everyday vocabulary of architecture – something which had been previously regarded as the esoteric and specialist. The ground breaking and beautiful publications by Patrick and his late wife, Maura, on Irish towns and townscape opened the eyes of a generation to the enduring virtues and beauty of our vernacular.”

Des McMahon PPRHA, November 2020.

RCSI Art Award 2019


Recipient of the RCSI Art Award 2019 in association with The Irish Times and the RHA Annual Exhibition, Mary A. Kelly has had her new work inspired by the RCSI Declaration, officially unveiled at RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Read more HERE




The Really Helping Artists campaign has been an unparalleled success.  Over the last four weeks we have had over 310 donors contribute over €43,000 to the fund.Those donations added to the additional two €10,000 contributions from the RHA Hennessy Craig bequest and our matching donor, bring the total available to artists to over €63,000!

We would like to thank all of you for this amazing show of support for Irish artists!

The campaign will close to donations at midnight tonight, Monday 15th of June.  From Tuesday 16th June we will begin to receive applications from artists in need. If you or someone you know would like to apply for emergency funding please see here for further details: https://www.rhagallery.ie/events/really-helping-artists-rha-micro-grants-for-artists/

There are just a few hours left to donate, so if you haven’t done so already today is the last day.  Let’s show Irish artists just how much they mean to us!  Donate today: www.gofundme.com/f/really-helping-artists

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to, liked, and shared this campaign.  It has been so heartening to see how engaged the Irish public are with the issues facing artists during this global pandemic.  On behalf of everyone at the RHA, please know your support is greatly appreciated.


RHA Gallery Reopening

We will be implementing all of the HSE/NSAI required protocols for the safety and comfort of all our visitors and staff when the RHA Gallery reopens with the 190th Annual Exhibition from 13 October.  We are really looking forward to welcoming you back and your safety is our highest priority.

Online booking will be available here 2 weeks prior to the opening date.

We will ask that before booking your visit, you please read and answer the following questions:

  1. Have you been in contact with anyone with Coronavirus/Covid-19 in the last two weeks?
  2. Are you, or any close contacts, waiting for the result of a Coronavirus/Covid-19 test?
  3. Are you suffering from any flu like symptoms of Coronavirus/Covid-19?
  4. Are you experiencing any difficulty in breathing, shortness of breath?
  5. Are you experiencing any fever like/temperature symptoms?
  6. Are you experiencing any loss of smell/taste?

If you answer YES to ANY questions, please defer your visit to another time.

If it is safe for you to visit, online booking will be available here and walk-ins always welcome (numbers allowing).

New measures to ensure the safety of visitors and staff include:

  • Restricted visitor numbers.
  • Online booking system.
  • Health check questionnaire prior to booking.
  • Groups limited to four.
  • Hand sanitizing stations throughout the building.
  • Hourly sanitizing of touch points and toilets.
  • Directional signage.
  • Gallery safety monitors.

The RHA Gallery will reopen showing:

RHA 190th Annual Exhibition

Attendance will be limited to 40 individuals per hour (groups of no more than four) and you will be requested to book your time and free visit on Eventbrite – available here from 29 September,  2 weeks prior to opening.

For those who would prefer to stay at home, you can follow the RHA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and receive our weekly e-bulletin (by joining our mailing list on this website) to receive exhibition information, updates and news of all our virtual events.

Email us on info@rhagallery.ie and we’ll be happy to expand further on the safety measures that the RHA will be taking to ensure your safety, when visiting the RHA. We look forward to welcoming you.


Really Helping Artists, RHA Micro Grants for Artists



#ReallyHelpingArtists is a new fund to make small, easily accessible grants to alleviate some of the financial distress artists are experiencing, during the current pandemic. As an artists’ organization, the RHA is acutely aware of the difficulties that visual artists are experiencing in the current crisis. Opportunities for earning income from sales, teaching or casual employment have all but gone. Artists, who we as a society hold dear, need our help and this fund, while it will not replace an income, may lift a worry or anxiety about a bill, a rent payment, the cost of materials, even a grocery shop.

The RHA has sought permission to apply funds from a designated bequest to creating a micro-grant initiative for artists in need. This permission has been granted with a pledge of €10,000 to create one third of the fund! We are now challenging the people of Ireland to help us raise the further €20,000 through donations, of any amount. All donations welcome and gratefully received.

Our window to raise €20,000 for the fund is just 1 month, from 15th May to 15th June, 2020.

These crucial gifts will then be distributed to artists between 1st July and 31st August, 2020.

In this particular crisis we have seen Ireland’s art community providing new daily content for enjoyment, education and mental well-being. We would like to honour artist’s unfailing contribution to the betterment of society, in good times and bad by ensuring there is a simple way for them to apply for emergency cash if needed. We know that there are hundreds of artists who are falling through the gaps, and who will not get through this crisis without urgent and immediate cash support.

If art has helped you, please consider helping an artist.


How to Apply and Terms & Conditions:

The aim of Really Helping Artists, RHA Mirco Grants is to provide cash to artists in a simple and quick way to alleviate some of the pressure experienced in the current crisis.

Application Process

To apply for a Really Helping Artists Micro Grant please send an email (no longer than 150 words) to reallyhelpingartists@rhagallery.ie stating:

  1. Full name
  2. Medium of practice
  3. Your financial request
  4. Reason for your application
  5. Proof of professional status (as outlined below)

Please read the information below prior to sending in your request.

Who may Apply

Really Helping Artists, RHA Micro Grants are designed to give emergency financial support to professional visual artists living and working in Ireland. You may apply for support if you are aged 18 or older, have graduated from an accredited art school, are currently living in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland and are a professional artist.

A professional artist is defined as anyone who makes a wage from their art and can provide confirmation of this. Confirmation can include proof of membership to a recognised representative body for visual artists (i.e. VAI or similar), confirmation of having exhibited work for sale at a recognised gallery, arts centre or institution in Ireland, and/or in the RHA Annual Exhibition in the last 24 months.

Important Dates

Letters of application, sent via email, will be accepted from 16th – 30th June, 2020 ONLY.

Applications received before the 16th of June 2020 or after the 30th June 2020 will not be accepted or reviewed.

Grant Amounts

Micro-grants will be considered for requests of between €100 – €1,000.

Grant Review

A small committee of RHA Members and staff will review all letters of application, in complete confidence and make decisions to award grants based solely an applicant’s need. All decisions are final and there will be no appeal process.

All funds raised will be distributed by 31st August 2020.  If your request is approved you will be notified before this date. Unfortunately, due to limitations on our capacity we will not be able to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

We look forward to helping you, during this time.



Janet Mullarney RHA

Candles for Janet Mullarney RHA  |  9th April 2020








Janet Mullarney RHA | 1952 – 2020

Dear Fellow RHA Members & Friends,

You have already heard of the sad news of Janet Mullarney’s passing and although we were all expecting it, it is nevertheless a shock. Janet had been living and working with this terrible illness for so long, that we had almost come to believe she would keep going for another while yet. I’m glad that her old friends Mary and Claudio were with her in her home in Tuscany these last weeks, and glad to know that she passed peacefully in the end.

Janet was an original – stylish, vibrant, eccentric, full of life, and generally a breath of fresh air, and a true artist. She went to Italy at a very young age, and never really had a formal art education. Maybe because of that, her work has always had an extraordinary freshness and originality.  She always seemed to me completely fearless, and that fearlessness carried into her sculpture, her drawings and her approach to materials and ideas. I had the pleasure of hanging her series of heads in the recent RHA Collection show, and was struck afresh by the lovely spontaneity of the carving of the wood and the playful markings on the heads that translated into visual poetry.

She had a deep love of Italy that permeated her life and her work. But she loved Ireland too, and spent so much time here that she was completely a part of our lives and the Irish art scene. We will miss her great style, her wonderful scarves and earrings and outfits, but above all her enormous warmth and delightful company.

May she rest in peace, she will be sorely missed.

Eithne Jordan RHA, Keeper

RHA Notice

It is with great sadness that we, the RHA, announce that our much loved colleague Janet Mullarney passed away this morning in her home in Italy. Her close friend Mary Ryder was with her and commented:

“She was very calm and at peace with herself and those around her. She had a very tough time over the last few months and despite all her usual stubborn, single-minded, driving force (her words), she became too ill to carry on.”

We hope to facilitate a memorial service for Janet at the RHA in the autumn.

Rest in Peace.

Aideen Barry ARHA

The Royal Hibernian Academy is delighted to announce the election of Aideen Barry as an Associate Member of the Academy. Aideen Barry was elected at the RHA Assembly meeting held on Tuesday, 11th February.

Aideen Barry is a practicing Visual Artist based in Ireland but with international representation. In 2020 she was elected to the Royal HIibernian Academy as an ARHA member. She is also a member of Aosdána and Lectures in several universities and schools of visual art. In 2020 she will be speaker part of the Anderson Lecture Series at Penn State University and will be making a new work under the Bunting Commission for the Irish Traditional Music Archive and Music Network Ireland.

Selected projects include exhibitions at: Elephant West, UK, Mothers Tankstation, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Oaxaca, Mexico, Louise T. Bloudin, London, Moderne Mussett Sweden, The Loop Biennale, ESP, Matucana 100, Chile, FRIEZE Art Fair, UK, The Wexner Centre Ohio, The Royal Hibernian Academy, the Museum des Beux Arts, FR, The Crawford Municipal Gallery, The Butler Gallery, The Banff Centre Canada, the Headlands Centre for the Arts San Francisco, Liste Art Fair Basel Switzerland, BAC Geneva, Arco Art Fair, ESP, CH ACO, Chile and Catherine Clark Gallery, US. Barry has received numerous awards for her practice including recent awards: A Culture Ireland Award 2018, The Vermont Studio Centre Fellowship Award 2017, Project New Work Awards from the Arts Council of Ireland, Arts Council of Ireland Bursary Awards, Modern Ireland in 100 Art Works 2015 award from the Royal Irish Academy, the Silent Light Film Award at the Cork Film Festival, Travel and Training Awards from the Arts Council of Ireland, in 2010 was shortlisted for the prestigious AIB Prize.




Golden Fleece Award Announced

Golden Fleece Award Announced

Ailbhe Ní Bhriain announced as winner of the 2020 Golden Fleece Award, Annemarie Reinhold and Kathy Tynan receive Golden Fleece Special Awards.

Our friends, the Trustees of the Golden Fleece Award are very pleased to announce that Cork-based multimedia artist Ailbhe Ní Bhriain is the winner of the 2020 Golden Fleece Award. She receives the main award, worth €15,000. Two Golden Fleece Special Awards are being presented to jeweller / silversmith Annemarie Reinhold (€10,000) and painter Kathy Tynan (€5,000). Visual artist Laura Fitzgerald and jeweller/engraver Pierce Healy were also shortlisted for the 2020 Award.

The 2020 Golden Fleece Award was to be presented at a ceremony at the RHA, on 25 March 2020, but due to the current circumstances the announcement was made online.

Now in its nineteenth year, the Golden Fleece Award was initially restricted to craft and figurative visual art. In 2018 the criteria were broadened to include artists working across all forms of visual, craft and applied arts. This year’s prize fund of €30,000 makes the Golden Fleece Award the most generous art prize open to both visual artists and craft practitioners/makers in Ireland.

The Golden Fleece Award has established itself as one of the most central and supportive awards for artists and craftspeople at a pivotal moment of their careers. The standard of applications is outstanding and a tribute to the professionalism within the creative community. I would urge all that applied but were not shortlisted this year to continue to apply in the future. As I conclude my term as Chair of the Advisory Panel I want to express my thanks to my fellow panelists for their hard work and dedication and thank the Trustees for affording me the privilege to be involved with the Award. Patrick T. Murphy, Golden Fleece Advisory Panel Chair and Director, RHA


Image: Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, Untitled (the sublime and the good), 2019, Pigment print on hand-coated cotton, 65 x 39.5 cm, Image courtesy of the artist.

RHA Staff Suggests

RHA Staff suggest web pages, links, podcasts and activities of interest.

Updated 10 May:

Vanessa Moss, RHA Development:

The Abbey Theatre are participating in Dublin Dance Festival’s Summer 2021 Edition with Dēmos – films of separation and togetherness by Liz Roche Company/Crash Ensemble.  Bookings through Dublin Dance Festivalavailable to watch from
Tuesday 18 May, 7pm to 11:59pm on Saturday 29 May.  For more information: https://www.abbeytheatre.ie/whats-on/demos-films-of-separation-and-togetherness/

The Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris are offering members of the public the chance to donate to restore specific artefacts at the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, which was partially destroyed by fire in 2019. A crowdfunding campaign designed to boost the rebuilding project, allows supporters to choose which restoration project their money is used for — from saints to alarming stone “grotesques.” Pick your piece here: https://restorenotredame.org/gallery


Kate McBride, RHA Academy Coordinator:

Visit the newly-launched global collection of films, the IFI Collection – available to stream worldwide on the online digital platform, IFI International.

The Collection features artistic and experimental Irish documentaries, including Phantom IslandsThe Door Ajar, and Teach Ionadh / Wonder House, and enables cultural access to these Irish visual arts via a global virtual viewing room.




Gallery Currently Closed – A Message from Patrick T. Murphy, RHA Director to our Supporters

Dear Friends, 

We, at the RHA, hope you are all getting through these strange and unpredictable times as best you can and that you are safe and secure.  As an organisation we are not sure what these times will bring but what we do know is, for the time being, we have plans to expand on our virtual interaction with you, our supportive online community, through different gallery resources, with virtual gallery tours, highlights of current and past exhibitions and availability of educational assets which we will keep you up to date on, in the near future.

Over the coming weeks, we will also keep you up to date with the progress of the 190th Annual Exhibition. The first round of reviewing the record breaking number of 4200 artworks, submitted digitally, took place over five days last week. The adjudication panel chose 700+ works that will be physically brought to the RHA for the next round of selection and that round, in the present crisis, is yet to be scheduled. Our staff are working remotely from home, with one person manning the phones in the gallery each day. If you have any queries you can call us Monday to Friday, 10 – 5pm on 01- 661 2558, or email info@rhagallery.ie , we would be happy to hear from you.

We are dedicated to continuing our support of artists through the Studio Programme (the 8 individual studios are still operating) and through payment of artwork production funds to artists for upcoming exhibitions and associated fees. The Arts Council has informed all organisations that we can access 90% of our grant over the coming few months which will go some of the way to address these needs and our other standing costs. But we, as with the rest of the country, will struggle to make ends meet.

We look forward to the exciting opportunities that keeping in touch, with you, virtually will bring and to engaging with you in innovative ways that will keep art alive in your home and hopefully entertain your day in an alternative way while we are all in this shutdown together.

Please follow RHA Gallery on FacebookInstagram and/or Twitter.

From myself, and all the staff of the RHA we hope you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy. As a society, working together, we can get through this unprecedented challenge.

All the best,

Patrick T. Murphy

RHA Director


Yvonne Farrell RHA and Shelley McNamara Receive the 2020 Pritzker Architecture Prize

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara Receive the 2020 Pritzker Architecture Prize

Chicago, IL (March 3, 2020) – Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Dublin, Ireland, have been selected as the 2020 Pritzker Prize Laureates, announced Tom Pritzker, Chairman of The Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the award that is known internationally as architecture’s highest honor.

“Architecture could be described as one of the most complex and important cultural activities on the planet,” remarks Farrell. “To be an architect is an enormous privilege. To win this prize is a wonderful endorsement of our belief in architecture. Thank you for this great honor.

”As architects and educators since the 1970s, Farrell and McNamara create spaces that are at once respectful and new, honoring history while demonstrating a mastery of the urban environment and craft of construction. Balancing strength and delicacy, and upholding a reverence of site-specific contexts, their academic, civic and cultural institutions, as well as housing developments, result in modern and impactful works that never repeat or imitate, but are decidedly of their own architectural voice.

“For their integrity in their approach to both their buildings, as well as the way they conduct their practice, their belief in collaboration, their generosity towards their colleagues, especially as evidenced in such events as the 2018 Venice Biennale, their unceasing commitment to excellence in architecture, their responsible attitude toward the environment, their ability to be cosmopolitan while embracing the uniqueness of each place in which they work, for all these reasons and more, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara are awarded the 2020 Pritzker Architecture Prize,” states the 2020 Jury Citation, in part.

“Within the ethos of a practice such as ours, we have so often struggled to find space for the implementation of such values as humanism, craft, generosity, and cultural connection with each place and context within which we work. It is therefore extremely gratifying that this recognition is bestowed upon us and our practice and upon the body of work we have managed to produce over a long number of years,” says McNamara. “It is also a wonderful recognition of the ambition and vision of the clients who commissioned us and enabled us to bring our buildings to fruition.

”Their native Ireland, an island replete with mountains and cliffs, informs their acute sensitivities to geography, changing climates and nature in each of their sites. Their buildings consistently remain purposefully rich, yet modest, enhancing cities and lending to sustainability while responding to local needs. University Campus UTEC Lima (Lima, Peru 2015) is located on a challenging site with a highway sunk in a ravine on one side and a residential neighborhood on the other. The result is a vertical and cascading building responding to both site and climatic needs. Its open spaces were designed to deliberately welcome cooling breezes of the ocean and minimize the need for air-conditioning. At the Offices for the Department of Finance (Dublin, Ireland 2009), the selection of local limestone used in thick panels grants strength to the building. Windows recessed or flush with the façade have grills below them to circulate fresh air throughout the building. Exposures on all sides of the building, atypical of the architecture in this city, offer panoramic views. The architects are continuously conscious of the dialogue between the internal and external, evidenced by the mingling of public and private spaces, and the meaningful selection and integrity of materials. “What we try to do in our work is to be aware of the various levels of citizenship and try to find an architecture that deals with overlap, that heightens your relationship to one another,” illustrates Farrell. Universita Luigi Bocconi (Milan, Italy 2008) fosters community between its occupants and the vibrant city that extends well beyond the vertical campus through its ground floor public space,  which continues indoors, and its floating canopy that overlaps the ground below, engaging passersby with students. Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, School of Economics (Toulouse, France 2019) features brick buttresses, ramps and courtyards, which are metaphors for the city filled with bridges, walls, promenades and stone towers. North King Street Housing (Dublin, Ireland 2000) is intentionally void of external design elements to resonate with the restraint of the neighboring warehouses.

“The collaboration between Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara represents a veritable interconnectedness between equal counterparts,” states Pritzker. “They demonstrate incredible strength in their architecture, show deep relation to the local situation in all regards, establish different responses to each commission while maintaining the honesty of their work, and exceed the requirements of the field through responsibility and community.”

Farrell and McNamara have mastered proportion to maintain a human scale and achieve intimate environments within tall and vast buildings. “They have tried, with considerable success, to help us all overcome what is likely to evermore become a serious human problem,” explains Justice Stephen Breyer, Jury Chair. “Namely, how do we build housing and workplaces in a world with over half of its population dwelling in urban environments, and many of them who cannot afford luxury?” A contoured theater floor at the Solstice Arts Centre (Navan, Ireland 2007) creates a physical nearness between audience members and performers. The generous placement of open spaces, windows, glass curtain walls and exposed ceilings allows natural light to filter through a passage of rooms, creating impressions of light through large and small spaces, and within the interlocking areas that compose Institut Mines Télécom in Palaiseau (Paris, France 2019).

McNamara states, “Architecture is a framework for human life. It anchors us and connects us to the world in a way which possibly no other space-making discipline can. ” Farrell continues, “At the core of our practice is a real belief that architecture matters. It is a cultural spatial phenomenon that people invent.”

The pair established Grafton Architects in 1978 in Dublin, where they continue to practice and reside. In just over forty years, they have completed nearly as many projects, located in Ireland, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Peru.

Farrell and McNamara are the 47th and 48th Laureates of the Pritzker Prize, and the first two recipients from Ireland.

About the Pritzker Architecture Prize

The Pritzker Architecture Prize was founded in 1979 by the late Jay A . Pritzker and his wife, Cindy. Its purpose is to honor annually a living architect or architects whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture.


Marcel Vidal awarded The Hennessy Craig Award, 2019

Abigail O’Brien, President of the RHA, was delighted to announce artist, Marcel Vidal as the recipient of The Hennessy Craig Award 2019 at the RHA Gallery on the evening of the 9th October, 2019.

This generous prize, the largest painting prize in Ireland, awards €20,000 to a painter under the age of 35, who has exhibited in the open submission section of the RHA Annual exhibition and who has studied at a recognised art college in Ireland, as per the terms of the bequest of the estate of Patrick Hennessy and Henry Robertson Craig.

Patrick T. Murphy, RHA Director comments, “The Hennessy Craig Award is an artist prize given by artists (Patrick Hennessy and Henry Roberstson Craig) to artists as they truly understood the freedom that such a significant prize could offer an artist and they left the bequest to the Academy to insure that this would perpetuate into the future.”

The adjudicating panel viewed works by 10 shortlisted artists including: Gerry Davies, Stephanie Deady, Leah Hewson, Eve O’Callaghan, Megan Burns, Salvatore of Lucan, William O’Neill, Kurt Oppermann and Kathy Tynan, which are currently on exhibit at the RHA gallery.

Each artist was invited to exhibit up to four new works and although considerate of the work submitted, the award was made based on the overall practice of the artist. This exhibition offers an unparalleled opportunity to view and for the discernible collector a chance to purchase, the very best work by some of Ireland’s most exciting young painters working today.

Showing at the RHA until Sunday 20th October.


For more information on the artist, see: www.marcelvidal.net




Joy Gerrard ARHA

Joy Gerrard ARHA Newly Elected Associate Member

Joy Gerrard was elected an Associate Member of the RHA at the Assembly meeting held 9 July 2019.

Joy Gerrard lives and works in Belfast, and graduated with an MA and MPhil from the Royal College of Art, London. Gerrard is known for multimedia work that investigates different systems of relations between crowds, architecture and the built environment. Her studio practice investigates protest crowds and occupation of urban spaces, archiving media images from the Brexit and Trump Resistance, Occupy movement, Arab Risings and many more. Exploring the historical and iconographic qualities of these images, her work (re)presents them in detailed pen and ink drawings, and more recently large ink works on canvas.

Recent solo exhibitions include shot crowd at the Royal Hibernian Academy, 2017 and Protest Crowd, Peer UK, London, 2015. Selected group exhibitions include: Protest and Remembrance, Alan Cristea Gallery, London, 2019 and In a Dream You Saw A Way To Survive and You Were Full of Joy; Hayward Gallery Touring show, 2016. She has installed multiple public installations since 2004 including major works in the London School of Economics, Elenchus/ Aporia, 2009 and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Assemble/Move/Map, 2012.


RHA & Avolon awarded Best Long Term Partnership

Allianz, Business to Arts Awards 2019

We are delighted to announce that with Avolon, the RHA was awarded the Best Long Term Partnership Award at the Allianz Business to Arts Award on Tuesday 3 September for the Avolon Global Studio Award.

The RHA have enjoyed a strong working relationship with Avolon, over the last 3 years collaborating on both the Avolon Global Studio Award and Avolon Youthreach Programme. Created in 2016, each year, the RHA made an open call to a geographic region suited to Avolons marketing priorities and artist were invited to apply for a fully funded 3/6 month residency at the RHA Studios.

Selected by an independent committee, the chosen artists were as follows:

Year 1, Region, South America: Adriana Salazar

Year 2, Region, Middle East: Jinoos Taghizadeh

Year 3, Region, Asia: Ravi Chaurasiya, Mantu Das

“One of Avolon’s core values is bravery and we see art as the epitome of bravery. In Avolon, we feel a responsibility to support and enable artists. We encourage our team to push the boundaries; we must encourage artists to do the same. And they must do so freed from constraint, both artistic and financial. The Avolon Global Studio Award is relevant to our international business and is bringing greater diversity to the arts community in Ireland.” Avolon Spokesperson.

We the RHA, were delighted to receive this award and wish to convey our thanks to Avolon for their invaluable support which allowed us to be ambitious for this project and the artists it supported.

Allianz Business to Arts Awards, more info HERE

Image, l-r: Damien O Neill, Marketing Manager, Allianz, Allan Dawson, Facilities Project Manager, Avolon, Tom Rushe, Chief Operating Officer, Avolon, Jane Dundon, Branding Executive, Avolon, Rebecca Gale, RHA Marketing, Emmet Moloney, Head of Communications & Branding, Avolon, Patrick T. Murphy, RHA Director.


Watch on RTÉ Player HERE

New RTÉ One Programme sees Artists Compete to Showcase Work at RHA Annual Exhibition

The RHA Annual Exhibition is one of the most important dates on Ireland’s cultural calendar and an opportunity for all artists – professionals and amateurs alike – to have their work showcased.

On Thursday 27th June 2019 at 10.15pm, RTÉ One television broadcast Exhibitionists: Road to the RHA, an hour-long documentary following seven artists who are hoping to have work selected from the competitive open call. For the first time ever, cameras have been allowed behind-the-scenes at the 196-year-old Royal Hibernian Academy, including access to the judging process for the exhibition which is fondly known as ‘The Annual’.

The seven artists have been chosen from all over the country and each has their own story to tell. From Limerick’s Brian O’Rourke, a former cannabis dealer who learned to paint in prison; to Connemara’s Mo West who, at the age of 92, has just been accepted into Aosdána; to Mayo painters 19-year-old Hetty Lawlor, who’s never submitted before, and her father Jimmy, who’s submitted many times before, so far without success; to Laois’s chronic depression-sufferer Aishling Hennessey, for whom painting in a freezing cold barn at the end of her father’s garden is more than just a hobby – it’s survival; to Lucan’s Salvatore Fullam whose obsession with identity prompted him to change his name to Salvatore of Lucan; and Dingle based sculptor Mick Davis who makes work from recycled bicycle tyres and chains, most famously for Game of Thrones.

“The exhibition gives artists the power to launch successful careers, as emerging artists get the opportunity to share wall space with some of Ireland’s biggest stars,’ says documentary director Hilary Fennell, ‘however, the standard is incredibly high and, out of over 2,500 works submitted to the open call only 300 or so will be selected. Some of our seven artists have never had work in such a prestigious show before, so it will be nerve wracking to see which, if any, of them get in.”

The programme follows the artists through the process of creating an artwork for ‘The Annual’, to finding out whether or not it has been accepted. Along the way we discover why and how they make art and how they deal with rejection. And we reveal, for the first time on television, the dark art of the RHA selection process, chaired this year by its first ever female President, renowned artist Abigail O’Brien, as well as observing the controlled mayhem of the install as the gallery team race against time to create this art marathon of a show in time for Opening Day.

For further information please contact Rebecca Gale, RHA Marketing, rebecca@rhagallery.ie or Sheena Madden, Amplify Agency, +353 87 245 8046, sheena@amplifyagency.ie




RHA Ashford Gallery – Open Call

The RHA Ashford Gallery invites artists to submit proposals to exhibit in 2020 and 2021. The Ashford Gallery is a commercial space within the RHA, which creates opportunities to reach new collectors and audiences.

Artists are asked to submit the following by email ONLY to ruth@rhagallery.ie

  • Artist statement
  • CV
  • 5 images or links to video/film work (images no larger than 1MB – images larger than 1MB will be deemed unsuitable and disregarded)
  • Exhibition proposal

Closing date: 28 June, 2019

Successful artists will be notified in early August 2019.

New Associate Member, Peter McGovern ARHA

Peter McGovern is an award winning architect, born in Dublin in 1970. He graduated from the Dublin Institute of Technology in 1996 with First Class Honours and was awarded the DIT Gold Medal for Academic Excellence. He was also a recipient of the Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust scholarship.

Peter is a director at Henry J Lyons, where he has practiced since graduation, completing a number of important projects across a wide range of building types and scales. Peter’s work is epitomised by the pursuit of an architecture which responds creatively to contemporary social, economic and environmental
factors. Central to his ethos is the belief that each project should result in a singular expression appropriate to its time and its setting, and is ultimately a manifestation of the people, institutions and the community which it serves.

Among his works of note are the Criminal Courts of Justice on Parkgate Street (2010), the New Central Bank of Ireland building on North Wall Quay (2017) and No.26 York Street for the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (2017).

Peter was elected ARHA in February 2019.

Major RTÉ Television Documentary about RHA Annual Exhibition

Independent documentary makers, Hilary Fennell and Mark McLoughlin are currently making a one hour film about this year’s RHA Annual Exhibition, to be screened prime time on RTÉ 1 television in June 2019.

The observational documentary follows seven very different artists in their attempts to have work accepted for Ireland’s most important open call show, also giving viewers a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of the judging process and of the RHA itself, as it prepares for the most ambitious event on its calendar.

‘We chose our six talented artists very carefully,’ explains director Hilary Fennell, ‘some of them have never shown in such a prestigious show before, so it will be interesting to see which, if any, of them get in,’ she continues, with her fingers firmly crossed, ‘We’re featuring a sculptor, a printmaker and four painters. They all have very interesting personal stories, are at very different stages of their careers and come from all over the country. We began filming in January and have watched their art-works evolve, revealing why they make art, what inspires them and how their processes differ.

The Annual provides a fantastic opportunity for them to evolve as artists and in some cases to launch a vibrant and successful career. Each year around 1,500 artists submit over 2,500 works to the open call section of the Annual, of which approximately 300 pieces succeed in being exhibited.

The film crew will continue to follow the six artists through the whole process – from hand-in day, to the selection process, to the behind-the-scenes controlled mayhem of the install as the gallery team works around the clock to create this art marathon of a show. The filming will culminate on Varnishing Day, when viewers will find out if the work of the six artists makes it onto the hallowed RHA walls for the 189th Annual Exhibition.

Image: Filming with independent documentary makers, Hilary Fennell and Mark McLoughlin.

The Hennessy Craig Award


From 2018, The Hennessy Craig Award of €20,000 will be made on a biennial basis, culminating with an exhibition of short-listed artists in the Dr. Tony Ryan Gallery every two years, at which the recipient of the award will be announced.

In 2018, the Hennessy Craig Jury shortlisted five eligible artists from the 188th Annual Exhibition and an additional five artists will be shortlisted in the 189th Annual Exhibition in 2019. The Award is open to any painter under the age of thirty-five exhibiting in the open submission section of the Academy’s Annual Exhibition. The painter must have studied at a recognised art college on the island of Ireland.

The shortlisted artists in 2018 were as follows:

Stephanie Deady

Gerry Davis

Leah Hewson

Eve O’Callaghan

Marcel Vidal

This artist award of €20,000 in memory of H. Robertson Craig RHA and Patrick Hennessy RHA, was created through a generous bequest to the Academy by H. Robertson Craig and the terms under which it is awarded are those specified in his will.


Image: Leah Hewson,  2MoonsGossip (detail), Image courtesy of the artist.

Kevin Roche HRHA

The President and Members of the Royal Hibernian Academy are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of esteemed Honoury Member, Kevin Roche.

The Irish Time HERE

Image: Architect Kevin Roche at the Convention Centre, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

History of the Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts by John Turpin

Review: History of the Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts by John Turpin, Aidan Dunne, Irish Times, 5 January, 2019. See HERE.

The RHA were delighted to launch History of the Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts by John Turpin, published by Lilliput Press at the RHA on the 28 November, 2018.

Cited as “The most outstanding contribution to the visual arts to be published in Ireland this year” by Paul Caffrey, The Irish Arts Review, the History of the Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts by John Turpin, is divided into two volumes that describe two different political, social and artistic worlds: Volume One: 1823 – 1916, From Foundation to the Rising and Volume Two, 1916 – 2010 The Academy in Independent Ireland.

Already critically acclaimed, “This book will provide an invaluable source for anyone interested in Irish art and for art historians, curators, auction houses, collectors – and for any student of 19th Century Irish history and society” Julian Campbell, The Irish Arts Review.

John Turpin was born in Dublin in 1945, educated at Blackrock College and studied art history at University College Dublin and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. He was appointed professor of art history at the National College of Art and Design in 1975 and took over as its director from 1989 to 1994. He retired in 2005.

He has written extensively on Irish art and has published books on the sculptors John Hogan and Oliver Sheppard, as well as a history of the NCAD.

Visit Lilliput Press HERE to order your copy.

Royal Hibernian Academy Elects New President, Abigail O’Brien PRHA.

The Royal Hibernian Academy, which operates one of the nation’s largest public galleries, RHA School and Studios, marked an event of great importance in its history when artist, Abigail O’Brien was elected as the 24th President of the Academy at its Annual General Meeting, October, 2018. Elected to RHA Membership in 2006, Abigail O’Brien, now the first ever female president in the Academy’s 195-year history, was delighted to accept.

In her inaugural address, O’Brien stated that I am delighted and honoured to have been elected as the new President of the RHA. It is a huge responsibility, one which I have given much consideration and which I take most seriously. I take it seriously because the Royal Hibernian Academy has a unique place in the Irish arts and in Irish public life. Because it has an incredible history and exciting future.”

During her term, O’Brien intends to continue to build awareness and recognition of the RHA among the wider public, to widen the Membership of the RHA within the younger generation, develop new and engaged audiences, encourage new patrons to support the RHA and inspire new and discerning art buyers and collectors. She believes that the RHA has the tools and talents to achieve these goals through its invigorating exhibition and education programming, RHA School and Studio programme, its standards and its heritage.

O’Brien also added “As we approach the 200th anniversary of our Charter in 2023, we are offered a point of reflection on the past and a drive towards the future. What will the RHA look like in 2123? It takes vision. Artists before us had a vision from which we benefit today, and we have a duty to do likewise.

I am proud that the RHA has made such strides on gender balance in the past 15 years. The ethos has changed and we are a much more diverse and inclusive group now. But there is such a long way for the arts to go. We, the RHA, can play our part in the further advancement and I am honoured to accept this appointment during this very exciting time.” Abigail O’Brien PRHA, Oct 2018

Other elections on the day included, Eithne Jordan as Keeper and Robin Buick as Treasurer.

The former President, painter Mick O’Dea PPRHA stood down after four years of service. During his tenure, O’Dea established the Charter Sub-Committee, beginning the process of the Charter Amendments to bring the Academy in to the 21st Century and prepare it for the next 200 years. He oversaw the professionalisation of the RHA School with the appointment Colin Martin as School Principal. He also established the RCSI Art Award and further strengthened relations with fellow Academies – the RA, RUA and RSA, as well as continuing the relationship with the British Institution Foundation. An area of particular concern for O’Dea had been the election of a younger generation of Academicians alongside addressing the gender balance of the RHA Membership in time for the 200th Anniversary, in 2023.


Past Presidents of the Royal Hibernian Academy include;

William Ashford, 1823 – 1824

Francis Johnston, 1824 – 1829

William Cuming, 1829 – 1832

Martin Cregan, 1832 – 1857

George Petrie, 1857 – 1859

Stephen Catterson Smith, 1859 – 1866

Sir Thomas Deane, 1866 – 1868

Stephen Catterson Smith, 1868 – 1869

Sir Thomas A. Jones, 1869 – 1893

Sir Thomas Farrell, 1893 – 1900

Sir Thomas Drew, 1900 – 1910

Dermod O’Brien, 1910 – 1945

James Sleator, 1945 – 1950

John Keating, 1950 – 1962

Maurice MacGonigal, 1962 – 1977

Raymond McGrath, 1977 – 1977

David Hone, 1977 – 1982

Dr. Thomas Ryan, 1982 – 1992

Carey Clarke, 1992 – 1996

Dr. Arthur Gibney, 1996 – 2005

Stephen McKenna, 2005 – 2009

Des McMahon, 2009 – 2014

Mick O’Dea, 2014 – 2018

Abigail O’Brien, 2018 – present



RHA Gallery seeks a full-time Technical & Facilities Manager

Position Filled.

The Royal Hibernian Academy seeks a full-time Technical & Facilities Manager to support the technical needs of the RHAs facilities and programme. The Technical & Facilities Manager will have responsibility for delivering, to an exceptionally high standard, all the technical needs of the RHA/s artistic programmes and events; as well as overseeing the day-to-day and long-term maintenance of the RHA building. The Technical & Facilities Manager will work closely with operations staff to manage the RHA event diary, roster staff and liaise with artists / clients as required. The role includes managing external contractors and the Health & Safety Committee. Initial two-year contract with potential for renewal, six-month probationary period.

Particular Arts Programme related responsibilities include:

  • Working under the supervision of the RHA’s Curators to plan and deliver the physical elements of exhibition installations to achieve the highest standards of exhibition possible.
  • Leading the technical team to manage the physical aspects of visual art installations and hangs, ensuring that professional art-handling practice is adhered to at all times.
  • Preparatory work for exhibition installations – including building plinths, walls, window blocks, hanging artworks, sourcing goods/services.
  • Advising on and implementing the technological requirements of exhibitions and art projects.
  • Along with the Curatorial Team liaising with exhibiting artists to realise their vision to the highest possible standards across exhibitions.
  • Technical management of educational aspects of the programme including preparation of spaces for classes, talks, workshops, screenings, performances, events and conferences.

Facilities Management responsibilities include:

  • Monitoring of the security and Building Management Systems, including the monitoring and reporting on gallery environmental controls.
  • Supervising and actioning the set-up and striking of events and room set-up for hires while maintaining the highest service to artists and clients.
  • Monitoring of the building’s technical systems including the lift, heating, plumbing and electricity and arranging appropriate maintenance.
  • Leading the RHA’s Health and Safety Committee to advise on and implement full compliance with the organisation’s Health & Safety Statement.
  • Maintaining the Technical and AV stores including an asset register of all equipment and the upkeep of same.
  • Leading on the upkeep, maintenance and caretaking duties for the entire building and grounds as needed.
  • Day to day upkeep of the gallery spaces to include checking equipment used in exhibitions is in good working order and to condition report on the artwork (with the Curator).

Required Skills:

  • General experience with building maintenance, including relevant carpentry and painting and ground maintenance.
  • Experience of building systems and procedures.
  • Good time management and communication skills are desirable.
  • An ability to delegate work appropriately and follow-through with staff is important.
  • Concrete experience in an arts venue handling, packing and mounting visual art projects is vital.
  • Experience in installing contemporary exhibitions, especially handling new media equipment, data projectors and electronic art.
  • Experience working with artists.
  • Knowledge and experience with both PC and Apple computers.
  • Experience mending art works and art work structures is an asset.

Please note this position works across all art disciplines with an adaptable mindset.

Remuneration will be based on relevant experience. Regular weekend and evening work will be required.

To apply please email a C.V. & Cover Letter outlining experience and suitability for the advertised position to info@rhagallery.ie by midnight Monday 15thOctober. Interviews with selected candidates will take place during the week of 22nd October. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.




Amelia Stein wins RCSI Art Award

Photographer to inspire future healthcare leaders

Wednesday, 5 September 2018: Amelia Stein has been announced as the winner of the 2018 RCSI Art Award. The prize, awarded to the artist for her work ‘Brig Gen Jimmy Flynn (retd) DSM’, was presented by Mr Kenneth Mealy, President of RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) at a ceremony which took place at the RHA.

Now in its third year, the RCSI Art Award was established to celebrate the common heritage of RCSI and the RHA and the long-standing association between art, medicine and well-being.

The artwork was selected from more than 600 works that were on display at the 188th RHA Annual Exhibition. The winning artwork ‘Brig Gen Jimmy Flynn (retd) DSM’ was originally commissioned as part of a collaboration between Amelia Stein and the Military Archives as part of the Military Archives Oral History Project (MAOHP) which aims to record memory, oral history and tradition associated with the Defence Forces. As part of the prize, the winning artist will receive a commission for a new work to be displayed on RCSI’s campus.

Professor Cathal Kelly, Chief Executive/ Registrar, RCSI said: ‘The RCSI Art Award is a celebration of the common heritage of the RCSI and RHA and the long-standing association between art, medicine and well-being. We are delighted to present the prize to Amelia Stein for this inspirational and meticulous portrait. We look forward to working with the artist to create a new work for the RCSI campus that will inspire our future healthcare leaders and evoke a sense of well-being for all who observe it.’

Both RCSI (1784) and the RHA (1823) have Georgian origins and are 32-county bodies with educational roles. RCSI was occupied, while the RHA was destroyed in the Easter Rising of 1916 and the RCSI Art Award was established to coincide with the centenary of these historic events.

Open to all artists working in paint, drawing, print, sculpture, photography and architecture, the RHA Annual Exhibition attracts a large public and critical audience with 48,000 visitors last year.

The successful artist was awarded €5,000 and the RCSI silver medal and will also receive a commission to the value of €10,000 for a new work for the RCSI collection.

All works of art, in any medium, selected for the 188th RHA Annual Exhibition were considered for the RCSI Art Award. The other shortlisted works were: ‘Venus of Holles Street’ by Jason Ellis, ‘Extraverted’ by Killian Schurmann, ‘Seeing Red’ by Taffina Flood; and ‘Buoyed’ by Michael Quane RHA.

The RCSI Art Award Committee includes Mr Kenneth Mealy, President, RCSI (Chair); Hugh Linehan, Arts & Culture Editor, The Irish Times; Patrick T. Murphy, Director, RHA; Mick O’Dea, President, RHA; Professor Clive Lee, Professor of Anatomy, RCSI & RHA; Dr Abdul Bulbulia, Alumnus, RCSI; and Louise Loughran, Head of Communications, RCSI.

RCSI is ranked among the top 250 (top 2%) of universities worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2018) and its research is ranked first in Ireland for citations. It is an international not-for-profit health sciences institution, with its headquarters in Dublin, focused on education and research to drive improvements in human health worldwide. RCSI is a signatory of the Athena SWAN Charter.

Patrick Pye RHA

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

It is with great sadness that I write to tell you of the death of Patrick Pye RHA on Thursday 8th February.

We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Noirin, daughters Naoise and Róisín and extended family. In his 89 years Patrick lived a full and productive life as a painter, printmaker, writer, as a deeply spiritual thinker and as a loving family man.

He was one of our most venerable Members. I last saw him this summer, wheelchair bound and with diminished eyesight still absorbed in looking at a Vermeer painting at the National Gallery show. A new audience got to acquaint themselves with his work at a recent group show at IMMA. He spoke honestly about art and was a valued voice at our assemblies. We mourn him and we will miss him.

A gathering for close friends will take place on Sunday, 11th February from 2pm to 5pm in the Pye family home – Piperstown, Tallaght, Dublin 24. The removal will take place on Monday, 12th February at 5pm in St. Mary’s Priory, Tallaght. The funeral will take place on Tuesday, 13th February at 11am in St. Mary’s Priory, Tallaght and Patrick Pye will be laid to rest in St. Maelruain’s Parish, Tallaght. Please see addresses below:

St. Mary’s Priory

Tallaght Village

Dublin 24



St. Maelruain’s Parish

(Church of Ireland)


Dublin 24



Kind regards,

James Hanley RHA


Annual Exhibition Awards

With prizes totaling over €60,000, the RHA Annual Exhibition prize fund is unlike any other artistic prize fund in Ireland. The RHA works closely with our many generous supporters, to secure this prize fund annu- ally and we are ambitious that a similar prize nd will be available to artists exhibiting in the 188th Annual Exhibition.

This prize fund is distributed to artists recognized for the artistic achievement in various disciplines and includes 8 awards for works in any medium, 4 awards for sculptural works, 2 awards for painting, 2 awards for photography (1 emerging), 1 award for a senior artist, 1 award for portraiture and 1 award for architecture.

Two of the major prizes include the RCSI Art Award in association with the Irish Times, an award of €15,000 (€5,000 prize and €10,000 commission) and the Hennessey Craig Scholarship for €10,000 awarded to a painter under the age of 35.



The 187th Annual Exhibition saw the second year of the RHA’s partnership with RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons Ireland) and the RCSI Art Award, which is awarded during the RHA Annual Exhibition in recognition of the connection between art and healing.

A sculpture, by Remco de Fouw ARHA, inspired by the atlas and axis vertebrae of the spine was unveiled as the inaugural commission for the RCSI Art Award. The two-piece work, a sculpture diptych, is made from Spanish alabaster and glass and is on display in the York Street concourse area of RCSI, 123 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. The sculpture was unveiled in May by Professor John Hyland, President, RCSI in the presence of Mick O’Dea, PRHA.

The 2017 recipient of the RCSI Art Award was Miranda Blennerhassett for her installation piece RHA. The work by Miranda Blennerhassett that will be commissioned as part of this prize will join de Fouw’s piece as part of RCSI’s collection on campus aiming to inspire future healthcare leaders.



The Hennessey Craig Scholarship of €10,000 is awarded annually to a painter under the age of 35 exhibiting in the open submission section of the Academy’s Annual Exhibition. The painter must have studied at a recognised art college in Ireland and the award is to ena- ble the painter to pursue a course of further self-determined study in Ireland or abroad.

The prize is in memory of Patrick Hennessey RHA and H. Robertson Craig RHA and was established when H. Robertson Craig left a legacy gift to the RHA in his will.

Previous recipients include:
Vera Klute, David Hedderman, Alan Freney, Mollie Dohuit, Neil Carroll, Stephanie Rowe, Francis Matthews, Hugh Delap, Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Gabhann Dunne, Ann Quinn, Tim Millen, Comhghall Casey, Gillian Lawlor, Keith Wilson, Shane Berkery, Molly Judd and Daniel Nelis.


Image: Daniel Nelis, Dark Turned Fields, Oil on panel, 30 x 42 cm, Image courtesy of the artist.

Pádraig O’hUiginn Gallery Dedication

On Friday, 24 February a very special dedication took place of one of our most important galleries.

The gallery on the RHA’s first floor, adjoining the Petronella Brown Gallery, has been named the Pádraig O’hUiginn Gallery. This is to honour the vision and passion of Mr. O’hUiginn, during a lifetime of public service, to create a better nation for us all.

A private reception for family and benefactors took place in the newly named gallery with a wonderful acceptance speech given by Mr. O’hUiginn.

Colin Martin RHA: Exhibition, This is Not Architecture

VENUE: Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda. April 2017

Architecture and the built environment is discussed and explained almost entirely through secondary representations – photography, film, drawing, books and TV. Paradoxically the built environment is meant to be experienced in real time and space but it is illustrated and explained through representations. Architects learn, imagine and conceive of the built environment through representation. This group exhibition looks at how artists represent and discuss the built environment. What are the biases and limitations inherent in representing the real?

Patrick Pye RHA, As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics

Curated by the Irish Museum of Modern Art, IMMA. March 2017

After a lifetime of work in painting and stained glass, with the help of Fr. Paul Murray OP and writer/journalist Brian McAvera, author of Patrick Pye, Life and Work, 2013 Pye’s painting Pity for the King of Friday, 2010 will be hung in the Vatican, Vatican City, Italy. Pity for the King of Friday was exhibited in the RHA summer show in 2010. As a painter responsible for creating many works on the subject of the Crucifixion, with this work Pye found new ways of exploring both subject and medium. As McAvera wrote in Pye’s biography “what other Irish painter could deliver so comprehensively a re-imagined subject? What other European painter could take such spectacular liberties with a religious subject and yet allow us the freedom to enter into this strange world as believers and non believers? Paintings like this are a product of a lifetime’s exploration of composition and colour, a lifetime’s experience in the creation of space and the nailing down of a narrative into a pungent, echoing simplicity” – Brian McAvera 2013.

Pye will also exhibit 8-10 works in March 2017 in the highly anticipated international group exhibition As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics curated by the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Large works, which haven’t been seen in public since his retrospective in 2000, will be included, such as the large triptych The Life of Heaven, 1997 and God pitched his tent among men, 2000. Studies of these works will also be displayed to convey the progression of style and composition.

Pye is also set to exhibit three works with the National Centre for Liturgy at their conference in Maynooth in February 2017. These will include a small stained glass piece Our Lady at Home c.1980 and a wall hanging John the Baptist c. 1990. For more information on any of the above, please visit: www.facebook.com/artistpatrickpye/


Geraldine O’Neill ARHA: Exhibition, Many-World Interpretation (agus rudaí eile nach iad)

VENUE: Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin. 16 February – 18 March

This upcoming exhibition is titled Many-World Interpretation (agus rudaí eile nach iad). The work interrogates the notion that we live in an infinite web of alternate timelines, it references visual culture, kitsch, art history, quantum mechanics, all pressed into service in relation to her own world and to the wider social and cultural sphere. The existence of many worlds in parallel at the same time, gives her artistic license to appropriate imagery from multiple sources to recreate these multiple parallel universes on her canvases. For more information please contact info@kevinkavanagh.ie


Donal Teskey RHA: Exhibition

VENUE: Hunt Museum, Limerick, 1 December – 19 February, 2017

Weather Gauge is a cycle of new paintings by Donald Teskey RHA featuring oils on canvas and works on paper that allows the viewer to examine the natural world with its all-encompassing vigor through the eyes of an artist who has spent twenty years making this his primary concern. The exhibition is curated by the Hunt Museum in collaboration with Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin.

For more information about this exhibition please contact the Hunt Museum at info@huntmuseum.com or tel: 061 312 833.


Grafton Architects Win Global Architecture Prize from RIBA

The Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC) in Lima, designed by Grafton Architects, has won the first ever RIBA International Prize. Setting a new global standard for architectural achievement, the Royal Institute of British Architects’ prize has been judged by a grand jury chaired by world-renowned architect, Richard Rogers.

UTEC is an inspirational new building in the Barranco district of Lima and a bold new addition to the city skyline. The Ireland-based architecture firm Grafton Architects, in collaboration with local partners, Shell Arquitectos, have created a new campus building for Lima’s specialist engineering university, established to give young Peruvians access to qualifications, professional opportunities and to encourage social mobility.

Speaking about the building, the RIBA jury said: UTEC is an exceptional example of civil architecture – a building designed with people at its heart. Grafton Architects have created a new way to think about a university campus, with a distinctive ‘vertical campus’ structure responding to the temperate climatic conditions and referencing Peru’s terrain and heritage.

‘Sitting on the border of two residential districts in Lima, in section UTEC perches tantalizingly on the edge of a ravine. Seen from across the ravine it is as bold and as pure a statement of the symbiosis between architecture and engineering as could be imagined; a piece of geology imposed on its pivotal site, mirroring the organic curve of the landscape and accommodating itself in the city. To its close neighbours, it is a series of landscaped terraces with clefts, overhangs and grottos, a modern day Machu Picchu.

UTEC has been designed to encourage its students to interact in a unique way with the building. The vertical structure provides open circulation and meeting spaces in a succession of platforms that compose the ‘frame’ of the building; teaching rooms, laboratories and offices are enclosed, inserted into and suspended from the exposed concrete structure. The frame is a device providing shade, a place of rich spatial exuberance and a platform from which to view the life of the city. The entire life of this vertical campus is on full display to the people of Lima.

UTEC is the culmination of years of experimentation by Grafton Architects. In this building they show the mastery of their craft, gifting Lima with a bold yet considerate contribution to the city and a visionary, world-class building.’

RIBA President Jane Duncan said: ‘UTEC is an exceptional addition to the city of Lima, and a project that will inspire other architects and universities all over the world.

‘Grafton Architects have created an innovative new model for a university campus that is highly responsive to its local environment and community. The concept of a ‘vertical campus’ defies convention, as does the mix of open and enclosed spaces, but both are key to the success of this building visually and spatially.

The RIBA International Prize was created to celebrate civil architecture that empowers people and societies to innovate and progress. UTEC stood out from all other entries from around the world, clearly demonstrating its understanding, engagement with and concern for those who are lucky enough to live near, visit, teach and learn in it. The RIBA is delighted to award Grafton Architects the 2016 RIBA International Prize.’

Directors Yvonne Farrell & Shelley McNamara established Grafton Architects in 1978. Both are graduates of UCD, Fellows of the RIAI, International Honorary Fellows of the RIBA, elected members of Aosdána and Yvonne Farrell was elected Associate Member of the RHA in 2009.