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.

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.

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

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

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.




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


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.

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.

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.

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