Friends Benefits

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Individual friend €60

  • Exclusive invitations to Varnishing Day, a preview of the RHA Annual Exhibition*
  • Invitations to all exhibition openings in the Academy’s galleries*
  • Subscription to the RHA e-Bulletin
  • Invitations to our Lecture Series
  • A yearly membership card entitling Friends to a range of discounts
  • Friends enjoy a wide selection of Friends events including:
    • The Director’s Choice tour of the Annual and other RHA exhibition tours with the exhibiting artists and the RHA Director
    • Regular visits to a range of artist’s studios visits
    • Walking guided gallery tours throughout Dublin
    • The chance to participate in the Annual Cultural Trip. Previous trips have been to New York, Venice, Madrid, London and Vienna *
    • Invites to a range of cultural events and tours in Dublin and beyond*

*(current Government restrictions allowing)

Become an Individual Friend

Family Friend €80

All of the benefits above extended to include a second person at the same address plus:

  • Two Membership Cards

Become a Family Friend

Concession Friend €40

All the benefits of an Individual Friend (listed above). For Seniors or Students ONLY.

Become an Concession Friend

Patron €170

All of the benefits of an Individual Friend including:

  • Listing in the RHA Annual Exhibition Catalogue unless otherwise instructed
  • Priority booking for Friends events
  • Second Membership Card

Become a Patron

The following categories include listing in all RHA Exhibition Publications unless otherwise instructed.

Benefactor €350

Tax Relief Available. All benefits listed previously and additionally:

  • Receive exclusive invitations to VIP evenings including the Preview and Prize giving ceremony at the
    RHA Annual Exhibition
  • Get priority booking for Friends events
  • May bring up to three guests to any Friends events

Become a Benefactor

Benefactor Gold €650

Tax Relief Available. All benefits listed previously and additionally:

  • Exclusive access to the curatorial team for advice on collecting and buying
  • Private Director-led tour for up to 8 guests

Become a Benefactor Gold

President’s Circle €1,800

The President’s Circle programme is curated each year by RHA Director, Patrick T Murphy.  Featuring up to 10 exclusive President and Director-led events each year, the programme gives each member access to Ireland’s most exciting artists and highly experienced industry professionals.  By participating in and supporting contemporary art initiatives, President’s Circle members will have the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with artists, curators, collectors and fellow members.

Tax Relief Available.

Become a Member of the President’s Circle

Corporate Friend €2,000

All benefits listed previously and additionally:

  • 10% discount on rentals
  • Priority booking of the Acadmey’s prestigious rooms for corporate events
  • Opportunity to organise employee programmes of events at the Academy including Children’s days etc.
  • Six membership cards

Become a Corporate Friend

Corporate Benefactor €4,000

All benefits listed previously and additionally:

  • Complimentary Catalogues
  • 15% discount on rentals
  • Ten Membership Cards

Become a Corporate Benefactor

Renewal Discounts for Friends

Friends who switch to payment by direct debit benefit from a 10% discount on their annual subscription for that year. Friends paying by direct debit are entered into a monthly draw to win a copy of Amelia Stein’s Photographs RHA 2009 and a copy of one RHA exhibition publication.

Click here to download a Direct Debit form.


We are delighted to announce that RHA Friends can also benefit from the following:

  • 20% discount in Margadh RHA.
  • 10% discount on all RHA catalogues.
  • Receive priority notification on all RHA Kids’ workshops.
  • Discount on an annual subscription to The Irish Arts Review.
  • „An Ely Wine Bar loyalty card and 10% discount (book in advance).
  • 10% discount on a membership subscription to the Abbey Theatre.
  • 10% discount to join the Friends of The National Concert Hall.
  • 10% discount to join the Friends of the Chester Beatty.
  • „Discount on Irish Film Institute Memberships, €30 Individual/€15 Concession (Normal price €35/€20).
  • „„Discounts or free entry to a range of cultural events/venues throughout the year on Friends tours.
  • „Free entrance to the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh to all exhibitions (Patrons memberships and above only).
  • Discounts for entrance fees to venues for a range of Friends of the RHA cultural tours.

Please show your Friends membership card or quote your RHA Friends’ membership number to avail of these discounts. To gain entrance to the Royal Scottish Academy please have proof of Patron (or above)membership by showing your Friends membership card.