Collaborating with Youthreach, and supported by Avolon, the RHA were delighted to invite 6 young students, selected from submissions from the 160 Youthreach Centres nationwide, to participate in four workshops to increase their art skills, introduce them to visiting art galleries and art colleges and offer basic tools of criticism. As well as developing practical skills by working alongside a practicing artist, this opportunity offers students the ability to explore the opportunities and challenges of being a professional artist in Ireland today.

As Patrick T. Murphy, RHA Director comments: “With this programme, Avolon are enabling us to work with early school leavers in Ireland to identify and nurture artist talent and to encourage them to consider further education within the arts.” The standard of applications was very high and Patrick T. Murphy RHA Director and Colin Martin RHA School Principal were faced with a very difficult challenge, assessing the applications. The RHA would like to thank all students and art teachers who made applications. The six students selected were as follows:

Kyle Condon, Nominating art teacher: Philomela Goulding | Youthreach centre: Cork City

Jasmine Ffitch, Nominating art teacher: Jackie Lynch | Youthreach centre: Roscrea, Co. Tipperary

Nathan Murphy, Nominating art teacher: Michael Duffy | Youthreach centre: Trim, Co. Meath

Nadine Porter, Nominating art teacher: Claire Harkin | Youthreach centre: Buncrana, Co. Donegal

Shauna Power, Nominating art teacher: Elaine Hurley | Youthreach centre: Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

Tara Savage, Nominating art teacher: Paul Fallon | Youthreach centre: Wexford, Whitemill Ind Estate.

The students took part in a fine art print workshop led by Academy Member and RHA School Principal, Colin Martin RHA. They were also given a tour of the 186th Annual exhibition where they met exhibiting artists, were encouraged to ask them about their work and to choose and discuss works they particularly liked themselves. Mary A. Fitzgerald, lecturer NCAD was extremely generous with her time and gave the students a very informative introduction to First Year Art and Design at NCAD. Following a shopping trip to Kennedys Art Supplies, provided by Avolon, they were encouraged to select the equipment and materials required to form a basic art kit and they completed the programme with an observational painting workshop in the main studio, led by Colin Martin RHA. The programme proved to be an enjoyable challenge for the students and participating art teachers alike with a number of the participant students now considering applying for portfolio preparations courses in September 2016.

For further information please contact Rebecca Gale, RHA Marketing at rebecca@rhagallery.ie or tel: +353 (1) 661 2558.


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